dealsroku hd streaming player (new) for $49.99

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Eh! I'm always sitting on the fence with these. We don't have cable, so we want something, but the PS3 is also very tempting. Every time it comes on, I get so close to getting one, but never do...

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So I have a PS3 with netflix. Maybe someone can help me out here, would there be a reason for me to get this too? I don't have cable and don't want to get it, what gaps would this fill in that my PS3/netflix can't?

Thanks! I really appreciate it, I've been on the fence with roku for a while.

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@figgers3036: Nothing....your PS3 will work fine. However, if you want streaming on other TV's and don't want to move the PS3 around, then this is a cheaper alternative. I actually have a Google TV, another TV with a Wii, another TV with a PS3, another TV with a Sony Streaming Box and another one with a Roku. Essentially, they all do the same thing except if you are just looking to stream NetFlix/Prime/Hulu/etc. I will say that the Sony one does experience about 10X more connection problems though.

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@figgers3036: Read thru this thread:

http://deals.woot.com/questions/details/b9e18099-f38a-40b9-b1e8-5fed0e0718de/should-i-choose-a-new-roku-instead-of-cable

The very last one has a link to Playon, look into this also.

I have the XD/S from woot a few months ago and find it great, so many different channels, both free and some for a fee.

I have never had a problem with it at all.

Just received a Terk HDTVa antenna and will experiment with it over the weekend. Then I will be able to cut the cable soon since I just got a $50. increase.

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About the only gap this fills over a PS3 is a Pandora app. Why the PS3 doesn't have a native pandora app, is a mystery to me, but it is something I miss (you can use the browser, but it is a bit clunky). Other than that there are some random Roku channels that are kind of cool (Pub-D-Hub, etc.), but overall a PS3 does pretty much everything this can do (aside from Pandora).

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@computiac: I don't quite understand, really, because I'm not looking to cut the cable, I already have. What I have now is a PS3 with a netflix account, and I can do amazon video through the PS3. Is there additional content on the roku that I can't get on the PS3, and what sort of content is it?

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I bought one of these a couple of months ago here on Woot. Bottom label said "B-Stock" and it was DOA. It took me 4 weeks to get a replacement from ROKU.

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The difference between PS3/Netflix and this is you get a hell of a lot more than just Netflix. The number of channels available is pretty good, although the quality of all of them is obviously somewhat inconsistent.

I use my Roku to stream Netflix, Hulu, Amazon VOD, Crackle, Pandora, and a whole slew of others. I also use it to stream music and videos from my desktop. I think a lot of those options are available on PS3 as well, but it's cheaper and extremely easy to use.

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@figgers3036: The Roku channel store is here: http://www.roku.com/roku-channel-store

That should help you see what kind of content is available.

Personally, I doubt I'd use mine much if I already had a PS3 because Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix account for the vast majority of what I use it for. On the other hand, if portability is an issue, the Roku can't be beat.

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I own 3 Roku's: Roku2HD,Roku2XS, & an older model # I can't recall right now. You have a huge amount of channels to select from & they continue to add channels all the time. Roku is a one time purchase - you don't pay for anything monthly unless you subscribe to some of the paying services that exist i.e. Netflix, Huluplus, etc...and there are some "3rd party" channels that require subscription fees as well..HOWEVER, there are so many free channels you can add and also what are referred to as "private channels" that Roku doesn't directly advertise. Just google 'Roku Private Channels' and you'll see what I mean. I have had no regrets purchasing these units. I have 1.5mbps DSL running at home and I have had no interruptions with streaming video/audio on the Roku's - they really work great. They are also very small devices. If you're not sure which one to get, here is a very useful model comparison chart: http://support.roku.com/entries/20345913-product-comparison-all-roku-player-models

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Hm it sounds like my PS3 has most of the functionality a roku provides already bundled in, so there's not a big reason for me to pull the trigger here. Thanks everyone for your help!

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@figgers3036 - PS3's are very cool but I doubt you get all the channels offered that Roku provides....there is a huge list. Has Sony been adding more? If so, I'm curious to know examples (other than the mainstream ones i.e. NetFlix, Huluplus, etc...). Roku lists these channels(not even the complete list): http://www.roku.com/roku-channel-store however there is a LOT more on Roku. Check this out: http://streamfree.tv/apps/ . ;-)

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I bought one of these from woot about a month ago after my friend had acquired one through other means and was raving about how cool it was to run his music through his TV. I don't have cable either but I do have a Sony DVD player that has some limited channels, Netflix, Amazon, etc. (I have Netflix on my IPhone, my Tablet, my Wii, My Sony DVD, my PC, AND my laptop -coming soon, Netflix available on the back of your Wheaties box!! - and still barely justify my $8 a month). A big reason for the Roku purchase was the availability of many more channels that my DVD player does not get; HBO Go (which is worth the price IMHO right there) AND roku is one of the few devices that DramaFever (Korean Dramas) works with properly. What I don't like is that CNN does not have a "channel" but FOX News does, and there are some weirder Indie channels on there (think Public Access Cable), but no one twisted my arm to turn off
my cable a few years ago!

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I, like others, pulled the trigger a couple months back. I did this for my bedroom TV so that I didn't have to spend $7/month on another cable box, plus have to worry about getting the line up there in the first place! I feel that the selection is adaquate to keep me from having cable upstairs. The only downside I've found is HBOGo is NOT available on the Roku for Comcast (and probably a few other) customers. HBO Go was a selling point for me, then I found I couldn't use it. It worked out, I still feel I made a good choice getting this, but it was a dissapointment.

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HBO Go works with the PlayOn channel.

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Well, I've been eyeballing these for a bit on woot, and finally got this one... nice that it's new, although I've got a bit of buyer's remorse that it's 720p.

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As of today 5/17/12 HBOGo is an official supported channel on Roku for TWC and Cablevision customers (no Playon necessary)
http://blog.roku.com/blog/2012/05/17/twc-customers-can-watch-hbo-go-on-roku/

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@dergage: Buy a PS3 if you also need a bluray player. I am very happy with that for streaming. Plus you could set the PS3 to stream from your computer.

that said, I got my dad a Roku and he loves it. Very easy to use.

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It takes at least an hour to verify and log into each separate streaming service.

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@tmleko: I disagree. I found the setup for each account to be pretty quick - MAYBE 10 minutes each, mostly less than that.

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@dergage: My advice: get a Roku. We also do not have cable (no time to watch is enough to make it worthwhile, even though we're already on FIOS internet).

Our Roku is a simple, fool-proof way for us to consolidate Amazon Prime, Netflix, Pandora, etc. into one very easy to use component.

There's ALWAYS "something good on" when you want it, but you're not paying for a cable account that goes unused, sometimes for weeks or months.

Go for it.

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@tmleko - An hour? Did you store your passwords in the basement? ;-) It took me about 5 minutes to get logged into Netflix (hint: use your smartphone or tablet, if you have one, to access the login/activate page so you can get it done much faster). Took me less than 5 min to get my Pandora account activated..from out of box to a fully setup Roku it took me approximately 20 min.

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@hkwootme: Yep. That's been our experience, too. We plugged it in, followed the directions and it works. Under half an hour, definitely, and 15 minutes is more like it - and that's for the full set-up.

And after that, using it's been pretty much seamless. You just click and go.

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If you want to try wireless this model just has b/g. It may not be an issue since all the older generations have Ethernet, just be aware. That comparison chart of all the models is very useful since all versions seem to be available still frequently.

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I was going to buy a Roku for my 2nd tv, I have a PS3 on one and use it for Hulu Plus, Netflix and movies that I download. I opted for a Sony Streaming media player over the Roku because of the USB input. The SMP much like the Roku has a bunch of extra channels, but I barely get to watch the shows I want to watch, so I haven't had time to even look through those.

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@snoopcookie: Doesn't HBO Go only work if you have cable? I thought you had to subscribe to HBO to have access to HBO Go.