bmundt303 wrote:With this Roku XD, Is there a way that I could stream from my computer an external hard drive downloaded content?
Download Plex Media Server for Windows/MacOS X/Linux, and then install the Plex channel on your Roku. A fantastic, seamless solution for streaming videos from your home PC to your Roku.
UPDATE: 4:14 AM ET - I've also been made aware of NextPVR as an option with an unofficial Roku channel.
jhuppertz wrote:Guys, BEFORE you buy, let me set some things straight (b/c the writeup for this box is misleading).
b) You WILL need to pay for subscriptions to services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon streaming, HBO-to-Go, etc. They don't get their content for free, any more than the cable or satellite guys do.
Netflix, $8/mo. Hulu Plus, $8/mo. Amazon Prime, $5/mo. Not free, but very affordable.
jhuppertz wrote:And gee, wasn't it Netflix that raised their prices 60% overnight just a couple of months ago???
False. They actually cut the price of their streaming service by $1/mo.
jhuppertz wrote:c) You will NOT get live sports events with this - at least not the ones most want to watch. No NFL games live. No NBA, MLB, NCAA, NHL. Some games or leagues are available streaming for $$, but most are not. How do you think the teams that pay these players mega-millions get their money? Mostly from selling Television rights to their games, and they will not allow them to be streamed.
False. MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS and UFC all offer subscription services, all of them offering live events, except in blackouts, following the same rules as TV/cable/satellite. Even with blackouts, most games are available within 90 minutes. NFL is the only major sports league who has NOT hopped on to Roku.
I picked up MLB Extra Innings for my kids for $35/yr, with 24/7 coverage from April to March. Counting ONLY days where there are games playing, that breaks down to $0.19 A DAY for nearly any live game in the nation. NHL GameCenter Live is $21/mo, MLS MatchDay Live is $60/yr, UFC is $50/event. NBA League Pass was quite pricey last year ($120 or $190, depending on the package), but there's no NBA season so far and I imagine this will be quite cut-rate for this year if there is a 2011-2012 season.