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Roku Announces Roku 3 Set-Top Box

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

  1. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

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    The ROKU 3 does have an IR sensor. I use my Harmony remote with the ROKU 3 with no issue.

    The ROKU uses a progressive buffering scheme. Instead of making you wait for the program to start, it starts your show as soon as possible at a lower bit rate and then as the program buffers the PQ gradually starts to improve. This was true on the last gen ROKU's as well.
     
  2. Steve

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    Quick question for you Roku guys. Does the Roku support streaming off a networked Windows PC using Windows networking? Or would I have to run a DNLA server on the PC? TIA.
     
  3. sigma1914

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    I think you need PLEX.
     
  4. Steve

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    Thanks, sigma. I'm spoiled by my Sammy BD 390, which is able to see shared Windows folders. :p

    EDITED TO ADD: I did a little poking around on the Roku site and found this:

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  5. Diana C

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    Oh, I already found the information: the Roku 2 XS uses a Broadcom BCM4336. The Roku 3 uses a Broadcom BCM11130.
     
  6. gjrhine

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    And that affects our lives how? lol
     
  7. Diana C

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    The trick is that the bluetooth remote capable Rokus don't come with IR remotes. So to program a learning remote you have to buy an IR remote as an add-on accessory.
     
  8. sigma1914

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    I've come to like oShare as a server. It's extremely basic, but works great. I don't use it with Roku, but my Oppo and TV can play everything I've tried.
     
  9. Diana C

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    Just a little "teach a person to fish" versus "feeding him" running argument between Mr Smith and me.
     
  10. Steve

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    Thanks for the tip on oShare. Wasn't aware of that one. If it's truly lightweight, I may give it a try to stream content to my iPad. Too bad Roku doesn't have a DLNA channel option.
     
  11. djlong

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    1) Well, WiFi *is* "some form of RF" - I didn't know, nor care, what band they were using or what protocols (WiFi, Bluetooth, etc). What was important was that it was "not IR".

    2) Interesting. I'll have to look again, but, in the included documentation, I didn't notice that the Roku had an IR receiver - don't know if it was mentioned or if I missed it. This could be the difference. I should be able to program the Joey's remote. Now if I could just get that remote to switch HDMI ports on the tv...

    3) Use Plex. The Plex Media Server is free. This beats navigating Windows directories by a mile. Provided you've named the files in some form that it can recognize, it'll pull up episode information, "album art" and will even (optionally) play the theme song if you're surfing through seasons of a given series. You'll be able to surf by genre, actors, dates, newly aired, newly added, etc. In fact, it was Plex being free on the Roku that made me even *consider* buying one.
     
  12. Athlon646464

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    I'm using an old MX-500 RF remote to control mine (and my setup in the bedroom). The only thing I need the Roku remote for is to play a game that requires the Blue-tooth remote.
     
  13. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

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    Using Plex here and it works great.

    Another great feature Plex has is the ability to add a little Plex button to your internet browser (I use Chrome). While surfing the 'net and you are on a page with a video on it (like YouTube for example) you can click the Plex button.

    When you do so Plex will add the video to your 'queue'. The next time you open up your Plex App on your Roku all of your queued up videos will be waiting for you to watch on your TV! And they automatically play in the highest quality available. It's great feature, especially because Roku doesn't do YouTube natively!

    It works on nearly all pages and web sites with video on them.

    I use it to 'store' video's suggested to me for watching later when I can't watch them while working. :righton:
     
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  14. gjrhine

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    Does Plex do 5.1 audio on Roku now? Else a showstopper.
     
  15. Athlon646464

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    I don't have a 5.1 setup in my bedroom, which is where my Roku is so I don't have first hand experience to answer your question.

    Having said that......

    As with all things digitally created by you on your hard drive, much of what you will get out of a file depends on how you created/ripped it in the first place and your connections between that data all the way to how your Roku is connected to your TV (hint: HDMI) combined with what the Roku/Plex combination can handle.

    Here is a thread on the Plex forums (among many others when doing a search) that will likely answer your question:

    http://forums.plexapp.com/index.php/topic/66691-ac3-audio-not-working/

    If I were at all curious like you seem to be, I would go ahead and try it. You can always delete it if you don't like it.......
     
  16. Diana C

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    So, just as an update, I've been using the Roku 3 for a month now (and using it quite heavily) and I have to say that I like it a lot. There is, however, one issue I have with the way they did the RF remote.

    Unlike the Roku 2 XS, the remote uses WiFi Direct instead of Bluetooth (WiFi-Direct is a form of adhoc WiFi networking). The problem with it is that it ALWAYS uses the exact same channel the Roku uses to connect to your wireless router for streaming. IOW, if you use 2.4Ghz channel 6 as your router's WiFi channel, the RoKu uses channel 6 for WiFi Direct. If you change channels at the router, as soon as the Roku finds the router it changes its WiFi Direct access point ot the same channel.

    This means that if you use WiFi for anything else, the Roku 3 will interfere. In my case I'm using 5GHz Channel 40 and I can't get a reliable connection on my iPad in the same room the Roku is in. They really should make the WiFi Direct AP channel configurable.
     
  17. gjrhine

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    Switch the AP to channel xxx, reboot the Roku 3 and then the Roku 3 uses channel xxx for the WiFI Direct connection. Then switch the AP back to channel yyy. Need to do the same thing whenever the Roku 3 reboots from a software update because it will grab channel yyy again when it reboots.
     
  18. Diana C

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    Nope...tried that already. As soon as the Roku switches to the new channel, the WiFi-D AP switches as well.

    The Roku and router were on channel 161...changed to channel 44, rebooted the Roku. Both the Roku's AP and the router were on 44.

    Changed the router back to 161 and within 1 minute the Roku's AP changed to 161 as well.
     
  19. gjrhine

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    The SECRET SCREEN any help?

    Home 5x
    FF 1x
    Play 1x
    RW 1x
    Play 1x
    FF 1x
     
  20. Diana C

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    Not really, just tells me things I already knew.

    As I have been thinking about this, I think it is a hardware limitation. The Roku 3 only has one WiFI radio, so the AP and the WiFi client MUST use the same channel. So, no matter what you change, the WiFi Direct AP will ALWAYS interfere with your general WiFi access point, at least until you get far enough away from the Roku 3 such that the Roku's AP signal diminishes into noise.
     

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