My evaluation of the Roku Premier +
1. Router - ATT 5268AX Location : Bedroom
2. ATT Internet Subscription - 100mbs
3. 2 TV's - Living Room(Vizio D50u-D1 55" 4K) Bedroom (LG47LM6700-UA 47" HD Audio out to a Vizio soundbar)
4. AVR - Yamaha RX-V479 5.1 Located in the living room and feeds audio and video to the Vizio 4K
5. The Roku Premier+ in the living room is connected to the HDMI 2.2 in on the AVR. Then it's HDMI out to the Vizio TV
6. The second premier+ is connected to the LG in the bedroom via ethernet
7. Streaming service is Direct TV Now
Initial setup went smooth, with the exception of noting poor picture quality on the Vizeo 4K. I had attached to Roku stick using the supplied adhesive and HDMI extension cord to the back of the AVR. Apparently the signal from the router was being blocked by the AVR receiver itself, because when I resecured the Roku stick to a position away from the receiver using the supplied HDMI extension, the picture quality improved significantly, and 4K streams were crystal clear. I was also concerned that the signal strength from the router needed to stream 4K would be interfered with by the 3 walls between the router and the Roku stick. The distance from the router to the sick is around 35-40 feet. No significant interference was noted.
I was concerned that the stick would not pass thru Dolby Digital 5.1, but it did. All live DTV Now channels that normally broadcast in DD5.1 were passed thru to the AVR without a flaw.
My promotional subscription to Direct TV Satellite expires on Dec. 14th. I will not be renewing, as I will save some $55.00 per month using the Direct TV Now app.
I will miss watching the Smithsonian Channel and the ATT SportsNet channel that I watch my Houston Astros baseball on, but maybe in the future DTV Now will add these channels.
In conclusion, I am ready to join the ranks of the many cable cord cutters across the nation. If anyone has any apprehensions of doing this, I hope this helps you in your decision.