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So Here's the Next Roku

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The FCC's ruined the surprise for the Roku 2, and now beta tester photos are landing. Super! The Roku 2 looks a lot like every other Roku—and isn't much of a change inside. But it'll play Angry Birds!

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The three new models are pretty similar—all pack the same Wireless-N WiFi chip, expandable storage via MicroSD, a frame about the size of an Apple TV, and—ta da—Bluetooth, which will likely fuel whatever the hell it is we play Angry Birds with. The top two models push 1080p, with the lesser of the three stuck at 720p.

Other than that... there isn't really much broken ground here. The addition of a reset button is nice for software hiccups, and the fact that only the highest-end box will have ethernet might bother some, but really, this looks a lot like the Roku you might own or be planning to buy now. [Engadget via Zatz Not Funny]

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hooray4zoidberg
Hooray4Zoidberg

What's the price point on these? I haven't quite found the need for one since just about every device connects to a TV has a Netflix app these days. My TV and Blu Ray player both have built in Netflix apps, then I have my 360 hooked up which also has one. How many people these days don't already have some Netflix ready device already hooked up to their tv?

I guess if it were cheap enough I could see it being useful for a spare bedroom or something, but if it's at or around $100 it just seems like you'd be better off buying a Netflix capable Blu Ray player.