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    Righty-ho - the Roku 3.

    What?
    The Roku 3 - a streaming media player capable of playing local content, but specialising in streaming internet content.





    Some features:
    • 1000+ entertainment channels, including live streams of international TV channels.
    • Remote with headphone jack for private listening.
    • Motion control for games.
    • One-stop search. Find your favorite movies and shows in a flash from top channels like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and VUDU.
    • Free iOS® and Android™ app. Transform your mobile device into a Roku remote. Browse and add new channels. Even use your phone or tablet to send your music, photos and personal videos to your HDTV.
    • 1080p HD support
    • Ethernet and USB ports,
    • microSD slot.


    Why?
    My WD TV Live box has been acting up for a while now - overheating and resetting itself. It's very annoying. So, looking at reviews on the net, I thought that I'd give it a go. It supports Plex Media Server, and that what we have set up at home.

    Where?
    Amazon.com, for $US88. Bargain.

    Impressions:
    It's small, and polished - the interface is nice, and it runs smoothly. Signup and setup was easy, and the playback is silky. The remote is comfortable, and is nice to use. I'm very happy with it.

    What you need:
    The Roku 3
    An Australian power supply. The Roku comes from America, and thus with the wrong supply. Dick Smith sells a 12vDC 1.5A supply for around $30, which does the job perfectly.
    An internet connection. Netflix and Hulu both stream perfectly well over out 4 megabit DSL.
    If you want Netflix and Hulu, you need an account with a VPN service. Unblock-Us - smarter faster VPN is perfect, and costs $5/mo. You can get free VPN services, but they tend to be overtaxed, and thus too slow. Unblock-us has a 14 day free trial. Try it out.
    Netflix and Hulu both need you to sign up with an American address. Once you've connected to your VPN service, you can sign up to both services. Australian Credit Cards work, although there are reports that Commonwealth Bank cards cause a few problems, and you may have to try 3 or 4 times. Make up a street name and number, and then use https://tools.usps.com/go/ZipLookupA...2&refresh=true to match a US postcode to a town name. Hulu and Netflix both cost $US8/mo each, and both offer free trials.

    Watch Netflix in Australia With These Detailed Instructions

    Problems:
    • The Roku 3 does NOT support DLNA streaming or file shares. You actually need proper streaming server software. A USB drive attached to your DSL router WON'T do.
    • The interface differs significantly between services. This is because, like on your smartphone, the different services have different apps, each made by their own company.
    • The timezone will always be wrong. As the Roku 3 isn't made for Australia, you can never set the timezone correctly.
    • You can't set DNS on it, so you have to change the DNS on your router.
    • Roku doesn't support Youtube yet. Apparently there were unofficial plugins for it in the past, but Youtube forced them to be shut down. As of August this year, Roku was still in talks with Youtube about getting official support
    Last edited by Magilla; 14-12-2013, 05:05 PM.
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  • #2
    interested in hearing your review after using it for a while, just a shame we have to find a round about way to use something like this because of our location alone, they need to hurry up and sort that sort of shit out to give us bunch of pirates a chance for legal viewing

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    • #3
      Is there anything on those services worth watching?

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      • #4
        Depends on what it is you want to watch. They seem to be pretty good for current TV shows.
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        • #5
          Hmmm. So making Foxtel redundant over there?

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          • #6
            Basically, yes. Fox for $us16+$au5 per month.

            Edit: except the libraries are searchable, and deliver on demand. You don't have to wait for your show to come up.
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            They observe my perambulations upon my gyroscopically-balanced personal transportation device, and I perceive at my core that they have thus concluded that I am Caucasian, and, while intelligent, I am also somewhat socially inept. - Peculiar Alfred
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            • #7
              A quick update: the roku is currently dropping plex streams, about an hour into each movie. I don't know why...
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              They observe my perambulations upon my gyroscopically-balanced personal transportation device, and I perceive at my core that they have thus concluded that I am Caucasian, and, while intelligent, I am also somewhat socially inept. - Peculiar Alfred
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              • #8
                Have one, love it. A++, would buy again.

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                • #9
                  I bought one (Roku 3) a couple of months ago but turns out it is not compatible with my NAS (Synology DS413j) because it uses an ARM processor so can't transcode. Urgh...

                  I gave it to my mate who has a NAS with x86 to test it out but he hasn't had a chance yet.

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                  • #10
                    Have set up my new NAS, a QNAP TS-469L. Its been running for a couple of weeks now. This one has a much better processor and is working great with my Roku 3, streaming high quality video through the Plex app. Easy to navigate, menus look great, and a lot better than using my clunky/noisy/hot old PS3 as my streaming device...

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                    • #11
                      Does the plex app need to be purchased with the Roku or is it free? I've been running the plex home theatre client on a media PC for ages and love it so I mentioned it to my mate who has a roku and he mentioned he was needing to purchase the plex app as it only had a 30 day trial apparently. Seems a bit crap if that's the case.

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                      • #12
                        Yeah that rings a bell but I think it was maybe only $6, and I think that was to get Plex Pass or something like that? I created my Plex account last year so don't exactly remember. But I think then you can control your library with iPhone/iPad etc and push your library to devices like Roku.

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                        • #13
                          I don't remember paying for the roku app. That said, I had bought the android app and plexpass before I got the roku.
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                          They observe my perambulations upon my gyroscopically-balanced personal transportation device, and I perceive at my core that they have thus concluded that I am Caucasian, and, while intelligent, I am also somewhat socially inept. - Peculiar Alfred
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