Roku LT

The Good The Roku LT is a small streaming-media box that costs only $50. It offers hundreds of streaming-video and -audio services, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go, Vudu, Spotify, Pandora, Mog, Rdio, and MLB.TV. Roku also offers cross-platform search, capable of finding content across major streaming services. And the LT also supports older TVs via its analog video output.

The Bad For those invested in the Apple ecosystem, the Roku LT doesn't offer the same tight integration as the Apple TV's AirPlay functionality. The Roku LT also lacks a YouTube channel. And there's no Ethernet port, so you'll need a solid Wi-Fi signal in your home theater.

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

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.3 Overall

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Review

Roku's $50 streaming box keeps getting better

Nov 2012

Editors' note: As of November 2013, the product reviewed here has been discontinued and replaced by a similar updated Roku LT model.

The Roku LT ($50) may be more than a year old, but it remains one of the home theater products we'd most recommend.

At half the price of many of its competitors, the Roku LT offers a huge array of streaming-media content, including Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Spotify, MLB.TV, Mog, Rdio, Vudu, and HBO Go, along with tons of additional niche channels. The Roku LT also continues to get major updates, like the recent Roku Search functionality, which manages cross-platform video search that's on par with Google TV.

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