Roku is slowly entering the wide world of retail. The middle tier XD model hit Best Buy retail stores a few months back and now the same model is available in Walmart stores. Roku just made it official with a press release although the streamer has been available from Walmart .com for over a month now. Pricing is slightly lower with the XD model going for $78 rather than the $79 on Roku.com. A buck is a buck, right?
Now that Roku and Walmart are playing ball, it’s probably only a matter of time until Walmart’s own VUDU service launches on the media streamer. VUDU made a name for itself a few years back to being committed to the highest quality HD streams possible — first run movies helped too. This wasn’t mentioned in the press release, but the service would certainly be a welcomed addition to Roku’s offering. *fingers crossed*
Roku Extends Retail Presence
Award-winning and best-selling Roku XD player available in all Walmart stores for Father’s Day
SARATOGA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following closely on the company’s announcement in March that it entered into retail, Roku, Inc., the leading Internet TV platform, today announced that the Roku XD player is now available at all Walmart stores nationwide. With an extensive library of entertainment options, Roku players are easy to use and offer exceptional value to customers who want to stream content to their TVs.
“We know that our customers love having instant access to entertainment on their TVs – and at great value. With the Roku XD player now available at Walmart, customers can get dad the perfect gift just in time for Father’s Day”
“We know that our customers love having instant access to entertainment on their TVs – and at great value. With the Roku XD player now available at Walmart, customers can get dad the perfect gift just in time for Father’s Day,” said Roku Founder and CEO Anthony Wood. “Whether it’s dad-centric flicks, sports or tips for grilling the perfect steak, Roku offers something for dad every time he sits down to enjoy TV.”
With more than 250 entertainment channels, Roku players deliver the best collection of streaming entertainment available for the TV. Roku customers can choose from an enormous selection of movies and TV shows from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video (NASDAQ: AMZN), Crackle and Revision3; live and on-demand sports from NBA Game Time, NHL GameCenter Live and Ultimate Fighting Championship; music from Pandora, MOG, Rdio, and TuneIn Radio; photo and video sharing from Flickr and Facebook; plus news and entertainment from around the world—and soon, popular casual games like Angry Birds.
Pricing and Availability
The Roku XD player is available now at all Walmart stores nationwide for $78.00.