Roku Gets a New Remote: Would You Like a Pandora Button?
In the news this week, Roku is releasing a new remote control with dedicated buttons for Netflix, Pandora and Crackle. The remote is being bundled with the new $50 Roku LT, and it’s not yet clear whether current Roku owners will be able to purchase the remote control for their existing device.
I have to admit, this is an idea I’ve found amusing ever since I first spotted the Netflix button on the remote control for our Samsung Blu-ray player in the lab. As we’ve all seen with Netflix and Amazon lately, popularity of a service can easily surge or decline with a single mis-step or content acquisition.
It’s easy to imagine the day when these remote controls will be a quaint relic of our streaming video past, when Netflix and Pandora were popular enough to have their own buttons. Funny, but not particularly useful — it’s not all that hard to navigate to these services. But when I looked at the comments at the end of this Slashgear article, I seemed to be alone in my incredulous response. All of the comments were positive, and a few of the commenters said they’d love to have the new remote. Although one person did make a good point: Why no Hulu button?
To that we add: Why no xfinity button? Road Runner, for Time Warner territories? Cox? Charter? Bet you a dime that’s the scene in 2012…