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Roku 2 XS Streaming Player - Canadian Version

by Roku
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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CDN$ 69.99
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Technical Details

  • 100+ channels with movies, TV shows, music, sports & more
  • High-definition streaming up to 1080p HD
  • Works with virtually any TV
  • Enhanced remote with motion control for playing games
  • Built-in wireless (Wi-Fi b/g/n) and wired Internet connectivity

System Requirements

  • Media: Electronics
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

Product Description

Amazon.ca Product Description

The Roku 2 XS comes fully loaded with 1080p HD video, built-in Wi-Fi (b/g/n), plus Ethernet and USB ports, and an enhanced RF remote with motion control for gaming. A free full version of Angry Birds is included.

From the Manufacturer

The best in Movies and TV

Introducing Roku, the original best selling streaming player from the US. With Roku, it’s a snap to enjoy great films and TV programs, live sports, music, games and more—all instantly on your TV, whenever you want it.

It keeps getting better. With lots of great entertainment channels, including Netflix, Crackle, UFC and more.

Plus games. The XS remote features motion sensors so you can play games with a flick of a wrist. Full Angry Birds game included free!

The easiest setup. Works with virtually any TV, includes built-in wireless and sets up in minutes.

More power. Up to 1080p HD video. Includes Ethernet for wired connection plus USB port.

The best in Movies and TV

Instant thrills, chills, laughs and more

With lots of films and TV programs available from great places, Roku instantly delivers that perfect title to match your mood. Start with the best Netflix experience out there, featuring up to 1080p HD video plus support for English subtitles. Hundreds of free films from Crackle? Check. Plus you can enjoy sports from NHL, UFC, MLB and MLS. New TV programs and films get added all of the time so you'll always have something great to watch.

The most content is on Roku
Game on

Need a break from the movies? Roku 2 also brings some of the most popular casual games to your TV:

  • Roku 2 XS features a Bluetooth remote with sensors to support motion-based game play, as well as game-ready buttons to support furious button action.
  • Hit games available include the Angry Birds series and Storm in a Teacup.
  • Every Roku 2 XS includes a FREE full version of the Angry Birds game!
  • With the built-in MicroSD slot, you can always add additional storage for hundreds more games in the future.
Plus, more games are added all the time. Better watch out, dastardly pigs.

The most content is on Roku

Compare Roku models

Roku XD
Roku XS
Lots of entertainment channels available, including loads of films and TV programs
Works with virtually any TV
Plays the best HD video (1080p)*
Built-in wireless (Wi-Fi b/g/n)
Expandable memory slot plus Bluetooth**
Enhanced RF remote with motion control for games

FREE full edition of Angry Birds™ game

Ethernet port for wired Internet connection


* Availability of 720p or 1080p HD video varies by entertainment channel.
**Roku 2 XD and XS feature a MicroSD memory slot for adding additional storage capacity, plus Bluetooth for adding an RF remote control.
***See specs for list of file formats supported via USB

It’s ridiculously easy

From the simple remote to the easy-to-use interface, Roku 2 was designed to please everyone. All you need to get started is a high-speed Internet connection (and a TV, of course). The built-in wireless and guided setup mean you can be up and running in minutes. And we bet you don’t even have to call your nerdy nephew for help.

The best in Movies and TV
NETFLIX, AMAZON Instant video, Hulu Plus, Cackle

Included with the Roku 2 XS

  • Enhanced remote with motion control for games
  • Angry Birds game
  • Remote control
  • Two AA batteries
  • HDMI video output (for high-definition)
  • Composite A/V combo output (for standard-definition; works with included A/V cable)
  • Wireless (Wi-Fi b/g/n)
  • MicroSD memory card slot (for adding extra storage for channels and games)
  • A/V cable (red/white/yellow)
  • Power adapter
  • Getting Started Guide
  • 90-day manufacturer warranty

What you need

  • A TV
  • You need a high-speed Internet connection with a speed of at least 1.2 Mbps (such as mid-level Broadband). If you are unable to connect the player directly to your cable or Broadband modem you may also need a wired or wireless router.
  • A wireless router

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews
122 of 124 people found the following review helpful
By Madd
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This little player is amazing! Since buying one myself, several members of my family have all bought one. I'm rather new to reviews, so please bear with me.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure to get the "XS" model - it is slightly more expensive, but the controller itself is worth the difference. Reasons why I suggest the XS model:

1) MOST IMPORTANT REASON TO GET "XS" MODEL - The Back 15 seconds Button (It Looks like a backwards version of the "Refresh" button on Firefox); the XD model remote does NOT have this function - you can still go back, but it's a lot easier than potentially skipping back way too far with the rewind arrow. With the Back 15 seconds button, it's just a click and with each click the show goes back exactly that amount, which is extremely useful if you just missed what someone said/did.
2) If you prefer motion control - only the XS model controller allows that.
3) Angry Birds game (FULL VERSION) Comes with it free...Which in and of itself is not a great value - I would not bother getting the XS if that is all you are after, but it is a bonus.

Netflix (1 Month Free Trial, $7.
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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Than I Expected May 1 2012
By Dennis Madison TOP 500 REVIEWER
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First off, what is a Roku 2 XS? It's not, as a friend speculated, "some type of Japanese sushi made with raw fish". Here is the description from Roku's website:

"Roku is a small device that streams films, TV programs, music, and other entertainment to your TV via the Internet. Since Roku streams (rather than downloads) video, you get instant access to a huge library of entertainment without having to store any video files on your computer or hard drive.

Once you set up Roku, you do not need a PC to use it. Roku connects directly to your TV and your high-speed Internet service home using your wireless home network. It then lets you access the streaming entertainment channels that you sign up for (like Netflix) right from your TV, using a handy remote."

There are two versions available in Canada - the XD ($89) and XS($109). For the extra $20 the XS gets you an Ethernet port to plug in your in your network (both units have wireless built in), a USB port (to attach a USB drive with music, pictures or movies), and an enhanced "motion control" remote for use with the included Angry Birds game. Sounds good, but how well does it work and how does it stack up against the competition (Xbox, Boxee Box, Apple TV)? To see what you get check my previous post with unboxing photos.

BTW, as I'm writing this I'm using Roku to watch Sandford & Son for free on the Crackle app. I can't even begin to guess the last time I saw Sandford & Son!

Setting up an Account
First thing you need to do is set up an account at Roku.com with the usual email and password selection. While Roku and many apps are free some of the apps are not, and for that reason you need to enter credit card information just in case you purchase something in the "channel store".
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should install the Plex Channel May 10 2012
There have been multiple reviews stating that you can't stream music or videos from your computer. This is actually possible if you install the Plex channel. You also need to install the software on your computer and have it turned on. Also within Plex, there are a number of other channels like CTV, Global, CBC, Showcase, Treehouse, Slice, etc. I haven't used it much yet, but it does look promising!

There are also private channels not listed on Roku. They must be added through your computer. Check out streamfree.tv for more info.
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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for Accessing on-line content May 2 2012
I was really excited to pre-order the Roku a couple of weeks ago, but when I set it up I was pretty disappointed. A lot of it was my fault, I didn't do enough research, but in the end I realized that although this little box is a great way to access on-line content for a good price, it doesn't do enough for me.
Set up was a breeze, but you need a computer (or at least a smart phone) and a credit card to complete set up. I was not thrilled to put my credit card information out there without wanting to make a purchase, but instead for later on.
The reasons that I returned the Roku were that it won't find or access networked drives and that when I transferred a few videos to a USB stick, I found out that it only plays .mp4 and h264 files. I don't want to convert my whole library, if I did, I would buy an apple tv, or burn them to DVD as it takes about the same amount of time. Also, I found it a little ridiculous that I had to download a 'channel' that accessed my USB stick. I would have thought it would have just discovered it. So in the end, I spent the extra money and bought the boxee box. It found my network drive in seconds, will play any file that I can think of and I love the remote that has a QWERTY keyboard on the other side.
The Roku box is great for someone who wants to access netflix and flickr, but really isn't great for much else. I would recommend going with the 80$ version if this is what you want to do, because the ethernet port probably won't be used, and the remote for playing angry birds is mostly a gimmick.
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Most recent customer reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Wasn't compatible with Bell Canada box
Published 12 days ago by Hoppy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Works, as advertised.
Published 13 days ago by Linsebibble
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
Very easy setup, and looks great on HD TV set. Also has a very small footprint on your media shelf.
Published 1 month ago by Mr Mark G Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great
I use this primarily for Netflix and I find it works well. I would recommend it to one and all.
Published 2 months ago by John LaBrier
4.0 out of 5 stars Works great
Works great , but not impressed with netflix's canadian content. With everything it seems us Canadians pay more and get less and im getting really tired of it !!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Peter
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
We love our Roku. We also have an Apple TV and to be honest, they cannot be compared. Apple is Apple and it does what Apple wants it (or rather you) do be able to do. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Canada
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
The Roku 2 was simple to set up. Excellent HD streaming. Outstanding value for the price. Would heartily recommend it to a friend.
Published 4 months ago by John McCallum
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mother's day gift!
Purchased for my mom. So easy to use and there are some very good channels. She loves the hbo app and Netflix.
Published 8 months ago by Nic C
5.0 out of 5 stars Great device
Inexpensive device that is easy to hookup and start watching your favorite programs. High definition and sound quality is very good. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gary Hurst
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes your TV a Smart TV_Canada use O.K.
I use it wired and have it to LAN and have no experience with the wireless connection.
"Canada use O. Read more
Published 9 months ago by michael anthony
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