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pheller UltimaDork
12/31/19 9:41 a.m.

Despite using Roku for the last 6 years, they don't have a good reliability history. I've killed two of the 3 I've orded. 


Some worthwhile notes on that topic: refurbished Rokus only offer a 90-day warranty. Buying new from a registered retailer gets you a 2-year warranty. 

mtn MegaDork
12/31/19 9:48 a.m.

Well, I think I'll keep my eyes peeled for a used Apple TV until I see the Fire stick go to $20. Whichever comes first...


Thanks for the input everyone!

Streetwiseguy MegaDork
12/31/19 11:00 a.m.

I paid $27.99 CDN for a Firestick at an office supply store.  They must be available in the US for less than that.

93gsxturbo SuperDork
12/31/19 11:33 a.m.

Firestick is great for the McBudget.  I use an Nvidia Shield on my primary TV and its the bees knees for on the fly transcoding from a NAS.  

Streetwiseguy MegaDork
12/31/19 1:44 p.m.
93gsxturbo said:

  I use an Nvidia Shield on my primary TV and its the bees knees for on the fly transcoding from a NAS.  

This makes less sense to me than the Hood Waffles comment in another thread.

Curtis GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
12/31/19 2:48 p.m.
02Pilot said:

I've got a Roku-enabled TCL TV. I like it for the most part. I don't use more than a tiny fraction of what's available, but then I don't watch a lot of TV. Seems to play well with things like Amazon Prime and Netflix, and has plenty of free streaming content as well.

Ditto.  TCL-Roku.  Fantastic 4K UHD in 55" for $299.

The Roku platform is less... umm... married to commercial interests?  I find that I can get nearly any streaming service unlike Apple or Amazon which lean toward their own interests.  SWMBO has a Samsung smart TV and it is an either/or thing.  You can get Pandora but not Spotify.  You can get AT&T-related apps but not FiOS.  That sort of thing.

drainoil Dork
12/31/19 5:34 p.m.

Have a Roku been trouble free for almost 5 years now. Don’t watch much tv but when I do I can usually find something interesting. 

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