Roku tells us it'll be adding additional support for DLNA streaming in the future, and with various DLNA-compatible devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Motorola Droid X, and LG Optimus Windows Phone 7 handset either out or on their way to market, it could present a solid alternative to Apple's AirPlay. We weren't able to test any DLNA features, though, since they're not currently available -- the potential is there, but Roku has to execute.
USB port for playing stored photos, music,
*** Available via free software update expected in Dec 2010. See specs for list of file formats supported.
RokuKevin wrote:We've taken note of all the activity in this forum around local streaming solutions and you can expect Roku to play a role in the space in future releases.
RokuPatrick wrote:DLNA is still a if/when kind of thing. No ETA or commitment.
Microguy wrote:These two statements seem to contradict each other.
kbenson wrote:Microguy wrote:These two statements seem to contradict each other.
DLNA is not the only method for providing local streaming, so the statements don't necessarily contradict each other. You may think that it would make sense for them to add DLNA support to fulfill their desired local streaming plans (which I think would be a valid assumption given the support of the technology), but we really know very little about their actual plans.
There have been threads in the general forum where it was discussed that while the hardware support mpeg2, the software may not be licensed to use mpeg2. If that's the case, it could be expensive to add mpeg2 support, which is required for DLNA, right? I have no idea how valid this is...
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