Coming To Roku Set-Tops: Angry Birds, Epix, Facebook, AOL Video, FoxNews.com

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Roku's streamlined second-generation Internet set-tops will deliver games to big-screen TVs -- including Angry Birds, the immensely popular game for smartphones -- and the company plans to soon add Epix, Facebook, AOL and FoxNews.com channels available to all Roku users.

The Roku 2 video players, slated to be available before the end of July, are more energy efficient, using less than 2 watts of power, according to the company. The first-generation boxes use 6 watts in peak operation, and 4 watts in standby mode.

In addition, Roku 2 adds several enhancements to Netflix streaming, including support for English subtitles, Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 pass-through and up to 1080p HD video quality (on the XD and XS models).

Roku 2 with Angry Birds

Roku said it will make additional games available shortly after launch including Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons.

The games are available only on the Roku 2 boxes, but the new channels from Epix -- the joint venture of Paramount Pictures, MGM and Lionsgate -- Facebook, AOL and FoxNews.com will be available to the current users of Roku's boxes as well. Roku said it has sold more than 1 million of the first-generation boxes

Overall, the Roku platform offers almost 300 channels from partners including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon, Sony's Crackle, NBA Game Time, NHL GameCenter Live, Ultimate Fighting Championship; Pandora, Flickr and Vimeo.

The new Roku 2 boxes are available in three models, each of which include built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth for connecting a game remote and a microSD slot to support additional game storage.

The Roku 2 HD player ($59.99 list price) supports up to 720p HD video, while the Roku 2 XD player ($79.99) supports up to 1080p HD video. The Roku 2 XS player ($99.99) includes Angry Birds free of charge and includes the new Roku Game Remote with motion control.

The Roku 2 XS also includes an Ethernet port for a wired Internet connection and a USB port for playing music, videos, and photos off of any USB drive. However, it provides only enough memory for four games; the optional 2-Gigabyte microSD card ($4.99) expands that to 60 games, according to Roku.

For users of the Roku 2 HD and Roku 2 XD players, the game remote will be available as part of a bundle that includes the 2-GB microSD card and Angry Birds for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

The Roku 2 set-tops are expected to be available by the end of July. The devices can be ordered via Roku.com and from retailers including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Fry's Electronics and RadioShack.

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