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Roku 2 Makes its Official Debut

Roku XS paired

After several leaks via the FCC and even an ad on MySpace, the Roku 2 has finally gotten official.

Roku RemoteThe company released an all new lineup of the media streaming boxes today, with the biggest changes coming to the remote, especially on the high-end Roku 2 XS.  While all three devices feature Bluetooth connectivity now, only the XS ships with the high-end remote that will also allow to play casual games such as Angry Birds, which is included for free on the top-tier device.  The company says that the popular game is only the tip of the iceberg for what they have planned when it comes to casual gaming, and we should see a lot more games of this sort popping up before Christmas, with a heavy emphasis on those that Cost $5 or less.  The gaming friendly remote can be purchased for the HD or XD for $29.99.

As with the previous generation of the Roku, the devices come in three flavors with Roku 2 HD starting off at $59.99 with support for up to 720p.  The Roku 2 XD adds support for up to 1080p.  The Roku 2 XS gets the afore mentioned remote, an Ethernet port and a USB port.  All three feture the same physical design which is a further shrunk down version of the device to where it can now fit in the palm of your hand.

In addition to releasing the new devices, the company announced it is adding even more channels to its lineup including AOL HD, Fox News, Facebook and a YouTube channel is in the works.

If you’ve been sitting on the fence about getting a Roku, it definitely looks now is the time to strike.  With the upgrades to the remote, and the idea that this is turning into more a full-fledged platform, it seems like Roku has a lot of plans for the future.

What do you think?  Do you have any interest in the Roku 2?

 


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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...


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