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Roku - What is it?


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#1 OFFLINE   LazhilUT

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 11:27 AM

Really dumb question but what is Roku that everyone talks about?

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#2 OFFLINE   RasputinAXP

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 11:32 AM

streaming media box. works wonderfully. I may drop my Apple TV for it.

"Belligerent and numerous."

SlingTV, Tablo and Plex to Roku 3s and Chromecasts on a Vizio 42" in the living room and a Toshiba 32" in my bedroom. Xbox 360 client on a Westinghouse 42" in the game room. Tablets EVERYWHERE!

 

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 12:20 PM

Really dumb question but what is Roku that everyone talks about?


Just type in your browser: roku dot com and you'll get it.
http://www.roku.com/

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 03:19 PM

Roku is basically a little box that streams internet-based channels and Roku-created channels.

I don't know if Roku offers digital streaming, but Sony's boxes do which allow you to stream downloaded shows and movies right to the box from your computer.

Pretty cool stuff.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 03:23 PM

amazon*com/Sony-SMP-N200-Streaming-Media-Player/dp/B005MR6CNK/

This is the Sony box I purchased when it was more expensive...

#6 OFFLINE   garys

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 04:08 PM

I recently started seeing adds for a new Vizio stream box.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 04:09 PM

I recently started seeing adds for a new Vizio stream box.


Yea, I pre-ordered one already. Im getting one of these.
http://www.vizio.com/costar/overview/

Edited by Davenlr, 24 July 2012 - 04:20 PM.

Tivo Premier XL4, Tivo Premier, Tivo HD whole home on Xfinity HD, DirecTv Whole Home with 39" high gain KaKu dish, Roku3,SageTv 8 TB Win8 Server -> DVDO Edge-> Denon AVR, Klipsch KB15's/Panasonic 55ST60 plasma"


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Posted 24 July 2012 - 07:28 PM

Yea, I pre-ordered one already. Im getting one of these.
http://www.vizio.com/costar/overview/


Would it do better them my Samsung BR player ? (I don't need a Web browser for sure !)

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 07:34 PM

streaming media box. works wonderfully. I may drop my Apple TV for it.


This! :heart:
Roku is presently smashing Apple regarding usage in my household. And there's a nice iPad app for it too.
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Posted 24 July 2012 - 07:37 PM

Would it do better them my Samsung BR player ? (I don't need a Web browser for sure !)


I dont know, compare the specs. I need a full screen web browser (with flash) for those live news feeds (like the Colorado wildfires).

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:29 AM

Is there anyway to get a Dish remote (Hopper/Joey) to control a Roku?

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 09:39 AM

If you could "teach" it ... or push the company to add Roku's codes.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 11:50 AM

The Hopper remote can learn codes. Just go into the remote setup screen and teach it.

"Belligerent and numerous."

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:36 PM

Roku is presently smashing Apple regarding usage in my household. And there's a nice iPad app for it too.


I may drop my Apple TV for it.

What makes Roku better than AppleTV?
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Posted 25 July 2012 - 02:22 PM

Amazon Instant Video.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 02:40 PM

Amazon Instant Video.


Which is a great service.
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Posted 25 July 2012 - 03:40 PM

What makes Roku better than AppleTV?

Roku is AMAZING. The sheer number and variety of channels in addition to Netflix and Amazon is almost overwhelming. To me, Roku is like a candy store for grown-ups. (Seems like I even saw a channel for cross-eyed horny toad lovers. ;))

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#18 OFFLINE   euro_boy

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:02 AM

will ROKU (or other competing products) let you play movies and/or view pictures stored on your local home network?

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:04 AM

will ROKU (or other competing products) let you play movies and/or view pictures stored on your local home network?


Quite a few BluRay players do this.
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Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:05 AM

With PlayOn, yes.

"Belligerent and numerous."

SlingTV, Tablo and Plex to Roku 3s and Chromecasts on a Vizio 42" in the living room and a Toshiba 32" in my bedroom. Xbox 360 client on a Westinghouse 42" in the game room. Tablets EVERYWHERE!

 

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:49 AM

Has anyone had any luck connecting Roku through their receiver to get the digital audio? If it must connect directly to the TV, I'm assuming there is no other audio option.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 09:26 AM

Has anyone had any luck connecting Roku through their receiver to get the digital audio? If it must connect directly to the TV, I'm assuming there is no other audio option.


Yes,it works well thru my Onkyo TX-SR705.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 11:36 AM

Has anyone had any luck connecting Roku through their receiver to get the digital audio? If it must connect directly to the TV, I'm assuming there is no other audio option.


OK as long as your receiver passes through HDMI.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 09:57 AM

Roku fans may be interested in this:
http://venturebeat.c...5/roku-funding/

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 10:46 AM

Overall ease of use and the small footpint I don't think Roku can be beat. Channel selection is pretty good my only complaint is there is currently no VUDU channel, but there have been rumors Wal Mart/VUDU are working to get a Roku channel. I know some former Sling employees have also asked for Roku to consider adding a Slingbox channel but not sure if/when that would happen. You also can't beat the price the Roku starts at $49.




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