The Roku LT Box With 720p, $50 Price Tag, Announces HBO Go

The Roku LT Box With 720p, $50 Price Tag, Announces HBO Go

Roku just made two announcements today, the new Roku LT which is $10 cheaper than the Roku 2 HD, yet also offers 720p like that model. It seems more like a muddling of the market on their part than an actual addition to their lineup. They company also announced a deal to bring HBO Go to Roku devices, but only for people already subscribing.

Roku LT Box Compared To Roku 2 HD

If we compare the Roku LT to the Roku 2 HD it looks like this:

Roku 2 HD

Roku LT

300+ channels with movies, shows, music, & moreThe Roku LT Box With 720p, $50 Price Tag, Announces HBO GoThe Roku LT Box With 720p, $50 Price Tag, Announces HBO Go
FREE movie service from Crackle with hundreds of Hollywood movies on demandThe Roku LT Box With 720p, $50 Price Tag, Announces HBO GoThe Roku LT Box With 720p, $50 Price Tag, Announces HBO Go
Works with virtually any TVThe Roku LT Box With 720p, $50 Price Tag, Announces HBO GoThe Roku LT Box With 720p, $50 Price Tag, Announces HBO Go
Built-in wireless (Wi-Fi b/g/n)The Roku LT Box With 720p, $50 Price Tag, Announces HBO GoThe Roku LT Box With 720p, $50 Price Tag, Announces HBO Go
Plays high-definition video (720p)The Roku LT Box With 720p, $50 Price Tag, Announces HBO GoThe Roku LT Box With 720p, $50 Price Tag, Announces HBO Go

So really, it seems like you would lose the ability to get the motion-controlled games and save $10. It doesn't make any sense to me or their press release just wasn't at all clear why they have brought this out aside from them wanting a "Roku in every house," which is just silly because they don't really offer all that much that many don't already have and there's no web browsing. The motion control games are only on the upper end boxes. Like I said, a muddied market.

They also announced HBO Go will now have a channel on the Roku box. No, it's not included in the price. Yes, you have to have an HBO subscription to get HBO Go content. Yes, it's lame, no I can't do anything about it. Yes, HBO is greedy and seems to be totally oblivious to the fact we don't want to pay for a subscription to their channel just to get streaming. That's like buying a movie card to get an access code for a streaming version....lame.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=93406315824 ReelSEO

    That rocks. I think Id better buy some for a contest giveaway ;-).

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1177363116 Mark Robertson

      NM that. Darn. What is the deal with HBOgo. Give us an alternative other than subscribing via cable and Id pay.

  • Joe Edwards

    I don't care about the games. The Roku 2 LT would work well in my office on our spare SD TV. Why pay more for something I don't need?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001462821184 Jesse Robert Harvey

    I want my my roku lt! Why no release date?

  • Adam Harbour

    will it also play channels - I want to put plex on it.

    • Laura Ayling

      We are trying to set up Plex. Can you help us at the weekend?