Roku sweetens Father's Day with discounts and freebies
A couple days ago I shared my top five picks for Father's Day tech
--one of which was, inevitably, a Roku box. What can I
say? It's the ultimate gadget, especially for TV-loving dads.
Though I recommended the new Roku 3, at $100 it might prove a
little pricey for some shoppers. Thankfully, Roku is offering a
Father's Day deal that's easier on the budget.
For a limited time, you can get the Roku 2 XD for
, a savings of $10. But that's not all: When you
order via Roku.com, the box includes three nifty freebies that
showcase its streaming capabilities.
First up: 30 days of Amazon Prime. That's the Amazon service
that offers, among other things, unlimited streaming of select TV
shows and movies. My pick for best Prime movie to watch with Dad:
"Tucker: The Man and His Dream." (Backup pick: "Cool Hand
Next: 60 days of DailyBurn, a site that offers hundreds of
personalized video workouts (conveniently streamed via the Roku
box, natch). Dad also gets a $10 store credit, which can be used
for a third month of the service.
Finally, the deal includes a 30-day Slacker Premium
membership, allowing Dad to stream unlimited music from a huge
library of curated and personalized stations.
All told, these goodies are worth about $45. Definitely a nice
selection of extras to ice this Roku cake.Â
By the way, the Roku 2 XD offers the same core functionality
as the Roku 3, but lacks the souped-up remote (with headphone jack,
Bluetooth, etc.). That's a nice feature, to be sure, but I suspect
Dad will be plenty pleased either way.
The Roku deal runs from now until June 15.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
World and Wired.