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Roku Breaks the Smart TV Mold


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#1 OFFLINE   oldschoolecw

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 09:22 AM

Building on the success of the award-winning Roku streaming players, Roku® today unveiled a new solution to make a better Smart TV. The new Roku Streaming Stick™ is a wireless device about the size of a standard USB flash drive that will plug into a TV to instantly transform it into a Smart TV. The Roku Streaming Stick will feature built-in WiFi, processor, memory and software to deliver Roku's growing collection of streaming entertainment. With these new Smart TVs, consumers will enjoy a fully integrated high-definition streaming experience.


More at http://www.marketwat...mold-2012-01-04

Looks to be a cool gadget :)

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 12:25 PM

Freakin' awesome idea! This thing will fly off the shelves if priced right!

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#3 OFFLINE   oldschoolecw

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 04:06 PM

Freakin' awesome idea! This thing will fly off the shelves if priced right!

Yeah, I was drooling when I it earlier today. And like you said, if priced right it will sell big time. And it will lead to more cable cutting

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:35 PM

Yeah, I was drooling when I it earlier today. And like you said, if priced right it will sell big time. And it will lead to more cable cutting


I was thinking about this thing later today, and I'm wondering about two things:

1) What about sound - how do you get it to your AVR if your TV doesn't have audio pass through?

2) What if your TV doesn't have a USB port?

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:57 PM

I was thinking about this thing later today, and I'm wondering about two things:

1) What about sound - how do you get it to your AVR if your TV doesn't have audio pass through?

2) What if your TV doesn't have a USB port?

Good question
1. My receiver has a few USB's but I don't know if they can be set for video out. Maybe it will be implemented with all newer receivers
2. I think all TV's made in the past 2 to 3 years have a USB slot, otherwise you will have to use the regular ROKU

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 06:31 PM

I was thinking about this thing later today, and I'm wondering about two things:

1) What about sound - how do you get it to your AVR if your TV doesn't have audio pass through?

2) What if your TV doesn't have a USB port?


Here is our answer at http://blog.roku.com...treaming_stick/

The Roku Streaming Stick will plug into MHL-enabled HDMI ports on TVs. MHL is a new standard that uses the HDMI connector on TVs to deliver power and other critical elements for the streaming experience. There are already TVs with MHL from Samsung and Toshiba, and you’ll see a bunch more announced at CES.
Roku Streaming Sticks will be available in retail later this year alongside our streaming players, and at prices comparable to today’s Roku players ($50 to $100). We think the streaming player market will be around for a long time, and will keep growing at a rapid pace. As Smart TVs start to catch on, we believe consumers will look for Roku to deliver the streaming experience.

It just became AWESOME again

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 07:18 PM

Here is our answer at http://blog.roku.com...treaming_stick/

It just became AWESOME again

Yup. And they got the price right too.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 08:04 PM

Now the only question is audio..............

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 06:30 AM

Now the only question is audio..............

Yeah, that is a puzzlement.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 01:04 PM

As HarpoonIPA pointed out, this is not USB, it plugs into one of the new MHL ports which is HDMI + Power etc. so you get audio and video combined. If you don't have MHL ports, you can get a powered MHL-to-HDMI adapter but at that point, you may as well get the regular Roku box. This is really only an attractive option for a new MHL-enabled TV.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 01:28 PM

I look forword to talking to Roku at CES and letting them know about IPVConnection. :)

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 01:33 PM

As HarpoonIPA pointed out, this is not USB, it plugs into one of the new MHL ports which is HDMI + Power etc. so you get audio and video combined. If you don't have MHL ports, you can get a powered MHL-to-HDMI adapter but at that point, you may as well get the regular Roku box. This is really only an attractive option for a new MHL-enabled TV.


My question is about how to get high quality audio to an AVR with this device. My guess is that most TV's with the new MHL port will also have an audio pass-through of some sort.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 07:43 PM

I look forword to talking to Roku at CES and letting them know about IPVConnection. :)

Please give us feedback on what you learn.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 08:49 AM

I look forword to talking to Roku at CES and letting them know about IPVConnection. :)

Will you be posting videos or pictures? And don't forget to kiss each booth girl for me :) :P

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