The people who brought us the Angry Birds game are setting a new standard in streaming entertainment. Roku introduced Roku 2, a new family of streaming players. Available in three models, this new line brings popular casual games like Angry Birds to the TV for the first time. Roku 2 players also feature a sleek new design that’s more energy-efficient than before, using less than two watts of power.
“We’ve worked closely with Rovio to bring the first full version of Angry Birds to the TV — and best of all, we’re including it for free with the top-of-the-line XS model,” said Roku Founder and CEO Anthony Wood.
New channels launching soon on Roku 2 include Facebook, AOL HD, and FOXNews.com. Additional games will be available shortly after launch including Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons.
The Roku 2 platform offers nearly 300 channels of streaming entertainment including movies and TV shows such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Crackle.
All three Roku 2 models feature built-in wireless, Bluetooth for connecting a game remote and a microSD slot to support additional game storage. The Roku 2 HD, the Roku 2 XD and the Roku 2 XS are expected to be available by the end of July for suggested retail prices from $60 – $100.
Since all Roku 2 players support casual games, customers will be able to purchase the game remote with motion control for use with the Roku 2 HD and Roku 2 XD players. The Roku Game Remote will be available in the coming weeks as part of a bundle that includes a 2GB microSD card for a suggested retail price of $30 at Roku.