Introducing Roku Search [Video]

Imagine it’s Saturday night and you’ve just settled in with a big bowl of popcorn. You want to watch Breaking Bad on your Roku, but you’re not sure which of your favorite channels can cure your Heisenberg craving. In the past, you might have spent time browsing through various Roku channels to locate the show. No longer! Today, we’re thrilled to announce the arrival of our free one-stop Roku Search tool in the U.S.

Roku Search makes it a snap to find movies, TV shows, actors and directors across Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Crackle, VUDU and HBO GO. When you search for a title, Roku Search shows you where it’s available on the Roku platform. Simply select a channel and Roku Search will take you straight to your desired movie or show. Check out the video below to see Roku Search in action.

As we continue to add partners, the Roku platform will play an important role in helping you find the content you want to stream. In all, Roku Search can help guide you to nearly 130,000 movies and TV episodes and almost 100,000 actors and directors.

Roku Search works with Roku 2, Roku LT, new Roku HD players and the Roku Streaming Stick. You can even search with the keyboard in the Remote tab of the Roku iOS and Android mobile apps!

We’ll automatically push a free update including Search to supported players over the next week. If you just can’t wait, select Settings > Software update > Check now on your Roku player to update your software to version 4.8 352x (available later today). Then click here to install Roku Search via channel code.

As always, we welcome your input as we continue to improve the Roku experience. Please send your feedback to feedback@roku.com.

Happy searching!

About Tom Markworth

Director of Product Management, Roku
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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=120500172 Wesley Choate

    Just my personal opinion, but this is a HUGE plus. One of the reasons I have had trouble getting my partner to buy into the Roku box is it can be harder to find what you want than if you have the super mega channel pack from AT&T and search on their system. This might get it where I can finally switch to Hulu Plus / Netflix / Roku and just drop down to the bottom few local channel package that is over $100 a month cheaper. Thanks for the continued hard work!

    • http://twitter.com/RokuPlayer Roku, Inc.

      Our pleasure, Wesley! We’ll keep working hard to improve the Roku experience.

    • Tattooedgod

      When will roku be able to stream files from network storage I know have two streaming devices the boxee and the roku.the boxee already streams any video file when wil this option be a option. roku needs to update more often or it’s going to be left behind. I bought the roku then I bought the boxee it’s does every thing I wanted from roku

      • http://www.facebook.com/d.scott.montgomery Scott Montgomery

        Try Plex Media Server. It’s free and runs on your computer. Takes a core2duo processor and at least 2 Gb memory on the PC. It’s free on Roku.

      • http://www.facebook.com/d.scott.montgomery Scott Montgomery

        Try Plex Media Server. It’s free and runs on your computer. Takes a core2duo processor and at least 2 Gb memory on the PC. It’s free on Roku.

    • Tattooedgod

      When will roku be able to stream files from network storage I know have two streaming devices the boxee and the roku.the boxee already streams any video file when wil this option be a option. roku needs to update more often or it’s going to be left behind. I bought the roku then I bought the boxee it’s does every thing I wanted from roku

  • Kyle

    No love for pre-Roku2 users?

    • EnTerr

      “Roku love you long time”, one to four years. First generation Rokus were sold from summer 2008 to summer 2011.

    • EnTerr

      “Roku love you long time”, one to four years. First generation Rokus were sold from summer 2008 to summer 2011.

  • tsheets

    Great feature! Not only does it make it easier to find shows, the fact that it includes the price / number of available episodes might be good for competition. :-)

    • http://twitter.com/RokuPlayer Roku, Inc.

      So glad you approve! :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Derick-Moore/100001876452064 Derick Moore

        Interesting that Roku would reply here, but not to the long list of disgruntled customers who own devices that cannot take advantage of the new service.

        I’m one of them! I lost 4 (count them 4) Roku in the Waldo Canyon Fire, In my temporary apartment, I just bought one for the time being. But, I’m not included in the upgraded search either.

        I can’t imagine that I will be buying any more from this time forward.

        • http://twitter.com/RokuPlayer Roku, Inc.

          Hi Derick, I’m so sorry to hear that you lost your Roku players. We care a great deal about all of our customers, and we keep our prices low in an effort to make upgrades accessible for everyone as streaming media advances. We’ve also got some great holiday deals coming up if you’re interested in a brand new Roku!

        • http://twitter.com/RokuPlayer Roku, Inc.

          Hi Derick, I’m so sorry to hear that you lost your Roku players. We care a great deal about all of our customers, and we keep our prices low in an effort to make upgrades accessible for everyone as streaming media advances. We’ve also got some great holiday deals coming up if you’re interested in a brand new Roku!

        • EnTerr

          Are you saying you “just” bought a Roku1 box? Where in the world can you find such thing anymore if they are not officially sold for over a year?

        • http://twitter.com/HOGEFAN Eric Desjardins

          Good. Go back to paying $150 for satellite every month because you can’t have a search feature that you never needed before.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=704498841 Kath Baer

    I hate that you’ve left the Roku 1 users behind, you know, your first customers that were faithful to get you where you are today?.. Yeah them….

    • Peter D

      Just be glad you’re not an iPhone user, you would be upgrading your hardware every 5 days. ;)

    • David Sellers

      I was a first customer. I also have bought three more since, to go on the rest of my TV’s. If you want the latest, It can hurt to go out and buy another Roku for another TV or even to replace your Roku 1 to get the latest and greatest. How do you expect them to keep innovating if you can’t even continue supporting them? It’s not like they are charging you a service!! Get real!

    • David Sellers

      I was a first customer. I also have bought three more since, to go on the rest of my TV’s. If you want the latest, It can hurt to go out and buy another Roku for another TV or even to replace your Roku 1 to get the latest and greatest. How do you expect them to keep innovating if you can’t even continue supporting them? It’s not like they are charging you a service!! Get real!

    • Mark

      I want a camera on my iPad.. Oh wait, I have the original iPad, the one that doesn’t have a camera. If I want the new features, I’ve gotta shell out a few couple of Benjamins. Same things go for most electronic gadgets. Do you expect a 4-5 year-old hardware to still be up-to-date with the latest and greatest? From what I see, there could be some limitations why the “older” versions can’t do some of the stuff the newer ones can. Last year, I got myself an XS and haven’t had a single complaint yet. My original Roku still works as how it was advertised when it was released, plus a few more features. If you want the new features, you just gotta upgrade your unit – that’s how gadgets evolve nowadays.

      -Peace

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PG2M7PIJZWOOXNBQL2HCUXRLHI Richard L

      Do you still buy a Model T from Ford Motor Company and expect the same results?

  • http://profiles.google.com/xsehcx Daniel Dombrowski

    please tell me this will come to the roku xds, I bought mine, just a little before the roku 2 was announced and then only saw one or two updates that didn’t really add any new features.

    • EnTerr

      Well, i am sure you got the advertisement at the bottom and the “featured” first channel… also audio ads in Pandora now, how about that? :) They were some other recent updates i can’t think of right away… Roku1 is not abandoned yet

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=642679443 Andre Aguiar

    No love for original Roku longtime owners?

    • http://twitter.com/RokuPlayer Roku, Inc.

      Sorry, Andre! We’re committed to offering the best possible experience at the best price, and exciting new features and content sometimes require new hardware. While we have continued to provide free software upgrades for all players, some new channels and features require more computational power, memory and/or flash than we were able to include in earlier Roku players.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=642679443 Andre Aguiar

        Can’t you add this feature to the iOS/Android app instead? It would cover a larger audience I would think.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jeffreyabr Jeff Abrahams

        Want mine back? I’d gladly upgrade if you had a trade-in deal.

        • Mary

          I agree Jeff. They SHOULD have a trade in deal. We’re talking about “Your ORIGINAL customers, Roku!

          • Anonymous

            Go to the Apple store and tell them you want a cheap upgrade on your iPhone 3 to iPhone 5. See how fast they laugh you out of the store.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=642679443 Andre Aguiar

            Actually AT&T will give you a trade in offer on older devices (I sold my iPhone 4 to Nextworth so my upgrade actually cost less than half). Make this search part of the iOS/Android remote app if it can’t be implemented in all devices.

          • tigereyes7088

            I Agree with ya’ll. I am finding out more and more of what a mistake I made in buying 2 of them and I am on Disability and can’t afford to upgrade, as much as I want too.

        • Mary

          I agree Jeff. They SHOULD have a trade in deal. We’re talking about “Your ORIGINAL customers, Roku!

        • http://twitter.com/RokuPlayer Roku, Inc.

          Hi Jeff,

          If you’re ready to upgrade, we’re currently offering fully certified, factory refurbished Roku 2 XD and XS players to legacy customers at 30% off list price, only available from our Channel Store in the Shop Roku Deals section.

          • EnTerr

            Clarification: the very same “fully certified, factory refurbished Roku 2 XD and XS players” are “only available from” http://www.roku.com/accessories too. But when buying through Roku player, they are discounted by $5

          • http://twitter.com/DoggyBagThis DoggyBagThis

            Jeff, but everyone gets on the holiday deal and they are sold out very quickly according to my research… so i took the lesser discount recently and ran with it…

          • http://twitter.com/DoggyBagThis DoggyBagThis

            Jeff, but everyone gets on the holiday deal and they are sold out very quickly according to my research… so i took the lesser discount recently and ran with it…

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rick-Harris/1604125583 Rick Harris

            But no mention of any ‘trade-in’ deals for 1st edition Rokus? 1 week after I bought mine, you released Roku2. Thanks for the screwing, and you didnt even bother to buy me dinner first!!

      • EnTerr

        Notice how the answer does not say THIS particular feature needs new hardware? That is because it does not!

        Search does not “require more computational power, memory and/or flash”, it could be done just fine on older hardware. Selecting a result however expects that corresponding channels (Amazon, Netflix, Vudu etc) get updated so that they can be opened seamlessly when movie is selected – and this will require updating older code there. What is happening is that Roku Inc is triaging its developer efforts towards the newer generations. In short: yeah, no love for non-Roku2 platforms.

      • Danobi1

        Perfect example of why “loyal” customers find other places/ devices to use for their programming entertainment. It seems a lot like a bait and switch. “Buy this cool new product and then in about a year we will ‘upgrade’ it so you are forced to buy our newer one. ” I know that there can be reverse programming done to these older Rokus that will let them function just like the new ones. But that wouldn’t get any new revenue now, would it? Ever heard of the saying “go home with the one that you came to the dance with”? We original users are feeling a bit like wallflowers.

        • oldinhenderson

          Sounds like APPLE!! Any of the ‘i’ products.

        • oldinhenderson

          Sounds like APPLE!! Any of the ‘i’ products.

        • oldinhenderson

          Sounds like APPLE!! Any of the ‘i’ products.

          • tigereyes7088

            I Was thinking the same thing.

        • four_strings

          Do you need a tissue? or a hug?
          You’re describing thing called “business”. Get used to it. Yes, you are being forced to buy new hardware to use new software. There’s nothing you can do about it. All the other companies do it too so switching brands won’t help. You can cry about it, but it won’t change anything. If you think you can modify your Roku to work with the new stuff (maybe you have those skills) you can try it but it would violate Roku’s policies and might even be a crime to do so.
          Roku didn’t pull a bait and switch on you. They sold a product and later introduced a newer product. They’re not selling 1974 Dodge Darts at the local Dodge dealer anymore either, and if you want airbags in your Dodge Dart you can’t get them in the 1974 model. You’ll need to buy a new model. See how that works? That’s progress, that’s improvement…that’s business.
          Dry your eyes, look in the mirror, and tell yourself, “Roku does not owe me a living.”

          • Brian Hunt

            then of course it would be perfectly OK to pop it open mess with the firmware and MAKE it do what we want right? Dry your eyes, look in the mirror, and tell yourself, “Roku does not own my device.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Forsberg/100001387343371 Bob Forsberg

        I’ve passed along my older models to my kids and another to my parents. Its always nice to have others to pass along the older gear to when new stuff comes out. I still think you guys should have a blue-ray disk player built in to a larger device. The blue ray player guys don’t have a remote or simple software like you guys do.

      • Matt Clipper

        Any chance you could build the search feature into the Roku mobile apps as a work-around for those of us with 1st gen devices? Smartphones should have more than enough computational power and memory to handle that task.

      • http://twitter.com/sunwarmed Sunny

        That is the same thing u said to the last one i had to upgrade, the XD. The guy said that should be good for a long time. Big surprise.

      • ek2112

        I traded my Roku HD (generation 1) last month for a decent deal and got a new XS – for about 50% of sticker price.

      • tigereyes7088

        I was wondering if TV.com works on the The Roku XD? I am finding more and more of what a mistake I made in buying 2 of them to find out that soon there wouldn’t be much available on these units. I don’t suppose you would exchange them for me since I am disabled and on a fixed income?

        Please answer

    • http://twitter.com/HOGEFAN Eric Desjardins

      Yeah. You got hundreds of free channels. How bout a little appreciation for getting more than what you paid for, Captain Greedy.

  • mycatlikesme

    why about Canada????? :(

  • mrtonothorns

    will be nice when you add in Playon.tv. For those who are paying for Hulu Plus, with Playon.tv, hulu is free.

    • EnTerr

      Almost certainly will never happen. Playon is not a real service as such, it is more of a leech that sucks content from PC and transfuses it for play to other devices (Roku, iOS, game consoles). Providers question legality of that but also it’s unclear which content is available via Playon (which channels have you installed there)

      • Playon User

        “Almost certainly will never happen.” Really? http://www.playon.tv/devices/roku

        • EnTerr

          Hey playon user! I did not mean there is no PlayOn channel – sure there is – but it is not created, promoted or endorsed by Roku Inc. I looked in the channel lineup on their website and cannot even see it listed as official channel, so seems to me it exists in a gray area as a private channels?

    • Somercamb

      Not sure what you mean…there is a PLAYON app

    • Somercamb

      Not sure what you mean…there is a PLAYON app

  • Jared

    Probably left the pre- Roku 2 out because of hardware limitations…

    This is awesome and one step closer to my dream of a unified queue personalized for each family member.

    • Ben

      What hardware limitations? Roku is basically a dumb terminal. This isn’t a hardware problem, it’s a sales problem. Roku just wants people to upgrade so they can make more money

      • EnTerr

        No, i don’t think the reason is as as crude but see my answer above – if they provide search on Roku1, they will have to modify also the content channels (Netflix, Amazon, Vudu etc) to be able to link from search results. Apparently judged is not worth the effort for them

      • Jared

        Roku 2 has a processor that is 50% faster. Channels are probably written completely different. I am a R&D manager at an electronics company myself and know that faster hardware mean more capable software features…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roku#Feature_comparison

        • EnTerr

          Correct, some channels have to be recompiled for new architecture. The Search does not require the new hardware per se, but linking from the results to respective channels (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu– etc) does need updating each of those channels.

  • jean r

    Yes…what about those of us who have older machines? Are you going to be one of those VERY annoying companies who does not support your older products and long standing customers who got you where you are today????

    • http://twitter.com/RokuPlayer Roku, Inc.

      Hi Jean,

      We continue to provide free software upgrades for all Roku players whenever available, but some new channels and features require more computational power, memory or flash than we were able to include in earlier Roku models. As technology advances, we will always take advantage of new options for the benefit of our customers. This doesn’t mean we’re purposefully leaving anyone behind; on the contrary, it means that we’re dedicated to providing customers with the best possible streaming experience at the best price. We keep prices low in an effort to make upgrades accessible – if you’re interested in an upgrade, we’re currently offering a great deal on fully certified, factory refurbished Roku 2 XD and XS players, only available from the Channel Store in the Shop Roku Deals section. We’ve also got some great holiday deals coming up soon!

      • EnTerr

        Could you kindly explain what is it in the Search feature that makes it hard for you to implement on Roku1? Maybe i can help: there is no issue of computational power, memory or flash for THIS very feature. So what is it?

    • http://twitter.com/HOGEFAN Eric Desjardins

      Are you still wearing the shoes you bought 50 years ago? Still using the same toaster from your first wedding? Still using your original computer? Your original telephone? Driving your first car? Get over your inflated sense of self worth and buy another damn Roku you cheapskate.

    • http://twitter.com/HOGEFAN Eric Desjardins

      Are you still wearing the shoes you bought 50 years ago? Still using the same toaster from your first wedding? Still using your original computer? Your original telephone? Driving your first car? Get over your inflated sense of self worth and buy another damn Roku you cheapskate.

    • four_strings

      Computing technology advances faster than most other forms of technology in our modern world. Equipment that was the new, state of the art item mere months or even WEEKS ago becomes “old” or even obsolete. Sometimes this is due to advances in microprocessing technology and sometimes companies simply need to offer a new item on the market to generate cash flow. A key phrase is cash FLOW. Money should be viewed like water. If it sits with no movement it stagnates (devalues). If there is some movement on it, it refreshes (increases). Spend your money and you’ll get more. Hoard it and you’ll find yourself lacking. If a company didn’t offer new products, they would not have healthy cash flow and could risk not having the funds for further research and development. If that happens, they soon won’t have anything new to offer and will fall behind competitors in the field. When that happens, will you NOT buy anything new–even from another company?

      If the company ceased putting new things on the market, the question will become: Are you going to be on of those VERY annoying customers who does not support your older companies who sold you the original products that you loved when they have nothing new, nothing more to offer?

      I’m sure that if Roku went the way of the dinosaur, you’d jump on the GoogleTV or AppleTV band wagon and continue on with life. Just like the fact that you’re not accessing this website from a Wang computer.

      I had the older Roku and have since purchased 2 of the Roku2′s (one for my use and one as a gift). Just consider your Roku a “gateway drug” and enjoy the ride. Go get the new one. Trust me, it’s superior to the first one.

  • http://twitter.com/KathieKatKate ☮ Kathie Frey ☮

    that’s exactly what i suggested! :)

  • Anonymous

    Have they added a way to disable netflix search on new rokus yet?

  • Nikolai

    Pretty sweet idea and implementation. Saves me from performing several search queries to locate my viewing desire.

  • MetsFan

    hurry up with that update! Suddenly, I am like, “Sandy who?” :)

    • Topher

      You can push the update yourself..if it hasn’t taken yet….it’s under your settings…

    • http://twitter.com/RokuPlayer Roku, Inc.

      We’re workin’ on it! Should be available very, very soon.

  • D

    I’ve been toying with the idea of developing something like this. This has long been a desire of mine to have.
    As for not supporting older Rokus, we’ve got the original Roku from 2008, a Roku XDS, a Roku LT, and a Roku 2 XS. The price is low enough, if you’re still on old-school Rokus, it might be time for you to upgrade.

  • mlitt55

    True… wish they’d help us original users too… :( Not happy. My next upgrade will be to another vendor since Roku doesn’t like us.

  • http://twitter.com/sebjam_es Sebastian James

    No love for UK Roku?

  • http://twitter.com/DrakeT3k Michael Downing

    More of a suggestion (or Personal Preference): Can you change the order of the Search on the Channel screen and place it between the Channel Store and the rest of my channels? Or better yet, allow me to move it any position on my channel screen?

    • EnTerr

      Great request, the lineup beginning is getting clogged by fixed channels now, should be able to move those around as well

      • Anonymous

        They could be arranged in a grid form on the screen.

        • Amanda

          This is what I’d really like, a grid layout similar to that of the Wii (or the Roku packaging, for that matter).

  • http://www.facebook.com/kmattoo Kanchan Mattoo

    Another request to add this to older boxes. I’m not sure why this would be such a huge upgrade for older boxes or require that much more computations.

    I too will be unlikely to buy a new roku box, if this is this way you guys handle this.

  • Mickee

    I am assuming from all I have read, video I watched that it only searches a select few channels, not the hundreds available, not the PlayOn Channels that work on Roku. I was very hyped at the possibility of this program and quickly became disappointed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beverlie.lee Beverlie Tigert Lee

    I love the FREEdom of no active service with any of the satellite tv services, but with my ROKU, and my unlimited Wifi streaming, I have access to millions of movies, news casts, sports, even cooking shows, etc!!! The sky is the limit!!!!

  • Vindogg

    This is a great feature! I can’t believe all the negative comments here! No piece of hardware lasts forever and an upgrade is pretty inexpensive compared to other hardware. You have lived without it for a couple years, you can keep on living without it!!

    • Ken

      Thanks.

  • Mary

    Yeah. This really sucks for the longtime owners of the original Roku. I guess we aren’t loyal enough, huh? Gotta spend more money to get better updates…..you guys are becoming just like Apple. Greedy. It is not right.

    • bbandt

      When you buy a new car what exactly happens??? When new stuff comes out pay for it and stop complaining. Must be a Democrat

      • Ken

        Well not exactly the same thing. You can trade in a car you bought new for a newer model in a 1, 2, 3+ yrs. You probably will lose on the deal because of depreciation BUT it can be and is done. Please keep on topic. I know Foxnews viewers are out there but every time you speak, well…

        • http://twitter.com/HOGEFAN Eric Desjardins

          Yes, Ken. You’ll have to spend more money for that auto upgrade, just like you have to spend more for a Roku upgrade that does more. What a novel concept.

          Hey Mary. Why don’t you take in your Maytag dryer from 1982 and ask Sears to make it energy efficient so you can get a tax break.

          At least you get your free Obamaphone!

    • http://twitter.com/HOGEFAN Eric Desjardins

      STFU Mary. You still get the same service that you originally paid for. Matter of fact, you currently get more channels than what you originally had when you bought the Roku. So the value you received for that Roku purchase was there and is still there. Now you’re crying over not getting more freebies? Why don’t you take your 1978 Datsun down to the Nissan dealership and ask them to install satellite radio for free because of your long-time devotion? After all, since you paid for something along time ago, people should be bowing to you and kissing your feet. You bought Roku because it was a great deal on good entertainment and you’re still getting that service. The only one being greedy is YOU.

      YOU MARY!

  • http://www.facebook.com/fmedinamm Fernando Medina M

    Looks great, although, my first test, “James Bond” does not bring up what I expected.. I imagine there will be quite a few looking for James Bond :-) Keep up the great work!

  • Will

    Will this work on roku xds?

  • Shawneda Marks

    Dear Tom,

    I noticed you don’t respond to what may be considered the negative comments from neglected Roku early adopters. That is a great PR move but not so good for customer relations. May I suggest a compromise between an upgrade deal like most larger tech companies do that requires you paying to ship back the old console, or give some ridiculous amount off when many (not all) consumers including the “Spendthrifty Sallys” using Roku upgrade phones each year. May I suggest a coupon EMAILED to early adopters as a token of appreciation for Christmas to upgrade to the Roku 2, or a multi-unit coupon for families that have cut the cable and receive the bulk of their non antenna content via a Roku.

    I’m a small business owner so I understand the back office costs of shipping, storage or disposal of old units (that opens an entirely different set of issues) for a mass trade in situation that would not be beneficial or smart business for Roku to continue to be in business for the long haul. On the flip side consider that many who have cut the cord and are being fiscally responsible may be saving up to replace their old flat screens with a smart tv. Once they buy a smart tv …where does that leave you?

    Consider the early adopter only coupon code and multiple unit coupon code for early adopters as a Christmas or once a season thank you. We WANT to give you more business and I can’t speak for others but I’d rather buy a new Roku vs a new television (we only own one in our household.) By extending this olive branch it shows you’re not a new “Apple”, so blinded by greed or need you will ignore a large section of your customer base and you have something rare in today’s market “customer consideration”.

    Just a thought. I’m considering upgrading to a Roku 2 at some point in the next six months just because I enjoy the service and upgrade many of my daily use gadgets every two to three years, I just need to research the difference between the options. However most families have more than one television and upgrading all their sets at full retail value is not a sound expenditure for their budgets. Consider them and offer an upgrade coupon for Black Friday, Christmas or a special Roku early adopter appreciation campaign. In the long run ignoring them will not help anyone, considering them will be a win – win in the end.

    Still glad I cut the cable (20 year Customer Service Veteran),
    Shawneda

    • bbandt

      Get over it sounds like a iphone user. LOL

      • IfYouCantSayAnythingNice

        Get over it? The person above wasn’t actually complaining, or did you even read the post? They were offering some advice on how Roku might be able to quell those that *are* complaining, not actually complaining themselves. Guess you didn’t see this part: “I’m considering upgrading to a Roku 2 at some point in the next six months just because I enjoy the service and upgrade many of my daily use gadgets every two to three years”. Don’t be so rude and assumptive.

    • Bobby

      Its something about the original Roku that is BOSS. Every now and then I have to reboot it. But its a killer unit, I’ve had mine for at least 2 years. Honestly, it took me about 6 months to get into it. Once I discovered private channels and paid a few subscriptions, I started to see its potential and eventually cut the cord. I will upgrade when my unit no longer works correctly.

      • http://twitter.com/RokuPlayer Roku, Inc.

        So glad you’re getting the most out of your Roku, Bobby! Thanks for your support.

        • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.politano.3 Thomas Politano

          Hey Roku….real issue with me is I cannot upgrade because I use the optical out on my original unit. And I use mine wired! Not sure why the newer units have less options. :-(

        • Guest

          My post was in the spirit of support as well, I saw your post stating you’d be offering great Christmas offers which you probably planned long before my diatribe. Good to know you’re offering new sales. Once I complete my NaNoWriMo projects I’ll begin my research in the difference between the Roku upgrade options available.

          Still glad I cut the cable thankful for the $1200 savings a year!
          Shawneda

        • http://www.facebook.com/juanita.lemmon Juanita Vilt Lemmon

          I got more out of my ROKU than I ever expected

      • ek2112

        I already did..been a customer for more than two years now and like they say “good things come in small packages” :) too cheesy.

    • http://twitter.com/RokuPlayer Roku, Inc.

      Hi Shawneda, thanks so much for your feedback. We’re working hard to take full advantage of new and changing technology for the benefit of our customers, and we keep our prices low in an effort to make upgrades accessible for everyone. If you’re ready to upgrade, we’re currently offering fully certified, factory refurbished Roku 2 XD and XS players to legacy customers at 30% off list price, only available from our Channel Store in the Shop Roku Deals section.

      • EnTerr

        Newsflash: the very same “fully certified, factory refurbished Roku 2 XD and XS players” are “only available from” http://www.roku.com/accessories too. But they are discounted by $5 when buying through Roku player.

      • Shawneda Marks

        AWESOME! Will go check it out! Like I said I am glad I cut the cable. I’ve also been telling everyone I know about Roku … introduced it to my church when we did a debt free discussion and have been thinking about blogging it about it so when I post my videos on Vimeo watchers know how to find me. As soon as I complete my National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo novel project I’ll be starting my research.

        Excited about the Amazon cloud player upgrades being developed and when Google releases them to share YouTube directly …pesky ad regulations. *smile*

        Looking forward to the upgrade,
        Shawneda

    • Leslie Hinkle

      I have noticed reading this blog that they are responding, are you reading their responses? or do your eyes just skip over them?

    • Anonymous

      How much did you pay for your Roku? I paid less than $100, and I’ve received hundreds of hours of enjoyment. Easily worth my money, and the company doesn’t owe me a thing.

      Cheap, cheap, cheap.

    • Anonymous

      How much did you pay for your Roku? I paid less than $100, and I’ve received hundreds of hours of enjoyment. Easily worth my money, and the company doesn’t owe me a thing.

      Cheap, cheap, cheap.

  • Josh

    The Roku is so cheap I am not sure why people are complaining. How often do you replace your cellphone that most certainly costs more? The problem with Roku’s price point is that it leaves little for discount and doesn’t allow Roku to trick its customers. We are already getting it at a discount.

    So Roku, my suggestion is to raise the Roku price to $200, and then give it to your long time customers for a 50% off deal. Maybe then they will stop complaining.

    • http://twitter.com/HOGEFAN Eric Desjardins

      People will always complain because that’s what they do. Society has never had it so good. When I was a kid, I had four channels. MARY has 1000 channels for free and she’s bitching because she wants more services that she doesn’t need and didn’t originally pay for, for free.

      Hey MARY! Don’t forget to take your 1963 refrigerator down to Sears and ask them to add an ice maker to it for free, which they should do with no problem because of your GOLDEN LOYALTY.

  • needutube

    without youtube content, what is there to search? when we get youtube..

  • Grant Blankenship

    Not to be a jerk, but it would be kind of nice if this feature were extended to the early adopters. I know planned obsolescence is the bread and butter of the gadget industry, but still……

  • Grant Blankenship

    Not to be a jerk, but it would be kind of nice if this feature were extended to the early adopters. I know planned obsolescence is the bread and butter of the gadget industry, but still……

  • Grant Blankenship

    Not to be a jerk, but it would be kind of nice if this feature were extended to the early adopters. I know planned obsolescence is the bread and butter of the gadget industry, but still……

  • Magister

    To pick up on the Roku 1 complaints….I am now hesitant to buy a Roku 2, which is two years old, because I know it will be dropped when the Roku 3 comes out (which, when will that be?). I too bought the Roku a little time before the Roku 2 came out. Sooo, your decisions are actually keeping me from upgrading because I just suspect it will happen again. If I bought another box like this, I would NOT buy an old hardware Roku 2 since you guys will drop it like a hot potato sometime this year. A roku is not even in the conversation. Apple TV or Costar for me until Roku 3.

    • Anonymous

      You will run into the exact same issues with your other options. I’ve been there done that and have come to expect that all the streaming media providers simply follow the same upgrade model.

      • Magister

        Yeah, but the Roku 2 came out in July of 2011. Costar just came out. My point was that I will not buy the Roku 2 because it is dated hardware. I am not upgrading to the 2 just as they are about to kill it.

      • Magister

        Yeah, but the Roku 2 came out in July of 2011. Costar just came out. My point was that I will not buy the Roku 2 because it is dated hardware. I am not upgrading to the 2 just as they are about to kill it.

    • http://twitter.com/RokuPlayer Roku, Inc.

      So sorry to hear that you’re feeling this way. We’re committed to offering the best possible streaming experience, and new features sometimes require new hardware – this is the nature of evolving consumer technology. We will always take full advantage of new options for the benefit of our customers, and we keep our prices low in an effort to make upgrades accessible for everyone as streaming media advances. We’ve got some great holiday deals coming up if you’re ready for an upgrade!

  • http://twitter.com/marctobolski Marc Tobolski

    Thanks for the really cool upgrade. I bought a Roku when they first came out and have upgraded and now have a Roku 2 XS because of the added features (1080p, ethernet, USB port). We use this generation of the Roku far more than our old 1st Gen Apple TV. Just having the ability to hang a hard drive off this has increased the value tenfold. Now having search for programs in top channels is awesome. Hopefully it will expand even further across the platform. Unfortunate that many of the legacy users do not see the value in upgrading their gear to at least get the digital output and added-value you guys are building into each new product launch. Because that is what it is – a reward for the folks that are not just loyal to the device but loyal to the growing experience you guys are bringing to the table with each new generation of gear. Some folks think that loyalty is a one-way street in the world of consumer goods. It is not. If the time comes when they do reconsider upgrading gear and have to choose between you and the competitiors it will be based upon who brings more to the table today. And those innovations are paid for by consumers who BUY NEW GEAR. My $60 investment in Roku years ago paid for that iteration of platform development, not all the new bells and whistles it must cost you to keep on the leading edge of this technology. That is what new revenue buys all consumers – innovation. But there has to be a cost of entry, or re-entry, if you want the latest and greatest. And I will gladly drop another $100 on Roku if I can get more/better stuff in the next generations of gear. Thanks again, Roku!

    • Brooksie

      must be a Roku employee!

      • http://twitter.com/marctobolski Marc Tobolski

        Nope – just a satisfied and loyal customer.

    • http://twitter.com/RokuPlayer Roku, Inc.

      Thanks so much for your support, Marc! So happy to hear that you’re loving your Roku 2 XS.

  • http://twitter.com/marctobolski Marc Tobolski

    Thanks for the really cool upgrade. I bought a Roku when they first came out and have upgraded and now have a Roku 2 XS because of the added features (1080p, ethernet, USB port). We use this generation of the Roku far more than our old 1st Gen Apple TV. Just having the ability to hang a hard drive off this has increased the value tenfold. Now having search for programs in top channels is awesome. Hopefully it will expand even further across the platform. Unfortunate that many of the legacy users do not see the value in upgrading their gear to at least get the digital output and added-value you guys are building into each new product launch. Because that is what it is – a reward for the folks that are not just loyal to the device but loyal to the growing experience you guys are bringing to the table with each new generation of gear. Some folks think that loyalty is a one-way street in the world of consumer goods. It is not. If the time comes when they do reconsider upgrading gear and have to choose between you and the competitiors it will be based upon who brings more to the table today. And those innovations are paid for by consumers who BUY NEW GEAR. My $60 investment in Roku years ago paid for that iteration of platform development, not all the new bells and whistles it must cost you to keep on the leading edge of this technology. That is what new revenue buys all consumers – innovation. But there has to be a cost of entry, or re-entry, if you want the latest and greatest. And I will gladly drop another $100 on Roku if I can get more/better stuff in the next generations of gear. Thanks again, Roku!

  • http://www.lilyofthewoods.com/ Lilyofthewoods

    .
    I started off with 3 Rokus. One of them broke and had to buy to buy the XD version. To say that this one is obsolete yet again is crazy and lousy customer service. Be assured it will be Bluray from now on.

    • Ken

      HAD to buy? HAD to buy? When I first saw ROKU I didn’t buy. When the ROKU@ XD came out decided time to buy. I’ve alway been amazed by ppl have to get something and THEN when new “stuff” comes out they are upset. I suppose the ppl who bought a kerosene lamp where pissed with the light bulb came along.

  • JJ

    I have to agree with the other people who have complained about Roku’s failure to include the original Roku in this update. For goodness sake, we who own the first Roku are the very reason there have been newer, better Rokus. Without us, you would be nowhere.

    And as for the people who seem to believe that we should get rid of our old units and purchase the new ones… you all are the reason our landfills are full. Some of us believe in keeping things until they no longer work. I have too much respect for the environment AND my wallet to upgrade every time something better comes along.

    I have 3, count ‘em THREE of the first units, and they all still work perfectly. I will not be selling or dumping them just to purchase some of the newer models of Roku. I will, however, consider some option other than ROKU when these units break. Now that I see that Roku has no respect for those of us who got them where they are today, I will change brands.

    Also, I abhor the way the person who answered the first poster tried to make it sound like it was not possible to give this update to the original box. How dishonest. I prefer to do business with a company which I can trust. Shame on you, Roku! With that attitude of speaking with forked tongues, you all should try a career in politics.

    • Ken

      I think some of these posts are from the competition. Or from people who take their viewing just a wheee bit too serious. There is no product that stays the same. All companies (especially electronics). If you don’t like the ROKU then don’t buy another. You complained about the cable companies, then the satellite companies. I suppose ROKU had to be next. My suggestion? Go Apple, My man, Go Apple (I’ll stick w/ ROKU).

  • highfigh

    You people want a trade-in deal for something that’s more than a year old? How much would you want- full retail? Get a freaking grip, ya bunch of cheap bastiges! Put the old one on a different TV and get a new one for the main one. Put it in the garage and stream Pandora.

  • highfigh

    You people want a trade-in deal for something that’s more than a year old? How much would you want- full retail? Get a freaking grip, ya bunch of cheap bastiges! Put the old one on a different TV and get a new one for the main one. Put it in the garage and stream Pandora.

    • EnTerr

      There is a $5 extra discount for existing users if order refurb through Roku :) . Which are already discounted by $20-25

  • highfigh

    I would like to see YouTube on Roku, too.

  • joe

    IS HBO Go supported for Direct TV customers?

    • FLJerseyBoy

      No. But that’s a decision by Directv, NOT Roku (or HBO, for that matter). I just complained about this to Directv yesterday. Their reply said they’re committed to exploring new platforms, etc., but ended by pushing their HBO On Demand (which, you probably know, doesn’t totally stack up against HBO Go).

  • sid

    search for new roku only……bye

  • sid

    bye roku….apple tv here i come

    • Please

      Right, because Apple NEVER comes out with new features that don’t work on their older devices.

    • Please

      Right, because Apple NEVER comes out with new features that don’t work on their older devices.

  • sid

    bye roku….apple tv here i come

  • JailbreakingAnAppleTV

    This slap in the face has sealed the deal for me. I’m done with Roku.

  • JailbreakingAnAppleTV

    This slap in the face has sealed the deal for me. I’m done with Roku.

    • Ken

      Bye. I have ROKU 2 & I likey likey, likey.

    • Ken

      Bye. I have ROKU 2 & I likey likey, likey.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000136676793 Vnz Junk

    At the LEAST Roku could have provided the equivalent search function externally on their website so even though the Roku 1 owners could not take advantage of the ease of use it will provide to Roku 2 units, the first adopters would not be entirely left out in the cold. They have for years provided an online search database for their audio only products. No reason why they could not do the same for 1st gen Roku owners. While this would not necessarily cause inducement to purchase Roku 2′s (and it might if the ones using the online search found it very desirable) it would at least be a nod to early adopters that……..’We have not entirely forgotten you’. It wouldn’t be the same of course as the new channel/function but it would be appreciated. More so than the terse…….your older box just is not compatible which is basally what we just got.

    This could have been handled much better…………..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000136676793 Vnz Junk

    At the LEAST Roku could have provided the equivalent search function externally on their website so even though the Roku 1 owners could not take advantage of the ease of use it will provide to Roku 2 units, the first adopters would not be entirely left out in the cold. They have for years provided an online search database for their audio only products. No reason why they could not do the same for 1st gen Roku owners. While this would not necessarily cause inducement to purchase Roku 2′s (and it might if the ones using the online search found it very desirable) it would at least be a nod to early adopters that……..’We have not entirely forgotten you’. It wouldn’t be the same of course as the new channel/function but it would be appreciated. More so than the terse…….your older box just is not compatible which is basally what we just got.

    This could have been handled much better…………..

  • http://profiles.google.com/plowenstein Paul Lowenstein

    You need to be upfront on channel pricing on the ADD CHANNEL page. I added this channel (http://www.roku.com/channels/#!details/10734/paranormal-reality) and it said “great, now there will be a $5 fee before you can begin using the channel). No where does it mention a fee…. I assume these new features work with the ROKU 2 XD?

  • http://profiles.google.com/plowenstein Paul Lowenstein

    You need to be upfront on channel pricing on the ADD CHANNEL page. I added this channel (http://www.roku.com/channels/#!details/10734/paranormal-reality) and it said “great, now there will be a $5 fee before you can begin using the channel). No where does it mention a fee…. I assume these new features work with the ROKU 2 XD?

    • Amanda

      I agree this is misleading, but I’m not sure how involved Roku themselves are with channel development and writing the descriptions. Though I’ve run into this a few times before (that same channel, even), and do agree that they should screen better for misleading channels like that.

    • Amanda

      I agree this is misleading, but I’m not sure how involved Roku themselves are with channel development and writing the descriptions. Though I’ve run into this a few times before (that same channel, even), and do agree that they should screen better for misleading channels like that.

  • NoRokuforU

    I’ll chime in like most of the others…I chose the original Roku over Apple TV a few weeks before the 2 came out, now feeling left behind. Been hesitant to buy the 2, as it seems time for another one will come out right behind it. This move has pushed me to Apple.

    • Ken

      Pushed you to Apple? You mean the company who comes out with a new version of EVERYTHING every few months. People who go to Apple aren’t pushed they jump. You didn’t notice the long lines? Apple loyalists (Lemmings) have money. ROKU@ XD meets my needs and looka there looka there I have some cash left.

    • Ken

      Pushed you to Apple? You mean the company who comes out with a new version of EVERYTHING every few months. People who go to Apple aren’t pushed they jump. You didn’t notice the long lines? Apple loyalists (Lemmings) have money. ROKU@ XD meets my needs and looka there looka there I have some cash left.

  • sp

    why there is not a search option for ROKU apps?

    • Amanda

      That’s what I thought this was going to be when I first read the headline. As the Channel Store grows, there’s more and more of a need to be able to search it.

  • TW

    Awesome update. Maybe one-stop browsing next?

  • http://www.facebook.com/TerenceNY Terence Finn

    Fantastic! This and subtitles definitely make me want to upgrade

  • Matt

    You know, I understand that old tech becomes obsolete eventually, and that’s fine. It’s especially fine for companies that don’t rely nearly as much on word of mouth to get people to buy their product. It’s a pretty small market of users, and Roku not only needs their users to promote their product, but they need Roku users to promote the whole idea of using a device like this in the first place.

    I’ve got plenty of functionality in my old boxes, and so I haven’t upgraded. In fact, I probably won’t upgrade until I need to – disposable electronic devices kind of get under my skin. That means that if someone is looking at my set up, I can tell them how great the old boxes are, and I can tell them that they’ve got new devices with more features – that didn’t make it onto their old boxes. What I can’t do is actually show them off, or even speak to how well the new features work. Yeah, new boxes have VUDU, but for all I know it works like beans.

    Anyway, this is all to say that companies like Samsung and Google, that have an enormous user base and huge marketing dollars, don’t rely on their users to sell their devices quite like Roku does. A little love for current users, early adopters, etc would go a long way. No, I don’t feel like Roku owes me anything because I’ve been using their product. But I do think it would be a really smart move for their business.

    I mean, afterall, what sets Roku apart? User experience? Who can speak best to that?

    • http://twitter.com/HOGEFAN Eric Desjardins

      The “little love” for current users is adding a ton of new channels at no extra cost to you. My question to you is, when are you going to stop feeling greedy and entitled?

  • http://profiles.google.com/plowenstein Paul Lowenstein

    Also, what is the difference between the LT and HD Roku? According to your site (http://shop.roku.com/), they have the same specs, but HD is more Expensive…

  • JT

    Like many here, I suspect, I was persuaded (suckered in?!) to buy a Roku 1 when the prices suddenly plummeted a couple of years ago; and we soon found out why, didn’t we?! They obviously wanted to clear out as much of their existing (and soon-to-be-obsolete!) inventory as they could just before releasing Roku 2, which of course had us all kicking ourselves that we didn’t just wait a few days… hours…. minutes longer. And they’ve been teasing us ever since with emails about upgrades that we can’t enjoy either, like this one….. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. And if, like me, you’re ever tempted to buy a re-furbished R2 with its advertised ‘free shipping’, you’ll find that they’ve discontinued that offer (even though new ones still ship free), so a refurbished one ends-up being almost the same price as a new one. Way to encourage brand loyalty, Guys!

  • SpankyWard

    I have two Roku 2′s, What’s the deal with the sluggish movement? I constantly have to unplug the roku wait and plug it back in for it to start working again. Major pain in the but. Why do they do that? So annoying.

    • estris

      I get that too, I think it’s the remote batteries. When i use my iphone app, it navigates marvelously.

      • wolfgang12

        that’s what I found, too. New remote batteries fixed it.

  • bbandt

    Hey Tom the Roku2 constantly hangs-ups, am I getting that from my great Comcast service or from some other problem. You see I rarely watch any cable TV anymore can’t stand the commercials. What do you think???

  • bbandt

    Hey Tom the Roku2 constantly hangs-ups, am I getting that from my great Comcast service or from some other problem. You see I rarely watch any cable TV anymore can’t stand the commercials. What do you think???

  • tbear

    Man! A lot of people here looking for “hand outs”. You want this for free and this for free or some great big discount. Some of you need to sit down and think about if you had a company and tried doing things for free or very little money and see how long you stay in business.

  • DR

    Funny………having a “You Tube” video showing how the new search works but you cant get You Tube on Roku! My only complaint about Roku is the lack of You Tube

  • Anonymous

    Roku – you may have discovered that you created a bridge to television watching for people sick of paying cable costs. The downside is that they don’t want to pay for anything else either!

    Jeez louise people…. the Roku’s are freaking $100. An entertainment bargain if ever there was one. Once the Roku 2 came out I grabbed one. Our first Roku sits and gathers dust.

    • Bill G.

      I’ve got to agree. The cost of cable for some folks is around $100.00 a month, and remember that’s a recurring charge every month. If you thought of these model upgrades as a recurring charge, a $100.00 every few years doesn’t sound so bad, and it’s your choice when and if you upgrade. With cable, or satellite, if you don’t like price increases you have very little choice, you either pony-up, or drop their service, and none of the equipment belongs to you. I really do understand where people are coming from, but 1-3 months of cable/satellite service cost, could pay for a new Roku.

      • Quincy

        Exactly Bill . . . I bought my Roku 2 the month that my sattelite 2 year contract at $80 p/m ran out. After a week or so I was convinced that my one time purchase fee of $80 was providing me with not only superior content quantity but quality as well. I didn’t renew my contract and am now saving over $700 p/year.

  • RokuPhil

    Seriously folks? I’m an original customer too but why on earth should I feel entitled that they owe me free or nearly free new hardware? You can pick a new one up for $50 and recycle your old one with Gazelle…how much better of a deal do you want? That’s 1/2 of what you paid for the original and an instant upgrade to your old box. For crying out loud, either stick it out with your old box or save your allowance for the next few weeks and get a refurb.

    • EnTerr

      True but the Search feature does not require new hardware, just software update for the older models. They could chose to do it or not – and seems the choice is not to.

      • four_strings

        Yes. They simply chose not to in order to entice you to buy a newer model. What are you gonna do? You can cry about it and live without a Search, or you can buy a new Roku. Those are your only 2 choices (because the other companies do the same thing too). In the end, you’ll buy a new Roku like the rest of us did.
        …”Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.”

    • http://twitter.com/sunwarmed Sunny

      Its not just original customers. I have upgraded twice already. ITs never enough.

      • Randy M

        You do not have to have the best to enjoy yourself unless you want to upgrade to a device that can do more than the one you now have. When the computers came out and I bought my 1st one in 1991 for $2,500., It was outdated as soon as I left the store. Better PC’s were made every 6 to 8 months. Most of us could not keep up. I had to buy a new PC every two years between 2 to 3 thousands dollars each time..Look at what the printers do today compared to yesterday. The prices now keep going down and the computers last years, unless you feel that you need to have the best.
        I am just glad that the Roku makes devices in all the price ranges and still keep them below $100, each for the best. Look what some of the other company’s charge for what they want us to buy that can only get just a few channels. I am looking forward in putting the new Roku Stick device in my TV once I buy a new one in a few years. I still wish it was made like Roku 1st told us. It was going to plug into the TV HDMI plug, but not now. it can only be used on a new tv that has a special usb type plug that just came out a few months ago. Maybe they could make a adapter that can plug into the TV and the Roku Stick??

        • four_strings

          Well, the good news is that by the time we’re ready go upgrade to the Roku Stick, we’ll be ready to upgrade the TV as well. I just got the Roku 2 (and the plasma TV for that matter) so Roku’s going to have to wait a little while before they get more $ out of me.

    • Randy M

      How right you are. I do not understand why some people feel that Roku owes them new hardware when the older Roku boxes get more channels now then they ever had when before. In 2008 I bought three $100.00 Roku devices and I never ever had any problems with them. I now have upgraded to the Roku 2 XS with a 16g card. that now has over 350 channels and 9 games on it that I use 18 hours every day. Thank you Roku for upgrading your devices and keeping the price down on them. I sold my 3 older Roku devices for $40.00 each and paid only $79.00 for my new Roku 2 XS devices. So I got a great deal and had to pay only $39.00 for each of my new ones. You can not beat that. I also save $172.00 each month by watching my Roku 2 XS after I cancel my Sat. TV that I had since 1996. That saves me over $2,000.00 each year. I LOVE YOU ROKU!!! KEEP IT UP!!

  • Spirit of 1791

    Unbelievable whining! When cable brought HD, did they upgrade you for free? You are still paying for it. How about Satellite? New dish and box…how much of that was free? $80 for a box with things you want at a low cost…grow up!

  • Spirit of 1791

    Unbelievable whining! When cable brought HD, did they upgrade you for free? You are still paying for it. How about Satellite? New dish and box…how much of that was free? $80 for a box with things you want at a low cost…grow up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.mayo.5030 John Mayo

    roku is so cool

  • Dee

    what is this trick or treat, I’m not getting anything but a blank screen on the video

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=30800220 Lee Roberson

    Is this powered by canistream.it?

  • Jack

    I kind of feel ROKU has let us older users down with this. I have told so many people how cool the old ROKU is, and encourages them to dump their dishes and cable and save alot of cash like I did, but my unit isn’t all that old, maybe 3 yrs. I feel that if this feature isn’t available on the ROKU 1 then they should offer us a trade in, like one other user suggested, Don’t get me wrong, I love my ROKU, it’s just that even at that time, I bought the most expensive of the 3 they had offered, and have generated alot of other money for them by telling others about it. So I suppose Andre is correct when he says “No love for original ROKU owners”

  • Sad But True

    I only bought this device for two reasons…One for Netflix and its great! Two for HBOgo and this is horrible since I have Comcast I cant and probably wont see it ever. I would have appreciated that info prior to buying it I would have bought something else.

  • Rident

    So I guess this is really cool for people that pay for 6 different video streaming services but what about your users with media stored on their USB drive or shared across their local network with Plex? Please hook your search into these media sources also.

  • Mandi

    :) I was just saying about a month ago how this feature would be so useful! Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002753092110 Tonya Kellum

    And just where is this so called search I just bought my Roku a few months ago no search anywhere

  • Paul Higby

    Nice! Like! Thanks. But – NO CLUE which Roku I have, so I’ll have to wait till I get home to look at the box to find out if this is helpful or not. (Though I presume that it likely will work, since I bought my Rokus new in the past month.)

  • Mal

    I like that you’ve included this search feature. I don’t agree with the complainers with older models. That would be like complaining my old XP computer won’t run windows 7. It was the latest for it’s day, but computers continue to get more advanced, and so do Roku players.

  • chris r

    after years of paying for increasing satellite fees(as much as 100.00 per mth) I decided to purchase Roku. A one time purchase that I’ve had for nearly a year…let me see 11mths X100.00(100.00 x1) do the math we are pleased

  • allyn

    Roku Search sounds awesome. I can’t wait to try it out. One thing, I’d like to know for Amazon results whether the show is free with Prime. (Meaning if the show is free with Prime I would want the results to say “Free with Prime” or show “$3.99, Free with Prime”, or have the price with the Prime logo next to it, but not *just* say $3.99). Can’t tell from the video if that is already included. Also, I noticed in the video for TV shows that the prices of TV shows were not listed, just the number of episodes. I’d like to see the prices listed also. Thanks.

  • Kurt

    This is the coolest feature I’ve seen in a long time. I have three TV’s each with a unique streaming device (Roku, Apple TV, PS3). The Roku is my favorite. Now, if you could just add YouTube……..

    • str1pes

      get playon. 15 bucks total for first six months, 5 bucks a month after. Has youtube included with basic playon package.

  • Sween

    This seems like a great opportunity to position Roku as the search provider for not only Roku channels but non Roku channels like FIOS, Comcast or whatever. While this new feature helps, it reinforces the artificial boundaries between over-the-top content and traditional providers. As consumers, we don’t really care about these boundaries. It is all equal to us without true boundaries.

  • Sween

    This seems like a great opportunity to position Roku as the search provider for not only Roku channels but non Roku channels like FIOS, Comcast or whatever. While this new feature helps, it reinforces the artificial boundaries between over-the-top content and traditional providers. As consumers, we don’t really care about these boundaries. It is all equal to us without true boundaries.

  • s wall

    i find roku was a HUGE bargain at $49…. watched 8 years of ‘Foyle’s War” and never had a problem… any chance of supporting the Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Metplayer’ which allows access to hundreds of videos and recordings fronm 75 YEARS of Met archives????

  • s wall

    i find roku was a HUGE bargain at $49…. watched 8 years of ‘Foyle’s War” and never had a problem… any chance of supporting the Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Metplayer’ which allows access to hundreds of videos and recordings fronm 75 YEARS of Met archives????

  • GMattie

    Ugh! Stop whining, Roku 1 users. I have a Roku 1 and 2; happy with both. Pony up the dough and upgrade. It is still cheaper that a monthly cable bill. You still save. Some of your complaints are so petty! Maybe Roku should develop a Cheese channel to go with your ‘whine’.

  • ungoody2shoes

    OMG! I never saw so many whiners! It’s not likeyou have to take out a personal loan to buy one of these. I suppose you still have a telephone with a rotary dial and a tv with no remote and tuner dials for VHF and UHF? Maybe a car that you crank in the front? Maybe you have a selectric to type your snail mail on, too…

    • http://twitter.com/HOGEFAN Eric Desjardins

      I would love to kick every one of these “I started Roku’s business” whiners square in the nuts.

  • Mary E

    Wahoo!!! Love the new feature:) thank you Roku

  • Mary E

    Wahoo!!! Love the new feature:) thank you Roku

  • BrianSinclair

    Any idea when this option will be available in Canada?
    Thanks!

  • sylvfairclo

    Why were all of the older western cowboy series removed from the selection?

  • cb

    I have to very old Rokus, they are bullet proof. Never a problem, just the occasional reboot. I wish I could say that about windows OS. Come Christmas I will probably buy one of the new Rokus.
    I bet I have indirectly been responsible for selling at least 20 Rokus over the years. Thanks for keeping it real Roku.

  • John

    Thank you for the upgrade. Your attention to service is appreciated.

  • Mike

    I love roku, although I do have to reset it occationally because it will freeze up

  • str1pes

    I purchased a Roku XDS roughly 3 months before the Roku 2 came out. My daughter is hard of hearing so I figured the XDS would be updated for Subtitles. It was not. I ended up buying another Roku, …the Roku 2 XS …..4 months after I purchased my original Roku. We have subtitles in the main tv area for netflix, but whoever set them up for roku was an idiot. The yellow they uses belends in with the background of whatever your watching and makes it almost un-readable. We had to move the PS3 (has netflix with subtitles) upstairs so my child could watch shows and movies with subtitles. The Original Roku is now in my other daughters room. And the XDS is in our bedroom. Long story short. I love the actual roku. But the company screws people when it comes to updates. Thing that ticks me off the most. Is the original adapters are the ones that got their company out by word of mouth and jumpstarted this whole thing. I went to college for Electronic Media Technology & Communications. The hardware upgrade excuse is absolute bull. That said, I did check the new search function on my Roku 2 XD and its nice.

  • mitch

    Does the search work against all roku channels? or just the channels you subscribe to? Also, will there ever be a pc app or website that will perform this search, sans a roku unit? Then the “oldtimers” could at least perform the searches offline of their roku units.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/L74WFDFAG562B2OZASF4SVUFXY bill

    I love Roku, but really wish I could access youtube through it!

  • gail

    I am intrested in your product but I have some concern will I be able to get local cahnnels like 2-4-5-7-9-11-13 and so on

    • C.

      Don’t forget about UHF! :P

  • gail

    I am intrested in your product but I have some concern will I be able to get local cahnnels like 2-4-5-7-9-11-13 and so on

  • CindyG.

    Is there any hope in the future that you all might hook up with HBO to Go? I don’t want to pay for cable or satellite tv. That is why I have the Roku, but there are shows on HBO I love like Game of Thrones. I was just wondering.

  • CindyG.

    Is there any hope in the future that you all might hook up with HBO to Go? I don’t want to pay for cable or satellite tv. That is why I have the Roku, but there are shows on HBO I love like Game of Thrones. I was just wondering.

  • Anonymous

    ROKU 2 is the greatest invention for television watching in the history of television watching. And you just made it better! Thank you ROKU! Also, for all you older model-lovers out there (many of whom are complaining that certain upgrades are only for the newest ROKU’s)–thank you just as much! If it hadn’t been for you guys, ROKU might not have been around long enough for me to notice it or for it to progress through to the ROKU 2. (Now, go out and get yourselves a ROKU 2 so you can get on board with all this awesome, too!)

  • Anonymous

    ROKU 2 is the greatest invention for television watching in the history of television watching. And you just made it better! Thank you ROKU! Also, for all you older model-lovers out there (many of whom are complaining that certain upgrades are only for the newest ROKU’s)–thank you just as much! If it hadn’t been for you guys, ROKU might not have been around long enough for me to notice it or for it to progress through to the ROKU 2. (Now, go out and get yourselves a ROKU 2 so you can get on board with all this awesome, too!)

  • tjtn

    can you get the NFL

  • tjtn

    can you get the NFL

  • tjtn

    will be nice if we can get the NFL

  • miakoda

    this update broke my roku

  • miakoda

    this update broke my roku

  • rokubendoverman

    Just like apple. Must buy a special cord for this, gota buy this thingamjig for that. Great for people who have money to tinkle away

  • Peter

    New features are great, but the one thing that has held me back from upgrading my original ROKU HD is having to search, letter-by-letter with the stupid remote control. The box has a usb input on it already, so how hard could it be to allow it to recognize a KEYBOARD plugged in there and to use that for letter/number input? In lieu of that, an online search that could be sent to the box could be an in-between compromise.

    For all of the people clamoring about “where’s the YouTube channel” why don’t you utilize the power of your computer and “SEARCH” for it. I have had a youtube channel on my roku hd since I bought it new about 2 years ago. This is also how I got pandora before there was an “official” channel.

    So, to sum up: KEYBOARD NEEDED (or possibly smartphone remote ap?) and Search for unofficial channels before moaning and complaining they don’t exist.

    • EnTerr

      That’s good thinking about utilizing USB port for optional (wireless?) keyboard. FYI, Youtube channels is not available as unofficial channel anymore – it was yanked by Roku and you still have it as early adopter – make sure you don’t delete it. Also, try using http://remoku.tv or smartphone apps for keyboard

    • Shawneda Marks

      There is already a smartphone app

  • Lindsey

    I did the update and the search box is not showing up. Do I have to add it from the channel store?

  • http://twitter.com/sunwarmed Sunny

    Stop deleting the negative comments. I have brought 3 Rokus. Every time I had to upgrade. Now again? I will never buy another one again.

  • http://apostrophejones.com/ Gloves Donahue

    How do you find an actual list what old TV shows are carried?

  • Joe Willie Geno

    It’s truly a break through. But I’m on a fixed income, and films that I have to pay for are just a little too much.My Netflix streaming keeps me busy, but it seems that the real Classics, I have to order
    via The Mail!

  • http://twitter.com/planettom Tom-o-matic

    puhlease, I can’t believe some are asking for coupons and trade in deals. Take the savings you have earned from using the Roku and go buy a new one, and like others have said move your old one to the kids room or garage. Better yet convert your friends and family to Roku and give them your old one. Thank you Roku for the updates. Proud user of Roku 2 HD for 1+ year now, new features are great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/angie.meche Angie Meche

    This rocks! I love my Roku and tell everyone who loves TV about it. This just made it even better. Thanks!

  • aaron4731

    Why does HBO GO not work in the Seattle area? Ahrg….Comcast!!!

  • brunoman66

    We love our Roku player! We are thinking about having our DirecTv disconnected because there are so many programs to watch through the Roku. Also, the games s/a Angry Birds Rio are so much fun to play on our 52″ LED Tv.

  • Anonymous

    The entitlement is amazing. Not trying to be a jerk, but why does Roku owe early adopters anything, again? They provided a useful product at a fair price, so please stop acting like THEY’RE the only ones that benefited from the transaction. When I was standing in line day 1 to buy a Playstation 2 I didn’t argue that I deserved a discount because I owned a Playstation 1. When I bought a Playstation 3 I again made no claims to special consideration. When I go to see a movie sequel I don’t show up with my ticket stub from the first one claiming I deserve a discount because I was one of the people that enabled them to make a second film. I got a fair value for my money the first time around. When I bought a Roku 2 I cancelled all of my premium channels, keeping only basic cable. The savings offset the cost of the unit within 2 months. If your Roku 1 still provides the functionality you paid for when you purchased it then why the sour grapes? You got exactly what you paid for. Why do you deserve even more features that new customers have paid for, too? Please don’t say it’s because you’re an early adopter because, as I’ve pointed out, you benefitted from being a early adopter, too. As for coding to a older platform: Why would anyone expect a SMART business to spend twice the time and resources to make half the money? If you want the new features, buy the new box. If not, be satisfied now with the same box you were satisfied with 2 years ago. Jeez.

  • Jim

    When can we expect to be able to web surf via our Roku system?

  • Helen

    I love my Roku (2) with or without any freebies!

  • user

    And I would like to trade in my old iphone for the newer one that comes out every few months…

  • DMG32

    No doubt!!! My original Roku Box, as I found out, was #23 ever made! It served me well and I loved it. I must say though, the newer boxes are much better and MUCH faster and at $50 to $100 that’s not too much to ask for all the entertainment it can offer.

  • TD

    Got a Roku 2 XD. Has not automatically been updated so tried to update it manually per the procedure in the email. Says I have the current version, 4.8 Build 3520, and apparently need Build 352X. So when I told the Roku 2 to update to get this version, why does it act like it is not there?

  • Come on Roku

    I have no problem paying for a new Roku box. I get it, sometimes you have to roll with the punches or be left behind. I just have one question….HAVE YOU BROUGHT THE CUSTOMER CALL CENTER BACK TO THE STATES YET? THAT was a nightmare phone call that took all of my patience. India!? Really? Not their fault, but bring those jobs on home.

  • Come on Roku

    It must be tough to be the one who has to respond to these comments….whew. Brutal!

  • Why India?

    Bring call center jobs home to the U.S!

  • SemperPup

    lol c’mon folks. i started out reading this thread and buying into the whole “roku is leaving us gen1/loyalists behind” but they’re not. correct me if i’m mistaken–but, original roku will still work and have it’s current functionality, right? so it’s not like roku is kicking gen1 users to the curb. we’ve already gotten several software upgrades to the point the rokus i have today (the same ones i purchased circa 2010) have more features/benefits than i originally paid for, or knew existed. my gen1 is inanely s l o w but it’s as good/better than it’s always been. if we want more/better than we paid for (above what we’ve already gotten) then we can pay for it–if not, we need to be happy with what we’ve got–and stop complaining about the goose that finally stopped laying golden upgrades.

    by the same token: do the new features/benefits sound cool? yeah, they do. enough to buy new player to replace my old ones? yeah, probably. but (for real) it would be an easier pill to swallow, if roku did show some [extra] love to gen1/loyalists (discounts for trade-in/upgrade, etc).

    long as i have the floor–what i’d really like to see, is for roku to make a streaming deal with AMC and/or … make that “and” HBO GO. maybe if roku teamed with netflix–as a bridge between the provider/delivery platform, they could generate a stronger [recurring] revenue stream for netflix/roku ink (ku-flix, ro-net???). anyhow–good work roku! although some in-service education would be nice–so ‘dumb jarhead’ users like me, could maximize roku’s features benefits.

  • http://twitter.com/edomaniac Edward Witt

    I have a Roku 2 XS according to my amazon receipt. However, when I try the update it says I am up to date and I don’t have the search option.

  • Mike

    I agree with those who said there is no love for those of us who took a chance on Roku….. I guess it it is time we look at other streaming services….. Roku is not the only streaming service!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/susan.house1 Susan House

    Wow- thanks so much! I subscribe to HULU & have been cussing their search screen- it’s really hard for me to see (very light with small letters & numbers), though I don’t have any problem with Amazon. I went & checked yours out- VERY easy to see & navigate. I’m sure I’ll use it a lot!

  • JPM

    Just have one question I love my Roku and I have no complaints or suggestions, only wondering when are we getting Youtube on Roku? Just something I been wondering for quite sometime.

  • Newfy

    I am thrilled with the Roku player! I have bought new players to upgrade to better programming. I was paying more than $100.00 a month for DirecTv and didn’t watch 3/4 of the crap that was on it!!! So if I have to spend $100.00 on a new player than I don’t mind. That is less than one month of DirecTv! I love the programming on Roku and that I can pick what channels I want on my player. We have the local channels by air antenna and Roku and that’s all I need. Thank you Roku!

  • Burnie1503

    Kudos to Roku product developers! You answered my prayers. Now I can spend my time watching instead of looking for movies and TV shows. Will we see an expansion of channels it will search in the near future? (what? you didn’t think we’d ask for more?) THANK YOU! and keep up the good work!

  • four_strings

    Searching for a channel that plays a show/movie you want to watch? Nice!

    How about a web browser? That’s what I’m really waiting for!

    P.S. I’ve been a Roku owner for years and I love it. Saved me over $1,000 in cable TV bills already!

  • Satisfied

    Waaahh! Waaahh! Where’s my rattle? What a bunch of ungrateful whiners.

  • cameraz

    I wrote to to DirecTV and asked if they plan to support HBO Go on the Roku. They wrote me back and said they have no plans to do so. Yet, when I asked a Roku rep about it, he said that having DirecTV support for HBO Go on the Roku was in the works. What’s the real story here???

  • Wayne Glover

    Installed and tried this feature last night. Wonderful! I have multiple services (NetFlix, Amazon, Vudu, Hulu) and this feature searches all of them and displays the price for each. With overlap in content between services, I no longer have to search each one of them individually to find out if the movie/TV show is available free with my subscription service. Thanks Roku for adding the great service!

  • http://twitter.com/HOGEFAN Eric Desjardins

    You know what is funny about this whole thing? If this new search feature had not been created, none of these unhappy long-time entitled original Roku customers would be upset or dissatisfied. They’d be perfectly happy. But now that a new feature has been created and they can’t get it, they feel slighted and will now stop using the Roku and Roku is horrible and greedy for not giving them a new device.
    Reminds me of my 7 year old, who is perfectly happy with the cookies he’s eating for dessert and loves every bite, until he sees that his brother’s are slightly bigger.
    What you people should be complaining about is how your internal greed makes you irrational.
    Since you can’t control your greed, I suggest you forget that a search feature was ever created and go back to being a satisfied customer without entitlement hang-ups.

  • fred

    I upgraded the my Roku system to 4.8 352x. Where is or how do I load.
    Roku Search?

  • Mike

    I like how Roku responds to the guy with positive comments but no one else. I have a 2100X box so I guess I’m left out also.

  • Luke

    Very Cool Feature! Thanks for continuing to pump out the updates to make the Roku better. I’ve got a ton of channels, and it’s becoming a bear to swap left to right over and over to find the one I want. This should help a bit.

  • Anonymous

    If you had an Upgrade offer I would gladly trade my old Ruku for the new one?. If not? maybe it’s time to switch?. since those who supported you (Ruku) by being long time customer at Ruku seem to be ignored? when people unite they have lots of power? anyone listening?

  • Anonymous

    if you do decide to accept older units for an upgrade you don’t have to keep then or destroy them you can always sent then to other countries?.

  • Scottie

    My favorite thing about my Roku is my Roku had the 1st got the 2nd a year later. It’s about the shows they offer for the low monthly fee and the ease of operation. I agree with those that question “what do you want for such a low cost. Everything technical upgrades, just be happy you have the option to stay as is or upgrade to the next generation.

  • Flag waver

    If you want something new you need to buy it. Tv’s, computers, ipads all have upgrades that you need to buy new to get the newer offers and features. Of course they go and upgrade every year or less. ROKU is cheaper than any of those items by far. I like my ROKU and I just bought a new one for the changes in the features. It’s America.

  • Jim

    Why not offer search capability on computer? Then I can go to my old reliable Roku and watch.

  • Stella

    I love my roku just got it last month and my husband and i cant stop watching all the great movies and TV shows! We are 55 years old and hate going to the theaters with the young folks to see a film, but now we have it all at our fingers tips! Old age. It’s the only disease, Mr. Thompson, that you don’t look forward to being cured of. ( Citizen Kane )

  • four_strings

    I had the original Roku and pretty much loved it. The only issue I ever really had with it was occasional crashes. Most of the crashes were while using Hulu+. My new Roku 2 XS does not crash while pausing or rewinding Hulu+ or any other service that I use.
    Currently, I’m a regular user of Netflix, Hulu+, VuDu, Crackle, TedTV, YouTube, and some other services that I use less regularly. I have not had any crashes or problems at all with any of these services on the Roku 2. IF I had a complaint, it would simply be that it takes a few seconds for HD to kick in after starting a show. The first 15 to 30 seconds are standard definition then HD kicks in. Really?…big deal. It’s not even much of a problem. I like the new Search feature. It’s pretty handy.

  • four_strings

    I don’t understand all the torches and pitchforks waving around in here. Roku has already made it possible for us to cut the Cable on our TV viewing. I know the economy is tought and we all want a good deal, but be reasonable. Roku doesn’t owe you a living!
    You bought an old Roku, you used it, you loved it…now it’s obsolete. Get over it! If this concept is beyond you than you haven’t touched a computer in 20 years and have no business even owning a Roku or any other digital device. Go back to your rabbit ears antenna.
    Bottom line, Roku has upgraded. Your junk is obsolete. Sell it, donate it, trash it, whatever…but you have to buy a new one to get the new features. The top of the line Roku is only $100. If you can’t afford that, then watching TV should be your last priority anyway. You either need to spend more time at work or more time looking for a job.
    I’m one of Roku’s original customers too. Guess what…Roku doesn’t owe me any freebies. Roku doesn’t owe you a living either…yeah, you…their ORIGINAL CUSTOMERS.

  • smartasswhitegirl22

    I love my Roku! The day I got my first one, I was so impressed that I instantly got on my computer and bought another one for my bedroom. I’ve told everyone I know about it and almost everyone wants one too. With Roku, you only choose from things you actually have access to, as opposed to cable, where you have to slog through channels you don’t even get. I only wish I had learned about it sooner so I could’ve cancelled my cable tv service then. I’m saving about $130 a month. Thank you for making such an awesome product affordable and accessible. I appreciate it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tina.matas.1 Tina Matas

    My software update automatically checks and installs but when it restarts it will not complete the restart unless I do it manually. Then I do not get the software update in the end. I tried contacting Roku and they were not able to help. Anyone else have this issue with their Roku 2 XS?

  • Therese360

    How come I had my wifi/internet connection working fine a few days after the storm but no connections through the Roku to any thing, not Netflix or Amazon etc…?BIG disappointment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=30403046 Nate McGraw

    Any chance this will also search inside of Plex? So it will include local content in it’s choice results (i.e. Watch on Netflix, Amazon, or Plex).

  • Robert Vance

    While I already have plenty of Westerns I am still wondering why some are not available. My wife and I like: (1) Gunsmoke (2) Big Valley (3)Bonanza (4) Rawhide (5) Wagon Train. We also like tv series like: Bewitched. Could these be added to my viewing? Thank you. robertlvsenior72@yahoo.com

  • xwin

    I am surprised that few people see that search feature for what it really is – a shameless marketing ploy to promote some channels at expense of others. Roku top menu becoming cluttered with paid-for selections like this search, ad and promoted channels. What Roku should add to their box is parental controls for channels rather than useless search. Also they could add ability to manage multiple boxes with different channels so one does not have to open multiple accounts. There are tons of features more useful than this limited “search”

  • JPWJR

    Can you tell me why Blockbuster refuses to participate
    with Roku? It seems they are being left behind as technology
    advances all around them.

  • james

    Wow, they added a search function?
    GROUNDBREAKING! Actually, considering the fluidity of the internet, a
    search isn’t that big a deal. Roku is pretty cool, for what it does, but
    I still would rather have my Blockbuster @ Home, DISH Remote Access app, and
    Hopper. Respectively, I have over 100,000 movies, games and TV shows with
    BB @ Home. When DISH hired me I was amazed at the new technology coming
    out, and since it’s all under one roof I don’t have to deal with 9 different
    platforms (Netflix, Roku, Hulu, PS3, XBOx etc.). BB @ home, specifically,
    costs less per month than Netflix, gives me titles by mail, in-store or
    streaming live, and is so easy to use I don’t need a “brilliant” new
    search function. Plus, there are so many titles available I don’t NEED to
    search the web for content anymore.

  • Bpom

    Seriously people, where can you get this kind of entertainment for such a deal. Before I dumped cable, we were paying over $100 p/month. If I have to pay $100 p/year it would still be more than worth the price. Here’s an idea, take your old unit and gift it to a friend or family member. Christmas is coming.

  • http://twitter.com/DoggyBagThis DoggyBagThis

    this is great!

    • http://twitter.com/DoggyBagThis DoggyBagThis

      except Hurricane Sandy took away my internet (only my internet thank god). Will upgrade when I can :)

  • http://twitter.com/DoggyBagThis DoggyBagThis

    this is great!

  • Tom Bruno

    What about Roku XDS player? I bought this in October 2010. I just looked via the Settings menu, and my software is version 3.0. The posted message was “No software update is available at this time.” Will the update work on my pretty new HD Roku?

  • Nick Richards

    Nice.

    Sounds like Nintendo’s Wii-U TV service: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08O0G9CjcI8

    Looking forward to having this on my much less expensive Roku!

  • Angee Bird

    When i purchased ROKU, there was YUPPTV app. Now no more that App. My $100 wasted. No Use with that ROKU now. I got cheated by ROKU or not Jesus knows.

  • Trey McNease

    What about the xD/s?

  • Gregory Edwards

    Love my Roku HD player. I would be willing to pay for another player if there were a web browser and keyboard to enter URLs, along with a track pad to make it easy to surf with the TV. Something along the lines of a Logitech Revue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rick-Harris/1604125583 Rick Harris

    no mention of any ‘trade-in’ deals for 1st edition Rokus? 1 week after I bought mine, you released Roku2. Thanks for the screwing, and you didnt even bother to buy me dinner first!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.kelton.710 James Kelton

    Why does Roku screw over all their customers with “older” devices? Clearly the company has changed and has become greedy. My Roku devices are less than two years old and they are already forcing me to upgrade?! What a bunch of BS.

  • Judi

    Can you tell me how to play a movie from my HTC one x device to the
    Roku device. Thank you

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Inaba-kun

    Thanks for all the hard work you’ve put into making the Roku in the UK such a well supported platform, packed with all the apps/channels you promised. It’s such a joy to load up the channel store and see even more great high end channels on offer and none of that crazy religious stuff I had heard made up 99.99% of the channel store content. I particularly enjoy watching Amazon’s LoveFilm on my UK Roku, and the 4OD app is really outstanding. Nice work on ITV Player and Demand 5 as well, they nicely round out the line up.

    Oh sorry, I’ll just disengages sarcasm mode and say surprise surprise, the search feature doesn’t exist on UK Roku boxes. What a shocker. Thanks for nothing guys!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ana.rico.94651 Ana Rico

    Can anyone tell me how ROKU works as opposed to Playstation 3 & Netflix? Also is TCM (Turner Classic Movies) channel available with ROKU?

  • nate

    why cant i get hbo go with my roku player? i have a subscription to hbo but i have direct tv. this is bull. i pay for my cable and cant get all its offers. i bought my roku for the netflix app and hbo go app.so that means 50% of what i bought this for is out the window. please get this fixed

  • Terry Dryden

    Why is this restricted to the US? I just bought a Roku2 xs, and I think this would make things easier for my family to get off cable, but I get an error message that its not available in Canada. I know I could likely fool your systems into allowing me access, but I don’t want to do that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shspringall Stacey H. Springall

    Hey think maybe we can get something that is available to Canadians – please!

  • xSCCMx

    Will we see a release of YouTube or a web browser on our Roku streaming player?

    • four_strings

      YouTube is already available on the Roku. Visit the Channel Store to find it.

  • Bruce

    How do we see a complete listing of channels that the standard roku hd has

  • tigereyes7088

    I was wondering if TV.com works on the The Roku XD? I am finding more and more of what a mistake I made in buying 2 of them to find out that soon there wouldn’t be much available on these units. I don’t suppose you would exchange them for me since I am disabled and on a fixed income?

    Please answer at tigereyes7088@hotmail.com

  • Xaundra

    After reading hours and hours of articles and posts about Roku I decided to try it. I read to go to Play On to order it and a lifetime subscription of Playon together. I ordered it and a Roku HD almost a week ago and was told to download Playon then register it with numbers they emailed to me and at that time they would mail out my Roku box.
    After about 3 days I contacted Playon and they said I have not registered it so they cant ship it. They have charged me for it. After almost 30 back and forth emails doing tons of stuff to my computer they inform me that they dont have any RokuHD boxes and thats why it wont register. Now they are ignoring my emails while they have $89.00 of my money tied up. Not sure what to do now.

  • Christine

    I’m new to roku…i have heard really good things about the product….just not sure which one to by. I will need to purchase two….one for the main living area and the other for my bedroom where I only watch a few shoes. Which one would be best for a famliy? Thanks

  • drhowell1962

    Can you suggest channels for Roku that are really good sites but Roku dose not carry them?

  • celts911

    Simple question—I have 3 Roku 2XD s are they gonna work or not with the new stuff

  • http://www.facebook.com/tina.chambers.7 Tina Chambers

    I love my Roku and this is a great new feature! This will save tons of bouncing around to find a movie. Thanks Roku!

  • http://www.facebook.com/barry.fliegelman Barry Fliegelman

    i would like one

  • Soorms

    Can you bring this search tool to the web? While I don’t own a Roku yet, I’d still like to be able to use the search service.

  • http://en-gb.facebook.com/Jimstafford18 Jim Stafford

    I know I’ve posted regarding this elsewhere, but you should really specify that this is a US only feature, I just spent twenty minutes trying to find the search option.

  • Lar

    Hi
    Just bought and set up my roku 3 and just found out they don’t have a search cat. for out side the USA. That really sucks. It was one of the reasons I bought it. Is there some way around this?

  • Travis MacMillan

    Hey, I just got a Roku for Christmas and my search feature has disappeared. How can I fix this?

  • Kevin

    What is the reason for not allowing the search ‘channel’ to be installed in some countries? Do I have to take my Roku with me on holiday to the US, install it, and then come back home?

  • Chris Penny

    So is this channel work with Roku 3? I “added” it but it does not appear in my channel list and I did a System Update to make sure.

  • SR22Pilot

    All I know is a search for Castle totally misses Hulu + and only gives you purchase options on MEGO and Amazon Instant. That makes the search function useless. For search to be meaningful it needs to cover popular sources INCLUDING shows included with the basic subscription.

  • sonali joshi

    Hi,

    Great post thanks for info!

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  • brian summers

    I heard from a Friend that roku is going out of business. That’s why know one can find the roku.com/link. I tried the other links but got virus . Is this true ? I hope I can return it.

  • Jeff Turner

    What do I need to do to get my channel into that search?

  • Alec Stevens

    If Roku could add Veetle to your channel selection it would be perfect.

  • Shane Bennee

    I found the global search to be a little frustrating. I initially searched for breaking bad and the search successfully located 3 channels where i could view the content. The next day i searched for several items like the 1982 film Annie, Through the Wormhole, National Geographic, Discover Planet Ocean, etc. and each of those selections lead to a blank screen. Not sure if the search is working properly on my Roku device or not.

  • friendly wonderer

    i’m looking to purchase the new Roku for the first time. I have a HTC mobile device and I’m looking into a fast interest provider. Still in the researching stages but I was wondering if anyone could explain to me, like a kindergarten how after I’ve paid for, and set up my Roku it’s going to work as far as cost goes?. Doesn’t down loading and streaming videos cost money and space to down load?. Would one recommend a external hard drive?. Sooo much to think about, i’m on a budget. thanks to anyone who can help a gal out :)