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by Mark12547
Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:52 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Live TV/DVR discussion
Replies: 8
Views: 1682

Re: Live TV/DVR discussion

I think the way TV is headed, there is very little reason to record anything. "Live TV" is an old school way of looking at things. I think all shows will just be on demand, therefore you will be able to watch, pause, etc at will. Maybe some day, but today "live TV" is currently ...
by Mark12547
Tue Sep 29, 2015 3:45 pm
Forum: Roku Streaming Player General Discussion
Topic: Which roku to buy now? Or none?
Replies: 8
Views: 2309

Re: Which roku to buy now? Or none?

Komag wrote:
You may be able to have it pass through something, like a modern stereo receiver, but I don't have experience with that. I'm surprised the TV can't handle 720p, that's rare to be 1080i only.


I recall some of the earliest high-definition TVs were 1080i & 480i only.
by Mark12547
Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Roku Streaming Player General Discussion
Topic: Roku 3 causing white dots on TV
Replies: 1
Views: 1082

Re: Roku 3 causing white dots on TV

How long of a HDMI cable are you using?

Can you try a different HDMI cable?
by Mark12547
Thu Sep 24, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Roku Streaming Player General Discussion
Topic: Roku 3 , Netflix, 25%
Replies: 77
Views: 41205

Re: Roku 3 , Netflix, 25%

For whatever it's worth, I just experienced the problem on my Vizio "Smart TV": about 51 minutes into Masters of the Univrese my TV rebuffered and never got past 25% refilling the buffer. Comcast (120Mbps download / 12Mbps upload) Salem, Oregon I reported on the Netflix web site as a video...
by Mark12547
Thu Sep 17, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: Roku Streaming Player General Discussion
Topic: Required mbps
Replies: 6
Views: 4496

Re: Required mbps

The Netflix recommended Internet download speeds from https://help.netflix.com/article/en/node/306 are: Minimum: 0.5 Mbps (I don't know anyone who would be happy with this) Recommended: 1.5Mbps (again, most people I know won't like this) SD quality: 3.0 Mbps recommended HD quality: 5.0 Mbps recommen...
by Mark12547
Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: Roku Streaming Player General Discussion
Topic: “NightShift” caches Netflix shows
Replies: 8
Views: 1896

Re: “NightShift” caches Netflix shows

I have a friend with slow satellite download speeds and a data cap and quite high latency. He loves Roku and uses it with Plex primarily but would like to use Netflix and something like this might allow him to use Netflix. I saw the device mentioned on another board (again without anyone stating th...
by Mark12547
Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:01 pm
Forum: Roku Streaming Player General Discussion
Topic: can't watch netflix in hd in anymore
Replies: 12
Views: 3132

Re: can't watch netflix in hd in anymore

It is possible that the change in behavior is unintended and may return in the future. I had reported via the Netflix web site video quality problems and described the issue by going to "My List", clicking on "Report problem" to the right of the title that had the issue, click on...
by Mark12547
Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:30 pm
Forum: Roku Streaming Player General Discussion
Topic: can't watch netflix in hd in anymore
Replies: 12
Views: 3132

Re: can't watch netflix in hd in anymore

With the "advanced streams" (the streams the first-genreation Roku Netflix Players used after a software upgrade that came out a long time ago), the 1.5 Mbps stream is the 4 dots or full SD. HD would be 2.6 or 3.8 Mbps. A 7Mbps network should support a 2.6 or a 3.8Mbps stream. I have a &qu...
by Mark12547
Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Roku Streaming Player General Discussion
Topic: Tv too old
Replies: 17
Views: 2783

Re: Tv too old

Some TVs will display a model number if one digs into the menus. One of my TVs, for example, once one brings up the main menu, there is a button one can press for "Service Information"; and the other TV will display that if one goes into the main menu, System. So you might look through men...
by Mark12547
Sat May 30, 2015 2:12 pm
Forum: Roku Streaming Player General Discussion
Topic: Check Your ISP
Replies: 16
Views: 2161

Re: Check Your ISP

I normally just use http://www.speedtest.net/ (which is IPv4 only) or http://speedtest.comcast.net/ (tests both IPv4 and IPv6 throughputs but some may be concerned about vendor bias since Comcast not only is an ISP but also is hosting their speedtest servers, though I usually find both the generic o...
by Mark12547
Sun May 10, 2015 7:30 am
Forum: Roku Streaming Player General Discussion
Topic: Force 1080p on Roku 3
Replies: 14
Views: 3098

Re: Force 1080p on Roku 3

Your HDTV is not upscaling 720p content. That is the native resolution for your HDTV. Your issue is a non-issue. The Roku works with the EDID supported formats, and the native resolution of your HDTV is 720p. Sorry, but if the native resolution is 1365x768, the TV is rescaling ALL input formats. Ma...
by Mark12547
Wed May 06, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: Roku Streaming Player General Discussion
Topic: Roku 3 turns off when powering off tv
Replies: 8
Views: 2160

Re: Roku 3 turns off when powering off tv

Some UPSes (a.k.a., battery backups) also do that: when the "master outlet" is drawing more than a certain amount of current, the other outlets are powered; otherwise the power is killed on them. In the case of my UPS units, there is a configuration setting to allow or disable such behavio...
by Mark12547
Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: Roku Streaming Player General Discussion
Topic: Roku Picture Horizontally Stretched
Replies: 5
Views: 1546

Re: Roku Picture Horizontally Stretched

More specifically, check the video and screen settings of the TV when the TV is set to the port the Roku is connected to. (Some TVs have separate settings for each video port, so it could be set correctly for two inputs and "stretch" or horizontal zoom for the port the Roku is connected to.)
by Mark12547
Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: Roku Streaming Player General Discussion
Topic: Input needed on DVR Service Options
Replies: 33
Views: 6405

Re: Input needed on DVR Service Options

As much as DVRs will be a dinosaur sometime. Just 2.5 years ago when the cable company dropped the analog feeds and went exclusively digital, I disconnected the VCRs and started renting a DVR from the cable company. I, and almost half of the TV households in America, are hoping that the "somet...
by Mark12547
Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: Roku Streaming Player General Discussion
Topic: Is 1st generation Roku still supported?
Replies: 2
Views: 1515

Re: Is 1st generation Roku still supported?

Also note that some channels won't work with the original generation of Rokus. If you are having issues adding a specific channel, post its name and someone may be able to confirm that it won't or will work with the original Roku generation. (My Roku "Netflix Player" is, as far as I am awa...
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