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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by muddymopar, Jan 23, 2011.
who's got one? Pro's, con's?
Roku Roku is more than 100 y/o manufacturer of high speed mlling machines and their speciality is graphite electrodes machining.
One of the best machines in the world.
I think he means the internet entertainment streaming device. Although the milling machine would be more fun.
Got a Roku a few months ago. It works very well for streaming Netflix, internet radio (e.g. Pandora) and so on. More and more channels are coming online and there are a lot of "private" channels you can add for some other content.
A lot of what is coming available now is pay-per-view or subscription based.
I got the newest, HD model and was glad I did. Netflix isn't streaming HD yet but Amazon and others are. My bandwidth isn't high enough for HD anyway but does a great job at Netflix. Usually 3 or 4 out of 4 quality.
Got the XDS for christmas and mostly like it. My only complaint is the freezing digitized picture that sometimes makes motion less than good.
I'm waiting for the Netgear NeoTV 550 to hit the US. Good reviews for it. The Roku is next on the list. The WD TV Live is way down the list.
I got a Roku player about three years ago. The first one I got was a lemon, but they replaced it within 24 hours with no complaints. The once I am using now is still running strong.
There is a rumor that netflix is going to do away with mail DVD's entirely and put everything on netflix.
Picture quality is really good. We get the occasional blur or audio not fully synched with video, but those are pretty rare for how much time we spend watching it.
I would recommend to a friend.
ya the milling machine is cool but I am thinking about getting the streaming device seems like a good deal for a hundred bucks
Love mine to death. I have a solid wireless connection so I don't have any problems at all with picture quality.
Finding that damned thing saved me a lot of money and work and I had it set up in about 5 mikes after already being well into my cups.
I don't often recommend products but I have no problem backing this one 100%.
I have one of the original Roku boxes and it is great. I all you want to view is Netflix that you may want to get a Blue-Ray player that has an Internet connection for Netlfix and other stuff. I recently have ordered a Boxee Box which has more capabilities than the Roku. They don't have Netflix yet but it is coming and they do have Vudu and all the other things including the ability of playing /viewing all the stuff on your computer including mp3/video/etc...
I'd be interested in hearing about this. I almost pushed the button on an AppleTV yesterday, but decided to wait, as the "only" non-Apple content available for it is Netflix.
A key feature for me is the ability to play video's I have on my iMac's external hard drive on my TV, streamed wirelessly.
Your description of the Boxee implies it will do this. So I'm all
You gots enough bandwidth now to handle streaming video? If so, there are tons of options. I still don't stream it from the outside, I rip it, store it in house for playback locally.
I just got one this week. LOVE IT. I am using it on my wireless DSL connection that bounces between 2.5 and 5 Mbs download times with no problems. No pixelation or blurs. But then again, I am not watching anything in HD.
Watched "The men who stare at goats" tonight. Goofy movie, but it was great to watch it. Tons of older movies that I want to watch again, but too cheap to buy or rent.
Just discovered that I can "rent" movies from Amazon as well. Tons of titles and most are around $4 to rent (or PPV, actually). Pretty nice system. I am very pleased, especially since we already had a Netflix subscription.
I have one of their original models. It has worked great. I run it wireless and use it for Netflix, Amazon and Pandora. As already stated, most of the other "channels" offered are pay services. Just today I changed the Netflix account to streaming only as we have found that the dvd's just stay near the TV and never even get viewed since we are now in the habit of just watching the steamed content. Video quality is great. However, last night my son was playing xbox online, I was watching Vimeo and my wife was watching Netflix. Her video quality was about as poor as I've seen from Netflix. I'm sure it was because we were using our DSL so heavily. I'd buy another Roku in a heartbeat.
I really wish Netflix would allow YOU to choose the quality level. My internet connection sometimes slows for a few seconds and if Netflix starts downloading at that point, it will switch to SD and you cannot get it to go to HD.
I have been looking into getting one of these boxes.
Where exactly does the content come from, besides services like nexflix that you have to pay for?
Do they allow you to browse the internet or check email, etc from your tv over the wireless network?
I've noticed on the XBox that the quality will change as download speed changes. It'll go from 3/4 to 2/4 to 3/4 as it can. It's really kind of annoying. On Roku it'll pretty much stay at 3/4 with a bit of pixellization now and then. I need a faster connection.
Possibly in the future you will be able to, but unfortunately not yet.
Yes, it will allow you to play videos and play slideshows of pictures from your hard drives wirelessly. http://www.boxee.tv/
You can download the software and use it on your computer to try it out too before you buy it.
Mine works well. Very small and simple. Netflix works well. Limited free content and no way to stream anything from the PC are the downsides.
Ripping it, storing it in house, then playing it on TV is what I initially started to do.
I came across the hurdle of having iTunes recognize external hard disks. (I didn't want iTunes managing all my video files). But I figured out a way around it.
But just as I was getting ready to buy an AppleTV 2, I started thinking a bit broader than merely managing my own libraries, but also streaming video. Which the AppleTV 2 isn't that good at (it's only good at getting content from the iTunes store, and from Netflix - and your own ripped stuff in your iTunes library).
So I started looking at Roku and the Boxee.
I think I'm settled on the AppleTV 2, though. There's now ways to jailbrake it, and load XMBC onto it for the external streaming stuff. Look here. This looks pretty good to me.
Oh, I'm at 4 mips download speeds now. I think that's good enough to stream video. If not, I can upgrade to 6 mips for $10/mo more.