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ROKU Info wanted
Self | March 7, 2012 | PJ-Comix

Posted on 03/07/2012 10:07:55 AM PST by PJ-Comix

I am interested in whatever info you can provide about ROKU. What channels are available? Cost? Which channels are FREE and which do you have to pay for? Picture quality? Etc.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: roku; television
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Thanx in advance for any info you can provide.
1 posted on 03/07/2012 10:08:01 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
http://www.roku.com/

I've thought about this but we don't watch that many movies. I'm finding it hard to justify the cost.

2 posted on 03/07/2012 10:11:40 AM PST by bcsco
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To: PJ-Comix
Love our three Rokus. All less than $100. We primarily stream Netflix and Amazon prime, so those are pay services. You can review the channel store for all channels.
3 posted on 03/07/2012 10:12:15 AM PST by mcjordansc
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To: PJ-Comix

All I know is that Roku is some sorta nebulous box thingie that you can get GBTV through....

I need info too.


4 posted on 03/07/2012 10:12:15 AM PST by GraceG
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To: PJ-Comix

I have a ROKU primarily for connecting Netflix via router to my LCD tv.

IIRC, I paid $99 for the ROKU about 2 years ago. Newer versions are more in the range of $79, now.

ROKU has several ‘pay’ channels and many ‘free’ channels. The pay ones include Amazon streaming, Netflix, Hulu Plus, some sports, etc.

ROKU free channels most access material that is free over the internet — such as public domain movies/tv programs.


5 posted on 03/07/2012 10:16:37 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: bcsco; PJ-Comix

I have had a ROKU for over a year. I had Netflix and canceled it because we don’t watch enough movies either. LOL

If we do watch one anymore, we get it from Amazon.

The quality has been very good.


6 posted on 03/07/2012 10:18:01 AM PST by dforest
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To: PJ-Comix

I LOVE my Roku. I mostly use it for Netflix and Pandora. It has a great picture, and the interface is excellent. I canceled cable TV, and don’t miss it, except I haven’t figured out how to get Food Network shows.

I wasn’t happy that I bought a top of the line box, and then they came out with a new line within six months, and no longer plan to offer subtitles for Netflix on the original. So get a Roku 2 if you want Netflix subtitles.


7 posted on 03/07/2012 10:22:02 AM PST by Politicalmom (Lazamataz for president!! NO MORE RINOS!!)
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To: nutmeg

bookmark


8 posted on 03/07/2012 10:22:36 AM PST by nutmeg (Rest in Peace, and THANK YOU, Andrew Breitbart)
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To: Politicalmom

It is fantastic...lots of fun..There are “private channels” you can add too, everything from GBTV to Pravda to TRI, the concert venue Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead has built in San Rafael CA.


9 posted on 03/07/2012 10:26:17 AM PST by Shady (The undeniable truth of the Obama Administration...The numbers do not lie.)
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To: dforest; TomGuy; Politicalmom; PJ-Comix; Swordmaker
Isn't ROKU pretty much the only way you can watch Glenn Beck's GBTV show on your television? I haven't seen Glenn Beck since the day he left the Fox News Channel...

Is ROKU easy to attach to your TV with a HDMI cable?

Once it's attached to your TV what do you do next? How do you watch internet content on TV via ROKU?

Is Apple TV better than ROKU?

Thanks in advance... :-)

10 posted on 03/07/2012 10:28:55 AM PST by nutmeg (Rest in Peace, and THANK YOU, Andrew Breitbart)
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To: PJ-Comix

The Roku is by far the easiest device we have in the house.

We no longer have cable. We get all our TV and movies through Netflix and Hulu Plus for about $17/mo, plus high speed data costs through our cable provider. We are probably cancelling Hulu Plus, because we aren’t avid TV watchers and Netflix has more content than we can keep up with.

There are free channels, too, including a Fox News online channel, but we rarely turn to the free channels. The TV isn’t on that often in the house.


11 posted on 03/07/2012 10:32:50 AM PST by bolobaby
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To: PJ-Comix

Is much good.


12 posted on 03/07/2012 10:36:45 AM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: nutmeg

The hookup is easy. Many TVs, newer ones you don’t need a ROKU for. All you have to do is hook it up, register your serial# with ROKU and get to using it.

Many of the offerings you don’t have to pay a monthly fee for. They are free, or else you pay as you go.

I can get Beck on ROKU, but he is one of the pay for channels.

I am kinda cheap, (it was necessary though) LOL, so I use it in a limited fashion.

I don’t know about Apple TV.


13 posted on 03/07/2012 10:39:42 AM PST by dforest
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To: PJ-Comix

bookmark


14 posted on 03/07/2012 10:40:06 AM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: nutmeg

I watch Glenn Beck on GBTV.com. Good quality. Works fine.


15 posted on 03/07/2012 10:40:37 AM PST by SuzyQue
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To: PJ-Comix

We use it 98% for Netflix, 2% for GBTV.

When my kids were younger (we homeschool) we would have used khan Academy (free).

It’s well worth it for us. We’ve just about exhausted the movie supply, but being able to watch favorite tv series is great.

Simple to install and use. We had to get a switcher box for our old, one-input, TV. Got one on Amazon for $15.


16 posted on 03/07/2012 10:41:50 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: nutmeg

The hookup is easy. Many TVs, newer ones you don’t need a ROKU for. All you have to do is hook it up, register your serial# with ROKU and get to using it.

Many of the offerings you don’t have to pay a monthly fee for. They are free, or else you pay as you go.

I can get Beck on ROKU, but he is one of the pay for channels.

I am kinda cheap, (it was necessary though) LOL, so I use it in a limited fashion.

I don’t know about Apple TV.


17 posted on 03/07/2012 10:42:38 AM PST by dforest
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To: PJ-Comix

I had a Roku to connect to NetFlix, but returned it because I was able to buy a Vizio Blu-Ray player that also connected to NetFlix. We bought the wireless BluRay player at WallyWorld for about $99. Beware, the NetFlix/Vizio connection is a bandwidth hog, even with FiOS.

My daughter loves to catch up on the TV series she missed on NetFlix when not busy with school work. I think she and my wife have watched all of the seasons of Desperate Housewives.


18 posted on 03/07/2012 10:43:12 AM PST by John Galt's cousin (Principled Conservatism NOW! * * * * * * * * * * Repeal the 17th Amendment!)
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To: dforest; PJ-Comix

Have you tried venues like HULU Plus to watch TV? I’m curious about what’s available for TV shows and how much it costs. We don’t watch much except NCIS, NCIS-LA, the food and travel channels, sometimes History channel. I’ve DVR’d old movies off Warner Classic Movies, but that’s relatively infrequent.

I’m curious about what’s available and at what cost. Cable TV is pretty pricy, so I’m interested whether there are less expensive alternatives.


19 posted on 03/07/2012 10:44:38 AM PST by bcsco
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To: bcsco

You can get Hulu on ROKU, but You would have to go to ROKU site store to find the price. I don’t think it is free.


20 posted on 03/07/2012 10:48:38 AM PST by dforest
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To: PJ-Comix
Also - movies are in different formats. When we had DSL, couldn't watch alot of HiDef stuff. Now have LOWEST LEVEL FIOS - no problem with Hi-Def movies.

You won't find everything. History Channel Dogfight is out there, but some old movies I can't find - "Kelley's Heros" comes to mind; it's not on the list ...

21 posted on 03/07/2012 10:55:53 AM PST by Bill Buckner
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To: dforest; PJ-Comix

I didn’t expect it would be free. I’m thinking of the cost of cable TV vs the cost of services that would be available through Roku or an internet ready BlueRay or TV. Don’t want to upgrade my near-new TV, but if a service is available, that’s something to consider.


22 posted on 03/07/2012 10:58:40 AM PST by bcsco
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To: bcsco

I have a roku player and love it! I received it for Christmas and use it with my Amazon Prime membership to watch lots of free stuff. Then, I did some more investigating in their channel store and discovered this: playon.tv

It is one of their beta channels and has a free Playon-lite version and then a trial period for Playon Premium. If you purchase the Playon Premium lifetime version for $79, you also receive a free Roku player.

With Playon Premium, you get FREE hulu plus access (it’s usually $8 per month, I think) and tons of other channels. Although none of these are “live streaming” cable channels, you can install plugins that give you live-channel access. Some are free, and some cost a few dollars ($2-10) range. this is a one-time fee, not monthly.

I purchased a plugin that cost $5 and now I get basically every cable channel I want—live! I also use a tv-links plugin that gives me access to hundreds (or even thousands) of tv shows, movies etc.

I have a really good deal on my dish network that will be expiring within 6 months, and I am testing Roku/playon as a replacement. So far, it is perfect, and I am ready to use it as a replacement (if I can convince my husband!).

This is the answer to cable/satellite, as far as I am concerned!


23 posted on 03/07/2012 10:59:17 AM PST by davandbar
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To: PJ-Comix

I know it drives the Glenn Beck haters crazy every time I say it, but I stream GBTV through ROKU. Then only other channels we view through it is Netflix and Pandora. There are lots of other channels, but most of them are pretty worthless.


24 posted on 03/07/2012 11:05:43 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: SuzyQue
"Your news, streaming live every weekday 9am-3pm ET. Watch our Fox News reporters cover the latest headlines and stories you care about. Plus, get in-depth discussion from our political panels where you can “join-in” via social media, email or chat."

Do you ever watch Fox News on it? If so does it really only go from 9am to 3pm Eastern time? Also does it pick up the History, Discovery, National Geographic, Nova Channels. What about regular channels also?

25 posted on 03/07/2012 11:06:25 AM PST by Spunky
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To: davandbar; dforest; PJ-Comix

Now we’re getting somewhere. My cable bill is around $132/mos, but that also includes Internet access. The cable TV portion is around $100 of that.

Basically, what we watch on a standard basis is
NCIS/NCIS-LA (including reruns)
Dancing With the Stars (wife, when on)
Fox News
Golf (including golf channel)
Food channel (when nothing else is on)
Travel channel (when even the food channel has nothing on)
History channel (very occasionally)
Local channels (for news, etc).

I wouldn’t expect to get local channels, but if we could reduce our cable bill down to the very minimum lineup, eliminate the HD boxes we need for HD reception (including the DVR), we’d be saving some serious cash if we’d have 2-3 premium access channels we’d have to sign up for.

Am I wrong on this? Or is it something to consider?


26 posted on 03/07/2012 11:13:45 AM PST by bcsco
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

“a switcher box for our old, one-input, TV. Got one on Amazon for $15.”

Ah, that’s what I needed to know. My ancient TV works well, and I don’t want to replace it.


27 posted on 03/07/2012 11:14:10 AM PST by SuzyQue
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To: PJ-Comix

Roku is great. I have a Onkyo stereo receiver that I plug the Roku into and use it mainly to stream Pandora. Sounds awesome.

Only thing I can’t figure out is why they didn’t program a web interface into the darn thing. I’d love to use it “headless” when I stream Pandora but am forced to use a monitor to select my music genre. Once that’s done I do turn the monitor off though.


28 posted on 03/07/2012 11:17:53 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (Liberal Democrats love direct democracy until it's time to vote on something)
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To: nutmeg

It’s a five-minute process to hook up a Roku. Plug into outlet, plug into HDMI port on TV, and run the set-up. You need to know your network password if you want to attach it to a wireless network. My Roku also hooks to a hard drive, so I can listen to my music on my surround sound, or play video content.

There’s a very nice menu. It’s a bit easier to go to your Roku account to add channels. They now require (GRRRR) a payment method on file even if you don’t have any pay channels. I’ve had no problems with that, though.

I have a YouTube channel on mine, which I understand isn’t available any more. I treat it like gold. :)

I don’t know anything about Apple TV. I’m happy with my Roku. I don’t watch Glenn Beck, either. There’s a thing called Playon that’s supposed to let you get internet content off of many channels. I haven’t tried it yet. You have to have the program running on your computer in order to access it on the Roku, I think.

Here’s a nice article comparing Apple TV to Roku.

http://blog.streamingmedia.com/the_business_of_online_vi/2010/10/apple-tv-and-roku-go-head-to-head-heres-the-winner.html


29 posted on 03/07/2012 11:22:19 AM PST by Politicalmom (Lazamataz for president!! NO MORE RINOS!!)
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To: SuzyQue

——“a switcher box for our old, one-input, TV. Got one on Amazon for $15.” Ah, that’s what I needed to know. My ancient TV works well, and I don’t want to replace it.-——

But it necessitates.... cue ominous organ music.... getting off the couch!

I have to admit, it bugs me. Especially when I’m half asleep. That’s why I ask the kids,to do it...


30 posted on 03/07/2012 11:32:19 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: PJ-Comix

PJ this device seriously rocks, it rocks so much that I’ve cut cable and made the Roku my main form of television entertainment. You need two things to take advantage of the Roku 1. A Netflix membership 2. A Hard Drive.

Netflix is essential to Roku as you will get a lot of material from it, and it only starts at $10.00 a month for streaming. There’s also great services that you can get such as Amazon Prime where you can buy new and old tv shows ala carte for as little as $20.00 for an entire season or $1.50 per episode and $2.00 an episode in HD, you can cancel at any time if the show sucks. I’m still able to watch my favorite shows like The Walking Dead, Cake Boss, and Ice Road Truckers on this for an amount that when added to Netflix comes in way under my old cable bill of $120.00.

In addition, I highly recommend getting the more expensive Roku model because it has a usb port. If you couple that to a 2TB hard drive you can burn movies you get from the library, RedBox, and Netflix this saves me so much cash.

As for sports, I hook up my computer to the tv via HDMI and google sports stream to find sites that stream sports for me. That saves me a HECK of a lot of money. The cable companies suck, I hate them, I found a way around them they can go pound sand the internet is going to kill cable. jmo


31 posted on 03/07/2012 11:34:34 AM PST by erod (Romney sucks.)
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To: PJ-Comix
I'll just add that I love my ROKU and cancelled cable after getting it.

Once you are accustomed to "on demand" programming, I don't know why anyone would ever go back to cable or satellite again.

32 posted on 03/07/2012 11:47:06 AM PST by cerberus
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To: PJ-Comix

My oldest son bought me a Roku for Christmas back in 2010, and I enjoy being able to live-stream Netflix movies on it. They are always adding more channels. Some cost extra, others are free. You can live-stream radio programs as well. I’ve listened to Rush on mine. I probably don’t use it as often as other folks, but for the low cost, it’s definitely worth it.


33 posted on 03/07/2012 11:51:02 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: PJ-Comix

Thanks for starting this thread ... I’ve been thinking about Roku or Apple TV too.

And thanks to everyone else and the great feedback here. I think I might just go out and get Roku real soon and cut ties with Uverse.


34 posted on 03/07/2012 11:53:49 AM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: PJ-Comix

Get an internet connected bluray player (which is almost all of them) instead. Most of them connect to all the same services roku does, and many can connect to shared content on your computer in case you want to use a service they don’t support, and they play DVDs and bluray, and the entry level ones cost about the same as a roku. These days so many TV peripherals (and the TVs themselves) stream there’s just no reason to get a device that only streams.


35 posted on 03/07/2012 11:58:11 AM PST by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: PJ-Comix

Forgot to mention that there is a private Yahoo Group you can join that is specifically for Roku users. Good info and help available, and you can get the postings in an email. Here’s the title for the group: RokuDigitalVideoPlayer, or you can do a search on Yahoo.


36 posted on 03/07/2012 12:06:39 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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MARK


37 posted on 03/07/2012 12:07:17 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: bcsco

> We don’t watch much except NCIS, NCIS-LA

I have had Roku for about a year. I use it for Netflix, Crackle and several others.
As for NCIS, NCIS-LA and a full menu of other shows, I watch them for free on the PC (in full HD) using the XFinity service.

There is a feature available from Roku that allows you to stream video files from your PC to the Roku device and watch them on your TV. We use it to stream Vietnamese TV shows from Vietnam directly to the TV. I’ll admit it was a bear to setup but works very well.


38 posted on 03/07/2012 12:10:28 PM PST by BuffaloJack (Defeat Obama. End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: bcsco

here is a link to the playon website:

http://www.playon.tv/content-channels

You can get a free 2-week trial, but you need a roku player or playstation, xbox, etc. to use it on your tv. the website lists the different devices it uses.

If you get the lifetime subscription, you get a free roku player. I use it for a second tv in my house. You can do a google search for playon plugins. There are websites/forums dedicated to developing plugins for it. For live channels, I used the superusvox plugin and have been very happy with it. I’m sure if you googled “superusvox playon plugin” you could find a page that would list all of the channels it provides.

There is something else available for use with the playon software called PlayLater. I am still looking into it, but I think it records shows for you to watch later. It’s 19.95 per year—not a one-time charge.

Here is a link: http://www.playon.tv/pl/buy/

I’m looking into this further to see if I need it.

Good luck!


39 posted on 03/07/2012 12:12:10 PM PST by davandbar
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To: davandbar
playon.tv

Very interesting --- I didn't know about this. Will be checking it out because I would love to get rid of DirecTv

Thanks...

40 posted on 03/07/2012 12:15:59 PM PST by coder2
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To: davandbar

I’ve downloaded the Playon PC application, and also downloded the Android application. The streaming to my Nook Color with N2ACard is terrible. I can get some Fox stuff to transfer, but nothing from CBS/NCIS. I’m using the 2 week trial.

So, as I understand it, with the Roku the feed comes through my router? Or does the Roku have its own router? If it’s through my router, I doubt the bandwidth will be acceptable.


41 posted on 03/07/2012 12:23:14 PM PST by bcsco
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To: bcsco

The Roku is used in connection with your router.

I’m not very techno savvy, but did you try a system check on your pc with the playon interface—it’s the second tab? It checks your online bandwith speed, pc processor performance, and disk space and ram. Playon has a recommended minimum amount, and you can see if you are meeting that.

I’m not sure if the devices you are using in connection with the playon software could be affecting it’s performance also. I was fortunate to already own a roku when I stumbled on to playon and was able to do the trial period on my television. I had no issues, but I know some people do.

Did you try playon’s access to hulu? You can probably find many of those cbs shows on it. I mainly use the plugins—superusvox and tv-links.

If you can work those kinks out, it really works well (at least, it does for me!).


42 posted on 03/07/2012 12:38:35 PM PST by davandbar
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To: bcsco

I still use cable for my internet. I help a family member manage some rental units, and they pay for my internet access. I use the mid-speed road runner version with time-warner—not the slowest but the next one up.


43 posted on 03/07/2012 12:42:05 PM PST by davandbar
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To: davandbar

I’ve taken the software off my PC and Nook for now. I’m going to do some more investigating before I try again. It the Playon settings said my Android connection failed. Yet I could get access to shows, but movies and TV shows would get hung up on buffering. It may be the Nook device, but I don’t want to commit until I know for sure. It may be I have to upgrade to a more powerful router. And I know my Comcast Internet connection isn’t the fastest they offer, but that’s another $29/mos or more. Money, money, money...


44 posted on 03/07/2012 12:44:30 PM PST by bcsco
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To: bcsco

You can always purchase a roku player on Amazon for $50-no tax, and then return it if you can’t get everything to work.

If you decide to purchase the playon life-time membership, you’ll get a second roku player to use in another room.

I purchase mine about a month ago, and the deal is still being offered as of now.


45 posted on 03/07/2012 12:59:50 PM PST by davandbar
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To: VeniVidiVici
Only thing I can’t figure out is why they didn’t program a web interface into the darn thing. I’d love to use it “headless” when I stream Pandora but am forced to use a monitor to select my music genre. Once that’s done I do turn the monitor off though.

If you have a smartphone or tablet you might be able to use the Roku remote control app. There's a couple of them in the app markets, but Roku did release their own.

46 posted on 03/07/2012 1:04:18 PM PST by whd23 (Every time a link is de-blogged an angel gets its wings.)
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To: davandbar

I did a download speed test that came in at 3.24Mbps. That’s lower than the 5Mbps recommended for 1080p HD streaming. So, I don’t think this would be an option for us. Thanks for the advice, you got me to the information I needed.


47 posted on 03/07/2012 1:19:23 PM PST by bcsco
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To: PJ-Comix

I like Roku. Had it about a month.

Was paying $140 for cable with premium channels and $34 for ATT DSL.
Bought low end ROKU box at Walmart for $65.

Watched a movie but it had to reload several times. Wasn’t as bad, if I closed all the browsers on my computer.

Then I did a speed test and found out that my DSL was 1500m/s, which is the low end that ROKU recommends. National average is supposedly around 8000m/s.

So I dumped Cable ($140), but changed from AT&T DSL ($32) to Cable Internet $63. And I signed up for Dish Network family package with Encore and MPlex $58/mo. Much faster. Then I bought a second Better ROKU box. Both work fine, but the second one supports HDML, where the first one has a little lower resolution.

In the end, I figure I’m saving around $50 a month, and I have a much faster internet and I have the ROKU services on two of my 5 TV’s.

About Roku, There are several movie channels but most have older public domain movies. Netflix and Amazon On Demand are the two main movie channels. My Research said NetFlix has about 17000 movies but are about to lose 3000 when a contract expires. Amazon has about 8000.

Amazon usually movies rents for 2.99 with some 1.99 and some 3.99. Some movies are free with Amazon Prime $5.99.mo? But not most.
Netflix is $7.99/mo but won’t take a prepaid debit card, so I won’t do business with them. Some of their movies are DVD Rental only. They want another $7.99/mo for that service.

Lots of News Channels, including overseas news.

Two main music channels Pandora and MOG. Pandora lets you vote on each song, MOG has almost every album of every artist. Signed up last week for $5.99/mo after the free trial, then got email saying it’s now free.

There are several tech channels, but not impressed so far.

There’s a couple of game channels, but my favorite Soduko, just ended their free beta and says they are going to charge when they come back. They hung the ROKU box by the way. Video Poker is still free. Hoping more free game channels will come online.


48 posted on 03/07/2012 2:23:28 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: PJ-Comix
info you can provide about ROKU

I obtained one recently and have been pleased.

I previously had bought a Revue, a hardware box that Google and Logitech had teamed to create. It was disappointing for my purposes and I returned it.

If you have a cable box or just limited cable, a TV with a HDMI input, a cable Modem and Router, and a HDMI cable you can use a Roku.

I trust you have visited the Roku web site so I don’t need to describe what it does. The channels available have nothing to do with what your cable service provides. You have access to whatever exists on the Internet

Prices vary, which I did not know when I bought mine. I paid $90 for what turned out to be the high-end unit including the HDMI cable but prices start at $50. Easy install and operation. The “Channel Store” offers both free and play web sites.

49 posted on 03/07/2012 5:17:22 PM PST by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
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To: PJ-Comix

I’ve had a Roku box for about a couple of years now. Mostly use it for netflix and Amazon prime. Probably the best totally free movie channel is Crackle. But there are literally dozens and dozens of “free” channels to get.


50 posted on 03/07/2012 5:20:22 PM PST by DouglasKC
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