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Roku Announces Roku 3 Set-Top Box

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

  1. oldschoolecw

    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

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    That is interesting, it must be a better graphics card. Chris, what brand of projector are you using? And does it have to be very dark in the room to see?
     
  2. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

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    I'm using an Optoma HD33 3D projector. If you are referring to projection systems in general, it doesn't have to be pitch dark in the room. You simply lose good contrast if you have ambient light. There are screens you can buy that are not white but grey which helps in rooms that are not able to achieve full darkness allowing better contrast.

    They definitely did something in the ROKU 3 to improve PQ. Not by a huge amount, but enough to notice. Plus, as I mentioned before, navigating the menus us much faster although that could simply be the new software.
     
  3. oldschoolecw

    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

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    I've thought about getting a projection system in the past but have been worried about picture quality with too much light coming into any of my rooms and killing my viewing pleasure.

    Also I have been using an XBOX360 for NetFlix and other streaming lately and have found the picture quality far superior then the 1st and 2nd generation Roku's. Do you have one of the major gaming consoles hooked up for streaming? And if so how does Roku 3 compare?
     
  4. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

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    I have a PS3. The ROKU 3 is better.
     
  5. loudo

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    Today I got an email from Roku stating that my Roku 2 box will receive a new interface soon.
     
  6. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

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    Yup - it will be the one on the new Roku 3.
     
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    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

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  8. loudo

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    Has anyone gotten the software update yet, on the Roku 2?
     
  9. fortnerw

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    I have not gotten the new update. I have been checking nightly. Month is half gone. Wonder when it is going to happen?
     
  10. Athlon646464

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    I haven't received it, and don't expect to before June.
     
  11. Diana C

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    Doesn't the 3 have a dual core CPU, versus single core in the 2? We have a 2 XS and am thinking of moving it up to my bedroom and getting a 3 for the family room.
     
  12. gjrhine

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    You might want the 3 in the bedroom because the headphones in the remote feature is nice.
     
  13. Diana C

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    Yes, I was thinking the same thing...I pulled the trigget yesterday. The Roku 3 will be here tomorrow, along with a behind the TV mount.
     
  14. P Smith

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    Don't hesitate open the boxes and tell us what CPU using in both models ;)
     
  15. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

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    You are going to like the Roku 3. Navigation is fast!
     
  16. Diana C

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    The information is available on the internet for both boxes...search is your friend.
     
  17. P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    yeah, yeah ... our friend for sure

    in case if you'll be interesting one day: [​IMG]
     
  18. djlong

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    I bought one at Best Buy yesterday and set it up.

    If I can solve ONE problem, it stays, otherwise I think I'll be returning it.

    The Roku doesn't seem to play nice with others. The remote appears to be some form of Bluetooth (it pairs with the box). Ok, no problem. But the remote has NO IDEA that I have a television with it's own features, that I might want to switch from the Roku to my Joey, etc. At least the Dish remote knows it will be used with an IR-based piece of equipment and I can say "Hey, my TV is an Insignia - use their codes for volume control".

    Because of this, I can't even buy a learning remote to combine all three devices (TV, Joey, Roku) because the Roku is some form of RF.

    That being said, the box itself is wonderful. Set up was fast, though I didn't like having to constantly go back to a computer to enter in codes at various websites to activate/link Netflix, Amazon Prime and MLB.TV. The Plex media client was FANTASTIC in that it automatically found the server and allowed me to choose a higher bitrate since I was using wired ethernet (although the path was a bit convoluted - Roku plugged into a Homelink, through the electrical wires to the router, out some Cat 6 to the hub in the basements and another Cat 6 hop to the actual Windows 8-based machine with the Storage Spaces array on it).

    PQ is pretty damn good. I have 35Mbps fiber to my house and got good pictures from both Netflix and Amazon Prime. MLB.TV looked a bit strange in that it would be fuzzy-ish for a moment and THEN give me a nice, crystal clear HD picture (they must use a different buffering scheme but, then again, I *was* trying to watch live stuff on MLB.TV versus pre-recorded on Netflix and Amazon).

    I'll be looking for a solution to my "remote trouble".
     
  19. sigma1914

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    Found this... "The Roku 3 box does have an IR sensor, so third-party universal remotes can be used with the box," Have you considered an all-in-one remote? You can also control a Roku with a great IP free control at remoku.tv with a smartphone, computer, tablet, etc.
     
  20. gjrhine

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    Neither does it have "some form of RF" . It uses direct wi-fi. He needs to do the research.
     

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