Streaming set-top boxes could be a hot gift item this year. Roku wants to remind you how affordable they are, and they are getting the word out with help from Netgear
Netgear just announced plans for its own box, the $90 Netgear Roku Player. The compact box looks exactly like everything in Roku’s line, with the exception of the brand name emblazoned across the front.
The Netgear Roku Player promises a 1080p image (depending on the content), via built-in Wireless-N and Ethernet. The box also has HDMI, composite video and stereo output options for connecting to any TV.
Netgear’s box boasts access to over 100,000 movies, TV shows, live sporting events, music, and more, all through Roku content providers, such as Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, Vimeo, Pandora, MP3tunes, SmugMug, and Flickr. Sports fans can also tap into MLB.TV and UFC channels. Netgear says that more options will be coming soon. (Some subscription fees may apply, depending on the service.)
“We can’t wait to share the Netgear Roku Player with America—it’s the latest addition to the Netgear AV Series of products for connected entertainment and an easy way for consumers to enjoy popular Internet content on their TV in high definition,” said Vivek Pathela, VP and GM for Home/Consumer Products at Netgear. “It’s also a great holiday gift for your family and friends, and won’t burn a hole in your wallet.”
If you can’t wait, the Netgear Roku Player is available now through most major consumer electronics stores including Best Buy, Radio Shack, Fry’s and online at Amazon.com and Buy.com.
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