We already thought the Roku was a pretty good deal, especially with the new models, but with PlayOn support now available, it’s really turning into a bite-size powerhouse for streaming media. PlayOn lets you add a ton of extra content to your Roku, stuff like Comedy Central, CBS, Hulu, and a bunch of other junk.
The details are all here. It still costs money, but hey. The Roku was missing those big networks, and this makes it much more of a complete package.
It looks like it adds some local network playback functionality to older models as well. The only requirement seems to be a networked Roku box, so presumably this will allow you to stream your own library through PlayOn if your Roku model didn’t before.
Oh, and as long as we’re talking about Roku — they added some channels just yesterday: TBS, BET, Nickelodeon and PBS Kids. Nickelodeon isn’t really as awesome as it used to be (no Ren & Stimpy) but hey.