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Old 07-06-14, 09:37 AM
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What's with the lack of good animation channels on Roku? Will Warner Brothers ever release all their Looney Tunes and Hanna Barbera(unavailable on dvd) on this format?
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Originally Posted by TheBigDave
I wouldn't pay by the minute or title. There's a lot of premium adult sites that offer Roku streaming with a monthly charge. Reality Kings (RK), Naughty America, Score, Video Box, Videosz, Adult DVD Empire Unlimited. If you have a favorite site, you should contact them and ask if they have a private Roku channel.

You should check out SugarDVD. They were one of the first adult companies to try Roku streaming. It's similar to Netflix, with a selection of rotating DVD titles. And they charge only $8/month with a 2-week free trial.
I've tried Sugar DVD but I found the number of movies kind of low compared to similar services, also the video quality was very unreliable. Nowhere porn can be good, but again the quality is crap.

The best one I've subscribed to so far is definitely Adult DVD Empire Unlimited. They have something like over 125,000 videos, for a value. When I signed up it was a special buy 2 months get one free. I will probably re-up at the end of the 3rd month and just go for the whole year i think they said if you get a whole year its only like $12/mo.

Also want to check out the new Naughty America channel. I used to subscribe to their membership site. Anyone checked out the Naughty America channel?
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They added something called "Generation Now" or something like that, which is actually affiliated with Jim Bakker! Didn't think he was still doing his thing, especially after spending some time in jail. He looks a lot older and has a beard now but it's definitely him! He's got a new wife too.

Jimmy Swaggart's "Sonlife Broadcasting Network" is also on Roku, but I'm lucky enough to have a low-power station transmitting just down the street from me that carries that 24 hours a day. Couldn't believe he was back on TV, 24 hours at that- I still have his "I have sinned!" confession on tape somewhere.
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"The Grindhouse Channel" was added this week, with many obscure movies- channel is free with no commercials or watermarks, though the quality of many of the uploads is pretty bad. Watched the hard-to-find 1978 disco-Dracula movie "Nocturna" last night, sound was muted about 3 times during the movie to block out music that might have caused them copyright issues. They likely haven't gotten permission to carry most of these movies, but they say 'tis easier to ask forgiveness than permission, or something like that.
Old 07-25-14, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Alan Smithee
"The Grindhouse Channel" was added this week, with many obscure movies- channel is free with no commercials or watermarks, though the quality of many of the uploads is pretty bad.
If you like that, also check out CrypticTV. They have a similar selection of On Demand titles. I recently watched A Black Veil For Lisa and GhostWatch.

http://www.roku.com/channels/#!detai...tic-television
Old 07-26-14, 10:51 PM
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Streaming has pretty much taken over my movie and TV watching so I picked up the Roku 3 and I'm very impressed. Netflix and Vudu bitstream DD+ and HBO Go regular DD. 1080p is excellent and fast on Netflix, Warner Instant and Vudu. Most important I have all my streaming services on one box instead needing multiple devices. The one thing I have had the hardest time understanding is why it takes so long for apps to get released on various hardware. All the other hardware choices I considered were missing apps. Why can't WWE support Chromecast or Warner Instant FireTV? You would think these services would try to get on as many streaming boxes as possible instead of taking months or years to add new hardware.
Old 08-01-14, 10:31 PM
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Does anyone know if FXNow will be coming Roku?
Old 08-01-14, 10:53 PM
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Originally Posted by DeputyDave
Does anyone know if FXNow will be coming Roku?
There were reports going around last week that FXNow would be coming to the Roku and AppleTV sometime in the next 12 months.

Apple TV, Roku getting FXNow with Simpsons World in next 12 months
Old 08-12-14, 02:23 PM
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Has anyone tried using a Roku in a hotel? Does it work, or are there problems signing in to the hotel's wifi?
Old 08-12-14, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by TheBigDave
Has anyone tried using a Roku in a hotel? Does it work, or are there problems signing in to the hotel's wifi?
I haven't but I've wondered about it too given that hotel wifi usually requires to click through a home page link and/or use a sign in.
Old 08-13-14, 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
I haven't but I've wondered about it too given that hotel wifi usually requires to click through a home page link and/or use a sign in.

Yeah, this. But you can get a travel router for
Old 08-14-14, 12:32 PM
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Big update to the Vimeo app: http://www.engadget.com/gallery/vimeos-new-roku-app/
Old 08-14-14, 01:44 PM
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I would like to get a roku if apple does not update the apple tv soon but how do you access podcasts on roku?
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Originally Posted by Philly30
I would like to get a roku if apple does not update the apple tv soon but how do you access podcasts on roku?
There's a private channel for podcasts. I haven't used it since I bought an AppleTV. But back when I was using it, it worked well. These sites will give you more info:

http://forums.roku.com/viewtopic.php?t=34700
http://www.rokuguide.com/private-cha...tunes-podcasts
http://www.groovypost.com/howto/itun...-channel-roku/
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[QUOTE=otmetrud;12198461]Yeah, this. But you can get a travel router for
Old 08-29-14, 01:58 PM
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I didn't see much of anything posted on this but I just added the "viewster" channel to my Roku lineup. So far, I'm really liking it. Shows I've seen all seem to have really good quality (HD I believe) but are real slow to load. So slow that I thought the system froze. Once loaded they play fine. They offer quite the assortment of British and Australian shows. So far I've only viewed a couple British (does one say British or English??) comedy series. Well, I binged on them actually. Just finished 1st and 2nd season of "Pulling" and am watching "Monday Monday" now. Also started watching "Eagle & Evans" which, I think, is Australian. So, if you are looking for some other channel to add to your Roku box take a look at this. Sorry if this is old news but so far I really like the vvariety of comedy programming available. Oh yeah, so far I've not been tormented with ads (yet).

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Old 09-03-14, 08:15 PM
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new Hasbro Roku channel, showing free old Transformers and GI Joe cartoons amongst others.
Old 09-05-14, 04:09 PM
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I was excited to hear about GI Joe on the Hasbro channel... until I fired it up and saw it was the 1989 DiC series and not the original 1983-86 series.
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I thought the Hasbro channel was a paid channel... you get a free preview period... then you have to pay monthly...
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I thought the Hasbro channel was a paid channel... you get a free preview period... then you have to pay monthly...
There's a free version now.
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Awesome. I will have to load that one.
Old 09-16-14, 03:17 PM
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Roku Hits 10 Million Mark - Now What? (Light Reading)

Roku, the little streaming box that could, announced Tuesday that it has now shipped more than 10 million players in the US since its launch in 2008.

While it started out as a dedicated Netflix streaming player, today Roku Inc. boasts more than 1,800 channels as it achieves this milestone. Besides the Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) service, Roku's lineup includes apps from Hulu LLC and Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN); broadcaster channels from networks like Fox Broadcasting Co., Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Home Box Office Inc. (HBO); and apps from such major pay-TV providers as Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC).

Roku was a pioneer when it hit the market six years ago, but consumer adoption has risen steadily since that time. In a recent report, analyst firm NPD Group Inc. found that 6 million homes in the US acquired streaming devices over the last year, bringing market penetration to 17% at the end of the second quarter. NPD also predicts that penetration will rise to 29% by 2017, making players a mainstream product.

Market growth is both good news and bad news for Roku. Demand is on the rise, but so is competition. Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), in particular, has been successful with its Apple TV devices, outselling Roku and capturing 39% market share in the US, according to NPD. Roku, in contrast, has 28% US market share.

Roku counters those numbers, however, by pointing out that Roku users stream an estimated 27 million video hours per week compared to the roughly 15 million hours that Apple TV users stream. Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Chromecast rings in at 12 million streaming hours per week, with Amazon's Fire TV logging 6 million hours weekly.


The big question for Roku is where to go from here. The company is innovating on the hardware front, and has introduced both new Roku-equipped smart TVs and HDMI streaming sticks.

Roku has an additional opportunity for growth as well in selling its hardware and software as a bundled platform. The company recently introduced a new white-label program called Roku Powered that is targeting pay-TV providers that want to complement their existing offerings with new online services. TiVo has already proven that the service provider channel can be a lucrative one, and Roku appears to want to cash in on TiVo's findings.

NPD Group also notes that content will continue to be critical to the success of any streaming media player going forward. John Buffone, executive director of NPD Connected Intelligence said recently, "Content is what's going to bring these devices to the next level. It's not just necessary to be able to stream popular video services such as Netflix and Hulu. Device manufacturers must also have the ability to attract a wide array of content owners and developers to build apps for their platforms -- which is the direction Apple, Roku, Google and Amazon are taking with their devices."
Maybe it shouldn't, but the AppleTV market share surprises me. I personally find it to be less friendly and less optimized than the Roku, but if you have enough iContent, the tradeoff is probably worth it.
Old 09-25-14, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by TheBigDave
Has anyone tried using a Roku in a hotel? Does it work, or are there problems signing in to the hotel's wifi?
I just got back from a couple days on the road. I stayed at 3 Hampton Inns and one Holiday Inn Express. All of them had hotel login pages. And you can't access those pages with a Roku on it's own.

Luckily, I had purchased a travel router. I got a Hootoo Tripmate which is awesome. I picked the model with a battery, so that I don't have to plug it in to an outlet. But they have a cheaper model without the battery which has the same wifi capabilities.

http://www.amazon.com/HooToo®-TripMa...dp/B00DTPYRTI/
http://www.amazon.com/HooToo®-TripMa...dp/B00HZWOQZ6/

You also need a tablet or laptop so that you can access the Hootoo settings and sign-in to the hotel's login page. The whole set-up takes about a minute and it's pretty easy. After that, just link the Roku to the Hootoo's wifi network.

Unfortunately, most hotels max out their high speed internet at 1mbps. That's enough for SD-quality Netflix. But I couldn't get anything to play on Vudu. At my last hotel (which was brand new) I got 3mbps. That was enough for 720p Netflix & Vudu.

Also, I found that I got a stronger, more reliable signal by connecting the travel router to the hotel room's wired ethernet connection. So I recommend doing that if you have the option.
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Introducing Roku Screen Mirroring Beta for Microsoft Windows and Android Devices

Today, I’m happy to share that we’re rolling out a beta release of a new screen mirroring feature for a select number of Windows 8.1 and Android devices. Available to customers around the world, screen mirroring is a quick, easy way to mirror videos, apps, web sites, and more from your mobile device to a TV via your Roku 3 or Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version).

Screen mirroring is one of the simplest ways to share any type of content with those around you, and you won’t need additional apps or software. All you’ll need is a compatible device with mirroring capabilities. Once you turn on mirroring for your phone, tablet or laptop, you can pair with your compatible Roku player and whatever you see on your mobile device is exactly what will be displayed on your TV.

My family has already found many ways to use screen mirroring around our house. In the past few days, my kids have shown me their homework assignments, played funny videos from Facebook, and made the visuals of the games they play huge by mirroring content on our TV screen. Perhaps the coolest example so far was when my son showed me a new app he’s using to compose his own music and we were able to view it together on the TV.

We’ve even found some great uses for screen mirroring around the Roku office by quickly displaying presentations and emails from a mobile device onto the TVs in our conference rooms.

Screen mirroring is the latest in a variety of ways we have made it easy for Roku customers to connect their mobile devices with their TVs in fun and exciting ways. The Play On Roku feature within the Roku mobile app makes it easy to send music, photos and videos saved on your smartphone or tablet to your TV through any Roku player. In addition, you can use the mobile apps from Netflix and YouTube to browse and then launch videos from your smartphone or tablet straight to your TV with the Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick.

The beta release of our new screen mirroring feature will begin to roll out to Roku customers today and we expect it to be available to all customers within the next few weeks.

Screen mirroring brings a whole new way to enjoy any type of content through your Roku player and we think you’ll love being able to bring your small screens to life on the big screen.

You can click here for more information on the screen mirroring feature and a list of supported devices.

http://blog.roku.com/blog/2014/10/02...droid-devices/
Has anyone gotten this update yet? I haven't, but I don't think any of my devices are currently supported.
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So the rumored Miracast was real? Hah!

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