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Roku 3 now available

Discussion in 'IPTV Hardware' started by Cholly, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. Mar 8, 2013 #1 of 32
    Cholly

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    The folks over at Roku have released a new high end version of their streaming player - Roku 3. It's now available direct or at Amazon for $99.99.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...d_t=201&pf_rd_p=1510706322&pf_rd_i=B005CLPP84

    Notable changes: Only HDMI output (Composite output is gone). Has headphone jack (earbuds included). 7.1 audio now available. New, more intuitive interface. Lots more channels available.
    The new software interface will become available in April for previous models.
     
  2. Mar 8, 2013 #2 of 32
    MysteryMan

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    From what I've read on IPTV Connection the older Roku boxes are slated to receive the new software next month.
     
  3. Mar 8, 2013 #3 of 32
    Chris Blount

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    Will have mine tomorrow. :)
     
  4. Mar 8, 2013 #4 of 32
    dpeters11

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    I find myself using my Roku less, originally I didn't think I would use the features in my tv, but after Amazon video was down twice on Roku, I just kept using the TV. Now only seem to use my Roku for TWIT on occasion when I have it on live.
     
  5. Mar 8, 2013 #5 of 32
    Nick

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    My Roku 2 HD provides a frequent and welcome escape from banality of regular tv. The '3' is an interesting advance.
     
  6. Mar 8, 2013 #6 of 32
    spartanstew

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    I also read that somewhere.



    Oh yeah, the first post.
     
  7. Rich

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    Just bought one 2 weeks and sent it back today. Must be the fifth one I've bought and either sold or sent back. One thing Cholly didn't mention was no optical out port. Aside from that, it's just the same old thing.

    Rich
     
  8. P Smith

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    a half of the month is gone, but Roku2 XD is still running old version 4.9 and no update found :(
     
  9. Cholly

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    To my knowledge, NO model Roku has an optical out port. Only composite A/V and HDMI.
     
  10. Rich

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    I have one of the earliest Rokus somewhere in the house, can't find it, but you're probably right. How does a Roku just disappear? Looked ev...found it! It's a Roku XR and it does have an optical port. Also has component and composite jacks and HDMI and S-Video ports. And a USB port. While I was searching the house, I also found my 13' HDMI cable that I've been looking for.

    Rich
     
  11. Rich

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    Have patience. Do you know if the Roku XR will get the update? I read an article about which models would get the update, but I don't remember if the XR is one of them.

    Rich
     
  12. P Smith

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    Lets wait ... when Roku2 will get new v5, then we will dig into your XR model :).
     
  13. Rich

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    Just got a call from Roku support. The download will be between the middle of April to the middle of May. The XR will be upgraded according to the CSR.

    Rich
     
  14. dpeters11

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    Very cool, some of the very early Roku buyers have been getting packages from Roku with a Roku 3. Of course some have already upgraded, but a nice gift from Roku.
     
  15. djlong

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    If the Roku 3 could support connecting to another PC via Remote Desktop, it would a an absolute PERFECT device for me... As it is, it's SO tempting...
     
  16. RasputinAXP

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    DJ, it's a great little device. Combine it with a home server running Plex or PlayOn (or both) and you're in heaven.
     
  17. sigma1914

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    Can Plex stream big 1080p files?
     
  18. djlong

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    I have Plex running as a server on my big Win 8 Pro machine (with the 18TB Storage Spaces array). I remote-desktop into that machine to do all the downloading, backups, etc. Removing the need to have a PC in my home entertainment center to access a PC (for all the above plus net surfing) would be an instant buy. I'm guessing someone would have to figure out how to add a wireless keyboard/mouse to the Roku.
     
  19. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

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    I don't have any issues with them. You can swap your playback options in the client from Transcode to Direct Stream. That's more a function of your network than the Roku.

    I just use 2X Client on my Xoom. A bit faster, and free RDP clients are hard to come by.
     

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