1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Welcome to the new DBSTalk community platform. We have recently migrated to a community platform called Xenfono and hope you will find this change to your liking. There are some differences, but for the most part, if you just post and read, that will all be the same. If you have questions, please post them in the Forum Support area. Thanks!

OK, So I got Mine, Now ....

Discussion in 'IPTV Hardware' started by SayWhat?, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    6,255
    133
    Jun 6, 2009
    .... to figure out how to use it and move on.

    Not really sure what to ask yet.

    Trying some channels like Disney, but the shows seem to be clips only?

    What's free and what isn't on channels like Hulu, Netflix and Crackle?

    Seems like a lot of inserted ads so far. Something to get used to I guess.

    Also a lot of dead time 'Retrieving"......... Part of 3M DSL probably.
     
  2. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    6,255
    133
    Jun 6, 2009
    No Mute button on the remote, eh?

    Not real comfortable with setting up the account on their site and the credit card bit.
     
  3. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    6,255
    133
    Jun 6, 2009
    So, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, Amazon and Blockbuster all need separate subscriptions, VuDu and Redbox look like pay-as-you-go, Disney seems to be clips only (at least for the TV shows)

    SkyNews seems OK for what it is.

    Sort of leaves me with Crackle and Popcorn for now until I can figure out if there's anything else that can be added.


    My ISP's website TV page has a lot more to offer so far. A LOT more.

    I'm talkin' the free stuff available without a separate fee.
     
  4. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    6,255
    133
    Jun 6, 2009
    OK, so you go to the website and select from a ton of other channels. You choose a few get a message for each one saying it's been added and it shows 'Installed'.

    When do they show up on the player?
     
  5. sigma1914

    sigma1914 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

    14,573
    369
    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Right away.
     
  6. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

    3,145
    11
    Jan 23, 2008
    If you go into the channel application then back out it'll force the updates
     
  7. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    6,255
    133
    Jun 6, 2009
    They showed up after about an hour or so.

    I'm still annoyed that so many of them appear to be trials or crippled/limited in some way. I selected a few that showed without a charge, but when you get into them, they want some sort of subscription fee. Most of them are pretty cheap, but I don't want to have to sign up on a dozen different sites.

    Pilot TV is one and there were some others focused on classic TV and movies.
     
  8. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    5,284
    223
    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    Don't forget TWiT TV.
     
  9. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    5,284
    223
    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    I installed Disney, but removed it after playing with it and only seeing trailers and Coming Soon attractions.

    What Roku model did you get? PBS is only available on the newer models.
     
  10. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    6,255
    133
    Jun 6, 2009
    2 HD

    Also kinda ticked that there's no LAN port and you have to connect wireless.
     
  11. photostudent

    photostudent Godfather

    298
    2
    Nov 8, 2007
    I have 3 Rokus and a big fan but too many people think they are getting free cable for under a hundred bucks. There is no free lunch! It is more like a simplified way to stream video podcasts to your TV. If you are a cable cutter Netflix or Amazon Prime offer a lot of options for viewing past seasons of TV shows for a reasonable price. Also you might Google for private channels not listed in the Roku Channel store.
     
  12. gjrhine

    gjrhine Legend

    248
    0
    May 15, 2002
    In a way I am! Everywhere I have a Roku I am getting most of my Time Warner Cable channels without renting another TWC box.
     
  13. acostapimps

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

    1,866
    50
    Nov 5, 2011
    Illinois
    And this is the reason why I don't get the roku, as I can do the same on my laptop connected to the TV or smartphone, but I guess it's okay for cord cutters or people that don't have computers or phones, oh yeah I forgot NO YOUTUBE.


    Sent from my iPad using DBSTalk mobile app
     
  14. sregener

    sregener Godfather

    630
    26
    Apr 17, 2012
    Look into PBS and nowhereTV. Lots of stuff in those two. "Call the Midwife" on PBS is worth watching, and I'm sure there's more there.

    I agree with others who think Amazon Prime's membership is quite reasonable. Between the streaming, the free 2-day shipping and a free eBook a month from the Kindle Lending Library, I get quite a lot for my annual fee.
     
  15. gjrhine

    gjrhine Legend

    248
    0
    May 15, 2002
    HTPC is so last century.
     
  16. Tubaman-Z

    Tubaman-Z Godfather

    534
    6
    Jul 30, 2007
    I paired a Roku 3 (hard-wired - it has both wired and wireless networking but I REALLY like the headset jack on the remote) with PlayOn (www.playon.tv). We've subscribed to Netflix (streaming only) and Amazon Student Prime for its many benefits, including Amazon Instant Streaming. We share the Netflix account (6 devices/2 concurrent streams) and Amazon Student Prime account (unlimited devices, 2 concurrent streams) with our daughter who is at college. I attached the Roku via HDMI to a 47" 1080p Toshiba LCD and have been thrilled with the results. We watch mostly Hulu (free content) and YouTube (I've spent some time searching for and setting up playlists of desirable programming) via PlayOn plus Netflix and Amazon Instant Streaming. I do poke around occasionally on the other Roku channels (notably Crackle, Pandora, The Weather Channel, some of the news channels). I'm looking forward to checking out LiveStream when I get home tonight.

    For roughly $200 one time cost plus $7.99/month shared across 6 devices we were easily able to return another DirecTV DVR. We've kept our DirecTV subscription so that we could watch live sports on one TV. It's admittedly not a great financial deal in total, but we have more of the programming we want (we're tail end of the baby boomer generation) and pay less/month total. For me/my family it was a good option.
     
  17. archer75

    archer75 Godfather

    421
    3
    Oct 13, 2006
    Anything of quality for online streaming on just about any platform is going to require a separate subscription.

    That said, my favorite roku app is plex.

    I have an xbox I could stream on but don't want a gold subscription to do it. I have two htpc's in my house but getting a nice streaming interface accessable via the couch and a remote just isn't happening.

    The roku has a nice easy to use interface, is silent, uses very little power and I can still stream all my local rips via plex. Pretty damn nice if you ask me!
     
  18. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    6,255
    133
    Jun 6, 2009
    The Gateway I use for that (and am typing this on) came with a near-full-function remote that even has the green Windows button. Does most things as far as I can tell. including the DVD functions, channel select for the OTA tuner, mute, volume, etc.C

    Coupled with a Logitech Wireless Trackball, I can do nearly everything remote. All I need is a wireless keyboard.
     
  19. archer75

    archer75 Godfather

    421
    3
    Oct 13, 2006
    Oh I have remotes, that's not the issue, there's no netflix or amazon or any of the other streaming service plugins for WMC. Not even for XBMC. Also needs to be usable by the wife and kids. The roku does it all with ease.

    The only thing I keep the HTPC around for is to play bluray rips when I care about getting the HD audio. Aside from that the roku does it all.
     
  20. Diana C

    Diana C Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    2,117
    293
    Mar 30, 2007
    New Jersey
    Not to mention that the electricty savings of a Roku versus a HTPC will pay for a Roku 3 in about a year.
     

Share This Page