6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Roku LT

About Video Transcript

First Look: Roku LT

2:55 /

The Roku LT is a killer streaming-media box, offering tons of streaming video content, including favorites like Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, and Pandora, for just $50.

-Hey, I'm Matthew Moskovciak at CNET.com, and we're gonna take a look at the Roku LT. This is Roku's $50 streaming media box and the company manages to hit that budget price point by stripping away a lot of the non essential features such the USB port, the fancy remote that you will find on the step up models. That LT just takes to the core streaming functionality. Unlike the other Roku 2 boxes, the Roku LT is tiny. It's even smaller than the Apple TV. There is virtually nothing on the front panel and around back, you will see there is just an HDMI output and AB Output, which you can use with the included breakout cable to support older TVs. The purple case does give it a distinctive look, but we prefer the old black look of the step up Roku 2 boxes. The included remote is really simple and we like it even more than the Bluetooth remote included on the Roku 2 XS, especially the matte finish here, which doesn't attract fingerprints as much. The user interface is basic, but simple. There is a horizontal [unk] icons and there are 4 channels pre installed; Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, and Pandora. The first 3 are in excellent trio for cable cutters letting you mixed subscription and pay per view content to catch upon your favorite TV shows. You can add more content sources in the channel store. There's just the plain grid interface here and the amount of content is a little overwhelming especially without search functionality if you're looking for a specific channel, but that variety is one of the real strength of all of Roku's boxes with content like HBO Go, MLV. TV, NHL Gamecenter, Crackle, MOG, Rdio, TED Talks, Revision3. There's just a ton of content on this box. Now, what you don't get is easy support for streaming your own digital media collection. There is no USB port and while you can get some local streaming capability using unofficial private channels, we'd recommend going with another streamer if local media streaming is important to you. You might also notice that the Roku LT only supports 720p video, but during our test we couldn't really notice much of a difference between devices that do support 1080p video. HD streaming from Netflix and Amazon look very good, so we don't think that the lack of 1080p should be a major consideration. Now, if you already have a few Apple devices such as an iPod or an iPhone, you will still wanna consider the Apple TV. The AirPlay functionality is really convenient, and it works well with streaming content from iTunes and the connected PC, although it does cost twice as much than it has fewer content sources, but if you're not committed to Apple's family of products, the choice is much easier as the Roku LT is the best streaming Video Box value we've seen and the most recommendable from Roku's Lineup. I'm Matthew Moskovciak and this the Roku LT.

New releases

Facebook using beacons to show location 'tips'
2:50 January 30, 2015
Social network's new app feature sends location tips to your feed using GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth beacons. Meanwhile, your home Internet...
Play video
Testing out 'Insane Mode' in the Tesla P85D, Ep. 190
4:28 January 30, 2015
This week we get all nostalgic with the Prynt smartphone case that makes your iPhone work like a Polaroid camera, we learn some scary...
Play video
Nvidia G-Sync is a smooth move for PC games
3:01 January 30, 2015
The right graphics card and G-Sync monitor can make games look better.
Play video
2015 Honda Fit EX-L
5:12 January 30, 2015
The third-generation Fit no longer looks like the cheapest way to build a car. Brian Cooley takes it for a spin and finds out if its...
Play video
Smartphones to avoid (2015)
3:02 January 30, 2015
There's a dizzying variety of great phones on the market. These aren't them.
Play video
Stream any media to Amazon Echo
1:19 January 30, 2015
Turn an Echo into a Bluetooth speaker with a quick setup.
Play video
Sky goes mobile and Apple makes record money in CNET UK podcast 419
33:12 January 30, 2015
Sky is getting into the mobile game, Sony lets Spotify worry about music streaming and Facebook crashes Tinder.
Play video
Skiing, snowboarding apps get you down the mountain
1:02 January 30, 2015
As you load up your skis or snowboard, don't forget to download other pieces of indispensable gear: handy apps for navigating the mountain....
Play video