Roku Finally Available In Canada

    April 17, 2012
    Shaylin Clark
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Roku’s set-top media streaming boxes are finally available in Canada, the company announced in a blog post today. Canadians wanting to cut the cord – or just get Netflix on their TVs – can pre-order two Roku models today from Amazon and LondonDrugs.

Roku is one of the most popular streaming media devices currently on the market, and provides over 100 channels that for users to stream internet-based content onto their TVs. The Roku Channel Store offers a wide variety of programming options, ranging from movies and TV, sports, music, news, and even games. Popular channels include Netflix, Crackle, MLB.TV, NHL Gamecenter Live, Rdio, and the Wall Street Journal.

As mentioned above, there are two models of Roku currently coming to Canada: the Roku 2 XD will retail for CAD $89.99, while the Roku 2 XS sells for CAD $109.99. The XS model comes with a bluetooth remote control that doubles as a controller for games like Angry Birds, Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy. The XS also includes a built-in USB port, providing a convenient way to get media from your home computer onto your Roku. In addition, a channel called Plex allows you to stream content to your Roku from your computer via your home’s wi-fi network.

The Roku will be released on April 30th. Pre-ordered Rokus should arrive that day.

Canadian readers, are you excited to see the Roku coming to your country? What will you use your Roku for? Let us know in the comments.

  • canamers@telus.net

    So excited – from all the reviews I’ve read this seems like the best one to go with if you don’t want to be shut out from some of the big channels. I don’t care if I don’t get iTunes – that’s what my Ipad is for! Oh… and you forgot to mention you can pre-order from Walmart.ca as well, I think it’s $1.00 cheaper & if the price drops before it comes in, you get the diff. But I’m not getting my hopes up that it will get cheaper – and that’s ok. I think it’s a heck of a deal! Good-bye 4 ugly satellite dishes!!!!

  • F Power

    I preordered a Roku and as a cord cutter I will certainly use this. My apple tv 2 was sold on ebay and I made a hefty profit off it and can’t wait to replace it with Roku!!!

  • Ferdinand

    I was very excited about Roku so I bought but now I am kind of disappointed because of the little content available to Canadian users. Big names like Amazon and Hulu are not available, nor games like Galaga or Pacman. The official Roku Android app is not available to Canadian users either. Roku seriously need to improve its content to Canadian users.