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Roku 2 XS USB Video formats

Postby grantsa4 » Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:39 am

I was looking at the video formats supported and didn't see anything about .avi files.

Are those supported as well?
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Re: Roku 2 XS USB Video formats

Postby nushmut » Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:07 am

Looks like the codec and container support is unchanged from the current hardware and firmware.

Video: MKV using H.264, MP4/M4V/MOV using H.264 (and MPEG4), WMV/ASF using WMV9 or VC-1.
Audio: AAC, MP3, or Dolby Digital/DTS Passthru
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Re: Roku 2 XS USB Video formats

Postby Newsboys6 » Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:53 am

nushmut wrote:Looks like the codec and container support is unchanged from the current hardware and firmware.

Video: MKV using H.264, MP4/M4V/MOV using H.264 (and MPEG4), WMV/ASF using WMV9 or VC-1.
Audio: AAC, MP3, or Dolby Digital/DTS Passthru
Photos: JPEG & PNG


Which is absolutely ridiculous.

though a quote from the anandtech article breaths a little hope:

"Roku indicated that the XS model would support playback of local media via the USB drive and that popular formats would be supported."

though I won't hold my breath and i'll surely NOT buy if there is no *.avi support

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Re: Roku 2 XS USB Video formats

Postby grantsa4 » Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:58 am

Other than the Angry Birds addition and future games, what is the major difference between the older model and this newer 1? I have read that hardware was upgraded and of course the new 1 is smaller, but what else is really different?
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Re: Roku 2 XS USB Video formats

Postby kc8pql » Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:08 am

grantsa4 wrote:I have read that hardware was upgraded and of course the new 1 is smaller, but what else is really different?

Here's one difference. All the R2 boxes have a micro SD card slot.

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Re: Roku 2 XS USB Video formats

Postby Skolvikings » Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:11 pm

grantsa4 wrote:Other than the Angry Birds addition and future games, what is the major difference between the older model and this newer 1? I have read that hardware was upgraded and of course the new 1 is smaller, but what else is really different?

It gets a newer Netflix channel which supports subtitles and 1080p. Which is kind of ridiculous if you ask me. Why should subtitles require a hardware upgrade? I mean, I didn't have to upgrade my iPhone or my Wii just to get subtitles. And if my current Roku XDS can play Amazon videos in 1080p, then why can't it play 1080p videos on Netflix? Why do I need new hardware? Almost sounds like the Netflix improvements are a ploy to "encourage" people to upgrade. :roll:
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Re: Roku 2 XS USB Video formats

Postby kc8pql » Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:39 pm

Skolvikings wrote:It gets a newer Netflix channel which supports subtitles and 1080p. Which is kind of ridiculous if you ask me. Why should subtitles require a hardware upgrade?

There has been no official announcement that that is in fact the case.
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Re: Roku 2 XS USB Video formats

Postby destruk » Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:55 pm

1080p? I think the HD section of Netflix already had 1080p? Or did you probably meant a 5.1 dolby variation?
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Re: Roku 2 XS USB Video formats

Postby nushmut » Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:58 pm

destruk wrote:1080p? I think the HD section of Netflix already had 1080p? Or did you probably meant a 5.1 dolby variation?


Roku's Netflix channel has maxed out at 720p up to now. 1080p has been available on PS3 for some time.
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Re: Roku 2 XS USB Video formats

Postby destruk » Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:20 pm

Thanks. I guess I watch netflix more on the pc so I didn't notice.
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Re: Roku 2 XS USB Video formats

Postby scyber » Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:45 pm

My guess is that while the new chip may (probably?) works with more codecs/containers, it hasn't been implemented in the firmware. The Roku devs probably had other priorities in getting the new box to the market. But that is merely a guess.
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Re: Roku 2 XS USB Video formats

Postby kc8pql » Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:52 pm

^ ...and if the past is any kind of indicator, what's available on R2 now is just the tip of the iceberg.
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Re: Roku 2 XS USB Video formats

Postby ryanxwalton » Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:21 pm

Skolvikings wrote:
grantsa4 wrote:Other than the Angry Birds addition and future games, what is the major difference between the older model and this newer 1? I have read that hardware was upgraded and of course the new 1 is smaller, but what else is really different?

It gets a newer Netflix channel which supports subtitles and 1080p. Which is kind of ridiculous if you ask me. Why should subtitles require a hardware upgrade? I mean, I didn't have to upgrade my iPhone or my Wii just to get subtitles. And if my current Roku XDS can play Amazon videos in 1080p, then why can't it play 1080p videos on Netflix? Why do I need new hardware? Almost sounds like the Netflix improvements are a ploy to "encourage" people to upgrade. :roll:


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Re: Roku 2 XS USB Video formats

Postby coolsilver » Wed Jul 20, 2011 7:43 pm

Interesting point. Glad to hear that.
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Re: Roku 2 XS USB Video formats

Postby Newsboys6 » Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:31 pm

I retract my prior statement about the lack of avi support being ridiculous.

I played around with handbrake today (never had before), and after I felt at ease with it I decided to transcode one of my *.avi files to MP4 using h.264, and I know that this will sound crazy but it looked to me as though the Roku XD|S rendered the h.264 video a teeny bit more cleanly than the WDTV mini rendered the original avi file. (I put my face at the TV and switched between the hdmi and component video at the same spots plenty of times, I could not believe it myself) Same file sizes mind you (I simply gave it a file size to shoot for rather than saying constant quality).

So really, I would say that all the video player needs is to be able to shuffle videos within a folder as well as an option to auto play the next video after one is finished.


And I will need to dig out the DVD's and find one or two free Saturdays.
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