Two new Roku players, the Roku XD (2050X) and Netgear Roku XD Player (NTV250), were submitted to the FCC on 9/2. What is clear from viewing the test reports is that both of these devices have identical descriptions: Ethernet, 802.11n, HDMI and RCA. Both devices were tested and submitted on the same day–one on behalf of Roku and the other by Netgear. Because of a confidentiality request restricting the public disclosure of the schematics and block diagram documents, we don’t have a clue on what the implications are of these two devices are.
Is Roku licensing their platform to hardware manufacturers while still selling their own set-top box through their own channels? We’ll have to see after October 23rd when the confidentiality is lifted.