Roku vs similar devices?

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  1. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    I know we've had several Roku threads, but the ones I've seen were all about whether to go streaming and cut off the cable TV. I've already been using a Roku for a couple years and like it, and I'm looking to upgrade to a current model--so my question is "should I consider a different streaming box instead?" Any competing products worth considering?
  2. Gorn Captain

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    I'm very happy with my Apple TV.

    I suppose it's mostly worth it cuz I've purchased a ton of music from iTunes and a few movies. I have an ipad so mirroring is nice.

    The youtube interface is good and hbogo is there. Not sure if roku has that.

    The one huge annoyance is how tiny the remote is.
  3. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

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    I'm able to sync all my music on iTunes using the Plex Channel on the Roku. I have an Apple TV at work, and intended to bring it home to figure it out, but I accidentally left it at work, so it'll be a couple of weeks before I get to futz with it. At work, my students use it with iPads to share interpretations of novels we're reading.
  4. 1958Bassman

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    They launched some new channels recently, like The History Channel, A&E and a few that are for streaming media form computers, tablets and other devices. Looks like they're trying hard to step up and compete.
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  6. Selta

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    I have a HTPC hooked up to my TV, but I also game on it, which is likely outside of your scope :p. The new PS4/XBone look OK, but might still be overkill. If you're happy with Roku, just stick with it.
  7. Eric Perry

    Eric Perry

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    I'll be getting a Chromecast in the next few weeks. It's silly cheap, and the reviews are generally very positive.
  8. ifallalot

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    If you already have other Apple devices you can't beat the AppleTV.
  9. 62Jazzbass

    62Jazzbass

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    We have only just stepped into the future with an internet connection fast enough to stream anything (had DSL until a month ago!).

    Anyway, decided to give the streaming thing a try on the cheap and went with Chromecast. It was easy to set up and so far it's been working well. Please note that it only works with youtube and Netflix at the moment (so yes, of course we had to sign up for Netflix too).

    Anyway, we have been really pleased. Family has been hitting the Netflix via Chromecast almost daily.

    Also, it seems you can stream Pandora through it as well although this is not advertised as a feature. But when I have fired up pandora, the "cast" icon shows up and it never did before.
  10. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the input so far, keep it coming.

    My main reason for wanting to upgrade is the newer version supports subtitles on/off, and Spotify, so I'm curious if these others do too.
  11. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Supporting Member

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    It works now with HBO, Hulu, Pandora, Vevo and more.

    Also, check out the "plex" app, which allows you to stream anything to your Chromecast.
  12. 62Jazzbass

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    Really!?!? Fantastic, I'll be checking this out ASAP! Thanks for the heads up!
  13. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    Got my daughter a Roku3 for Christmas. Thanks for the info on apps....

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