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Great piece of kit,
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This review is from: Roku 2400EU LT AV Receiver Set-Top Box (Electronics)
I bought this principally to stream Netflix to an almost 20 year old CRT TV which has only scart and standard AV connections (the red, white and yellow jack sockets)as an alternative to spending several hundred pounds on a new HD ready TV.
What can I say - after a very straightforward setting up process (you need to use a credit card or Paypal to set up a Roku account but this is only used in the event you opt for premium products) this little gadget worked right out of the box. It found my network immediately and connected to it once I had input the password. I then logged into my Netflix account and was very quickly streaming movies on my ancient telly, with absolutely no stuttering or buffering problems, all was smooth, just like watching a DVD. No doubt streaming performance is down to a decent wireless connection - the connection to my router was strong and robust and as yet I have had no issues (Sky is my internet provider). My screen is 66 cm so the 720p picture that the Roku puts out was perfectly suited - very crisp, surprisingly so, in fact. The sound quality of the stream was excellent too. The 3 jacks from the TV go into a composite single jack into the Roku box, so very simple to hook up. I had no difficulty with TV formats as one reviewer has mentioned previously, the box went into UK PAL mode immediately. I did have to change the settings to switch from US timezones but that is very easy to do.
The user interface is simple, if a tad clunky, reminiscent of an old 1980's arcade game and whilst it is a bit slow to move around it works ok. It is very easy to add free or premium channels and to switch between them. The small remote sits very easyily in the hand and with the limited number of control buttons it is very simple to use.
The Roku unit itself is surprisingly small and perches quite happily on my TV top without looking obtrusive. Roku recommend that you don't put it into an enclosed cabinet which might interfere with the wireless performance.
All in all I am very pleased with this product for a price just shy of £50. I suspect I would readily consider upgrading to its bigger brother once I decide to splash out on an HD ready TV.
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Initial post: 12 Dec 2012 09:30:29 GMT
hi ray, i got a Ariel signal problem where i live so i got a virgin box with broadband which is ok i now need a lodger to pay the way and they usually need a tv so instead of paying virgin £10 per month for another box i thought of this roku as an alternative its not perfect and wont give me freeview i guess but it can get catch-up tv i guess is this correct ?
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2012 15:14:06 GMT
This is a very basic box and at the moment the only catch-up TV you can get is BBC Iplayer. The other channels have very limited (albeit free) content, if you are a Netflix or Iplayer user, it's good for the money (Now TV is supposed to be coming to Roku also) but if you want something a bit better, or have a better TV set up than my old CRT set, then you should look elsewhere.
Posted on 12 Jun 2014 15:39:09 BDT
C Gouldson says:
Are you aware that 720p is only achieved through HDMI? you will only be getting SD using the old school cable.
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