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Old 11-17-2011, 01:17 PM   #1
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Thinking about buying one of these. Anyone have any feedback on them?


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Old 11-17-2011, 02:40 PM   #2
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I got my parents one a couple years ago and it works great. The tricky thing right now is that every other device is pretty much doing the same thing now. IOW, if you have an HD TV, it's easier to just get a Bluray player with built in wifi. All the gaming consoles also support at least Netflix. Are you getting if for Netflix mostly?


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Old 11-17-2011, 02:48 PM   #3
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Ayup. What Bobby said.

I have 3 Roku XD:S (Older model) and several folks in TR have multiples too.

I have a couple gripes but nothing that would disway me from replacing my Roku if it flies out a window by accident.

Not sure if my problems are resolved in newer versions or, if it's my home network. I have 1 that is wired and it's great. I have two others that are wireless and 1 of them has performance issues.

If you are looking at Roku for Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu it's an awesome substitute to a DVD player (I haven't rented DVD's in a year) but if you are looking to replace TV you may be dissappointed by the channl lineup and lack of mainstream programming vailable. The Netfliz catalog is rather dated despite it's consistent "New Release" additions (New in teh 80's maybe).

Netflix, however, is great for childrens programming.

I dropped cable a long time ago. I don't miss the bill, I do miss the programming.

And, speaking of programming, writing your own channels is not as easy as they make it sound.
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:00 PM   #4
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I've got two of them that I use pretty much only for Netflix. But I do also watch BrewingTV from Northern Brewer via a Vimeo app on there.

I have found that the one in my living room wired to the router works flawlessly while the one in my basement via wi-fi does have a hiccup once in a while.
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I've got two of them that I use pretty much only for Netflix. But I do also watch BrewingTV from Northern Brewer via a Vimeo app on there.

I have found that the one in my living room wired to the router works flawlessly while the one in my basement via wi-fi does have a hiccup once in a while.
Do yours take forever to reboot too?
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Yeah, really like the idea of Netflix instead of using red-box. I also want it because of Pandora. I have to use the wifi and was a bit concerned about performance. I think I'm going to go ahead and get it and hope for the best.
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We have a roku for pandora and netflix mostly. There are some other cool app you can add, but those are big ones.

As bobby mentioned, you can get blu-ray players that do everything the roku does plus play discs. It used to be those units went for $250-300 so roku was much easier on the wallet for those who weren't interested in blu-ray (like me...don't have blu-ray discs, don't plan to buy any, lost interest in having the 5.1 sound/home entertainment center setup...)

However, my wife just told me that Walmart is going to have a black friday deal: Wifi/internet enabled blu-ray player for $99. That is def. a nail in the coffin for the Roku folks, unless then can forge into new territory. They are angling into the simple game market (i.e. Angry birds), but I don't think that will fly for them....
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They are angling into the simple game market (i.e. Angry birds), but I don't think that will fly for them....
I think this will empower some sales for the family oriented buyer.

My children love to play teh simple games on my Samsung with Internet@
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Do yours take forever to reboot too?
I haven't noticed anything odd about a reboot so far ...

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They are angling into the simple game market (i.e. Angry birds), but I don't think that will fly for them....
I told my girlfriend that you could play games on the newer versions and I believe we'll be updating one of our existing boxes so she can play Angry Birds on the TV. She's an addict.
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I have one, mostly for Netflix in our master bedroom. A coworker has one also and uses it for out of market NHL games on NHL center ice, no issues yet.


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