March 6, 2013 at 6:10 pm #864
Ladies and gentleman, the new Roku 3:March 11, 2013 at 7:55 pm #1979
When I first saw this announced I was rather skeptical about the usefulness of plugging headphones into the remote. I wonder how good their DAC is and if it’s of quality enough to keep people happy.March 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm #1980
After reading a while about it:
– You get plug in headphones on the remote;
– You get a faster CPU;
– You lose composed video output;
It looks to be just a replacement/update for the Roku 2 XS …March 11, 2013 at 10:30 pm #1981
From what I had read about a week ago they said they were adding it as a model and the 2 and 2 XS would remain as products.March 11, 2013 at 11:13 pm #1982
Without an analog output the Roku 3 loses its charm for me.I’ll stick with my R 2XS.April 3, 2013 at 6:01 am #1983scalabis, post: 2411 wrote:You lose composed video output
Did you mean Composite or Component ?
Also (I admit I haven’t done much research) is there a Program Guide available (somewhere) ?April 3, 2013 at 8:02 am #1984
I meant composite, RGB or component YUV (YCrCb) are not available on Roku 2.
You have lots of channels available many public, and many private.
As such dont have a global program guide available.
But Roku has a powerfull search function, if you know the name of what you are searching for.April 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm #1985
So that, and what “updates” have been listed, is worth the extra $10. I saw one for $99, is that a good deal ?April 3, 2013 at 8:16 pm #1986
In my opinion, your best bet is a Roku 3 for $99, its not a good idea to get an older model like the roku 2 xs even with a discount.
This assuming of course, that you want to connect it to a TV with a HDMI input, the only output the Roku 3 has.April 4, 2013 at 5:30 am #1987
I have an older Dig TV with just two HDMI’s, but I can arrange that.
Now one more question…
As far as the Internet Speed Connection, what would be the minimum required to do this ?
Here’s what it looks like now…
Is this enough ?April 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm #1988
My experience shows that if you have a stable download speed, of at least 2Mb you are OK.
Your speed is around 3 Mb/s, with 99% QOS, so you will get easily HD at iTunes, Netflix, Hulu+ or Aereo.
And even if some other equipment at your home takes sometimes away some bandwidth, this is not usually an issue.
Roku does some buffering that compensates easily these situations.April 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm #1989
I’ve suspected that having multiple equipment on the “line” reduced bandwidth, I usually turn other computers off, and this one will do it it’s self.
Last questions (I think), the R3 should be like a computer, as far as making the connection to the Modem ? Enter the Modem “Password”, and it connects. No direct wiring necessary, it is WiFi right ? Modem and TV viewing area are about 15′ apart, one wall between them.April 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm #1990
Never found to be a problem, 15′ apart and just one wall in between.
You can connect a R3 through cable or WIFI, WIFI is supported at 2.4GHz and at 5GHz.
Now, your WI FI equipment is probably a router and not a modem.
As such through DHCP your R3 will get a “private” IP from it, tipically something like 192.168.1.xxx, after you supply the WIFI passwords of course.April 4, 2013 at 6:17 pm #1991
YES !, I believe you’re right it’s a Router.
So, I guess that’s it until I actually get one here and install.
THANK YOU for your prompt and informative replies.
S.W.April 5, 2013 at 2:53 pm #1992
Always welcome my friend, thanks for asking.April 16, 2013 at 5:17 am #1993
Just wanted to update…
Ordered the R3 Box today, standard shipping, so it will be a few days before I can see what it does.
I’ll try to get back for a followup,
S.W.April 16, 2013 at 11:03 am #1994
Thanks for the update.
I’m sure you are going to love it.April 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm #1995
Well, I got my new R3 installed, and a few of the “Sources/Vendors” selected (not sure what to call those).
scalabis, you were right (so far) on the speed of my provider being ok, it seems to be.
Also have loaded a Flash Drive, and set up the ScreenSaver (doing a Slide Show of some pictures).
Have a couple questions…
I had to give a Credit Card number to Netflix and Amazon (the only two I’ve done that to) so far,
do all the Vendors require this ?
I understand, that if I don’t want to continue with a Vendor, all I have to do is cancel/don’t allow my present,
free subscription to go past the 30 days ?
I’m not sure I like it that the Roku stays online all the time, it says it does that so it will update.
Why does it have to do that ?April 23, 2013 at 7:29 am #1996
Yes, most of the paid streaming suppliers demand upfront an Email, a password, and credit card details.
Some of them, like Aereo use the credit card address, to try to determine your physical location.
Others, like Hulu plus, demand an USA issued credit/debit card or USA issued Paypal account.
If you dont want to continue after the trial period, you must cancel before the end, some allow you to do it online, others require an Email sent to support.
In “network” terms, the Roku 3 (or 2 or other models) are peculiar.
First of all you cant force an IP / mask / gateway, it must be obtained from a DHCP server like your router.
It never turns off the HDMI output. This means you cant use a HDMI auto switch if your TV doenst have enough HDMI inputs.
You can turn the Roku off of course, but you must disconnect the power supply.
Also you can manually demand an update using the remote control, when you power the Roku on again.
All in all, i dont see a problem in the fact that it stays online all the time, and updates automatically.
Perhaps one day you may consider buying also an Apple TV 3.
These boxes, together, respond to every request i have.
scalabisApril 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm #1997
Thanks for the response, you answered several questions, I didn’t know to ask yet
I as get more familiar with the Unit, I’m sure there will be more.
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