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.



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.


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.

Feb 18 2014

News - Showtime Anytime Comes to Roku Players

Today is a good day if you're a Showtime subscriber and also have a Roku streamer for over-the-top content because the "Showtime Anytime" app is now available on the player. I think it's great how Roku continues to add content, and this is another example of how they keep adding value to their ecosystem.

Full PR after the click.

Jul 24 2013

News - Google Announces $35 Chromecast....Roku & AppleTV Competition

Google had quite the day after some underwhelming earnings this week. The internet giant announced a new streaming stick called "Chromecast" that comes in at $35--and with this it also includes 3 months of Netflix streaming service for free, so basically the device costs $11. Basically it's a competitor to Apple's Airplay, and allows you to stream content from your PC, Tablet or phone to your TV. Details are still coming up, but this sounds like a major player.

Let's talk first about what the Chromecast does (and does not) do. Just insert it into a spare HDMI port on your television, and wirelessly call up whatever's on your phone, tablet, or laptop from your cloud and directly to your television. Clean, simple, effective. It's currently compatible with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play content and, most importantly, your desktop Chrome browser. It outputs at 1080p. It's like AirPlay, if AirPlay also worked on PCs and Android phones.



Mar 06 2013

News - Roku 3 Arrives with Faster Processor, New UI, & Headphones

Roku makes one of the most compelling Over the Top (OTT) streamers available today, offering oodles of content options, a clean, responsive UI, and (my favorite feature) universal search. Of course for those who want to use more than a few of the 750+ channels the current UI doesn't scale well, so now we have another reason to like the diminutive device with a new display scheme available on the new, faster, $99 Roku 3. Fortunately, older devices will also get the update, but they'll wait until April for the privilege.

PR and a pic of the updated UI after the click.

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