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by Mark12547
Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:52 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Live TV/DVR discussion
Replies: 8
Views: 1392

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: 2191

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: 551

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: 37440

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: 2807

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: 1588

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: 2689

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: 2689

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: 2285

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: 1893

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: 2465

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: 1817

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: 1087

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
Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:20 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is this the end of Clear QAM?
Replies: 12
Views: 11357

Re: Is this the end of Clear QAM?

QAM isn't going anywhere. QAM is the modulation method used by cable TV and cable modem.

It is Clear QAM that many cable companies are phasing out for TV and replacing with encrypted QAM.
by Mark12547
Tue Mar 17, 2015 4:53 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Is this the end of Clear QAM?
Replies: 12
Views: 11357

Re: Is this the end of Clear QAM?

I don't know what to make of this article: Cox Communications will soon require customers to use boxes for cable It was posted today. I don't know if this means that Cox will stop sending Clear QAM altogether (which I didn't think they were allowed too) or that people with standard def tv's only or...
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