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Old 01-12-2012, 01:44 PM
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Anybody Roku?

We currently have 3 AppleTV's (latest gen) and love them. Great for Netflix and a few other sources, but I just picked up a Roku and should hook it up in the next few days.

I like the idea that We can stream movies from Amazon for free (Prime account) and the idea of adding additional channels is appealing. I find with the Apple TV's, we primarily rent movies from iTunes and not much else. We don't use it for music at all

With the Roku box vs AppleTV

We:

Lose YouTube (no biggie)
Lose seamless streaming of our existing content (though there are apps for that)
Lose Airplay
Gain Amazon Prime
Gain lots of channels
Gain Bluetooth remote



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Old 01-12-2012, 02:22 PM
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I have one on a tv in the basement and bought one for each of my girls' families for christmas - the Roku private channels can be interesting to track down and play with...
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Old 01-12-2012, 06:50 PM
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I'm holding out for the new google TV. Heard good things about the Roku. But a browser and search is a must for me. I personally don't care for appletv at all.

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Old 01-12-2012, 07:10 PM
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can you just connect your ipad to your tv and do the same as appletv and more?


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Old 01-12-2012, 08:46 PM
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Love our roku. We use it for amazon prime, netflix, plex (there's a plex channel that connects to our plex server so we can play all movies from that on it). Solid device.
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:00 AM
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IIRC the Roku box doesn't do DLNA, is that right? That's a must have for any box, imo. Currently testing WD TV. Kludgy interface and definitely has it share of tweaks needed to connect wireless but it has all the features I want.
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:22 AM
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Can you get regular TV with these boxes or are they just for streaming movies?
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:58 PM
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Can you get regular TV with these boxes or are they just for streaming movies?
Streaming, but last night I did find a channel that provided live feeds of CBS/NBC/ABC/FOX and CW
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Just got my Roku 2 XS... so how do you find these "channels" ??!!
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:46 PM
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Does anyone have a good feel for how the picture on Roku compares with a standard HD cable or DTV picture? I can see a definite difference between DTV (much superior) to things lie MLB.TV or YouTube on my Samsung Apps, or through my old Laptop (which, when I bought my new laptop, I reformatted and such up as a permanent media center onto the TV).

Is Roku better than any of those other non-cable/DTV alternatives?
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:19 PM
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Does anyone have a good feel for how the picture on Roku compares with a standard HD cable or DTV picture? I can see a definite difference between DTV (much superior) to things lie MLB.TV or YouTube on my Samsung Apps, or through my old Laptop (which, when I bought my new laptop, I reformatted and such up as a permanent media center onto the TV).

Is Roku better than any of those other non-cable/DTV alternatives?
Your ISP may be to blame. UVerse was so slow we had to move to a higher tier to get HD.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:47 PM
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Your ISP may be to blame. UVerse was so slow we had to move to a higher tier to get HD.
I thought Uverse ===> FiberOptic ===> lighting fast!!??
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:56 PM
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Just got my Roku 2 XS... so how do you find these "channels" ??!!
visit the channel store - setup and account - login from the roku and you can push channel to your roku from the web - or the iphone app:

http://www.roku.com/channels#!now-playing
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Roku is pretty cool - son has one in his room. We have Apple TV in the living room and use it for NetFlix/Hulu/Youtube and streaming from iMac.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:32 PM
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visit the channel store - setup and account - login from the roku and you can push channel to your roku from the web - or the iphone app:

http://www.roku.com/channels#!now-playing

...heheh... I was referring to the 'Secreat" Channels...
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I thought Uverse ===> FiberOptic ===> lighting fast!!??
In San Diego Uverse = cheap garbage. But hey it's cheap.
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Roku is pretty cool - son has one in his room. We have Apple TV in the living room and use it for NetFlix/Hulu/Youtube and streaming from iMac.
Add plex to your imac and make it a media server. The plex channel on roku is awesome!
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:13 PM
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I picked one up for my parents around Christmas time for the DishWorld channel. Channel wouldn't stop buffering. Terrible. Of course, Roku is not to blame for this because its not their content. I returned it. I'll probably pick one up myself to complement my AppleTV.

Are there lots of 3rd party stuff? I couldn't find it. Would be awesome to be able to get FirstRowSports.eu on the roku for Basketball games not shown on national TV (or NBA TV)
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:13 PM
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...heheh... I was referring to the 'Secreat" Channels...
http://www.roku-channels.com/

to add the channel copy the code onto the end of the URL:

https://owner.roku.com/Account/Chann...ODE_GOES_HERE_

like this:

https://owner.roku.com/Account/ChannelCode/?code=H9DWC
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:52 PM
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While I love my AppleTv's, I figured I'd try out a Roku, hard to beat the deal yesterday at 1SaleADay, $49.99 for a factory Refurb Roku XS (Their top of the line offering)
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:36 AM
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I bought my first Roku almost 3 years ago to watch Netflix.

I replaced it with a new Roku 2 XS last year because, the new one supports Netflix Subtitles and you can play Angry Birds with that Motion Control remote.
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Your ISP may be to blame. UVerse was so slow we had to move to a higher tier to get HD.
Hmmm ... I have Uverse at 11MBit download speed, which should yield 1 Mbyte per second throughput. Not sure why that wouldn't be enough for an HD picture? Do we need faster than that?
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Hmmm ... I have Uverse at 11MBit download speed, which should yield 1 Mbyte per second throughput. Not sure why that wouldn't be enough for an HD picture? Do we need faster than that?
No, that should be plenty. Are you sure you're really getting over 5 Mbps?
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Add to that...

https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?...Wc&output=html

Channel types: Channel Store, and Private. YMMV.
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Last month I posted a question about Apple TV and a couple Roku users offered their perspectives. May help with the comparo.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=664021
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