Roku XD doesn't output 1080p stream

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Roku XD doesn't output 1080p stream

Postby srinivasa » Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:21 pm

I have a Roku 1 XD box (2050 X) that I have been using for some time with my Samsung television (through a HDMI cable).

I recently found that while playing 1080p streams using the box, the television registers the input as being 720p.

I know that my television is capable of playing 1080p videos because I have used it with other sources and seen it show the input as 1080p.

So it seems like the Roku box is downscaling the video to 720p before sending it out through HDMI. I have checked the settings on the box (the display settings are set to 1080p) and restarting the box but I cannot seem to make it output native 1080p through the HDMI.

I was wondering if this is a inherent limitation of the box or if there is some way to make it output native 1080p.

Thanks.
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Re: Roku XD doesn't output 1080p stream

Postby mikeyts » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:20 pm

What's the source of the 1080p stream? (AFAIK only Netflix and VUDU stream 1080p video to Rokus; the Roku 1s' Netflix player doesn't have access to 1080p encodes and VUDU isn't available on the Roku 1s). What's the television's model?
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Re: Roku XD doesn't output 1080p stream

Postby Arwen » Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:34 pm

Please note that the Roku 1s that support 1080p, (Roku XR, XD & XDS), use 24 or
30 frames per second refresh rate. Some TVs and monitors, (like my ViewSonic
1080p monitor), can't handle less than 50 hertz / frames per second. That's why I
bought a Roku 2 XS, it supports 60 hertz / frames per second at 1080p.

Check your TV's specifications for the refresh rate. Note all Roku 1s in HD mode,
display the GUI in 720p always regardless of the video setting of 1080p.

Last, in the case of some local streaming private channels or the Official USB channel,
you have to name the videos to indicate 1080p like this;

Code: Select all
Tin_Man_1_1080p24fps.mp4


That way the video player software can change the resolution to 1080p.
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Re: Roku XD doesn't output 1080p stream

Postby jeffrok » Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:19 am

Also, make sure that in display type (on the Roku), you have the proper resolution set.
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Re: Roku XD doesn't output 1080p stream

Postby RickRansom » Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:31 pm

The Roku 1's that support 1080p can only output 1080p if the channel offers content in 1080p.
Try out the 1080p Showcase channel and see it for yourself.
As long as your Roku's display type is set to 1080p and your TV can handle that resolution, it should say you're getting 1080p on your TV.

The newer Roku's[R2 XD and XS] are the ones with more access to 1080p content[Vudu and Netflix].
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Re: Roku XD doesn't output 1080p stream

Postby mikeyts » Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:47 pm

RickRansom wrote:Try out the 1080p Showcase channel and see it for yourself.

This does not work on my Roku 2 XS. I note that it's just a conduit for 1080p YouTube clips; do you have to have the no-longer-available YouTube player in order to view them?

Other than Netflix and VUDU, are there any other channels streaming 1080p video to Roku?
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Re: Roku XD doesn't output 1080p stream

Postby dwanthny » Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:56 pm

mikeyts wrote:
RickRansom wrote:Try out the 1080p Showcase channel and see it for yourself.

This does not work on my Roku 2 XS. I note that it's just a conduit for 1080p YouTube clips; do you have to have the no-longer-available YouTube player in order to view them?

1080P Showcase usually works fine on my Roku2 XS or Roku2 XD, but this channel seems to be having problems currently.
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Re: Roku XD doesn't output 1080p stream

Postby mikeyts » Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:25 pm

It's kind of a subset-of-YouTube channel. Isn't YouTube explicitly unauthorized on this platform, or something like that?
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Re: Roku XD doesn't output 1080p stream

Postby RickRansom » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:37 am

mikeyts wrote:It's kind of a subset-of-YouTube channel. Isn't YouTube explicitly unauthorized on this platform, or something like that?
Yeah, we're not supposed to have access to it using our Roku boxes. :wink:

mikeyts wrote:
RickRansom wrote:Try out the 1080p Showcase channel and see it for yourself.

This does not work on my Roku 2 XS. I note that it's just a conduit for 1080p YouTube clips; do you have to have the no-longer-available YouTube player in order to view them?

Other than Netflix and VUDU, are there any other channels streaming 1080p video to Roku?
1 - I no longer have the private Youtube channel in my line-up[somebody from my household deleted it :evil: ].
2 - the USB channel and Plex can bring me 1080p on my almost 2-year old XD|S.
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Re: Roku XD doesn't output 1080p stream

Postby evilmax17 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:47 pm

mikeyts wrote:
RickRansom wrote:Try out the 1080p Showcase channel and see it for yourself.

This does not work on my Roku 2 XS. I note that it's just a conduit for 1080p YouTube clips; do you have to have the no-longer-available YouTube player in order to view them?

Other than Netflix and VUDU, are there any other channels streaming 1080p video to Roku?

This issue should now be fixed.

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(No other channels are required to be installed in order to use 1080p Showcase)
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Re: Roku XD doesn't output 1080p stream

Postby mikeyts » Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:43 pm

Huh. It does work now. A tiny subset of YouTube on my Roku--imagine that :D.
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