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Roku LT review: Killer $50 streaming-media box

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.

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Here's how you know the Roku LT is a great product: it's both the cheapest and one of the best streaming-video boxes we've tested. Roku has managed to shave the price all the way down to $50, jettisoning unnecessary features, while keeping all of the streaming content that we love.

The Roku LT supports the same list of channels as Roku's more expensive models, including Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, Pandora, MLB.TV, MOG, Rdio, and HBO Go, along with tons of additional niche content. We even like the remote control better than the one that comes with the Roku 2 XS, appreciating its simpler layout and fingerprint-resistant matte finish.

The Roku LT isn't perfect. It's not the right choice if you want to stream your personal media collection, and unlike other Roku boxes it doesn't even make a half-hearted effort at gaming. And there's still an argument to be made for Apple fans to favor the Apple TV, since it works so well with other Apple products.

But at $50, the Roku LT deserves a very strong recommendation and is sure to be a hit this holiday season.

Read the full review of the Roku LT.