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Roku overtakes Apple TV as most-used streaming media device

By Shawn Knight
Aug 15, 2013
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  1. The Roku box is now the most popular video media device in the US according to a recent study from research firm Park Associates. Their survey found that 37 percent of households that use a streaming media player primarily use...

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  2. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Posts: 191   +13

    Roku is pretty good. Need to get one myself, as well as a wireless Router so I can have the Roku. But its really worth it if you get the newer versions of it.
     
  3. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Enthusiast Posts: 101   +16

    I bought my girlfriend a roku HD when her DVD player broke. At first I wished I would have gotten the one with USB support, but after setting up plex media streaming on her PC she's never been happier.

    Anyone using a roku should give plex a shot if you like to watch locally downloaded videos from network storage.
     
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  4. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Posts: 191   +13

    Hmmm. Will certainly consider that!
     
  5. mctommy

    mctommy TS Enthusiast Posts: 125   +14

    I've been a fan of WD Media Player from the start. I have 1 x gen2 and 2 x gen3 in my house all connected via hardwire - gen 3 have wireless but the house is already wired with cat5 so why not just use it.
     
  6. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,684   +86

    I use 12x Network Media Players from SONY HD SMP-N100 and HD N-200 3D here in with every HDTV here both are up to 1080p, wired Ethernet 100mbps and 802.11n @ 300mbps.

    All the bedrooms have them. Some have both N100 and N200 because the N-200 plays all types of videos including MKV where the N100 doesn't. What makes this Network Media Player stand out the best is the fact is can read Windows 7 and Windows 8 Shares Folders also works with ZXYEL NSA325 NAS/Media Server.

    SONY has the FMP-X1 4K Ultra HD Network Media Player has 1.OGBps port, 2 HDMI ports, USB 2.0/3.0, Internal HDD 2TB. Would I buy one , maybe if the price drops lower. It's $699 ouch!
     
  7. Logic Overflow

    Logic Overflow TS Rookie

    Is Plex really easy to setup? I got rid of my HDTV about a year ago since I have everything on my computer and wasn't able to find a reliable stream to my tv via network setup. How's the speed over WiFi?
     
  8. J_Gert

    J_Gert TS Rookie

    I have a Roku 2 HD and its beast! I have everything streaming I need! Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, CNN, FOX... and they have a crazy amount more. I can angry birds too... anyways, it's an awesome product
     
  9. J_Gert

    J_Gert TS Rookie

    Grammar is horrible from the beginning. My bad
     
  10. Roku and other streaming devices are useless for two reasons:

    1) They don't support support closed captions.
    2) Two words: data caps
     
  11. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 957   +49

    And here I am being all lazy, having just a flat HDMI cable run underneath the carpet from my computer to my entertainment center 30 feet away...
     
     
  12. drjekel_mrhyde

    drjekel_mrhyde TS Rookie Posts: 101   +7

    I'm not deaf or have to worry about caps just yet
     
  13. AlanCasseb

    AlanCasseb TS Rookie


    Plex is easy:

    1 Install server in your computer/NAS and share your media folders over a nice web interface;
    2 Install client (Samsung and LG smart tvs, windows, mac, linux, Roku, etc.);
    3 Create and log in both of them with your user account.

    And you're done :)

    I use Plex to stream from my home server from an internet connection over Wi-Fi so I don't see why speed would be a problem over Wi-Fi in a local network.
     
  14. Geforcepat

    Geforcepat TS Rookie Posts: 70   +7

    Never even heard of these ruku people
     
  15. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,446   +324

    Clearly you are not a user thereof.

    My WD TV Live accessing Netflix is fully functional and has many other services as well. We chose WDTV because of the extra services as well as the ability to access Mac, Linux and PC shared media.
     
  16. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Enthusiast Posts: 101   +16

    Yup it's extremely easy to configure see the response below :)


    *thumbs up*
     
  17. I'm not deaf either, but I do want to see closed captions support in Netflix since a lot of foreign films I watch do not provide English captions.
     
  18. Clearly you don't know anything about me. For your info, I was a Roku user until I received a notice from my ISP that I went over the limit. Since there is no competing ISPs that offer no data caps in my area, I went back to cable and to be honest, I don't regret my decision. I get all the channels I want in the cable package plus closed captioning support which is way better than any streaming services with mediocre captioning support.
     
  19. penn919

    penn919 TS Enthusiast Posts: 157   +12

    These Roku things would be perfect if you could install XBMC on them...
     
  20. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,684   +86

    I had the their XD version sent it right back to where it came from. I don't like to give out CC info just to use the device and Roku requires it. With SONY Network Media Player, SONY never ask you for CC info. It's more base on like sign-up with Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus via those sites. That's better than being forced to use a streaming device with CC upfront.

    Right now the choices are ChromeCast, Laptop/Tablet Running Windows Media Center, Wii/or other game Console, Android/Apple devices can stream media to the HDTV. The choices are more vast now than they were 3 to 4 years ago.
     
  21. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,626   +320


    False and False.
    1. I just got an AppleTV for my birthday, I have subs on Netflix and I'm running Plex Media Server on my PC and subs work with that too.
    2. Not every ISP has data caps. Mine does not.
     


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