Cheaper Apple TV alternative Roku launches in the UK

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Back in November we told you about Roku’s plans to expand outside the US into the UK and Canada this year. Now today the cheaper alternative to Apple TV, Roku launches in the UK with two devices.

Only yesterday we reported to you about the Netflix streaming service that had crossed the pond and launched in the UK. Now Roku has followed it over to the country with the launch of two set top boxes. According to an article over on SlashGear consumers will have the choice between the Roku LT and Roku 2 XS boxes.

Both of the devices support HDMI and RCA connections for your TV, alongside Wi-Fi to connect to your network. The Roku 2 XS also has a wired Ethernet input as well. The basic level Roku LT offers support up to 720p, with the more expensive Roku 2 XS supports 1080p Full HD.

The higher specified of the boxes adds some casual games that include Angry Birds along with a motion controlled game remote, which uses Bluetooth to connect to the main box. It also has a microSD slot for storing extra games, and a USB port to play music, videos, and view photos via a USB drive.

It offers access to Netflix, Facebook, Flickr, and Crackle among other services. Available to pre-order now the Roku LT is priced at £49.99, and the Roku 2 XS is available at £99.99. Both devices will begin shipping towards the end of the month.

Will you be getting a Roku box?

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