Appreciated your feedback, RokuShawn.
RokuShawnS wrote:It is NOT advisable to purchase a unit from a different region. While it may work without issue, there is no guarantee nor official support for such units.
The firmware on each region-based unit may be slightly different. Roku uses your regional address to determine what services will be available to you. Discussion of ways to bypass such restrictions is not allowed on these forums, because doing so will violate the terms of service of many content providers.
C. Shawn Smith
Aside from the obvious current scenario (living 20 minutes from the US border, using DNS for other streaming devices that appear to regard DNS as the criteria for programming), there will be future forays into the US for vacation travel, or evn just weekends.
With a Canadian-based Roku, am I to understand that the firmware would disentitle us from receiving US programming when we are -in- the US? I consider this to be a large drawback to a Roku acquisition, if such is the case.
You will only be given content based on your region and/or the location of your account. For example, if you have a Canadian Roku account, even while in the US you will likely not get US-based content. It's based on the licensing of that particular channel (and nothing that Roku has control over). Netflix, for example: Canadian-based Netflix has a somewhat different selection of titles than the US ... Roku has no control over that (and neither does any other DVP hardware, like AppleTV). Likewise, you may have difficulty receiving Canadian
content while in the US, due to your account being Canadian. If you were to setup a US-based account, just the opposite will happen -- you'll likely have issues while in Canada, but probably no issues while visiting the US. Due to licensing restrictions, this is unavoidable, and nothing that Roku can control.
Without being hands-on with a Roku at this stage (still looking) where can one find TOS to download and read?
Are the TOS for US and Canada (or any other country for that matter) different?
Thanks in advance,
Ted in Niagara Region (Canada)
Yes, to question 2b. For example, the UK has vastly different TOS due to broadcast and content laws than the US does.
To question 2a, not really. There is a Roku TOS, but that doesn't cover what you are specifically asking about. You'll have to go to the content providers TOS pages in order to get that information.
C. Shawn Smith
[EDITED TO ADD]Of course, with my first response in this thread, your hardware purchase also matters, not only because some units aren't yet supported (like the Roku 3) for your region, but also because of the firmware versions, which are slightly different for each region, and is entirely based on the serial number of the unit (UK serial numbers are different from US serial numbers, etc).