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Roku Announces Roku 3 Set-Top Box

Discussion in 'IPTV Hardware' started by Chris Blount, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. Mar 6, 2013 #1 of 67
    Chris Blount

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    Roku yesterday announced their third-generation set-top box, and Apple TV competitor, Roku 3, with new features like a brand new interface and motion gestures for its remote.

    More here.
     
  2. Mar 6, 2013 #2 of 67
    loudo

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    That figures. I just got a new Roku 2 XS. Now I see the new interface puts a lot more apps on the screen at a time. My luck.
     
  3. Mar 6, 2013 #3 of 67
    Chris Blount

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    No worries. The other ROKU boxes are slated to get the new software next month.
     
  4. Mar 6, 2013 #4 of 67
    loudo

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    Chris, that is good news. I like the new interface much better.
     
  5. Mar 6, 2013 #5 of 67
    MysteryMan

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    I figured as much. Makes sense to please existing customers with older boxes rather than expect them to upgrade to the new box.
     
  6. Mar 6, 2013 #6 of 67
    oldschoolecw

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    It looks like a very nice update, I will wait and see on ordering it. I just bought a new toy yesterday, it should be delivered next week, that I will review in the IPTV Hardware area once I get it up and running.
     
  7. Mar 7, 2013 #7 of 67
    Athlon646464

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    Here's a video of the new interface. (I like it a lot!)

     
  8. Mar 7, 2013 #8 of 67
    MysteryMan

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    Nice. Looking forward to getting it downloaded next month.
     
  9. Mar 8, 2013 #9 of 67
    Chris Blount

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    Looks nice! I will probably go ahead and pickup the ROKU 3 when I get the chance. My ROKU 2 can get handed to a family member or sold. :)
     
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    It's already available and has been favorably reviewed at Amazon..........
     
  11. Chris Blount

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    Cool. Getting mine tomorrow through Amazon. Did they just put that up this morning? I checked Amazon earlier and it wasn't there yet.
     
  12. Athlon646464

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    This was a little strange - when I first did a search for it on amazon.com yesterday only the '2' showed up.

    Next I did a search in Google's shopping section, and there was a link to the '3' on Amazon. Since then, I've been seeing it in little advertising boxes while surfing the net........
     
  13. Chris Blount

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    Weird. I've been searching on Amazon for the past few days and only the ROKU 2 came up until I did another search after you posted earlier. I guess you have the magic touch.

    Also, on the comparison chart, it says the high end ROKU 2 box does NOT have the gaming remote. Mine does. I purchased it at Costco. Must have been a special model or something. It even came with a HDMI cable.
     
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    I see them on the Best Buy web site, but only on line. None of our local stores showed them in stock.
     
  15. Athlon646464

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    My guess is you have the Roku 2 XS, which came with Angry Birds and the Bluetooth remote. That's the ~$90 model the '3' is replacing, hence it's gone from the chart............

    http://www.amazon.com/Roku-XS-1080p-Streaming-Player/dp/B005CLPP84/
     
  16. Chris Blount

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    Yep... that's it. I was really annoyed they dropped the 5 GHz WiFi from that series. Will be nice to have it back again.
     
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    Let us know how you like it once you get it setup. I just got my new toy yesterday http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856178001 I will let you all know how it is once I get it setup, I'm still waiting for a few attachments I ordered for it to get here, but the huge snow storm we got killed that chance today
     
  18. Chris Blount

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    Set the ROKU 3 up earlier and it seems to be working well. The new software is fantastic! Much easier to navigate.

    I haven't watched a movie yet on my 106" projections system so I can't comment on the PQ difference of earlier models but I will say that the speed (navigating the menus and buffering) seems a lot faster. Everything is pretty much instantaneous, even more so than the already fast ROKU 2.

    Will comment more as I play.
     
  19. Athlon646464

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    :)
     
  20. Chris Blount

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    OK so they have done something under the hood with the ROKU 3. The PQ is definitely better. I compared it with the ROKU 2 and a Sony Blu-Ray streaming player I have and before the ROKU 3, the Sony Blu-Ray player had the best PQ but now the ROKU 3 does. Really interesting.
     
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