Roku

Mar 10 2016

News - Insignia 4K RokuTVs available, maybe just Canada

There's an odd disconnect between what's in the PR email and on Roku's site. One says Canada, the other seems targeted to the US. I don't know if they're [poorly] geo-targeting my UK IP or just got their PR wires crossed. Either way, it's nice to see more options available for the best OTT platform out there.

Jan 05 2016

News - Roku beefs up RokuTV platform, includes HDR reference design

Roku has one of the best OTT platforms available. I wish more TV OEMs would include it on board, instead of their proprietary SmartTV implementation. While I doubt it will happen, it's great that Roku is expanding the offering and produced a HDR reference design - it could happen Smile.

Dec 04 2015

News - Another Roku 4 review that doesn't mention fan noise

I'm beginning to wonder if Roku is cherry picking review units, or if the vocal folk out on the Interwebs complaining about fan noise are in a small (but obviously loud) minority. It is always curious when the actual experience doesn’t mirror (at least roughly) what is available from the media.

I do recommend checking out the review, I learned three things that I wasn't aware of before:

  • Roku 4 doesn't support 24p out
  • Nvidia SHIELD does
  • Roku 4 does not support HDMI 2.0a, so HDR is a no-go

There are surely other tidbits of technical goodness hidden within.

Nov 15 2015

News - Roku 4 Fan Noise Not Normal

Thanks to Night Rider for the tip. Cord Cutter News has clarified with Roky that if your Roku 4 is noisy, that's not normal and you should get it replaced.

Nov 11 2015

News - Amazon Video Now Available to UK Roku Users

Falling clearly into the wait-it-wasn't-there-already category, apparently the Amazon Video channel never made it to the UK. Until now that is, with the channel finally available to UK Roku users.

Nov 11 2015

News - HDGuru Reviews Roku 4

Just when I thought I was sold on the Roku 2, I found this review of the Roku 4. No mention of fan noise, or the top melting though. Hmm...

Oct 27 2015

News - Is the Roku 4 Worth It?

I was all set to pull the trigger on a Roku 4 until I found out it had a fan, and it can be quite loud. So I started wondering if it was worth 2x the price of the 2015 Roku 2, and frankly I'm on the fence. I have a couple months to figure it out, but I'm curious if anyone has experience with the Roku 4 or 2015 Roku 2.

Thanks

 

Oct 06 2015

News - Roku 4 Announced With 802.11AC and 4K Support

Rumors have been floating around for a couple weeks now, and it looks like all the ones I saw were correct with the Roku 4 supporting 4K content, 802.11AC, quad-core SoC, and somewhat surprisingly the return of optical audio out (TOSLINK) -- probably for the soundbar user. It is a welcome update both for those holding out for updated hardware, and current owners who should see the Roku OS 7 update sometime in October. I was hoping for a $99 price point, but alas, that was not to be; with the updated streaming available for pre-order for $129.

Full PR after the click.

Aug 25 2015

News - Plex for Roku Freely Available

If you're a Plex user with a Roku, you should check out the channel that is now freely available for everyone.

That's right, the new Plex channel for Roku players is out of Plex Pass preview mode and FREE to all of our lovely users. With a sleek new look and improved support for lots of new features, the streaming experience is awesome, on-point, gooch, or whatever the cool kids are saying today. Discovery features make it easier than ever to find new content and come across things you haven't seen or listened to in a while, and you can enjoy customized categories of media based on your viewing habits. The music experience has been improved as well, with play queue and playlist support for everyone and Premium music for our Plex Pass members.

PLEX

Mar 05 2014

News - Roku Announces New "Just HDMI" Roku Streaming Stick

Roku's first streaming stick required a [not-quite-MHL] "Roku Ready" host, and I imagine that limited the market dramatically. Why it took them this long to introduce one that works with HDMI and can be powered via USB is beyond me. That said, I think it's a great idea, but if your TV, like mine, doesn't power USB when it's off you'll want to use an external power supply to skip the onerous bootup time if you decide to bring home one of these $50/£50 OTT streamers.

Full PR after the click.

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