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Roku adds Flickr, Facebook, Pandora, and more video channels

Discussion in 'IPTV and Internet Video Delivery' started by Chris Blount, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    Aiming to expand beyond movies and baseball, set-top box maker Roku is adding 10 new content channels ranging from social networking to music and podcasts.

    Roku, which makes a small, wireless device that can stream content from the Web direct to any TV screen, is expanding from 3 channels to 13, as expected. Channels for Blip.tv, Facebook Photos, Flickr, FrameChannel, Mediafly, MobileTribe, Motionbox, Pandora, Revision3, and TWiT will join the current lineup of Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, and, more recently, MLB.TV. All of them will be available in the newly christened Roku Channel Store.

    More here.
  2. TimeShifter

    TimeShifter AllStar

    Dec 27, 2005
    Be great if D* partnered with Boxee
  3. jhillestad

    jhillestad Godfather

    Jan 13, 2007
    You have to wait for the firmware however.....
  4. oldcrooner

    oldcrooner Godfather

    Feb 23, 2004
    Right...they're rolling out the new firmware in waves like D* does.
  5. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
  6. Ryan

    Ryan Icon

    Apr 24, 2002
  7. DustoMan

    DustoMan Godfather

    Jul 16, 2005
    Purchased a Roku the second I found out that Twit and Rev3 were going to be on it. I'm really excited to see these providers on a set box. Hopefully this will usher in more providers like Hulu. The problem is that these bigger providers like YouTube and Hulu and beholden to content providers that don't understand that there's no difference between watching a Hulu stream on your laptop and plugging said laptop into a HDTV and watching it there. You're getting the same eyeballs. These set-top boxes are small computers with a HDMI output.
  8. lwilli201

    lwilli201 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 22, 2006
    When I got the $99 box for the wife to put in the bedroom so she could watch Netfix movies and entertain the great grand daughter with the large amount of kids programming from Netflix on a 32" LCD, I did not realize the power of this little box.

    I tried doing the PC to TV thing. Big video cable and sound cable and fighting the duel monitor settings on an older computer, what a mess. And you can not use the computer at the same time. Never spent a better $99.

    Looking forward to firmware update.
  9. Max Mike

    Max Mike AllStar

    Oct 18, 2008
    No you don't. I forced it.

    1. From the Roku home screen, select the “Settings” icon.
    2. Select the “Player Info” icon within “Settings.”
    3. Select “Check for Update.”
    4. Select “Yes” on the confirmation dialog box to confirm that you want to update your player. Please note there is a possibility that the Roku player will state it has the most up to date software already installed. If you receive this notification, please immediately try updating again and it will begin the update process.
    5. Once you see a dialog box indicating your player has been updated, select “OK” to restart your Roku player and finish the update.
  10. wakajawaka

    wakajawaka Godfather

    Sep 27, 2006
    I've already activated Pandora and Facebook. I just signed up with Motionbox to ry that service out (I'm uploading home video as I type). So far the new channels are very cool! What a bargain for $99.
  11. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I'm kinda sorry I didn't buy the $129 model. That USB port intrigues me. And I have an N+ router. Oh well, maybe I'll just buy another one. Pretty good SD PQ on the $99 model. Works better with an Ethernet wire than wireless tho.

  12. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    I will be putting the HD Roku on my Christmas wishlist this year...

    I debated going for a new BD player with built-in Netflix streaming, but my current BD player is only a little over a year old and I think the Roku will fit in nicely. Time to dig out my HDMI switcher ... :p
  13. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Get the more expensive model. I wish I had, but I'll just buy another one and get the right model this time. The $129 model is the one that will work better when used with an N+ router. The $99 model is better with an Ethernet connection than wireless. I do have one room in the house without access to wiring without going thru a nightmare and I will put the more expensive model in that room. Don't make the same mistake that I did. You want the model with the USB port on the back. If you have any problems, PM me and I'll tell you how I solved my problems.

  14. wakajawaka

    wakajawaka Godfather

    Sep 27, 2006
    You will be glad you did, it's one of the best electronic purchases I have made. I hope Santa is nice to you this year!
  15. tivoboy

    tivoboy Legend

    Aug 16, 2006
    I managed to get one for the 65$ shipped on Friday during their web special. I hope they will do it again.
  16. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I tried and gave up. I had just bought one for $129 the day before (they were open on Thanksgiving) and started the return process for the $99 model. Difficult and strange company to deal with. Their call center is in India and I ran into the usual language problem (no bigotry meant, I have a hard time understanding Indian English.). Anyway, I get the return number and ask when and how I will get the mailing sticker. She tells me I have to pay the shipping. Huh. That never happened before with a return.

    Then I get an email from Roku telling me that I can expect the mailing sticker in 3-4 working days.

    Next thing I know, I get a tracking number for the $129 model. Didn't get a tracking number or any information for the $99 about when or if it shipped. Showed up on my door step ten days later. This time I figure I'll get the upgraded shipping and it's $15 from CA to NJ. You can send a DVR from CA to NJ for $15 by UPS unless the prices for shipping have really gone up. But, I figure it's worth it. According to the tracking number, I'm gonna get it in seven days. I can't win.

  17. mitchelljd

    mitchelljd Legend

    Aug 16, 2006
    sorry, but i just don't think that adding Flickr, Facebook or some of these others is like adding a channel.

    this is more like adding an "App". i like their adding the App for Netflix and Amazon on Demand. pretty cool.

    wish that Apple added a full App store for APPLE TV, it would be better to compete with this.

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