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Streaming device recommendations #5466739 07/01/20 12:03 AM
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I have an old ROKU that has served me well and still works fine. Problem is.....it doesn't support HULU anymore. I have no issue with just buying the latest ROKU but I know there are other options. I do have Amazon Prime and Netflix also. So what is the best device?

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Stick with Roku. I recommend getting one that supports 4k, not necessarily because you need it but because they have faster processors that make the entire experience more enjoyable. I personally use a Roku Premiere as my main device and a Roku express in my bedroom, plus 2 other Roku TV's in the house. All work flawlessly 99% of the time, and the other 1% requires nothing more than a quick reboot to cure.


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Re: Streaming device recommendations [Re: sloinker] #5466756 07/01/20 01:34 AM
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My neighbor highly recommends sling tv for the ability to pay for what you want. Not sure if Roku is similar.


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Re: Streaming device recommendations [Re: sloinker] #5466766 07/01/20 03:57 AM
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I am in the same boat. Netflix doesn't work anymore either. I do not plan to get another streaming device but just use the phone with chromecast. If you are into 4K resolution, a new version of chromecast supports that.

I personally do not see the benefit of having an extra device. Most of them are underpowered and set for timed obsolescence. Almost everything that you can have on Roku has an app in the mobile OS system. You already have a smartphone that you can use. On my phone, I can run Netflix and YouTube simultaneously. Netflix casting on a TV and YouTube with earphones, for e.g.

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Originally Posted by MoneyJohn
I am in the same boat. Netflix doesn't work anymore either. I do not plan to get another streaming device but just use the phone with chromecast. If you are into 4K resolution, a new version of chromecast supports that.

I personally do not see the benefit of having an extra device. Most of them are underpowered and set for timed obsolescence. Almost everything that you can have on Roku has an app in the mobile OS system. You already have a smartphone that you can use. On my phone, I can run Netflix and YouTube simultaneously. Netflix casting on a TV and YouTube with earphones, for e.g.


I absolutely love my Chromecast purchased in 2013 for $24! The in app tablet or smartphone interface is way superior by a long shot vs those other apps. However not sure that will appeal to a remote control interface people seem to like on the other ones.


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I have a couple 4k big screens utilized by the family in the living room and a bedroom, they have the ROKU/Netflix/Amazon....built in. I spend my time in exile in the doghouse watching a 2005 vintage DLP . It predated streaming hence the ROKU. I will look into the Chromecast option but am basically lazy and hate most anything if it involves my smart phone.

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Get a current Roku that supports 4K. It will work fine for many years and then see what is needed. So it will cost you $10 or $15 a year if you get 4 years out of one before one with newer features is needed.

My old Roku works with Hulu, just not Hulu Live. Which I had then decided it was too much extra to go from Hulu to Hulu Live (about $50) to justify.


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Re: Streaming device recommendations [Re: sloinker] #5466841 07/01/20 07:47 AM
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We have both a Roku and Amazon Firestick (non-4k). Can't say I notice much of a difference. We acquired the Firestick because Roku was dropping access to Twitch but apparently that came to pass.


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I highly recommend Roku. I have the Premiere+ version and it has been rock solid--check at Costco if you have one in your area, I bought mine at a great price there. I also have an Amazon Firestick on a different TV and it can be problematic and have to be rebooted now and again.


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Re: Streaming device recommendations [Re: 97prizm] #5466908 07/01/20 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by 97prizm
My neighbor highly recommends sling tv for the ability to pay for what you want. Not sure if Roku is similar.

Just to clarify:
Sling TV is a streaming service.
Roku is a streaming device/player.

Roku allows you to take advantage of a streaming service, such as Sling TV, as well as many other streaming services (Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, Hulu, etc.)


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I highly recommend Roku. I have the Premiere+ version and it has been rock solid--check at Costco if you have one in your area, I bought mine at a great price there. I also have an Amazon Firestick on a different TV and it can be problematic and have to be rebooted now and again.

+1

I've had Roku Premiere+ for 3 years now - very happy.

With that said, I would like to get a Firestick 4K as well, just in case I decide to side load some apps. There is no way to side load apps on Roku. Most people don't need it.


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I have all of these devices except for the Amazon product. Chromecast has been the best one so far. Apple TV was the most expensive one and the worst.

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We have the FireStick 4K since mid/late last year.
It is fast and flawless for us. We run Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, and some other things. It was cheap enough at about 40 dollars at our local Target. It requires an Amazon login/account. The device basically hangs behind the TV out of sight. it does require a direct-powered USB which can be on your TV or, if needed, powered from the wall in some way.
But, it has been great.

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We had a Fire TV 4K, it worked fine, but our newest TV came with Roku built in and found that I liked that interface a lot more. We gave away the Fire TV to my dad and bought a Roku for the old TV.

My dad (and I agree) far prefers the Fire TV to the previous Chromecast because of the standalone design and remote. It was a pain to quickly throw something on the tv. And with the Roku, you still have the ability to cast from you phone as well.

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