Archive | March 31, 2011

Roku firmware update 2.9 build 1553 out, brings new channels support and PlayOn issues

Roku announced a new software update version 2.9 build 1553 to their popular media streaming boxes. As a “notable new feature”, is the capability to click on the ad banner (a better notable feature would be to get rid of it completely in my opinion) and several improvements to support the upcoming content partners. USB channel is also improved with a better MKV support.

One big drawback of the new update is a new issue related to playing the PlayOn channel, causing significant audio sync issues. It seems though that both PlayOn and Roku are aware of it and are working to solve it.

The new update will be deployed over the following several days, however if you just can’t wait, you can trigger the update manually via¬†¬†Settings->Player info->Check for update on your Roku Streaming Player.

Roku is the most complete media streamer box when it comes to online streaming support being able to stream over 100 different online clients including Amazon Video on Demand, Netflix and Hulu Plus. Check out our Roku full review here.