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Roku 3 Streaming Media Player
Price: $64.99
Shipping Options: $5 Standard OR $9 Two-Day OR $12 One-Day
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 1-2 business days (Monday, Mar 31 to Tuesday, Apr 01) + transit
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3/18/2014 - $64.99 (Woot-off) - 43 comment(s)
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darkwolf6


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I have to admit, I LOVE My Roku 3! I have had a couple of Rokus in my day, the kids and adults like em, but this one is Sooo much better.

Remote control w/Headphones, pretty dang awesome.

Only issue I have is my Roku 3 Netflix 5.1 breaks every now and again. Have not been able to get it to work in a while, but I am sure it is mostly my fault. :p

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bakerzdosen


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Maybe (just maybe) someone can answer what Google hasn't helped me with:

Will this play movies from an NFS mount?

I'm leaning towards one of these but no NFS is a deal breaker. I use XBMC for everything else, but would like to try one of these guys if it'll do it.

conanthelibrarian


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Check out this "outstanding" review over at cnet and let's check out the product page

Sokudoningyou


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I'm really jonesin' to buy the new streaming stick (because I frankly think the Chromecast is a fiddly waste of $35 bucks), but for $15 more than the stick, this has a wired connection. At the same time, I don't like buying refurbs...

greyday


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I bought the refurb 3 (which is the fourth Roku I've owned) and it's fantastic, easily the best streaming box I've ever owned. I'd buy more this time around if I could justify it.

lichme


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joecooool


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I bought this the last time it was offered. All of us the bought the refurb units had a problem with the remote not being paired to the unit. Expect that with this. You can pair the remote but you will have to call Roku for the instructions.

NavyDallas


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bakerzdosen wrote:Maybe (just maybe) someone can answer what Google hasn't helped me with:

Will this play movies from an NFS mount?

I'm leaning towards one of these but no NFS is a deal breaker. I use XBMC for everything else, but would like to try one of these guys if it'll do it.



You have to load PLEX media server for NFS (free). Then you just tell the Roku that you want the Plex channel (Think of it as telling it you wanted Netflix.) It installs from the online "store" (free) contained on the Roku, you enter your password once and the Plex recognizes your Roku s/n and the Roku displays your NFS media.

The hardest part will be loading Plex on your NFS (10 minutes if you're competent?). Loading it on Roku is a total no-brainer.

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ohgijane


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I just ordered a Roku 3 yesterday from Amazon. Go figure... I would get another for my bedroom TV, but it is not an HDTV.

nucleardrugs


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joecooool wrote:I bought this the last time it was offered. All of us the bought the refurb units had a problem with the remote not being paired to the unit. Expect that with this. You can pair the remote but you will have to call Roku for the instructions.


Or you can just push the pairing button inside the battery compartment. These are incredible for the hearing impaired. My father in law can watch his hockey games in my den, and I only hear him screaming at the television!

borderline769


quality posts: 0 Private Messages borderline769

Doh. Just bought a Chromecast two days ago.

saluki1


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Got this during the last Wootoff....
Love it! So much easier than struggling with the Wii..... Also enjoying getting YouTube.
I was a little anxious about buying refurbished but it has been working flawlessly which is more than I can say for my netgear Push2TV.........

Really making me think about cutting cable.

donjuevas


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NavyDallas wrote:You have to load PLEX media server for NFS (free). Then you just tell the Roku that you want the Plex channel (Think of it as telling it you wanted Netflix.) It installs from the online "store" (free) contained on the Roku, you enter your password once and the Plex recognizes your Roku s/n and the Roku displays your NFS media.

The hardest part will be loading Plex on your NFS (10 minutes if you're competent?). Loading it on Roku is a total no-brainer.



I totally agree. I recently set up a Plex server on an old laptop of mine with 4 terabytes of external storage. It sits on 20 meg up connection and it streams to phones, computers, tablets, and my old rokus with no problem. Plex is amazing.

I have friends who have tested it Spain, Colombia, Panama, and the US and they are all escatic, plus it tags all the flicks.

wzigrang


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Guess I'm a little behind the times. ??What does this offer that I can't get through my Samsung Blu-Ray player with internet???

Zig

belder


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This is a great deal, especially with the ear buds! Top of the line Roku. I saw yesterday that they've finally released the HDMI Stick for $50. This is their answer to Chromecast.

cmgoeke


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Bought one of these refurb units about 2 months ago. LOVE IT! No problem with the remote pairing. Loving the Android app too. I'd buy another if I had a need. It is SO much better than the original Roku we had.

xninjagrrl


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bakerzdosen wrote:Maybe (just maybe) someone can answer what Google hasn't helped me with:

Will this play movies from an NFS mount?

I'm leaning towards one of these but no NFS is a deal breaker. I use XBMC for everything else, but would like to try one of these guys if it'll do it.



Well it appears you may be able to do this using plex but seems hit or miss. I recently got a gen 2 roku lt and it is really limited in its capabilities. I really don't see what all the fuss is about. Most people already have ways to do things like watch netflix, hulu, amazon etc and stream files on their local network. This doesn't even do dlna, obviously, needs plex. I'm not seeing a way within plex media server to add entire folders so I am forced to add each file individually. No way I'd want to do that with terabytes of crap. I guess the roku 3 has a USB slot but only supports a limited amount of file types. No avi I believe? I only paid 25 bucks for mine after two days I am over it. The private channels suck and I already have 3 gaming consoles with much better versions of apps like netflix. Unless I can find some sweet .bundle plug ins on GitHub I will eventually give mine to a friend.

Ps. Plex roku channel now costs five bucks after the trial expires. For free you can add the private channel: rarflix
Works well

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xninjagrrl


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belder wrote:This is a great deal, especially with the ear buds! Top of the line Roku. I saw yesterday that they've finally released the HDMI Stick for $50. This is their answer to Chromecast.



Except that most TVs don't have MHL ports so you have to buy an adapter so you can plug this roku stick into a hdmi port. Chromecast is a much better value as it's usually on sale for about 28 bucks.
I'm curious as to what Amazons steaming stick and/or box will offer. It is hard to compete with them price-wise usually.

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Cons: So was the tank.

4fmb


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For those with Roku 2 XS, this chart might prove more helpful.

It is worth noting that the 2 XS has an a/v out that the 3 lacks (I use to connect audio directly to my surround sound receiver rather than running through the HDMI to TV and then out), and the 2 XS I have has a remote that looks to be very similar or identical to the 3's remote. (Not completely sure on the remote front)

klandon61


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Bought one a few months ago for the mainly to use as an alternative to a Time Warner cable box via the TW Roku app. The Roku box itself works flawlessly but a few weeks ago, TW greatly degraded the video quality on the app.

I would cut the cord in a minute but my family INSISTS on ESPN and other sports programming.

DaVinci95


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I bought 1 the last time it was offered to replace a Roku LT. The upgrade was well worth the money. My LT had problems with large media files and would have to buffer frequently. The Roku 3 hasn't had that problem. Plus having YouTube and 1080P is gravy. I'm going to upgrade the other 2 LTs this time around.

craigthom


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xninjagrrl wrote: This doesn't even do dlna, obviously, needs plex.



The native Roku media app has supported DLNA for a few months now. Check it out. No third party apps are needed. Nothing special needs to be installed on a computer.

Roku does support DLNA.

77p5PEZs


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Question: If someone has a wireless router which is not near their tv, how is this connected? Assuming there is no tablet or smart phone for use, would the ROKU work to stream video from a PC to the TV?

islandkiwi


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I'm tempted, but use my xbox one for things like netflix and amazon. No cable in my house, strictly internet and ota. Can someone explain why this is better?

janecollins


quality posts: 0 Private Messages janecollins

Apart from using the remote with earbuds, why is this better than the new Roku stick, new $49, which uses ordinary Hdmi port, not roku ready one?

michaeldeibert


quality posts: 1 Private Messages michaeldeibert

Is all pay per view! Is anything free of value?

tsigwing


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why does paying $5 in tax put me on the fence...

jsharpley


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Sokudoningyou wrote:I'm really jonesin' to buy the new streaming stick (because I frankly think the Chromecast is a fiddly waste of $35 bucks), but for $15 more than the stick, this has a wired connection. At the same time, I don't like buying refurbs...



I've bought 7-8 refurb Roku's and they all have worked just as new. You should have no worries about this being a refurb. Great deal, I've never seen in the Roku 3 for less than 85 bucks.

jsharpley


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janecollins wrote:Apart from using the remote with earbuds, why is this better than the new Roku stick, new $49, which uses ordinary Hdmi port, not roku ready one?



Roku 3 has a lot more powerful processor and the wired connection will give you more reliable streaming.

jsharpley


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michaeldeibert wrote:Is all pay per view! Is anything free of value?



Almost everything good requires some sort of payment. You get tons of content from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu for subscription (all about 8 bucks a month each). And some allow you to rent/buy digital versions of TV shows and Movies (Vudu, Amazon).

There is some free stuff like Crackle, Podcast stuff, radio stations (iHeart Radio App).

I'd say that if you don't have a subscription to Netflix or Hulu, it's probably not worth it. But, I think Netflix and Hulu are the best deals around for video content.

jsharpley


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islandkiwi wrote:I'm tempted, but use my xbox one for things like netflix and amazon. No cable in my house, strictly internet and ota. Can someone explain why this is better?



It uses a lot less power than the Xbox One. Plus, you put less hours on the 500 buck machine, so the Xbox should last longer.

bret4000


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I imagine some of these were returned for remote problems. I bought one and the remote simply would never work. I took it to different location and it worked fine. Back at my house, no joy. Had to return it because the remote has to work for first time setup. So the Roku was fine but something in my house killed the remote signal.

knotworking


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I have two Rokus, A 4TB NAS running NAS4Free, and the free PLEX media server installed in a BSD jail on the NAS. PLEX has its limitations when it comes to music (mostly that it doesn't support playlists natively yet), but PLEX seriously rocks! The PLEX channel on both my Rokus doens't cost a dime, PLEX handles every file format I've used and transcodes the movies on the fly to my Rokus. It takes a little planning to get everything setup to your likings (planning your movie library in PLEX is essential, I created separate sections for kids movies, comedies, wife's workout videos, etc., so it's easier to find stuff). I'm building an identical system for my neighbor, everybody who sees my setup wants one. The free Roku app is installed on my android and my wife's iphone, so we don't even need the remotes and we can control multiple Rokus with the app.

If people understood the capabilities that come with the Roku, they wouldn't be comparing it to a DVD player with apps/widgets. With the Youtube channel only available to Roku3 devices for now, this one is compelling.

cavepig7


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joecooool wrote:I bought this the last time it was offered. All of us the bought the refurb units had a problem with the remote not being paired to the unit. Expect that with this. You can pair the remote but you will have to call Roku for the instructions.

With my remote, it turned out that the "new" batteries that came with it were bad. Once I replaced them with my own batteries I have had no issues and I love the Roku3 btw. Go figure.

W1tch


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Does anyone know how much are Roku 3s selling for at Costco?

mkordish


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joecooool wrote:I bought this the last time it was offered. All of us the bought the refurb units had a problem with the remote not being paired to the unit. Expect that with this. You can pair the remote but you will have to call Roku for the instructions.


My refurbished Roku 3 that was offered last time worked perfectly out of the box. I'm a lucky girl.

dvdsimpson


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wzigrang wrote:Guess I'm a little behind the times. ??What does this offer that I can't get through my Samsung Blu-Ray player with internet???

Zig



I haven't seen this answered yet. I stream through a Sony blu ray player with apps. Any advantage to the roku?

omecene


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Why don't these come with a slot for a cable card? You could get rid of the cable box and save 10/month.