Yesterday (July 20, 2011) Roku.com introduced a new line of streaming players called Roku 2. A brend new Roku family is available in three models – the Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD and Roku 2 XS (a newer model of Roku’s bestseller roku xds streaming player 1080p). Roku 2 streaming players feature a sleek new design with energy efficiency, using less than 2W of power and brings popular games to the TV (Angry Birds comes for free with the top of the line XS model).
“Roku is the best selling streaming player on the market because of its simplicity, breadth of content and value. Now we’re setting the bar even higher with Roku 2 – a more powerful platform with new features including casual gaming. We’ve worked closely with Rovio to bring the first full version of Angry Birds to the TV, said Roku Founder and CEO Anthony Wood.”
All three Roku 2 models feature built in wireless, Bluetooth for connecting a game remote and a MicroSD slot to support additional game storage. The Roku 2 HD player supports up to 720p HD video while the Roku 2 XD player supports up to 1080p HD video.
Roku 2 also adds several significant enhancements to its acclaimed Netflix experience, including support for English subtitles, Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound pass through and up to 1080p HD video quality (on the XD and XS models).
The Roku 2 HD, the Roku 2 XD and the Roku 2 XS are expected to be available by the end of July for suggested retail prices of 59.99, 79.99 and 99.99 respectively. Retailers include Roku.com, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics and RadioShack.