14 Replies Latest reply on May 18, 2012 9:37 PM by ShinigamiLibrary

    OT: Roku

      Anyone here familiar with Roku streaming TV box?

      I am canceling cable. I pay $52 a month and never watch it, I do DVD series and Netflix on the Wii.

      I like the XS model cause it has ethernet connectivity.

      Thanks
        • Re: OT: Roku
          bobstro

          Do you have it working on a NOOKcolor in some way?

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            Roku and the nook can be consuming devices.  Roku has channels that act as applications to pull streaming content over the web.  The nook has a different set of applications.

             

            One intersection for the two platforms would be if a nook application and a roku channel would be able to receive content streamed from a PC using a compatible PC program.  There are numerous supported and unsupported Roku channels for this need.  I am not aware of any that are also nook applications.

             

             

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                I just bought a Roku after Christmas. Wonderful new gadget!! I am hoping to get rid of a lot of our cable channels now and save a ton on our monthly bill. There are so many channels you can get of streaming content - the majority are free. Here is a list:

                 

                http://www.roku.com/roku-channel-store

                 

                There is one connection between the Roku and NookColor - there is an app that lets you use your NC as a remote control for the Roku. So far, I don't see that it does much more than the regular remote that came with the Roku so I am not sure what the point is.

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                mbratch

                I have the prior generation Roku XD|S  and got rid of cable. Really works well for me. My NookColor is separate and I don't plan or want to hook it up to a TV. I will watch a video here and there on the NC though.:smileyhappy: I think people get too hung up on technology convergence. Reading a book on my TV doesn't appeal to me, nor does watching a movie on my NC unless it's out of necessity, like while traveling, etc.

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                  Thanks for the replies. Prob gonna get the Roku 2 XS and see how it goes.
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                    chamaeleon

                    Bought the original Roku way back. Got a really nice deal on a second generation device. Got the latest high-end hockey puck version as a unexpected Christmas present this past Christmas (also bought at a nice discount according to my better half). The latest is hooked up to living room tv with wire, the other two work very well on wireless n for the smaller screens they are hooked up to. I'm not cutting any cable cords, but the combination of these devices plus Netflix is simply great.

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                      bobstro

                      I've opted for the Logitech Revue running Google TV. Though the device is abandoned, it still is being updated and provides a lot of bang for the buck. My favorite feature is that it provides universal remote functions, and a nice wireless keyboard. At $100 while they last, it's a steal.

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                        Love the roku! And the roku remote app on the nook saved me once when our regular remote went awol, & my 2yo was having a meltdown that only Kipper could soothe away. lol. Also love netflix queues and pandora stations being linked between the two devices.
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                          Purchased the Roku 2 XS yesturday. Instalation was a breeze. Plug in the HDMI, Plug in the power Screen comes up to choose Internet connection, WIFI or Ethernet. Connected to my WIFI then went thru software update, Rebooted then gave me simple intructions to activate online.(You need a comp/laptop to do this). next step, add some channels and watch some TV. The whole process took about 30mins(I have DSL lite so SW update took some time)

                           

                          I watch 2 episodes of Lie to me and spent some time chking out the Channels. Quite a bit of content. A lot of it is free. Gonna spend more time with it next week and chk out some of the other channels in more detail.

                           

                          I think I will be happy with this thing :smileyhappy:

                           

                          **FIOS will hopefully be the norm nation wide in the next 10-20 years . For now I will have to settle for upgrading my DSL.

                           

                           

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                              phoneboy wrote:

                              Purchased the Roku 2 XS yesturday. Instalation was a breeze. Plug in the HDMI, Plug in the power Screen comes up to choose Internet connection, WIFI or Ethernet. Connected to my WIFI then went thru software update, Rebooted then gave me simple intructions to activate online.(You need a comp/laptop to do this). next step, add some channels and watch some TV. The whole process took about 30mins(I have DSL lite so SW update took some time)

                               

                              I watch 2 episodes of Lie to me and spent some time chking out the Channels. Quite a bit of content. A lot of it is free. Gonna spend more time with it next week and chk out some of the other channels in more detail.

                               

                              I think I will be happy with this thing :smileyhappy:

                               

                              **FIOS will hopefully be the norm nation wide in the next 10-20 years . For now I will have to settle for upgrading my DSL.

                               

                               


                                Thanks for all the info, now I know what to get my husband for our aniversary next month. Now if I can only remember how many years it has been, I'll be all set.

                              • Re: OT: Roku
                                A_Wilson

                                Hi all.  So bear with me, I'm a little behind the curveball with technology sometimes.  I have been reading this thread and had a few questions about the Roku.  Since many of you have it or have just gotten it I thought I would throw this out there...

                                We got rid of cable and went to satellite as I had serious trouble paying the fees (80+ a month to the cable company), I wouldn't mind getting rid of satellite either, but my DH won't give up some of the Primetime shows he records on the DVR, does Roku have this ability (for DVR I mean)? 

                                Also, I see that it runs on the internet, and I can hardwire it into our modem line (vs Wifi), but our internet provider will "limit the speed" once we go over a certain amount of data consumption, do you know how bad the Roku is on data consumption (esp if we were to go via this route for all our TV use?)

                                I have HiSpeed DSL, what would you recommend as the minimum speed for the Roku?

                                Would we need to get a different Roku for each TV we want to watch video on?

                                Is this more of an add on to TV (like NetFlix) or would this be able to replace cable/satellite altogether?

                                I've been trying to navigate the channels, but they aren't like the typical layout for TV channels, how do I find out more information as to what each "channel" provides? Like Food Network etc. and HBO, also HBOgo says you need to have an account through your TV provider, so do I still need satellite in addition to this.  I'm a little confused right now....

                                Thanks in advance for all your sage advice.

                                  • Re: OT: Roku
                                    chamaeleon

                                    The Roku is not a DVR in any sense of the word. It does not record anything. The closest you could come to DVR functionality would be to plug in an external USB drive in a model with a USB port. Obviously this is not very convenient (to put it mildly, compared to a DVR) as you would have to move the external device between a computer (that would do the actual recording using appropriate software and hardware) and Roku as you add and remove videos. Basically, if you have a DVR and you like using a DVR, a Roku is not a replacement at all for that particular purpose.

                                     

                                    Capped data transfer over a certain amount is also a big problem, if your service provider does enforce it, especially if it is a fairly low limit. Netflix for instance has added the option of selecting roughly what quality you want for video (Netflix brings low-bitrate movies to newly capped Americans), ranging from 0.3GB per hour for (hopefully decent) SD quality to up to 2.3GB per hour of HD. You could try multplying these numbers by the number hours you might expect to watch in a month to get a very rough idea of how it would impact your usage, and how it would compare with your cap.

                                     

                                    Watching other sorts of video from other providers using the Roku will vary in video bitrate and hence the required amount of data usage over time.

                                     

                                    A Roku box is hooked up directly to your tv. If you have multiple tvs, either move the box or get more than one.

                                     

                                    As for content from regular channels, a lot of what you see listed as channels is really collection of short videos, perhaps promos, or cut down stuff. I would not rely on the Roku if I wanted to get actual access to most of everything stations like NBC, ABC, CBS offer, etc. Hulu Plus is one way of getting to some full-length episodes for channels like this, but that offering is not guaranteed to have what you want either.

                                     

                                    Closing notes, we use the Roku 99% for Netflix. I have a couple of other channels set up, like NASA TV, TWiT, Revision3, TuneIn Internet Radio (for Swedish radio, when the fancy strikes me, but usually I just use my laptop or desktop computer), and so on, but really don't use them a whole lot. It wasn't for Netflix we would probably not be using Roku devices in the first place. If you're interested in various internet videos, there may be suitable channel, if you're interested in what's on cable, you may end up disappointed.

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                                      My daughter uses HuluPlus to watch most of the popular Primetime shows. According to their website, you get ABC, Comedy Central, Fox, NBC, MTV and more. There is a bit of a delay before they are available - for example the current episode of House is available 8 days after airing. If you are used to recording and watching later anyway, that might not be too big of an issue. Another option: I bought a usb antenna for my computer and use Windows Media Center to record live TV (just like a DVR). This works great - and I can connect my laptop to my TV if I wanted for playback. There maybe a way to connect to WMC wirelessly to my TV, I just haven't played with it enough. "Would we need to get a different Roku for each TV we want to watch video on?" Yes.
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                                    My Roku works great. Haven't used it in a while, though. Only because I got a new TV I was able to hook up the computer to. These days I mostly watch the Beeb. Though I also watch Netflix and Hulu.