Originally Posted by hotskins
Doesn't the Ev kit upgrade picture quality?
Not that I have read? It just has a quad core processor and 1.5 gigs of memory for better streaming and upgrades certain Samsung models to 2013 specs. Roku has 2 gigs of memory, forget the processor in it offhand, but never had a stuttering or streaming problem with my setup anyway (cable modem).
Roku has everything that Smart Hub has except Youtube, plus the other 500 channels. Most of them are free, except Netflix, Hulu Plus and a few other specialty channels. Some sports channels like MLB being an example.
A great many channels are HD and the ones that are SD aren't "soft and fuzzy looking" like the way cable and satellite broadcasts are. The only soft and fuzzy pictures I've seen on Roku are some of the old 40's to 80's TV shows.
And, not that it matters as much anymore, the Roku's do wireless 5 GHz "N" protocol streaming for those with the setup for it.
And I was mistaken, the Roku's start at $49, but that's mainly for people still running a CRT without all the HD/Home Theater stuff hooked up.
Also as an added bonus for those who care, the $99 model comes with a motion controlling remote (like a Nintendo Wii) and a free copy of Angry Birds. There are lots of other games available (can you tell I'm a gamer?). Games run $0.99 to $3.99 depending on how extravagant they are? The really cool thing about the remote too (in my case anyway) is that it comes with headphones that plug into the side of it. You can watch TV or play games in the middle of the night without waking the house up!
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