Roku boxes have only recently become available in Canada, and it’s about time. These tiny devices are fantastic media streamers. For example, it’s a great way to watch Netflix on your TV. The Netflix interface isn’t quite as nice as that offered on the Apple TV, but it is far better than what you get using most Blu-ray players or smart TVs. The Roku 2 XS
also gives you access to about 100 entertainment channels, including Crackle, Facebook, Flickr and Rdio, and you can play Angry Birds for free using the motion-sensitive remote. A cheaper version—the Roku 2 XD—includes just the basic remote and sells for $90. The Roku competes directly with Apple TV ($110), which is the obvious choice if you want access to the iTunes media store. But if you don’t care about iTunes and you like the wide range of online content, you’ll be happy with a Roku.
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