Roku, a leading streaming platform in the U.S., has announced the launch of its products in Canada. Two Roku streaming player models – the Roku 2 XD and the Roku 2 XS – are available for purchase in Canada starting today, April 16. These small set-top boxes use the Internet to stream entertainment to the TV instantly.
At launch in Canada, Roku features more than 100 entertainment channels including movies and TV shows from Netflix and Crackle; live and on-demand sports from the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball; music from Rdio and TuneIn Radio; photos and videos from Facebook and Flickr; news and weather from the Wall Street Journal and CNBC – plus casual games like Angry Birds, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.
The Roku 2 XD connects to the Internet instantly via built-in Wi-Fi and supports up to 1080p high-definition video. The Roku 2 XS is the top-of-the-line Roku streaming player.
In addition to the features of the Roku 2 XD, the Roku 2 XS comes paired with an enhanced remote with motion control for playing games like Angry Birds. It also features an Ethernet port and a USB port for playing music, videos and photos from any USB drive.
Roku is an open streaming platform. The company says content providers – whether they are big entertainment brands or new Internet services – can develop a channel on Roku.
The Roku 2 XD and the Roku 2 XS streaming players have suggested retail prices of CAD 89.99 and CAD 109.99, respectively. Both models are available now for pre-order online from Roku.ca, Amazon.ca, LondonDrugs.com and Walmart.ca; and are expected to be available at London Drugs and Walmart retail locations at the end of the month, according to the company.