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kq4ym
kq4ym
8/25/2015 | 8:13:50 AM
Re: Roku FTW
I too have an older model Roku and can handily recommend the box for anyone looking for basically free tv. The modest cost of the unit allows watching thousands and thousands of movies, tv programs, not to mention all kinds of specialty programming from YouTube and other without cost. Of course, there are pay programs available if you want to delete the ads, or connect to your cable programming choices. Myself, I just watch the free stuff and that's more than I'll ever need.
KBode
KBode
8/24/2015 | 3:52:02 PM
Re: Roku FTW
Any update on that Roku 4K box Dave? Fall launch maybe?

I've finally got a 4K set and I'm actually using the Samsung's set internals so I can actually watch Netflix and other in 4K, and my Roku 3 is suddenly gathering dust.
DaveZNF
DaveZNF
8/22/2015 | 8:30:10 AM
Re: Roku FTW
Perhaps. If you must own only one box, perhaps TiVo is better due to the inclusion of linear content. However, TiVo only offers a select number of apps - some are missing (like HBO GO), some are outdated (like Hulu) and for others it's still quicker to flip inputs to pull up Netflix or Amazon on Roku if you have two boxes (or more, as I do). I imagine (or perhaps know) more TiVo apps are on the way and I suspect (or perhaps suspect) the upcoming TiVo Bolt will launch apps faster, and that could change the dynamics somewhat. However, the best way to run a TiVo is in a closet or basement and have a TiVo playback app ON a Roku or Fire TV. Then you've got no app comprises. I think that's a possible scenario. However, I doubt TiVo guide or recordings would ever be linked into Roku's universal search, since that's one of TiVo's selling points. 

Regarding Apple TV, whatever comes next I hope involves a better presentation of apps and a remote bigger than a toothpick. 
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
8/21/2015 | 4:38:59 PM
Re: Roku FTW
Anecdotally, I agree with you. TiVo is better than Roku because it conbines DVR and streaming in a single device. But TiVo is expensive. Roku costs much less, and is good enough. 

We have an Apple TV as well, and even though I'm an Apple enthusiast, that device just gathers dust. Roku has out-Appled Apple.
DaveZNF
DaveZNF
8/21/2015 | 12:10:20 PM
Roku FTW
Having owned just about every streamer, from Apple TV to TiVo to Xbox One, Roku remains my go-to streamer. I have the 2013 Roku 3 and recommend most folks in the market pick up the 2015 Roku 2 (with same processing power as mine). It's features a quick and easy UI (my 72 year old mom runs two Roku TVs) and the broadest range of apps/channels. And unlike say a budget Chromecast or an PS4, a standard remote control is included. But an updated Apple TV, with or without TV service, or sudden interest in 4k could change things at some point... 


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