Roku 2 HD Streaming PlayerRoku is a box that makes it possible to watch streaming video directly on your TV without a computer.  It converts the connection to the internet (yes need to have internet connection) to signals that your TV can process (almost any TV). Roku cost a fraction of what a game console would. So if you do not have one already, Roku may be a better choice. It fits on the palm of your hand and uses very little power when in stand by mode. It has some different models with different resolution and some other features. Roku 2 is the newer model.

350 channels and counting: Features the top sources, like Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, and Amazon Instant Video

High-definition streaming: Up to 720p HD

Small footprint: The size of a hockey puck, Roku 2 uses less power than a night-light

Easy setup: Works with virtually any TV, includes built-in wireless, and sets up in minutes

Connect it to your router either wirelessly or over your data cable. The data cable may be a better solution but do not spend a lot of money installing it. The wireless solution will probably work well too. It depends on the distance from the router and the walls in between.

The set up process is relatively easy. The manufacturer’s website (http://support.roku.com/home) also shows videos if you have any issues setting it up. Plug in the cable and cord, hook it up to the TV and power, then turn on TV and set to the correct input. Once the Roku is connected to the TV, set up the network connection. Create an account on Roku.com (this requires a computer), which is where you are required to enter a credit card for any purchases you might make on the device. Once this step is done you pick out some channels to install on your home screen, wait a minute for a software update, and the process is done, Roku is ready for use.

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