The Roku was developed in America and primarily for Americans so when Canadians learn of it’s potential and begin the research into its ability to replace or add to the cable/satellite TV experience they often find themselves asking, where can I buy a Roku? This has become an ever increasingly simple question to answer. When the Roku 3 first arrived it was only available to the US for some time until finally it begun to venture north of the border into stores such as Amazon, Best buy, etc.
These models sometimes came with the tag “Canadian Version” and had people wondering what the difference would be. I personally own one regular ‘American’ version Roku XD and a ‘Canadian’ version Roku 3. Both work the same with my subscriptions and channel content. I believe the only difference is the packaging, you see the American version has pictures of Hulu, Amazon, and Pandora channels on the Roku packaging. Of course as all Canadian Roku owners know, these channels are not available in Canada. So I believe that Roku, in an attempt to make clear the differences in accessible content to the two countries, has changed the packaging so as to avoid any misunderstandings. After all if the Roku had the picture of an American only channel such as Hulu Plus or Pandora and a Canadian bought the device with the intention of using this service, they would be sorely disappointed.
Of course as I’ve made clear here, there is no need to worry about the limited content available to Canadians. Therefore it makes no difference whatsoever, that I am aware of, which Roku version, American or Canadian, you buy. With that cleared up the only things left to decide is which Roku you should buy, which I discuss here. Then where to purchase the Roku, this is entirely up to you as the newest models of Roku are available in a number of stores online and offline. My personal favorite is at Amazon.ca as they always seem to have the lowest prices, free often fast delivery to most addresses and all available to you online, saving you gas money and time.
You can find the latest Roku models available to Canadians below in my Amazon.ca eStore. You may also need to purchase an HDMI cable as these do not come with the Roku. Don’t worry about which HDMI cable you buy as there is no difference in the quality of the signal between the models listed, any will get the job done perfectly fine.
If you have an older model TV, and wish to purchase the Roku 3, I suggest you check if you have an HDMI port on your TV. If not you may consider buying an RCA-to-HDMI converter, also listed in the eStore below. Personally I would suggest either the Roku 2 if you have an older model TV without HDMI or if you are really committed to the full Roku experience (recommended) I suggest a new HDTV.
At the time of writing this article the Roku Streaming Stick is temporarily out of stock from Amazon.ca and as a result it is being sold at a higher price by a third party on the Amazon.ca website (you can still order it through Amazon, or you can wait until it becomes available, or of course you can try to find it somewhere else).
Happy Streaming and don’t forget to get a smartDNS service so you can unblock the American content on the Roku!
If you wish to get a Roku as quick as possible the Roku can often be purchased at the following Canadian stores: