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5.0 out of 5 stars The 1 star reviewers didn't read the description or instructions, 12 Oct. 2013
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This is the best media streaming box I have used, previously I have worked with the PS3 and XBOX 360 to stream iPlayer, Netflix etc. Roku 3 is faster, easier to use and has the AWESOME WiFi remote with a headphone jack to relay sound to.

This audio output in the remote is excellent for Spotify, TuneIn or even your own music (via USB or the PLEX media server app on PC, Mac or mobile device.) take the remote into another room, plug some speaker in and enjoy your music throughout the house.

The PLEX app also enables access to Video and photos on your other devices too - And PLEX is an awesome DLNA replacement - It creates order from the chaos that is my "Videos" folder on my PC, organising shows into seasons, getting synopsis data from the web even looping the theme tunes as background music!

PLEX can also access iTunes on your PC.

But of course, Netflix and iPlayer will be what is used the most, and they work perfectly, great picture, great sound, simple navigation. Add in the mobile device remote and you can even have voice navigation.

And it has a USB port which can accept USB sticks or external HDDs - perfect for backup copys of DVDs and blurays!

The only downside so far is the lack of of 4OD, YouTube and ITV player - but I'm sure they are coming soon.

***Update 4OD and YouTube are now available *****

*****New Media (was USB) app update makes it much easier to use AND IS DLNA COMPLIANT! - and the "Play on Roku" function of the mobile app is superb. *******
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Initial post: 21 Oct 2013 10:40:36 BDT
BiTZ says:
Thanks for the review, it makes the decision a whole lot easier - the 'walkman' remote is a function I'd never even considered before now
Any downsides yet?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2013 14:32:36 BDT
I'm really into Netflix - And it is so good at that - Lack of 4OD is a bit of a pain, I'm sure it's coming soon. YouTube would also be great. But knowing that going in to this, I can't think of any issues.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2013 15:17:09 BDT
BiTZ says:
Netflix would probably do us, we still have Sky (Freeview) for other channels any way.
Does the BBC iPlayer work ok too?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2013 15:23:27 BDT
Yup - It is very similar to the iPlayer App on the PS3/Sony Smart devices with the ability to add favourites etc

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Oct 2013 12:35:13 BDT
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Posted on 1 Nov 2013 10:51:42 GMT
I'm not sure how you can be so confident that 4OD etc are coming soon. When Roku arrived in the UK they did a round of media interviews where they said they were launching with just iPlayer, but they were talking to all the other catch up services, and so expect things to improve. It's been a year and a half, and the only new UK catchup service they have managed to secure is Demand 5. With a timetable like that, I guess we could expect 4OD and ITV Player in about 3 years. So check back in 2016.

For me, the lack of Amazon's LoveFilm renders this box next to useless. Netflix is great for TV shows, but their film line-up, despite their name, is extremely poor. LoveFilm offer far more on that front, which makes them a must have for anyone interested in streaming movies. Roku should have driven a lorry load of money to Amazon's door to persuade them to come on board, they should have done whatever it took to make it happen. Who knows, maybe they did, and Amazon still said no, but I suspect not. Companies tend to like big piles of money.

The PS3, for only £50 more than a Roku, gives you access to all the major streaming services, and you get a blu-ray player and a games console thrown into the bargain. It's an easy choice.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2013 22:52:28 GMT
Your points are valid, Though Netflix can be greatly improved but the application of DNS proxy services to enable the switching of regions. Now there is some impetus behind Roku in the UKI'm hoping the other catch up services add apps.

But for form Factor, ease of use, noise, especially when used in a bedroom etc, Roku beats out PS3 - in fact that's what I've replaced with mine.

Posted on 6 Dec 2013 11:57:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Dec 2013 12:03:30 GMT
David Gomm says:
As of late November 2013, 4OD is now available as a standard ROKU channel in the UK

I've very likely to buy one of these and would have already bought one if you could use a manual network setup, thats an improvement I'd hope to see from ROKU in the future

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2013 14:05:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Dec 2013 14:12:02 GMT
Muddy Boots says:
Dec 2013 - 4od now available along with sky store (ppv movie rentals).

I bought this because i cant bear streaming on the ps3 due to the whoosh of the gfx card fans.

Note roku xs and lt are substantially cheaper and have the same channel lineup. Roku LT is £30 in local Currys...

Posted on 29 Dec 2013 09:09:22 GMT
Andrew says:
I'm looking at this for use as a plex client. What is the plex app like and does it handle large hd rips nicely?
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