jackbpace wrote:I just purchased a Roku and will report what I have enjoyed so far, and what I have been disappointed in so far.
When I first hooked up the machine, I was very disappointed that I was unable to access free Hulu content. I expected to have access to the free content with an option to subscribe, but such is not the case. I am also disappointed that there is no app to access YouTube yet since several competitor units can do so.
I accessed my Flickr account, and it was incredibly slow - So much so that I doubt I will ever use it to show my photos to family. Its a shame that feature is so slow its useless.
I have found the USB port to be VERY choosy. I had some movies already labeled as MP4, but when they loaded, all I got was audio and a black screen. I found a free converter called Miro which allowed me to see them, but it has zero user configurable parameters, and will stretch a video that is not originally set for wide screen when it converts to MP4. So I tried the Freemake converter. Those converted with Freemake to MP4 will not work at all. They load to about 80% then stop. I tried to find some others but got tired of cleaning off the spyware, toolbars and spam programs most of the others stick on my machine. I actually thought of sending my Roku back and getting the one without the USB port since it was so much trouble.
I was also disappointed that the system is unable to access a shared network drive. It logs into the local network and can bee seen as part of the network. Would it be that hard to add the ability to sniff out shared network drives?
The good -
It does what I primarily purchased it to do and that is stream NetFlix to my TV. As I mentioned, i thought I would get Hulu and some other channels that allowed you to watch old series and older movies, but few of them that I have found so far have much worth watching. But I have had very few problems with the streaming unlike some others I seen post here. I have Roadrunner cablemodem with the supposedly upgraded bandwidth to 15M (though testing a rarely get over 7) and use a Netgear 54M router. The Roku wireless connected without a hitch and the occurrences of NetFlix having to stop and reload are rare.
All in all -
I am happy with the device so far, though I am disappointed I have had so much trouble getting the USB port to recognize movies. I considered sending it back and getting the cheaper model without the USB port, or exchanging for a media extender for my computer so I can watch everything I have on my network on my TV, but I will probably hang on to this one rather than send it back in hopes that Roku will continue to improve on their interface and features in an effort to stay up with some of the competitors products who offer more flexibility.
P.S. if anyone knows a good free converter that better than the two mentioned above, and that won't load a ton of spyware on my computer, please post a link.
jackbpace wrote:P.S. if anyone knows a good free converter that better than the two mentioned above, and that won't load a ton of spyware on my computer, please post a link.
jackbpace wrote:Thanks for the replies, Ill try some of those other channels.
I figured free free Hulu could still sick in advertising to fund it, but I guess not.
bullardc wrote:jackbpace wrote:I figured free free Hulu could still sick in advertising to fund it, but I guess not.
It's not about the funding. It's actually about what the networks give Hulu permission to allow them to let you watch on your television. That's why Hulu Plus only has SOME of the content available on the free pc hulu.com. When the networks give them the go ahead, they'll add more content to Plus, as they're doing all of the time.