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Roku Announces Roku 3 Set-Top Box


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#1 OFFLINE   Chris Blount

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:34 AM

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.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:56 AM

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.

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#3 OFFLINE   Chris Blount

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:17 PM

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.

No worries. The other ROKU boxes are slated to get the new software next month.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:42 PM

No worries. The other ROKU boxes are slated to get the new software next month.

Chris, that is good news. I like the new interface much better.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 02:02 PM

No worries. The other ROKU boxes are slated to get the new software next month.

I figured as much. Makes sense to please existing customers with older boxes rather than expect them to upgrade to the new box.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 02:41 PM

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.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 02:04 PM

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


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Posted 07 March 2013 - 02:40 PM

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

http://youtu.be/q-8___cT5xI

Nice. Looking forward to getting it downloaded next month.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:26 AM

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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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:38 AM

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. :)

It's already available and has been favorably reviewed at Amazon..........

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:12 PM

It's already available and has been favorably reviewed at Amazon..........

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

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:19 PM

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........

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:27 PM

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........

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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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:58 PM

I see them on the Best Buy web site, but only on line. None of our local stores showed them in stock.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:04 PM

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.


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............

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:55 PM

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.co.../dp/B005CLPP84/

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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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:56 PM

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.

Let us know how you like it once you get it setup. I just got my new toy yesterday http://www.newegg.co...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

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 05:36 PM

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.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 05:54 PM

:)

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 10:28 PM

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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Posted 10 March 2013 - 07:55 AM

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.

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?

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 10:28 AM

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?

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.

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 10:55 AM

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.

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?

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 12:52 PM

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?

I have a PS3. The ROKU 3 is better.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 04:33 PM

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

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