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  • Vanity: RoKu users, a new 'channel' has appeared

    06/11/2016 6:58:15 AM PDT · by V K Lee · 29 replies
    Vanity: RoKu users, a new 'channel' has appeared titled "PLUTO" which features a number of substation channels containing news, old movies, children's cartoons (Betty Boop; a short lived tv series, The Invisible Man; classic drive in movie channel. Competition on the air waves
  • This is the Netflix hack the world has been waiting for (Smartflix)

    05/21/2016 11:49:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    BGR ^ | May 21, 2016 | Yoni Heisler
    Because Netflix doesn’t own the global licensing rights to all of the movies and TV shows it carries, a good deal of its programming remains completely unavailable to subscribers outside of certain geographic regions. Indeed, one of the reasons why Netflix is so intent on developing its own original programming is precisely because they don’t have to deal with thorny licensing issues. Now if you find yourself in the frustrating position of wanting to watch something on Netflix that is otherwise geographically restricted, there’s a new desktop app that can help turn that dream into a reality.

    05/06/2016 8:13:25 AM PDT · by V K Lee · 23 replies
    n/a | n/a
    Help needed from any who have Roku and are viewing Internet feeds on their smart TV. A poster was nice enough to offer help for my DH several weeks back in attempting to wire up our television to use as a monitor. Since, that time the files saved on the computer were lost during a storm. The computer fried and buried..sigh. No longer have that information. Please help once again. Both he and I would be most appreciative with any help given. TIA
  • It's time to kill the cable box with apps

    01/31/2016 6:25:16 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    CNET ^ | 01/31/16 | David Katzmaier
    Commentary: A proposal by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler calls for cable companies like Comcast to "unlock the set-top box." Unlocking isn't enough. The box should die, once and for all, and be replaced by apps. There's no technological reason that Comcast, or Time Warner Cable, or Charter or any other cable TV provider needs to provide physical hardware at all. There's no need for warehouses full of cable boxes or arduous "service windows" where the technician supposedly shows up "sometime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m."-- or not--to fix (or more likely just replace) your device. Full-fledged pay...
  • FCC wants more companies making cable boxes

    01/27/2016 2:57:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2016 4:14 PM EST | Tali Arbel
    The government wants to make it easier for you to buy and use cable boxes from companies other than your cable provider. This could help companies like TiVo, Roku and Apple deliver a cable feed, too, as part of their video recorders or streaming-TV devices. Introducing competition could also help lower people's cable bills. The Federal Communications Commission says that 99 percent of cable and satellite TV customers rent boxes from their cable providers, and that the price of cable boxes has nearly tripled since 1994. Meanwhile, prices of common consumer electronics like cellphones, TVs and computers have fallen sharply....
  • Roku Question. Recently Housemate installed Roku, Bandwith is degraded on other devices?

    11/30/2015 5:45:04 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 48 replies
    113015 | chickensoup
    Roku Question. Recently Housemate installed Roku, Bandwith is degraded on other devices? Is it a bandwidth hog? We run several tvs and computers in the building off of cable TV and cable internet. But noticed that Roku was on and was degrading the computers thruput. It is off now and we are back to usual whizzing speeds. Thoughts?
  • One American News - Available via subscription on Roku

    11/21/2015 5:17:51 AM PST · by Caipirabob · 30 replies
    Vanity ^ | 11/21/2015 | Self
    For those interested, One America News can be subscribed to with a live feed via Roku now. While I have not watched live for long, the word is One American News is a true news source for people sicked by socialist tainted media outlets. It's what we used think that Faux was until they finally took off their masked with the ME-Gyn Kelly Debate Debacle.
  • your advice: TV-plus-WiFi-device, or WiFi-enabled TV?

    11/17/2015 5:01:26 PM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 57 replies
    self | 11/17/15 | NewJerseyJoe
    Hello FReeper friends. For the first time in several years, I've got a few bucks to spare. I'd like to finally upgrade from my old CRT television to a flat-screen TV. I'm also investigating the various options for streaming video to the TV via WiFi. I'm looking at devices like Roku and Amazon's FireTV -- especially because Amazon is having a Black Friday deal on the FireTV stick. However, the TVs that I'm looking at all are WiFi enabled. So here's my question: unless I really, really want features specific to FireTV, do I really need it (or Roku) if...
  • Amazon's answer to Apple TV: a Fire TV box with Alexa and 4K video support

    09/17/2015 11:47:34 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    The Verge ^ | September 17, 2015 09:00 am | By Lauren Goode
    Last week Apple sucked up most of the air in the tech press with its newest gadgets, which included a long-awaited, new Apple TV. This week, Amazon has some TV box news of its own. The e-commerce giant just announced a variety of updates to its Fire TV product line. The newest Fire TV set-top box, a flat, plastic box that plugs into your TV and offers a variety of internet video content, now supports 4K Ultra HD video, a claim that Apple can't make with its own set-top box. (You'll have to be watching 4K content, on a 4K...
  • Cracks in the cable business send media stocks tumbling

    08/07/2015 7:11:00 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 40 replies
    washingtoncompost ^ | August 7 2015 | Thad Moore
    Media companies were slammed on Wall Street this week as investors grew increasingly fearful that even industry giants would be swamped by the rising tide of cord-cutting consumers and the ebb of traditional television viewing.
  • vanity - update on dropping Dish

    07/09/2015 5:41:14 PM PDT · by jagusafr · 44 replies
    today | jagusafr
    Update on cutting cable and Dish
  • Vanity - getting rid of Dish

    05/31/2015 6:32:01 PM PDT · by jagusafr · 48 replies
    31may15 | Jagusafr
    FReepers - I've seen a number of folks mention that they don't have cable or dish and still watch TV. Anybody got any insight on using a digital antenna, Roku, computer and Netflix? And whether it's worth it?
  • Roku: Good Deal?

    04/12/2015 11:10:39 AM PDT · by ducttape45 · 140 replies
    Hello all. I was wondering if I could fellow Freepers about a streaming video product called "Roku." I've heard it talked about on radio programs, and I've seen it advertised on the Internet of course. I just wondered if anyone has Roku or could possibly cue me in on how well it performs and your overall assessment of it. I turned off my Comcast TV because they keep driving the prices up and taking channels away and I got sick and tired of not being able watch TV stations that were once part of a standard cable package. Thanks.
  • Looking for best option to drop cable.

    03/16/2015 6:29:41 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 86 replies
    myself | 3-16-15 | TZ
    (I could live without it, but The Chief of Procuremenet will not.) Is Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Prime the best option for someone who has a few favorite shows? Will show be ONE WEEK behind on episodes or ONE SEASON? (assuming these shows on cable are not available right away) Dish is not an option (she won't allow it on the roof) Will likely be getting DSL from a phone company.
  • VANITY - Free advice welcome - what to do about cable, no cable, TV, Internet, etc.

    12/21/2013 10:24:26 AM PST · by OKSooner · 64 replies
    Vanity | 12-21-2013 | Vanity
    This is a followup thread to another one that was posted yesterday on the same subject, particularly this one: To get straight to the point, I'd like someone to give me a straight answer about what a viable option would be for us to accomplish the following: Continued internet access for our home. Continued access to desirable TV programming - local channels, desirable cable programming such as sports events, both local and national, and [take my pick] of other stuff, also Fox News and CSPAN if it still exists. Cost decreased significantly from what we're paying [ourlocalcableprovider]. (I don't...
  • Roku Gets YouTube

    12/18/2013 1:17:33 AM PST · by pluvmantelo · 18 replies
    GeekNewsCentral ^ | DECEMBER 18, 2013 | ANDREW
    Perhaps unsurprisingly given Google’s now somewhat defunct plans for GoogleTV, YouTube has been one of the glaring omissions from the Roku platform. But not any longer. Roku has announced that a YouTube channel is now available on the Roku 3 in USA, Canada, UK and the Republic of Ireland. Older Rokus will be getting the channel next year, though the exact timing is unclear. For non-Roku owners, a channel is roughly equivalent to an app on other platforms. The YouTube channel supports full 1080p HD and the press release suggests that subscriptions will carry over from other platforms so that...
  • Google’s simple device will shake up television

    07/31/2013 12:17:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 68 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | July 31, 2013, 7:18 a.m. EDT | Carol Kopp
    Commentary: Easy to watch anything on the Internet on your TV*****************************************************Thinking of C-SPAN from their Archives.*********************************By Carol Kopp Here’s what all the noise was about on Monday morning. At Netflix headquarters, people were cheering. At the big cable companies , they were shaking in their boots. At Amazon , one executive might have been trying to explain what went wrong. At Google , they were just quietly smiling. It was all about a thumb-size, $35 gadget called Google Chromecast that came out last week with little fanfare, almost as an afterthought to the announcement of a new version of its...
  • Which Media Player Is Best For You? (Slide Show)

    07/28/2013 10:29:31 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 17 replies
    RealClearTechnology ^ | 07/28/2103 | staff
    The market for streaming media players may no longer be a two-horse race between Apple and Roku. The introduction of Google's Chromecast has given the category a jolt -- but there were always more fish in the sea than the big two. Now that Google has gotten people talking about streaming media players in earnest, we've canvassed the competition, including some models you may have missed, to gage the strengthes and weaknesses of each.

    03/19/2013 5:50:23 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 65 replies
    Mar 19, 2013 | Yosemiotest
    I want "The Blaze TV" and I'm considering changing from Directv to either Internet driven by ROKU or Dish TV. I've seen Dish before and didn't like how hard it was to remove the channels you didn't like off the list you view to see what's current. I know nothing about ROKU, and would appreciate it if a ROKU user told me how they like it, how it works, what's available, and how much it cost per month. What other ways are there to watch the Blaze TV?
  • CES 2013: Winners & Losers!

    01/12/2013 3:32:07 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 12 replies ^ | January 9, 2013 | Phillip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (January 9, 2013) -- The Consumer Electronics Show is more than a convention. It's an opportunity for companies to position themselves as leaders in their respective categories. And with the world's media -- and more than 150,000 attendees -- watching, there's a lot at stake. So with the 2013 CES nearing the end of day three, it's a good time to take a first look at which companies have emerged as this show's winners and losers. Winner: Netflix The online home video service doesn't make a single piece of hardware, but it captured the show's attention on Monday...
  • The Future of TV Is the Internet: Roku CEO

    12/25/2012 3:07:32 PM PST · by delacoert · 101 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 23, 2012
    Most television will be streamed over the Internet in the coming years, said Anthony Wood, CEO of Roku, maker of the streaming TV device of the same name. The question is how Internet-delivered content will get to your TV and who will deliver it, Wood told CNBC's Squawk on the Street. Right now, set-top devices like Roku and Apple TV and Internet-enabled Smart TVs are best positioned to take advantage of the sea change, said Wood. "Those are the two ways that most people are going to be watching television that's distributed over the Internet," said Wood. In the set-top...
  • How to watch Republican National Convention on the ROKU

    08/30/2012 1:02:15 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 6 replies
    08/30/12 | justlittleoleme
    If you would like to watch all of the RNC speeches can watch them on the roku if you do the following: - Install the private channel Nowhere TV - Go here: - Click on this link to add the private channel to your roku:, - Click Yes, Add Channel - Go to your ROKU and navigate to the channel store then exit back to the main screen. - It will now show the Channel Nowhere TV - Launch Nowhere TV - Select in the Featured Section, the third option GOP convention 2012 - Select GOP OnDemand -...
  • ROKU Info wanted

    03/07/2012 10:07:55 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 68 replies · 1+ views
    Self | March 7, 2012 | 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.
  • Netflix, Blu-Ray vs. Roku (obvious vanity)

    03/14/2010 9:12:46 PM PDT · by Cedar · 42 replies · 1,140+ views
    I plan to start a Netflix sub, mainly for unlimited download on tv, not computer. The Roku HD seemed the best choice until I read it limits the resolution, so you don't get 1080i (is that right?). Also, I really wanted to get Youtube content also. Now looking at Blu-Ray players, especially the Panasonic DMP-BD65 for price, value, and of course Netflix content. But I really don't have or intend to get blu-ray movies. So, still considering maybe the Roku HD...just to save a little on cost. I'm really not too much on technical stuff, but here goes: I plan...