How does Roku make money

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How does Roku make money

Postby hiker1000 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:36 pm

Does Roku have to rely only on hardware sales to make money? Do they have other revenue streams?
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Re: How does Roku make money

Postby slampman » Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:24 pm

Well, they do not refund money for returned units. Thats one way.
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Re: How does Roku make money

Postby KennyJ » Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:37 pm

hiker1000 wrote:Does Roku have to rely only on hardware sales to make money? Do they have other revenue streams?


I would say that right now their primary revenue stream is hardware sales. They may have some revenue sharing deals with some of the content providers like Netflix as well.
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Re: How does Roku make money

Postby philsoft » Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:46 pm

slampman wrote:Well, they do not refund money for returned units. Thats one way.


Hmmm, I have heard from more than a few people that they have had their money refunded when they returned their units. So I guess that statement was just flat out untrue.
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Re: How does Roku make money

Postby slampman » Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:18 pm

Wow, thats great for them. Maybe you can let me know how they accomplished this so that I can get a refund for the product I sent back over a month ago.
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Re: How does Roku make money

Postby philsoft » Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:30 pm

slampman wrote:Wow, thats great for them. Maybe you can let me know how they accomplished this so that I can get a refund for the product I sent back over a month ago.


If you have your postal reciept, and delivery confirmation, I would recommend sending RokuJamesL a private message and see if he can get it squared away for you.
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Re: How does Roku make money

Postby demaionewton » Sat Feb 27, 2010 10:51 am

Roku makes money by selling hardware AND they have an agreement with NetFlix to receive revenue based on performance measures for number of videos streamed, etc. I don't know about their deals with others, but I know about Netflix. Similar to Apple making money off of iTunes...
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Re: How does Roku make money

Postby hiker1000 » Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:10 pm

Thanks. I just purchased the Roku and I have only added one or two channels like Netflix. Is there advertising with any of these channels?
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Re: How does Roku make money

Postby KennyJ » Sun Feb 28, 2010 10:29 pm

hiker1000 wrote:Thanks. I just purchased the Roku and I have only added one or two channels like Netflix. Is there advertising with any of these channels?


Revision3 shows short commercials during their shows.
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Re: How does Roku make money

Postby sdj001 » Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:44 am

I have been trying to get a refund for 6 weeks, so multiply $100 times how many people just give up?
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Re: How does Roku make money

Postby KennyJ » Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:37 am

sdj001 wrote:I have been trying to get a refund for 6 weeks, so multiply $100 times how many people just give up?


Did you send RokuJames a PM?
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Re: How does Roku make money

Postby mcswc3 » Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:12 pm

Yep, that’s how…

If it's not one thing it's another - call 1 through 6 they had no excuse but said I'd get a check in "2 to 5 business days."

After a few months, I called PayPal and opened a dispute and told Roku on call 7 and via email that I was filing a dispute because I am only getting the run-a-round.

Then on calls 8 through 10 I got the "you filed a dispute so we can't give you a refund" excuse.

Then on call 11 last week I talked to "Anthony West" who promised I would have a refund no later than April 20th. This was also a lie.

Then on call 12, "Eric Anderson" made me do a three-way call with PayPal which the PayPal rep had no records of any attempt of giving a refund. Big surprise. I then emailed all the Roku workers on this forum.

It’s too organized to be a fluke. It’s very much taught and intentional. I just got a refund today after a total of 12 phone calls since Christmas.

I actually liked Roku as a product, but I purchased it for my sister as a Christmas gift and she did not want it. Their “customer service” is down right criminal…and I’m sure most people give up.
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