Shortly after lowering prices on yesteryear’s models, Roku launches its new lineup of competitively-priced, streaming media players. The new players were first spotted in the FCC earlier this month toting Wireless-N, HDMI and composite connections. The models available (in order of awesomeness) are the $60 Roku HD which streams 720p content, the $80 Roku XD bringing 802.11n, and Instant Replay button and 1080p, and the $100 Roku XDS adding dual-band 802.11n, component video, optical audio and a USB port. A software update will be released for the XDS in November which will support the following file formats: mp4 and m4v (video); mp3, aac and m4a (audio); jpg and png (photos). Unfortunately, mkv is not among the supported video formats.
Still missing from the equation is the Netgear Roku XD Player which also showed up on the FCC filing with identical specs as the Roku XD. Perhaps a later announcement from Netgear will occur but at this time, there is no word on what this means.