Get a Roku 3 streaming media player for $84.99
Back in March, I called the Roku 3 the "best streaming box you can buy, period!"
in October, nothing has changed: There's no better way to bring
Netflix, Pandora, and oodles of other online content to your TV.
Of course, the $99.99 list price can be a bit tough to
swallow. That's why I'm excited about this deal: Amazon has the Roku 3 streaming media box for $84.99 shipped
new, not refurbished, and the lowest price I've seen on this,
Roku's top-end model. Holiday gift shopping, done!
In case the word "Roku" isn't part of your vocabulary, the box
plugs into one of your TV's HDMI ports, then streams nearly every
video and audio service known to man: Amazon Instant Video, Hulu
Plus, HBO Go, Netflix, Pandora, Slacker, Spotify, TuneIn Radio,
Vudu, and literally hundreds of others.
What's more, although Roku still doesn't offer a YouTube
channel, which puzzles me no end, there's a fairly simple
workaround that lets you watch YouTube on your Roku box
Why buy the Roku 3 when you can get one of the lower-end
models for even less? It's all about the remote. For starters, it
relies on Bluetooth, meaning it doesn't need a direct line of sight
to the box. Thus you can stow the box in a cabinet or some other
out-of-sight location, preserving your living-room decor in the
Even better, the remote has a headphone jack! Plug in the
included set of earbuds (or your own, though Roku's sound
surprisingly good) and you can listen in private, without
disturbing those around you. That's what I call a
I'm not sure how long Amazon will be offering the Roku 3 at
this price, but the good news is that with the holidays close at
hand, if you miss out, you'll probably seem similar deals in the
coming weeks.Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC