firefox91 wrote:A lot of people keep talking about how sexy the Roku 3 is and the old ones are obsolete. Why? I just bought a brand new Roku 1 from Amazon for $50 and it works perfectly. The menu scrolling is spot on, so I don't see where the faster processor is needed. I have no need for the headphone jack in the remote nor the need for the motion remote to play games since I already have a ton of other gaming devices. The only limitations I found is where Roku sandbags certain updates just to get people to buy the more expensive Roku 3. (Like the Netflix profiles update.) That update will still come to my unit, just delayed. Bottom line, I haven't seen anything substantial that makes the Roku 3 so much better than the Roku 1 that I actually need.
Well, I don't know if they're "sandbagging" or not, but I do know that older models don't get the firmware updates that newer models do, and what apps are available are tied to the firmware revision. I picked up one of those Simple.TV boxes from a prior wooting, and ended up upgrading from my trusty XR-model Roku to this model, so I could get a working app for it. I agree, if you've got an existing Roku box, and you've got all the channels you want, and you don't mind the slow interface, by all means, milk it 'til it dies... but if you're new to Roku, or any of that doesn't apply to you, this is the model to get, especially at this price.