Roku stick vs roku 3 without internet

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Roku stick vs roku 3 without internet

Postby infinitedragon » Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:44 am

HI

just wandering what would be better to buy the new roku usb stick or roku 3
would it be possible to use the usb stick or roku 3 without using the internet
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Re: Roku stick vs roku 3 without internet

Postby Gilgamesh » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:23 am

Roku is primarily an internet streaming device. It has a somewhat limited ability to stream local content due primarily to some quite creative developers. If you are planing on streaming local content as the primary function the no Roku is really the right device for you.
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Re: Roku stick vs roku 3 without internet

Postby gonzotek » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:32 am

Gilgamesh wrote:Roku is primarily an internet streaming device. It has a somewhat limited ability to stream local content due primarily to some quite creative developers. If you are planing on streaming local content as the primary function the no Roku is really the right device for you.
Also, you'll need internet access to do the initial setup. The device won't be usable at all until you do this. But, notwithstanding the advice Gilgamesh provided, either Roku could access locally streamed content in the formats Roku supports. Be aware that the stick is not USB, it is HDMI (specifically an MHL HDMI device). It does not support USB thumb or external hard drives. The Roku 3 would support a USB storage device, as well streaming options.
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Re: Roku stick vs roku 3 without internet

Postby infinitedragon » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:52 am

thanks for the replies i saw somewhere you could use plex with the roku without internet access,its ok if i have internet just to get the device running but i don't wont it to chew up all my broadband
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Postby gonzotek » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:56 am

infinitedragon wrote:thanks for the replies i saw somewhere you could use plex with the roku without internet access,its ok if i have internet just to get the device running but i don't wont it to chew up all my broadband
Plex should work with either device. Be sure your tv supports MHL if you think you still want the stick. It should be documented in your tv manual if it is MHL capable.
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Re: Roku stick vs roku 3 without internet

Postby infinitedragon » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:02 am

i've looked on the back of the tv and it says mhl so it is compatible so what are the steps to use plex with roku
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Postby gonzotek » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:10 am

infinitedragon wrote:i've looked on the back of the tv and it says mhl so it is compatible so what are the steps to use plex with roku

You set up the Plex server on a pc(mac/win/linux) then install the Plex channel on the Roku (note the Roku site is down for maintenance at the moment, it'll be back up sooner or later).
Here's their Roku page:
http://plexapp.com/roku/
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Re: Roku stick vs roku 3 without internet

Postby infinitedragon » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:00 pm

kool thanks
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