Roku 3 now in Canada: My experience
Last Thursday, I walked into Best Buy and there was the Roku 3!
I picked it up and went straight to the checkout. ( As an aside, I was extremely irritated that I had to pay over $20 in taxes! 13% HST plus $7.10 for environmental disposal fee. Frankly, $7.10 seems incredibly high for this little device)
Anyway my hatred for the Ontario government eased greatly once I got home and got to play with my new toy.
I had the Roku 3 hooked up and running in about five minutes. I connected it to my VPN router so Roku thinks that the device is in the USA so I had the option to use several US channels that aren't available here in Canada.
I set it up first wirelessly but after a few days I flipped to wired. Despite a strong signal and wireless N, I still found performance superior with a wired connection.
I am using the Roku for three things: Netflix, Plex and VEMO.
After four days of use, all I can say is "WOW". The interface is fast and buttery smooth. Plex works like a charm so the family can watch all the shows and movies on our server. The Netflix app is very nice and being on the VPN, my family now has access to much more content. VEMO is fun when you want to watch the latest music video. I have checked out some other channels but I didn't find any that really interested me and I'm not interested in playing Angry Birds on my TV.
For backgroun, I have had several Apple TVs, several WDTV Live devices and various other streamers. IMO, the Roku 3 is the best of the lot.
Don't get me wrong, I really like the Apple TV and WDTV live but.... the reason I like Roku over Apple TV 3 is there is a Plex app for Roku. (yes I know about Plex for jailbroken ATV2 but it doesn't support 1080p and its a hack which causes extra headaches and Yes I know about Plex Connect for ATV3 but its a kludge). The reason I like Roku over WDTV live because the interface is faster, there are more channels available and their is a native Plex app whereas WDTV can only access Plex via DLNA.
All in all, I am very happy with the Roku 3 and am thinking of buying a second the next time I am south of the border.