Since Roku ($100) opens up its software to third-party video streaming services, it's loaded with media options. The Roku 2 XS can connect via WiFi or ethernet to play 1080p HD video.
Why Roku rocks our socks off:
- Plays locally stored files from a USB drive.
- Over 400 entertainment channels, including HBO Go, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Vudu, and many more.
- Integration with music players like Mog, Rdio, and Pandora.
- Simple user interface.
- Roku app for iPhone and Android turns phones into a mobile command center.
- Preloaded with Angry Birds, Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy with more to come.