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Roku 3 Streaming Media Player (4200CA)

  • Model Number: 4200CA
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With tonnes of power packed into a compact box, the Roku 3 streaming player keeps you entertained on the go. It lets you surf hundreds of channels of movies, TV shows, games, music, sports, and more. Plug headphones into the remote to watch late-night flicks without disturbing the household. The built-in motion-control allows you to play games like Angry Birds Space.

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  • Plays video in 1080p HD
  • Includes dual-band wireless connectivity
  • Features ethernet and USB ports
  • The free iOS and Android Roku apps let you enjoy even more great features
  • With over 450 channels, it lets you choose from the best selection and widest variety of streaming entertainment, including movies, TV shows, music, sports, news, and more
  • For ultra-smooth performance, it has a quick processor and dual-band wireless
  • The remote and headphone jack allow you to listening privately so you can crank up the volume to enjoy a late-night flick without disturbing your housemates
  • Motion control allows you to play games with a motion-control remote
  • This device comes with Angry Birds Space so you can get started gaming

Manufacturer's Warranty

  • Parts - 1 Year(s)

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Customer Reviews

3.3 / 5
Based on 73 ratings,67 Reviews
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3.0
  • from Beckwith, ON
  • Oct 08, 2014

Great for Netflix

I bought this player based on my neighbour's recommendation and with his help it was fairly easy to set up and connect to my WiFi system - well he did all the configuration stuff. Right now I just use it for Netflix. For me the remote is much simpler than the one that came with my TV, I like that. The Roku User Manual states as THE ROKU 3 draws so little power, there is no provision for an On/Off switch. Not true, this box sits on top of my TV bench with plenty of space around it for ventilation and it gets very warm, so it has to draw more power than ROKU admits.

4.0
  • from Pickering, ON
  • Sep 24, 2014

I like it

Overall, I'd give it two thumbs up. I never expected it to be like cable tv at all. My daughter loves the sites with old tv shows. The two criticisms I have is 1) you cannot block sites; and 2) on news channels selection I haven't found Cdn news content yet.

2.0
  • from Scarborough, ON
  • Sep 20, 2014

No power on/off button, causing problem

fast speed and response. It's my first time trying streaming media player. After searched on internet I found Roku 3 has some great review so decided to give a try. Pros: - Fast start-up, easy installation, fast to choose apps - A lot of free channels such as Youtube, Dreamwaver, International channels (but takes time to go through it all!) - You can also download Roku apps from Android play store to use your cell phone as a remote control Cons: - I only had it for 1 week and noticed that it freeze or became slow to running apps after a night or 2. So had to reboot it. - Lots of "free channels" are junks. such as real estate, Yoga, fitness, sport channels which requires user to subscribe their service after you installed the apps I am thinking to return in and give a try again.

5.0
  • from Ottawa, ON
  • Sep 11, 2014

What?!

To the reviewer that said "this doesn't compare to regular TV services"....of course not!!! It's called a "streaming media player" for a reason. Don't rate a product low because you didn't do your research into what it actually DOES. I have this for my bedroom (the living room has consoles that have the same capabilities), and wanted to be able to hide it. The remote works via wifi, so it doesn't need to be directly pointed at it to work (great for me, as it's hidden behind my mounted TV), and you can even use your phone to control it (Android and Apple ones work great! Don't know about others!). After downloading the free "Roku Media Player" app, I can access anything on the portable hard drive hooked up to my router, and stream it, as well as switch to Netflix to watch my shows, or YouTube to keep up with my subscriptions. I would recommend getting this model as it's faster than the others, and has less reported issues. I absolutely love this thing, and will recommend it to anyone looking to buy it! The headphone jack is also a lifesaver when my boyfriend is sleeping but I'm wide awake, though the headphones that ship with it aren't the greatest. Though I use Sony headphones with it, and it sounds great!

1.0
  • from Kitchener, ON
  • Aug 27, 2014

Not as expected

Maybe it's because I had a bit too much expectation out of this. After trying it at home, I found it nothing compared to a TV service. Limited channels that are popular can be accessed in Canada and no live channels broadcast like a TV channel. Every program composed a list of videos. It is essentially video apps. If you really need something that can compare to a TV, internet streaming media player seems still have a long way to go.

1.0
  • from Ottawa, ON
  • Aug 26, 2014

Failed after one year

Was great to begin with, easy setup, worked fine. Just after the warranty expired, it stopped dead. Roku Chat Help was relatively obtuse, and concluded that nothing could be done. Extremely disappointing that it was such a poor quality system that delivered decent performance for a short time. Would not recommend it at all.

5.0
  • from Duncan, BC
  • Jul 05, 2014

Does The Job

Bought this to watch Neflex on my big screen tv. I like the picture on the tv and was tempted to buy a Smart tv but this works perfectly and saved me money. Have been streaming my pictures from Picassa and watching movies via the usb port. It certainly doesn't offer the channels the US one does but enjoy Vevo and Crackle and Youtube. The ear phones work great too.

4.0
  • from Edmonton, AB
  • Jun 27, 2014

excellent

if you just need a streaming device roku is the best device for u.. ;-)

5.0
  • from ottawa, ON
  • Jun 14, 2014

0062

I am ok with Roku because I was really frustrated with the charges of cable companies. I have no complaint. therefore,i don't even have time to watch tv. i used to pay for what did not even see. now no hidden fees.

4.0
  • from Cornwall, PE
  • May 28, 2014

Netflix surround sound

Good if a streaming device is all you need. Still not the best choice for playing video files as still has limited file support though that seems to be improving. Only con imo regarding streaming from the web is the issue that if you have sound set as surround on the roku, and you watch netflix content with 5.1 sound set, there is no audio. You either have to set the roku to stereo, or set it as stereo from within netflix with every netflix session. No trouble with any other apps so this is an issue with the netflix app only. Hope it is fixed soon.

5.0
  • from Vernon, BC
  • May 25, 2014

Best set top box available

Easy to use, great combination of apps/channels. Their smartphone app is handy, but even more so is casting Youtube to the TV from your phone or computer (easier than searching with the onscreen keyboard). The headphone jack in the remote is surprisingly convenient when not wanting to disturb others with sound from the TV. Pretty much the same functionality as the Roku 2 but the newer processor provides noticeably better performance (quicker response time). Increase your available content by using a VPN to access services such as US Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, Pandora. Yes, many services require a subscription.

3.0
  • from Gatineau, QC
  • May 04, 2014

easy to install/use, but...

... It's not a game changer. It'd be perfect if it had a web browser so you could do everything else. I bought it for a furnished rental property, and tested it out at home first. The only thing I miss about it is Angry Birds lol I'm going to continue to use my computer attached to my TV, and will probably try the Chromecast next.

5.0
  • from Salmon Arm, BC
  • May 04, 2014

Love My Roku

With Roku, and Netflix account, it is possible to cut the cable cord. I have the Roku 2 & 3, and can not tell the difference.

4.0
  • from Toronto, ON
  • Apr 24, 2014

Easy to install

I like it! it's very user friendly.

1.0
  • from Near Kindersley, SK
  • Apr 22, 2014

Misleading on free channels

We bought this Roku3 under the understanding that we would get 400+ free channels, so this would same on our bills. Unfortunately this system lets you download the channels to it for free, but once you want to watch them the channel wants you to pay a subscription. So there is not a lot of actual free channels, not sure if we will keep using it, Very disapointed , the packaging is very misleading.

1.0
  • from Kanata, ON
  • Apr 19, 2014

Manditory payment information. Not cool

I was looking for a solution to stream my (Already purchased) Netflix account to an older LCD TV over WIFI. Based on the specs and reviews, I purchased a Roku 3 and was looking forward to using it. I was very disappointed while activating it and never got as far as to use the device. To activate it, you need a Roku account, okay no problem, to get a Roku account you MUST provide a form of payment (credit card / paypal) for possible future channels you may buy. I will not give a Credit Card number, or any other form of payment, for a "Just in Case" scenario or for convenience. I provide my own payment information at the time of purchase. If this were an option or if they offered to store my information for future purchases (Like everyone else does) then great. But to make it mandatory. No thank you. I will be returning the device tomorrow. Roku Inc.This is not the way to do business. You should give people the option to provide payment information at the time of purchase not in advance. There is no need for it and this is a bad business model. I'll be buying my next device from someone other that Roku. Chris

5.0
  • from Hamilton, ON
  • Apr 17, 2014

Roku 3 Streaming Media Player 4200ca

This unit works as advertised. It is quick to respond to prompts and delivers beautiful video renderings. I am extremely pleased with its performance.

3.0
  • from Calgary, AB
  • Apr 07, 2014

Usefulness will depend on your requirements

Roku's marketing on what this device will actually do for you is misleading to say the least. All literature refers to it's capabilities in the US. The channel search function has been removed from the Canadian version because there is frankly very little content available to Canada. You are supposed to be able to add channels to your Roku through their website and although you can then see the full listing adding them is not supported in this region. So if you are looking for a device for free decent content then this is not for you. Where this product does shine is when its connected to a Plex media server or for Netflix. The Roku is fast and responsive and the remote is fantastic especially as they added a headphone port to so you can watch in peace.

1.0
  • from Burnaby, BC
  • Apr 06, 2014

Great for Netflix but plagued with errors

My boxee box stopped playing netflix so I bought this Roku3 as a replacement thinking it would do the same thing. What a disaster. Roku3 CAN NOT support external hard drives as it causes it to OVERHEAT and crash. This is a confirmed issue that technical support delicately tried to express to me while I raged at them for selling me something that couldn't do what I bought it to do. The other issue is that it cannot handle 1080P video from media servers - unlike what the marketing folks would like for you to believe. Instead, it will play the first couple of minutes and feed you this outrageous error that the file format is unsupported. Boxee still plays these fine - so does my computer, laptop, phone, TI83 calculator, etc. What a piece of junk. Also, this is my third unit. The problem is in the software not the hardware.

4.0
  • from Mississauga, ON
  • Apr 02, 2014

I like it

I bought the Roku to replace the xbox360 gold account that I was paying for. I've had my Roku now for a week or two and I like it. Very, Very easy to install. Only thing I didn't like was having to give my credit card info to set up a Roku account that I know I will never use because I don't ever plan on watching/rent/pay-per-view from Roku. I would recommend the Roku.

3.0
  • from Sydney, NS
  • Apr 01, 2014

OK

OK so far.

1.0
  • from guelph, on
  • Mar 27, 2014

Not a good local file streamer

Doesn't play a lot of formats and you have to set up a media server in order to stream from a PC to the Roku. If you want a streamer that can browse all files on your pc by just connecting to wifi and without setting up a media server, then get the western digital. It also plays all the media formats I've thrown at it except for .wmv

5.0
  • from Québec, QC
  • Mar 26, 2014

One of the two streaming media player to consider

I owned 4 streaming media players: Apple TV, Roku 3, Patriot Media Box and the Pivos Xios DS. For me the only two streaming media players that I would consider is the Roku 3 and the Apple TV. If you already bought and plan to buy a lot of media from the iTunes store or if you own an iDevice and plan to use the airplay feature, the Apple TV is hard to beat. Otherwise, the Roku 3 is fast and fluid, is more customizable than the Apple TV, is extensible through a large set of channels and has a USB port to play media from a USB stick or an external hard drive.

1.0
  • from Scarborough, ON
  • Mar 21, 2014

NOT THE WAY ITS COMMERCIALLED

Bought this yesterday...easy set up but it's useless ...not all the channels r there only cheap videos that are available !

1.0
  • from Lethbridge, AB
  • Mar 09, 2014

Returning Roku 3

When I bought this device I made an agreement with Roku that I would pay money and they would provide me with a device which did what they said it would do. Unfortunately they did not honor this commitment. The device itself works pretty well with a number of exceptions. First of all it would not play my movies from a usb device even though they were in a a format supported by the Roku 3. This was not enough to stop me from keeping it. Today however the device stopped playing sound completely. I unplugged it and plugged it back in again and the sound returned. This has now happened for the second time today and the sound has completely gone again. I will be returning the device tomorrow. It is unfortunate since i have read such good reviews about the device. These reviews lead me to buy it in the first place. I wouldn't by it if I were you!

4.0
  • from Brockville, ON
  • Mar 08, 2014

Good vs Bad

GOOD: Wide variety of Christian material available. Netflix is easier to use. The smallness of the media player is amazing... fits nicely, out of sight. The headphone/volume on the controller is a good feature as well. BAD: There is a US / Canadian distinction that is very annoying.

1.0
  • from West Vancouver
  • Mar 01, 2014

Not worth it

Not many free channels. Possibly better in the US as a lot of channels are blocked in Canada. Setup was straight forward.

4.0
  • from Oakville, ON
  • Feb 25, 2014

Thumbs up on Roku 3

Was a bit tricky to get up and running but once functioning...it worked like a dream!

1.0
  • from Montréal, QC
  • Feb 23, 2014

Roku 3

If you live in Canada the only thing that the Ruko3 is good for Netflex!!! NO HISTORY CBC HBO PBS AND MORE you have to be American.. Thanks to Rogers and Bell. Does not play .FLV files or any other Movie file except mp4. Future shop should not sell it.

4.0
  • from Surrey, BC
  • Feb 16, 2014

worth the money

pretty neat little box. i was surprised at how small it was and how much it can do very quickly. the UI is very snappy no hangs or freezes and loads of channels to choose from BUT alot of them are crap. there are a few pretty good ones though. the headphone jack in the remote is a neat feature. id say its well worth the $[...] i bought this and cancelled my $100/month "premium"cable that i never watched.

1.0
  • from Whitby, On.
  • Feb 15, 2014

450 Channels and Nothing On !!

The only free channels you get are not worth watching ! Netflix, NHL, UFC and the Movie channels with movies I have heard of all cost monthly subscriptions . In Canada Rogers and Bell have the market all tied up .

5.0
  • from Brampton, ON
  • Feb 14, 2014

Great little device

I've purchased a total of three of these to use for Netflix, Plex and online content. Works flawlessly to play any content through the Plex app and the free Plex Media Server running on one of my computers. WiFi seems more than fast enough to stream the HD content through the house. The only negative I had was the lack of a digital audio connection (audio is passed through HDMI) but with an upgrade to my 12 year old receiver, that problem is no longer a problem. The headphones make for a quick and easy solution to late night viewing as well.

3.0
  • from Montréal, QC
  • Feb 13, 2014

Not what I need

I purchased the Roku 3 to play my extensive video collection (avi/mkv/mp4). Unfortunately it only played a fraction of these, and didn't display most of the .SRT subtitles. I don't need it for Netflix, because I can use my PS3. So I returned it. Will wait for something better. Otherwise, it has an easy setup, nice neat interface, and quick response. Would recommend only for Netflix and channel streaming, not for your video collection.

3.0
  • from Shelburne, ON
  • Feb 02, 2014

Roku 3 pros and cons

Well worth the money. Easy to install and many many channels are available. Downside... Live broadcasts are limited and most movies are VERY old.

4.0
  • from Halifax, NS
  • Feb 01, 2014

Roku 3

Works really well. Easy to install.

1.0
  • from Ottawa, ON
  • Jan 28, 2014

What a waste of time

If you live in Canada the only thing that the Ruko3 is good for Netflex!!! NO HISTORY CBC HBO PBS AND MORE you have to be American.. Thanks to Rogers and Bell. Does not play .FLV files or any other Movie file except mp4.

5.0
  • from London, ON
  • Jan 27, 2014

Love the Roku 3

I purchased the Roku 3 to more easily watch Netflix movies. It is simple and easy to operate and I am very happy with it to date. I haven't even delved into all the other apps available on it but will eventually. Also like the ear buds as I can watch a movie and hear every word in stereo without having to turn the tv up loud at night. Haven't a bad word to say about this device. Very satisfied.

5.0
  • from Milton, ON
  • Jan 26, 2014

Roku 3 works great

Easy to set and easy to use. I have a US DNS and it works really well in getting US apps.

5.0
  • from Fredericton, NB
  • Jan 26, 2014

It works as expected

I bought the Roku 3 about 1 month ago to replace a desktop PC which was dedicated to my home theatre. Bringing new electronic devices into the house is a usually not well received by my wife, but the refinement and simplicity of the user interface won my wife's approval in less than 1 minute! Our 6 year old daughter had it figured out in about the same time. The interface responds quickly to button presses on the remote and I use the earphones for private listening more than I thought I would. The Plex channel is fantastic and the Netflix channel is great too. There's more content than I expected (for Canada), although I use it mostly for Netflix and with my Plex Media Server. I haven't tried any of the games, but that's not why I got it.

3.0
  • from Stratford, PE
  • Jan 26, 2014

exactly what i expected

R3 turned my dumb TV into a smart TV. I can control YouTube & Netflix from my tablet, makes searching easier...bit disappointed in facebook as its mostly only good for pictures. Overall I would recommend highly.

5.0
  • from Waterloo, ON
  • Jan 25, 2014

Great Unit

The unit itself is great.Fast and very easy to use.Fastest that Netflix ever loaded.But somewhat disappointed with available apps for Canada.Expected that.Not that it's Roku's fault,just our Gov't.Hope that changes down the road.All in all great unit.

5.0
  • from Moncton, NB
  • Jan 25, 2014

Excellent product

Bought this specifically to watch Netflix and the interface is much smoother and faster than the Wii that we had been using. If you install (free) the video player channel you can pop in a usb stick and watch media, again with a slick fast interface. The channels that come with it (in Canada) are basically worthless, so dont buy it if you think it will replace your cable - it wont. If you are looking for a way to watch Netflix, youtube and USB sticks, then this is perfect. OH and the headphone jack on the remote - total genius!

4.0
  • from Melville, SK
  • Jan 24, 2014

Very good

It is a nice media streamer, lots of channels can be added like netflix, like the mymedia channel, add the channel and install software to your PC and you can watch video's from your PC, the only think that I'm some what disappointing in is the remote, no back-light on the keys or buttons to control your TV, otherwise I would of gave it 5 stars

4.0
  • from Moncton, NB
  • Jan 16, 2014

***Great Product**

We really enjoy this product! The only downside is there isn't as much content if you are using a Canadian DNS (we plan on changing that soon). The earbud plug in on the remote is great as we have a small house and one person can watch what they want without the rest of the house having to hear it. The kids love the games feature on it as well, just wish there were more free games.

5.0
  • from Ottawa, ON
  • Jan 13, 2014

bye bye cable

had roku 3 over 3 months now, love it, cut my cable and enjoy watching tv without commercials!

5.0
  • from Oakville, ON
  • Jan 02, 2014

Roku 3 Sweet

I bought the Roku 3 after some careful consideration. The unit works quickly, easy to find content and works great. I have been using it mainly for Netflix. Searching on you tube is a bit clunky (no keyboard) but not a big deal. Cheers

4.0
  • from Regina, SK
  • Dec 29, 2013

Roku 3

Great little device! Not a replacement for cable as of yet, but the potential for the Roku is endless in the future! For the price, I enjoy the Roku 3 for late night movie watching! Canadian channel content is a tad scarce, but for the price, the Roku 3 pays for itself over and over again. Would recommend this for a secondary TV in your home.

4.0
  • from Halifax, NS
  • Dec 28, 2013

So far, So good

Having both Roku and Apple Tv.. Definitely prefer this to the apple tv. While you cant manually change the DNS server, you can program it when registering your account fairly easily. Really enjoy the broader selection of channels, and much prefer the remote to that of the apple tv. However, the 3 probably isnt worth the price difference between the 2 and 3 though. Also, if you use your smart phone as a remote, there are apps that let you use your phones keyboard.

5.0
  • from Charlottetown, PE
  • Dec 25, 2013

roku 3

i am very impressed with my roku 3, and with the quantity of programming available and the image quality. my roku 3 could replace my current fibre optic tv if i could find more canadian news and content.

5.0
  • from Windsor, ON
  • Dec 25, 2013

Now With Youtube!

Update review: Have had this now for 3 months + and please don't follow the reviews of people who don't know how to stream files. I've had no issues and find no need for American Netflix. Do the research on this. Netflix selects movies for various regions based on demand, so one area will have movies others do not. We have found plenty to watch thus far. True, there are a lot of junk channels and far too much Christian content for our likes. But as of just yesterday, they have now added a YouTube channel! Yes!....Roku now has YouTube and it looks really good, with a search function and various categories. Very convenient. On sale now, considering a second one for the bedroom...... I was hoping for a better deal, but it is still worth the price. Not missing cable t.v at all! The only downside is no master-search that apparently, the American Roku has. Would save a lot of surfing around for sure.....it's a 5 star item for us.