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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded already high expectations. Perfect cord cutters device., 1 Feb. 2014
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I buy a lot of these gadgets and help friends set up etc. So familiar with the Apple TV, Chromecast and Western Digital Media streamers.

Hope you find this review useful, as the other reviews left me with a good few unanswered questions.

The reviews online and technical specification gives a list of apps that are supported on Roku. However that is the tip of the iceberg. Think iOS or Android App store, and you have a better idea of just how diverse the apps are on Roku. If you can steam it in the via a tablet or PC, I would be willing to bet you can get it on here. The app store is found from within the Roku menus, no installing via computer required.

Particular star apps for me:

Plex - The reason I bought this device. It lets you play Movies, TV shows and Music that you have on your PC or Mac, using the power of the computer to transcode the video so it can play via the plex app on the Roku, iPad, iPhone etc etc. This means no longer having to worry about movie formats etc. The reason Plex was on my hit list, was the amazing community based artwork and reviews system that you get when it adds your movies to the list. Like browsing a professional on demand movie system but from movies you have simply stored in a folder. Next level way of watching movies, much more than just putting them in an alphabetical list.

Screensavers - Great surprise to have apps that allow you to randomise your picasa web pictures, facebook pictures or if you want something eye catching, have a fish tank in your TV or maybe a lava lamp? Awesome for setting atmosphere. Was not expecting this so really pleased how cool these various screen saver specific apps are.

Spotify - Not something I had really contemplated using on a TV, but the App is fantastic and can see myself having it on screen next time we have people over.

Sky News and other big brand content providers - Never would have thought I would want this until I had a play. The Sky News 'channel' is amazing, it isn't at all as boring as I would have expected, can go right to programs and shows, such as Tech news like SWiPE (20 minute program updated weekly I believe). Really in depth apps, which when opened reveal lots of interesting sub section, think Youtube for the Sky News network. Just have a browse through articles you think you might like and kick back for 10-30 minutes.

Remote control is also perfectly adequate, with batteries included and no issues at all with signal or distance (tested with approx 5m away from TV). Not tried the headset that came with it, which you will probably have read allows audio bypass if you want to watch something late at night or have kids sleeping in the room. Not mentioned on most sites, is that you also get a volume rocker on the remote control for when in headset mode. Nice touch.

One single negative (minor) thing I have noticed, is that content on Netflix and Crunchyroll take approx 10-15 seconds to go from normal quality to HD, slowly improving during that time. Most apps on computer or iOS that I have used, scale up to full quality HD within 3-5 seconds. Still, nothing to grumble about. (ps. I have 120mb cable, so it's not my connection).

Hope you found this review helpful. Great work Roku.
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Initial post: 27 Feb 2014 18:23:12 GMT
S. Watts says:
Great review, though I did want to point out one thing: The 10 to 15 second time period Netflix takes to change to HD streaming is a Netflix issue. It does that on apps across most platforms (certainly the several platforms I have it on anyway). It is where the Netflix app adjusts to maximise quality to match your bandwidth.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Mar 2014 05:43:57 GMT
Hi, Wondering that perhaps the 10-15 seconds delay might be due to caching?
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