Roku 3 is out for $99. Faster processor, new GUI, headphone jack in remote, but will only connect via HDMI now. No composite. You will get new GUI software update with this model by May 2013 OTA You will love the Roku either way
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posted: Mar. 17, 2013 @ 7:38a
R3: No composite, some games do not work, $20 more. This is a good deal for a new R2XS, but the refurbs are probably going to come down as well and they have been $65ish.
There's a new thread indicating that Costco is unloading the Roku 2 XS bundle (includes an HDMI cable and an "enhanced" remote, whatever that is) for $69.99....
BJ's Wholesale Club has a similar-if-not-identical Roku 2 XS bundle, will be interesting to see if they match Costco's new price....
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posted: Mar. 17, 2013 @ 7:10p
FYI, it was for a few hours at least $74.99ish last night. I only know this because it was in my save it for later and when I bought something else it was showing up as a price drop. $79.99 is the usual low price prior to the current situation where close out might be the reason to drive it down further. Having both Roku then Roku 2, I will say that the improvements from 1-2 has been great, can only imagine 3 would be as good. But since Netflix will only allow to simu-streams (our main reason to use Roku, Xboxen are our DVR/STB), I'm more than maxed out for Netflix streamers (not to mention other smart devices that could also stream). The gen 3 will have to wait, probably until it goes on sale... Lastly, always get devices with wired connection if possible. Yes, wireless can work in a lot of use cases, it's just never as reliable as hard wired connections.
I've been using it for 24hr now, it's pretty awesome. (Roku 3)
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posted: Mar. 18, 2013 @ 9:29a
forzaINTER said: I've been using it for 24hr now, it's pretty awesome. (Roku 3)
I was aware of Roku's private channel's, but not specifically NowhereTV, until mchael above mentioned it. Pretty cool channel. I am getting more and more convinced that with OTA HD networks, a Roku for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime on each TV, that my DirecTV bill could be replaced for $25/month total.
PLEX, Videobuzz, NowhereTV, etc. The article notes how to set up the Roku to use and the author offers to help people who aren't tech savvy via e-mail.
I personally am upgrading to the Roku 3 using my Amazon gift cards I get from swagbucks... with the power usage stated at 30x lower than my PS3, I'm interested in tracking it with a killawatt!
Yeah, Roku 3 looks great, but no composite output makes it worthless to me. I have the Roku 2 XS and highly recommend it. Dropped Dish Network in September, and never looked back.
Chris. yes, isn't it great to not have that bill each month!? hey, if you have a A/V receiver with "pass-thru" you can use the composite output that way too. Makes it easy to eliminate multiple cables running to your TV. If you get or have a receiver with "pass-thru" be sure it works when power is off too, as mine does not so I use the separate cable to the TV to save money.
posted: Mar. 18, 2013 @ 3:18p
forzaINTER said: Looks like $79.99 at BB and AMZN.
"Another cool thing about the remote is that it works on direct Wi-Fi Direct so you don't have to point it at the box for it to work."
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posted: Mar. 18, 2013 @ 5:00p
forzaINTER said: "Another cool thing about the remote is that it works on direct Wi-Fi Direct so you don't have to point it at the box for it to work."
Try the various iOS/android Roku remote APPS to control your Roku over wifi.. I am not even sure where my original remotes are.
posted: Mar. 24, 2013 @ 9:40p
robby69 said: forzaINTER said: I've been using it for 24hr now, it's pretty awesome. (Roku 3)
I was aware of Roku's private channel's, but not specifically NowhereTV, until mchael above mentioned it. Pretty cool channel. I am getting more and more convinced that with OTA HD networks, a Roku for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime on each TV, that my DirecTV bill could be replaced for $25/month total.YOu should try Playon with Roku. You might find that you don't need Netflix or Hulu. Playon offers a free trial for two weeks.
posted: Mar. 26, 2013 @ 8:34a
Wow, looks like the Roku 3 is sold out at Amazon already.
posted: Mar. 27, 2013 @ 12:52p
forzaINTER said: Wow, looks like the Roku 3 is sold out at Amazon already. Roku 3 is back in stock at Amazon. This is why I love that place, just about any new product that get's sold out, they quickly arrange new stock. There is no waiting for weeks while your credit card it already charged like at some places that should not be named. As a reminder, see here for ways to use the Roku as an alternative to cable TV, and feel free to contact me with any questions about set-up or private channels, etc. there. http://thecreativealternative.com/alternatives-to-cable/
posted: Apr. 27, 2013 @ 7:13p
forzaINTER said: forzaINTER said: Looks like $79.99 at BB and AMZN.
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