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#3041556 - 06/22/13 10:26 AM Re: New Roku 3 ...thinking about it... [Re: 97tbird]
sciphi Offline


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Originally Posted By: 97tbird
This makes the Roku 3 even better - HD Youtube beaming via Twonky:

http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57575819-285/how-to-watch-youtube-videos-on-roku/


Thanks! I tried this, and it works like a charm!
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#3041699 - 06/22/13 01:27 PM Re: New Roku 3 ...thinking about it... [Re: 97tbird]
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Is Twonky exclusive to the Roku 3 model, or will it also work on the 2 series models?
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#3041795 - 06/22/13 04:03 PM Re: New Roku 3 ...thinking about it... [Re: 97tbird]
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I re-read the cnet article, and never saw any mention of specific Roku models - so I am assuming Twonky beam works with Roku 2 also...

Just try it and see.

EDIT: per the official Twonky website, this works with "Roku Players" - so I am pretty sure it works with all Rokus.

Remember that by default the streaming quality is set to 'medium', so if you have a Roku model that can stream HD video, you have to set the beaming quality to 'HD' (or HIGH QUALITY or whatever) on the Twonky Beam APP on your iphone/android.
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#3041853 - 06/22/13 05:29 PM Re: New Roku 3 ...thinking about it... [Re: 97tbird]
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Thanks tbird-

I still haven't bought a Roku yet.... not sure what I'm waiting for, I just don't watch a lot of TV in the summer... no time.


Another Roku related question. If I join Amazon Prime for $79 a year, I can watch all of the "Prime Eligible" TV shows and movies for free through a Roku.

I've already decided that I'm not going back to cable.
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#3041876 - 06/22/13 06:06 PM Re: New Roku 3 ...thinking about it... [Re: mrsilv04]
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Originally Posted By: mrsilv04
Thanks tbird-

I still haven't bought a Roku yet.... not sure what I'm waiting for, I just don't watch a lot of TV in the summer... no time.


Another Roku related question. If I join Amazon Prime for $79 a year, I can watch all of the "Prime Eligible" TV shows and movies for free through a Roku.

I've already decided that I'm not going back to cable.


That's what I'm doing as I type this.
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#3041884 - 06/22/13 06:25 PM Re: New Roku 3 ...thinking about it... [Re: 97tbird]
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Yep - even the non prime Movies are only $3 or 4 to watch. Beats theaters, and if you have a good HDTv and a Roku 3 (or whatever roku or BR player than can stream HD).

Even the Amazon Prime free TV and movie selection is a lot, and it's growing, PLUS with Prime, you get free 2 days shipping on a LOT of items you buy from amazon. And about 95% of what I buy is Prime eligible. That alone is worth thr $79 / year IMO.
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#3041892 - 06/22/13 06:45 PM Re: New Roku 3 ...thinking about it... [Re: 97tbird]
mrsilv04 Offline


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Originally Posted By: 97tbird
Yep - even the non prime Movies are only $3 or 4 to watch. Beats theaters...


I haven't been to a theater since 2004. No need.
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#3041896 - 06/22/13 06:55 PM Re: New Roku 3 ...thinking about it... [Re: mrsilv04]
97tbird Offline


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Originally Posted By: mrsilv04
I haven't been to a theater since 2004. No need.


We only go on an 'occasion' - probably about 3 times in the last 2 years. Otherwise, Netflix and Amazon Prime.
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#3041988 - 06/22/13 09:07 PM Re: New Roku 3 ...thinking about it... [Re: 97tbird]
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Originally Posted By: 97tbird
Originally Posted By: mrsilv04
I haven't been to a theater since 2004. No need.


We only go on an 'occasion' - probably about 3 times in the last 2 years. Otherwise, Netflix and Amazon Prime.


There has been nothing that I felt required a trip to the theater to see. So I guess that means that I'll be getting my money's worth from Prime.... since I have about 8-9 years to catch up on...

The last movie I saw in the theater was 'Ladder 49', and that movie was bad enough that I still remember it being 'the last one'.

However, now that I do have an IMAX about 2 miles from my house...
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#3043269 - 06/24/13 09:45 AM Re: New Roku 3 ...thinking about it... [Re: 97tbird]
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My house has been off cable for a few months ago, and with the addition of an antenna for OTA signals, we love it. Ironically, one could easily watch more TV from a streaming device than from cable. I have a ton of series on my instant queue in Netflix...shows like Myth Busters, Top Gear UK, Build it Bigger, etc. This is hours/days/weeks of programming available at the touch of a button. Sure, it'll take me years to watch it all only doing a show every day or every other day, but the point is, you can watch what you want, when you want, and don't have to worry about DVRs filling up or if a network show time gets bumped due to the NCAA playoffs or something like that.
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#3043286 - 06/24/13 10:05 AM Re: New Roku 3 ...thinking about it... [Re: 97tbird]
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^^ That's what we've been doing forever...
we never had any cable. OTA HD channels via a good rabbit ear indoor antenna are great for catching the news and some shows on the available local channels and NBC, FOX etc.
The rest - NF and Amazon prime.

I added a whole bunch of movies and TV shows to my Prime queue last night...

So far we have only paid for one Amazon OD movie which was not on prime (zero dark thirty) - next one will be Hobbit. But other than those occasional nights where we can't wait until it's out on DVD, it's Prime all the way, or NF.
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#3043296 - 06/24/13 10:21 AM Re: New Roku 3 ...thinking about it... [Re: 97tbird]
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I looked at the Twonky link and there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to make that work on any Roku. The key is it connects via Wi-Fi to the same LAN that your Rokus are on, so it should be able to "see" any of them, whether they're a Roku HD, Roku 2, Roku 3, etc.
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#3043309 - 06/24/13 10:34 AM Re: New Roku 3 ...thinking about it... [Re: 97tbird]
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By the way, I am somewhat unimpressed by the type of content on Amazon Prime. It seems that the stuff we want to watch is all pay-per-view. Seems like everything we find on Amazon, whether it's old sit-coms like Family Matters or Full House, or old kids' shows like Mister Rogers, are all $1.99/episode. We have watched a goodly number of movies for free on Prime, but the TV content on Prime appears to be mostly pay-per-view, which is annoying to us. We'll probably keep our Prime account status, only because I think we do get the value back out of it with free shipping on Amazon.
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#3043417 - 06/24/13 12:18 PM Re: New Roku 3 ...thinking about it... [Re: 97tbird]
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Yeah the free shipping was the main reason we started Prime in the 1st place...I agree the selection there is not great or very recent..BUT they're growing. Prime is the only streaming service allowed to stream seasons of Downton Abbey from now on, for example - they bought exclusive rights for that one, and for all future seasons starting with s-3 which we're currently watching, too.
This, IMO is one of the signs that they will continue to grow. It was a big blow to NF and Hulu, etc.

Alias, is another rather new series which is on Prime for free.


Edited by 97tbird (06/24/13 12:19 PM)
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#3043913 - 06/24/13 07:35 PM Re: New Roku 3 ...thinking about it... [Re: 97tbird]
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We currently subscribe to all three (Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime). Each very much has content that is not available on the other. We're really not into the primetime dramas, but we do enjoy watching some sit-coms, and especially some older sit-coms. Anyone remember Major Dad, for example? I watched that as a kid, and now my kids are enjoying the heck out of that series. It's only on Hulu Plus.

It's odd how some services have some things and others have other things. Combine all three, plus high speed broadband, and we're still into it for about what we used to pay many years ago for basic piped cable (about $70/month all in).

I will enjoy watching the selection of programming on each of these three services grow as they become more popular.
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