Roku Digital Video Player

Roku Digital Video Player

I realize this site is about the Mac Mini, but it’s good to keep our eye on what the competition is putting out there.  The Roku Digital Video Player has really stepped up the game with an affordable streaming video device with exceptional ease of use.  As a result, the Roku is getting some great reviews.

Currently, the Roku only streams content from Netflix’s On Demand service as well as rentals from Amazon’s Unboxed service.  However at $99, it’s an easy way to get the average person to start streaming video over the internet to their TV.

Obviously, the Mac Mini still has significant advantages over the Roku in terms of features, but if Roku can start streaming content from your local computers and eventually get upgraded for Hulu and YouTube feeds, it may become harder to justify the cost for a full Mac Mini.  Personally, I hope the Roku really takes off because competition is good stimulate innovation.