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5.0 out of 5 stars Couch potato paradise!, 16 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Roku 3 HD Streaming Player (Electronics)
Having previously owned a Roku XS2, I decided to upgrade and now use the older one in the bedroom. I have to say this is much snappier (things load like you'd expect a modern streamer to do (almost instantly), whereas with the XS2 there was always a delay of 3-5 seconds for each app to load. Not essential, but very welcome--though it will still depend on the speed of your internet connection (anything above 5mbs should play fine). I never use the headphone socket on the remote, but it is a nice feature if you want to watch late at night or use it (as another reviewer suggests) as a portable music player.

They are fairly easy to set up. You need to plug it in, let it find your network (and enter your wireless password if you're using wireless), then go online and register at Roku. The box will give you a code to enter online, then it installs all the channels and you're done. You can add/remove channels in the channel store.

As for content, you get:

BBC iPlayer (includes TV/Radio and the ability to store favourites)
ITV Player
4oD (nice app and has a huge catalogue of older programmes--same as 4oD website)
BBC News
BBC Sport
Sky News
Now TV (Sky Sports £9.99 for 24 hours, Sky Movies £8.99 per month and Sky Entertainment Package (includes Sky Atlantic) £4.99 per month)
Sky Store (tons of New and old movies, Pay Per View between 99p and £4.49)
Plex (Stream Video files, YouTube, iTunes and some other channels from your Computer, also bookmark web videos from your browser to watch on the Roku later)
Spotify (requires premium membership)
Fox News
Russia Today
Angry Birds

450+ Rubbish channels.

I really only use it for iPlayer, 4oD and Netflix. Though the news channels are useful (on Sky News you can watch the latest weather report whenever you want). The picture on Netflix is fantastic (though it seems to auto adjust to the best picture depending on your internet speed). I'd highly recommend one if you can afford it, if not then the Roku 2 is probably your best bet. If Netflix isn't essential then you should probably just get a NowTV player from Sky for £10. I'd certainly not recommend a PS3 (as another reviewer suggests) unless you specifically want to play games (besides the initial extra cost, Roku consumes around 5 watts, whereas PS3 is 100+ watts).

UPDATE: Recently got a TV card for my PC and use it a lot for recording films. Using Plex I can stream things recorded with Windows Media Center to my TV with the Roku app. You just have to install Plex Media Server on your PC, add a "home movie" collection to your Plex media library and link it to the folder you keep the video files in. It plays Windows Recorded TV Show (.wtv) files fine :)
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Initial post: 2 May 2014 13:07:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 May 2014 13:08:54 BDT
Muddy Boots says:
I'd like to support this reviewer in pointing out that the ROKU uses much less power than a PS3.
Also my PS3 sounds like a 747 landing next door, which makes it very unsuitable for TV watching!
Also note that this now has "Now TV" available (Sky Movie/Entertainment Channels) and "Sky Store" (up to date movie rental/purchases).

Posted on 18 Jul 2014 18:48:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jul 2014 18:49:41 BDT
R.Mash says:
Best review i've seen.Great that you've listed power draw & the decent channels.I've got one too & it's main use is for Plex which is superb.

Posted on 17 Aug 2014 22:51:18 BDT
EC182 says:
It does seem like it's quantity over quality on Roku when it comes to most of the channels. The majority of people probably won't use more than 5% of the channels but fortunately most of the major services are covered in that 5%.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2014 01:31:31 BDT
D. Maydew says:
The quantity over quality kinda reminds me of Sky TV and other multi channel services! My parents have Netflix and Now TV on there 2 Roku devices after ditching BT YouView, and after I moved back, I set Plex up on a spare Ubuntu Linux box, and now they have lots of stuff to watch!
Amazon just need to release Prime Instant Video app for it now in Europe, as they already have it in the US, but look how long it took them to release the Android app!! Not holding my breath, but it would be nice....

Posted on 3 Dec 2014 19:01:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Dec 2014 19:07:25 GMT
Nice review, but Amazon are showing it as the most helpful review against the Roku 1!

Actually I see they're listing the different versions as "styles" - I think that's a mistake and potentially misleading to the easily confused like me...

Posted on 13 Jan 2015 13:46:36 GMT
G. L. Jones says:
With the iTV player do you get live tv (like you would on internet) or is it only catch up?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2015 08:04:05 GMT
I rarely use ITV player, but just had a quick look and it's just catch up from what I can see. I don't think many of the apps, other than the news ones, have live TV. It may be something to do with licensing?

Posted on 27 Jan 2015 21:01:56 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2015 21:02:47 GMT
Mr. K. SZ. says:
can you cast bbc iplayer from android device to roku ?

Posted on 20 Apr 2015 21:06:37 BDT
Fat Dagon says:
Is this review for the streaming stick or one of the other Roku devices?

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2015 21:27:44 BDT
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