Roku Adds Vudu: Best Streaming Box Ever?
Tech of the Hub Review: Now that Roku offers Vudu, it is the most complete streaming media service -- tied with Xbox but you don't need an Xbox Live subscription.
Roku has one of the few streaming media boxes that offers Hulu Plus. But it has always had just one thing missing: Vudu.
Not anymore. Roku now has Vudu, and streaming media maven Gabe Gagliano from Tech of the Hub has a review.
Apparently, he explains, a technical issue with Roku prevented the box from carrying Vudu, but a recent firmware upgrade apparently paved the way.
The implementation of VUDU on the Roku is solid.
The Roku version is a full featured version of the VUDU app with support for HDX video. VUDU’s HDX format provides 1080P video and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound at a high bitrate. Testing has confirmed that the app does provide Dolby Digital Plus (as does Netflix on the Roku). I did my test drive on a Roku 2 XS. I’ll assume that the Roku LT and HD don’t have access to the HDX format as their video resolution maxes out at 720P.
The only feature missing, Gagliano says, is ability to control overscan settings “which I’ve seen on the Panasonic DMP-BDT220.”
Now that Roku finally has Vudu, it is probably the most complete streaming service on the market. Gagliano concludes:
The only other box I can think of that offers Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and HBO GO is the Xbox. However, the Xbox requires a yearly Xbox Live subscription to access these services. The Roku also had the edge in audio and video quality.
For more details, pictures and info on Ultraviolet support, visit Tech of the Hub.
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at [email protected]
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