Roku 3 – Easy streaming but is the update worthy?

The Roku 3, a streaming media player that weighs a mere five ounces, offers users the ability to connect their television sets to a plethora of entertainment options including Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu Plus.

The original Roku player was followed by the Roku 2 HD, the Roku 2 XD, and the Roku 2 XS, and the Roku 3 is the newest member of the streaming family.

Roku 3 Vs Roku 2, 1

Roku 3 GUI InterfaceRoku devices are capable of streaming content from a wide range of sources including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, and more. The Roku and Roku 2 models have been extremely popular and successful and the newly launched Roku 3 is poised to be just as successful — but is the new upgrade really worth the $100 price tag?

The Roku 3 is indeed an upgraded design with a faster processor, which has tech review websites like cnet, and wired singing their praises. The new player supports over 750 channels (several hundred more than competitors like Apple TV), including old favorites like Netflix and Amazon as well as some newer additions like MLB TV or Horoscope delivery services. Although the Roku 3 lacks a YouTube channel, speculates that the upgraded processor in the device could mean YouTube is on the way. The device does support Internet video to a great degree. As Walt Mossberg, the Personal Technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal says in his Roku 3 review, “Streaming Internet video to your tv just got better.” Virtually any type of content is at your fingertips with Roku 3.

Roku 3 Specs

The Roku 3 measures 3.5 x 3.5 and is slightly heavier than the previous models. It is compatible with Android phones and tablets, the iPad, and the iPhone. As with previous versions of the device, the Roku 3 can connect via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. It’s listed uses are Internet gaming, Internet radio playback, and Internet video playback — essentially, the Roku 3 is becoming the full-featured entertainment center we’ve all been waiting for.

The Roku 3 boasts a brand new, considerably simplified interface through which users can select new channels and move from one channel to another. The new interface is coupled with an improved processor that helps to deliver content more quickly and effectively, making it feel “Quicker and more responsive than any other streaming box,” according to CNet’s Roku 3 review.

Another popular new feature is the new headphones: Known as the “Private Listening Mode,” these headphones plug into the remote to allow you to hear anything being played on the Roku 3. The headphones mute the television as soon as they are plugged in, and volume adjustments are conveniently located on the side of the remote.

Roku 3 Remote Headphones

Upgraded Software for Roku 2 Owners

Roku is keeping its eye trained firmly on the future, but is not forgetting existing Roku owners: According to the March 6th press release in which Roku announced the Roku 3, it was stated that the new interface would be a free software update for the earlier generation Roku devices in April. The devices that will get this software update were listed as follows: Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and the Roku Streaming Stick.


The Roku 3 offers more advance hardware and a remote with an headphone outlet. For Roku 1 owners, the updated user interface and advanced processor offer plenty enough reason to upgrade. Roku 2 owners may want to wait for the fourth generation to upgrade.

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