Aug 28 2016

News - HDR Roku on the horizon

As is typical for this sort of news, Zatz Not Funny! has the skinny on a new crop of Rokus queuing for release. While I've lost most of my love for our Roku 2 since testing started on the NIVIDA Shield, I think it remains the best general purpose media streamer for most people - and the price should be just right. The new models look like nice/worthy upgrades from the current offerings, but I do have to say that it's abominable that Roku is only supporting HDR on the top-end "Ultra" model, even though 4K will flow down to some of the lessor devices. Shameful.

May 10 2016

News - Roku Streaming Stick reviewed @ RHT

Had the updated Roku Streaming Stick been available a few months ago when I picked up a Roku 2, I'm confident that I would have opt'd for it instead. With a very sleek profile, RF remote (vs. IR), the same capabilities for a lower price ($50), it just makes sense.

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.



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.

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