April 16, 2012

Roku Canada launches streaming player, bringing popular U.S. platform north of border

One of America's top-selling streaming platforms has come to Canada, with plenty of content available to keep media junkies satisfied right from the start.
Roku, a set-top streaming player, officially launches in Canada today and is available to pre-order for April 30.

Canadians have the choice between Roku's two highest-end devices, the Roku 2 XD and the Roku 2 XS. Both give access to 100 entertainment channels at launch, the Financial Post reports, with the intention to increase the number of channels over time, like they have in the U.S. Currently, Roku users in the U.S have access to more than 450 channels of content.
Channels include content like movies and TV shows from Netflix and Crackle, sports content from the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball, music from Rdio and TuneIn Radio, photos and video from Facebook and Flickr, news content and casual games like Angry Birds, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, the press release says. Roku works in conjunction with your current subscriptions to services like Netflix and Rdio.
Those games will only be available on the top-end model, the XS, and it comes with a 'gaming remote,' which looks quite similar to Nintendo's Wiimote in regards to its button placement.
Both models include built-in WiFi and can support high-definition video up to 1080p.

The Roku devices are currently available to pre-order online through Amazon.ca and LondonDrugs.com. The Roku 2 XD retails for $89.99 and the XS will run you $109.99.

Source : Tori Floys


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