jtbxps wrote:Still, regardless of who's responsible, the reality is that I purchased a top-of-the-line model (XDS, streaming 1080) 2.5 years ago - and now it doesn't support some newer channels (PBS, PBS Kids, ESPN). A selling point of the device, which Roku always touted in advertising and PR, is its expandability and the idea that new content channels are being developed for the box.
I think two and half years little early to be retiring the hardware and forcing a new purchase.
That is just the way current streaming consumer products are. The fact that you got 2.5 years out of your around $100.00 purchase is actually pretty good and it still plays everything it played at the time you bought it (with the exception of the channels that have gone away) is also quite good.
You have lost nothing. Your Roku is functioning just as well, and probably better, than it was when you bought it. No consumer product anywhere close to the price of the Roku can assure that there will not be hardware advancements in future products that will render programs written for that new hardware incompatible with the old hardware.
The developer makes the decision to support or not support the older hardware and if they choose to not support the old stuff then the consumer must decide if the content is important enough to warrant the price of the new hardware.
I do not see that anyone that has a product that cost $100.00 new, works fine, supports all the content that it supported when released, has no ongoing costs and supports most of the new content produced has any reason to complain. And, if they want to view the few things that the old hardware will not support they can simply spend less than $100.00 again and all is well.
3100X, 4299x and N1000-using HDMI and comp.
Some people are like Slinkies... not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.