bolligra wrote:Will I be able to get 5.1 surround audio with this Roku? Will I need to connect to my AV receiver?
Yes, it might default to stereo, but there's an option to use surround sound.
Yes, you would need to use your AVR. Is there another way to connect a device with only an HDMI output to a surround sound system?
rampo wrote:The caveat is that you need an iPhone or Android phone with the $14.99 Slingplayer app for those phones and use that to "sling" the signal to the Roku, similar to the way the Chromecast works.
$15? Wow. That seems quite high. I'm thinking about getting the new SiliconDust HDHomeRun PLUS HDTC-2US which has a built-in H.264 transcoder. It has a "private" Roku channel that's free.
transfigure wrote:I resent the assertion that this Roku is "compatible with virtually any TV." It is compatible with exactly zero analog TVs. This means that it is incompatible with virtually many TVs.
In what context did you see that? Are you sure that was referring to the Roku 3 and not just the other models?
The compare page clearly says that the Roku 3 is only compatible with HDTVs.
rasputinaxp wrote:Indeed it does, and fabulously.
Thanks. I guess that means they won't update the Netflix channel for the older models to include that then. Anyone have an idea what the hold-up is on having a Youtube channel directly for Roku? For now at least one can use Plex, PlayOn, or Twonky. Has andbody tried using the "PlayTo TV" Android app?
quitlan wrote:It is NOT compatable with a tv that hasn't got HDMI and then, well, you have to try to know or find a list somewhere.
A list of all TV models made in the last 15+ years? Wouldn't it just be easier to look at the back and sides of the TV to see what the available ports look like? This may be an oversimplification but analog ports are usually round while digital are more angular.
quitlan wrote:And Roku 2, another limitation. ONLY wireLESS! Found out last night when I got one. GRRR.
If you want composite video and wired ethernet, while also having HDMI, then you can get a Roku 2 XS from NewEgg, eBay, or Amazon. Or, if you wanted the speed and newer/updated channels of the Roku 3 and were will to spend more, you could get an audio/video receiver (AVR). It seems the product designers decided more people would want a headphone jack in the remote than composite audio from the box.
Also the remote for the Roku 2 XS uses Bluetooth instead of wifi or infrared.
Anybody heard of anyone installing so many apps/channels that they actually needed the SD card?