Three years ago in July 2008, Roku got a Konformist mention as a tech device of the future even though it was only introduced a month before. It is now clear that the future is indeed now. From Roku.com:
The easiest way to stream on TV
Meet Roku—the original, best-selling streaming player. With Roku, it’s a snap to enjoy the best movies and TV shows, live sports, music, games and more—all instantly on your TV, whenever you want it.
No PC needed
Roku connects easily to your TV and wireless (Wi-Fi) network at home. Be up and streaming in minutes.
You can do it
With the simple remote, you choose what you want to watch, and it starts instantly. It's even more convenient than watching a DVD.
No extra monthly bills
Access your existing subscriptions like Netflix. Enjoy tons of free movies, shows, and music. Or browse the latest blockbusters available on demand.
Always getting better
Roku brings you endless entertainment choices, and we’re adding more all the time. So you'll always find something new to watch, hear and enjoy.