I'm answering a big bunch of questions here:
yonian wrote:I would be happy to pay $1,000 for an HDTV with DLNA, Web streaming access and a useable menu, but I can't find one.
Word is that Roku is developing DLNA support for their next generation players, but no word on whether or not this will be offered in their older and discontinued players. There's a project called NokNok which is in private testing right now to bring DLNA support to older and discontinued players.
dapurplert wrote:Someone tell me what grand advantages I get from the refurbed Roku for more cash over this RCA box they have in stock locally for 39? http://www.walmart.com/ip/RCA-DSB772WE/17693168
That's a good question, because RCA's website gives no information about this box at all. The RCA device does offer VUDU (Walmart's own answer to Netflix & Hulu), Netflix, Hulu+ and Pandora, and it looks like video RSS feeds from some news networks, but beyond that, who knows? Roku has a published guide for all of it's 350+ (and growing) channels and an active development community adding more content constantly.
todesco wrote:I'm going to add to my own question. I went to MLB and indeed it was $25/season but it said "Watch full game archives of every team's regular season or Postseason games." Does this mean after the live game? Or live stream as it is happening?
Since baseball season is over right now, all you can do is watch archived games. Any subscription right now will expire on February 25, 2012. A new season starts after that, and you can watch live games, aside from any local blackout games. Any games under a local media blackout are available 90 minutes after the game is over.
candlesticky wrote:Hi K, you seem to have in-depth knowledge and experience on this Roku thing. We live in farm country, does it work with Satellite as we have no other option. I am encouraged re "easy to set up", being a little tech-less. Also no PC, just laptop. Workable scenario?
Roku suggests that your Internet service be at least 1200 kbps or faster. I've never seen a consumer satellite service faster than 768 kbps. I can't say how well it will work with a slower service. Roku itself doesn't require a PC, just an Internet connection. If you're talking about streaming content from your computer to the Roku using a product like Plex, then any computer (desktop or laptop, Windows, MacOS or Linux) should fit the bill as long as your computer fits the minimum requirements of the software.
1) He mostly watches news (local NYC, CNN, MSNBC) and documentaries (History Channel, Science Channel, Military Channel, Discovery). Will this suffice?
Those networks do not have their own Roku channel. If you get a Hulu+ subscription, those networks do upload their content there. MSNBC, Fox News, BBC World News, CBC and CNN International have Roku channels. AFAIK there are no local NYC stations with Roku channels.
sdc100 wrote:2) He also likes foreign programming from Europe (UK, French, Italian and German) and Asia (Hong Kong, S Korea, Japan). Is there any foreign programming?
Check Roku's channel guide. Roku is constantly adding new channels.
sdc100 wrote:3) He also enjoys some TV shows. How good are Netflix and Hulu PLus, etc? Are all network shows available? The CNET review mentions ABC, NBC and Fox but doesn't mention CBS. Is this a typo? Many of his favorite shows are on CBS.
Netflix and Hulu+ are fantastic services. CBS has some programming available, but prefers that viewers go to their web site instead.
sdc100 wrote:4) I see what appears to be blue SD cards sticking out of the unit and remote.
It's just a plastic tag with the Roku logo.
bumblebri wrote:how well would this work for watching movies? i know you can get netfix and hulu, but what are other services that are available? also, will this work in addition to the tv service that my dad already has, or is it either or?
The Roku can either complement or replace your current TV viewing, depending on your habits and what you like to watch. Movies and TV shows play just like any other content on your TV. See Roku's channel guide to see what is currently available. Roku is constantly adding new channels.
kcmark wrote:Same here - our HDTV predates HDMI. Roku has no love for us early HDTV adopters. I'd get one of these if it had component output like my WDTV Live Plus.
There are some Roku models that support component output. My N1001 model does. If you want to buy this one and swap out for mine, let me know! :D I recently upgraded to an HDTV w/ HDMI, so I don't need the component output.
MikeekiM wrote:Is the UI for this older player the same as the UI on the new Roku 2s?
The UI is the same, the only difference is that the Roku 2 adds ability for casual gaming.
n3lson wrote:can this stream media files from your computer, like .wmv, .avi, etc? Can you put a DVD in your computer and use this to stream the video to your TV? Thanks!
It can, with additional software on your computer and adding the appropriate Roku channel. See the many previous posts for more detailed answers.