Roku cuts player prices, plans 1080p support for HD-XR model

If you’re in the market for an affordable streaming media player, Roku may have made your search just a little bit easier.

On Monday, the company announced a price cut on all three Roku models. The Roku SD, previously $80, now costs $60, while the Roku HD and HD-XR have each dropped $30 to $70 and $100, respectively.

Roku’s set-top boxes allow users to stream media from Netflix, Amazon.com, and more recently Vimeo, among others; all three models come equipped with integrated 802.11b/g Wi-Fi networking, ethernet, and SD streaming via composite outputs. An upgrade to the $70 Roku HD brings 720p streaming via HDMI and component connections, while the $100 HD-XR adds to that a USB port for playing back disk-based media and faster, 802.11n Wi-Fi.

In addition, the HD-XR is on track to gain 1080p streaming via a free software update later in the year. Roku notes, however, that most of its content partners currently only stream in 720p, so the update will primarily serve those with personal 1080p video libraries.

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