questionshave you seen the new roku 3?

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if true, that earphone jack is a nifty idea

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Just curious as I have both the PS3 and xbox360 but what does the Roku do that they can't? I'm moving back to the States in a month and wondering if it's worth it to me to get one.

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Nice find, looks like a nice upgrade.

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@zuiquan: Roku is way faster at booting than any of those two systems. The Roku has more "channels". Can Xbox or PS3 do amazon streaming? Roku uses way less power than those systems. I perfer my Roku over my Xbox, way easier to use and a lot faster.

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@axphw1: Absoulutely! I would upgrade to that in a hearbeat for that option alone. I've been thinking of getting a second Roku, and this would be a really good reason to. Now I could listen to my shows without commentary from my husband, but get to watch it on the regular TV.

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Yes, about 2minutes after I paid $80 for a Roku 2 XS.

Dammit!!

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@zuiquan and @zapp brannigan: I have both a PS3 and a Roku (bought the Roku later). I mainly bought the Roku for a secondary TV that was not a Smart TV.
The Roku is about the size of a hockey puck. I really like the feature of choosing to "search" on the Roku and it giving me a list of where I can find this content (Amazon VOD, Netflix, VUDU, etc.), instead of me having to go into each app like I would on the PS3 or my Vizio apps (other TV).
There are hundreds of "channels" that you can add to the Roku as well.

As for the OP's questions, I just saw mention of it (Roku 3) this morning.
I'll probably wait for to upgrade for a while. New UI could be nice.

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@zapp brannigan: The xbox 360 does Amazon Streaming. You can't purchase videos through the xbox app, but you can search for all the free stuff. You can watch movies you purchase by adding them to your watchlist. The UI on the xbox could be improved. It's easiest to just search on the PC and add things to your watchlist so they're easy to find on the xbox.

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Yep, just ordered mine on Amazon. I'll have it Friday!

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@bsmith1: Thanks never used it. The Amazon Tivo app was so bad I stopped using other devices apps other than roku.

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The Roku interface is very well designed and very fast, when compared to the 360 or PS3 Netflix apps, and of course Roku can access literally hundreds of different streaming "channels." Since I got my Roku last year, I almost never use the 360 for Netflix anymore. It just works so much better on the Roku. Think of it this way - the gaming console was designed to play games, and then they added some extra streaming features. It can do it, but it doesn't necessarily do it WELL. The Roku was designed from the ground up to do streaming, and it does it very well.

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I also have a Roku and a PS3. The Roku has much more content (a lot of it admittedly crap) but I always manage to find a few gems now and then. Also a lot of the private channels you can add are very interesting.

Now here's a question for all of you. I am very happy with my 2 XS. Besides the the headphone jack which I don't really need, and since the older Rokus are getting the new interface, is there any other compelling reason(s) to pay $100 for the 3? I'm generally happy with the speed, so that wouldn't be much of a factor.

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why can't they add a usb port and/or the ability to stream from a local network device? If they add that, i'd be all over it. I've got a 3tb drive full of pictures, audio and movies. I'm looking to replace my asus o!play with something better but I'd do way way more watching of the files I already have than I would streaming.

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@cardinalsfan: The Roku 2 XS and Roku 3 have a USB port. For streaming check out Plex at www.plexapp.com . It is great software and will stream about any format from your computer to the Roku box.

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Two problems I have with Roku.

1) I have the first generation Roku and it streams everything fine except for HULU. It is like HULU uses to much of the systems memory causing lock ups, problems with pausing and such.

2)The reason I haven't upgraded is because I need a physical Ethernet connection where the Roku is and I don't want to have to buy the most expensive Roku version to get this port that should be included in every version.

I know I said 2 but I am giving another reason I don't use my Roku very often. My Xbox and PS3 will do everything that I would need from a Roku and more. I can stream Netflix, HULU, Amazon, and Vudu (which the Roku 1 won't do)

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@segafanalways: I have the 1st & 2nd gens of roku and both stream hulu on the wifi without trouble. And I have slow, slow dsl.
About your need for a wired ethernet connection - I just got these http://www.amazon.com/ZyXEL-HomePlug-Powerline-Wall-Plug-Adapter/dp/B003ULOZ5W/ref=pd_ybh_1 works great! They do have to be plugged into the wall jacks and not a power strip.

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@klutzyruth: It isn't that I have trouble streaming WiFi to the Roku because of the Roku, it is because of were it is at in the house gets terrible signal (because of the DSL companies terrible router) so I need to have a built in Ethernet port which I found out the Roku 3 has and so did the 2 but only on the most expensive models. Why should I pay more for a feature that should come standard.

Thanks for the tip on the Plug in Ethernet ports. I already have Ethernet wired into that room so I don't have the issue of getting the signal to that room it just isn't in WiFi form.

On a side not, does Hulu play nicer with the Roku 2? We can go days and weeks of playing Netflix or Amazon without it freezing or resetting but we play 1 or 2 shows on Hulu and it doesn't want to work correctly until we unplug the Roku.

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@segafanalways: I don't have any trouble with hulu. Maybe because I only try to watch 1 hour longs shows. And only one at a time. Nobody else in the house will be using bandwith at those times, so maybe that's a factor.

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@segafanalways: I don't see the problem. Either: 1) build a wireless repeater from something like the Linksys WRT54GL router from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000BTL0OA/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1362863297&sr=8-7&pi=SL75

and flash it with open source DD-WRT router firmware:

http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index

or 2) turn off the routing functions and firewall on the DSL company's allegedly crappy router, turning it into a plain old modem, and plug it into a more powerful and functional router with greater coverage, such as the Asus RT-N66U Dual Band N900 router:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B006QB1RPY/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1362864255&sr=1-3&pi=SL75

or 3) buy a prebuilt wireless access point, like this TrendNet TEW-650AP:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0044GK9YI/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1362867773&sr=1-1&pi=SL75

Simply spend a little time searching with Google, and you can find the solution to most of your problems.

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@northerndragon: how do I turn off the routing function of my carriers router? I thought you could only bridge the router and that is just a little over my head. I can't use a repeater because I get a fake signal in the room ( it says we have signal but we can't connect to it) and the repeaters I have researched had to be out of range of the initial routers wifi signal.

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@segafanalways: Without knowing exactly which DSL router you have, I can't say exactly how to disable the routing functions, but yes, that's essentially what you'd be doing: turning off the firewall, and turning off DHCP, making it a bridge between the internal modem and the new router. Search the website of the box's manufacturer for more info, if the phone company is no help.

But you can certainly bring wireless to that room, although I confess that I misunderstood your situation initially; a repeater isn't what you need.

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@segafanalways You already have ethernet going to that room, so all you need is a wireless access point for your Roku. A much easier solution, and again, DD-WRT is the answer! Look here:

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Wireless_Access_Point

This second access point, btw, can slightly overlap you original wireless router's range, see the diagram and explanation on that link. I had the same situation in my home, and I made a WAP with an old Linksys WRT54GL and DD-WRT. Now I have five bars throughout the house!

For more help, check out the user forums. The DD-WRT site forums are loaded with answers to almost any technical problems you may encounter. Hope this helps.