DiddlyD wrote:There is a difference between spyware monitoring my internet online activity which there are all sorts of things being sold to at least minimize those efforts verses now actually buying and installing spyware into the outlets of your home under false pretenses that will invade your privacy, family and lifestyle to gather data on your life that can be profiled in some data base connected to the internet like another facebook thing. Then somewhere somehow this information will be compromised I promise you. Cause one thing I know is once your information is out there it will be misused at some point as everything historically has been like in stealing identities and credit card fraud etc. Well, that's enough said on that front, let's keep with the topic of this thread please.
Anyway, I just found this website that gives you the full break down on Roku's "Off" function. It confirmed exactly my conclusion as well as how to solve the problem it creates of eating up your data because it doesn't have an off function. BTW, it did mention using a surge protector as one of the options to provide the off function, this was the method I personally chose to incorporated and I can confirm it does turn off the Roku. When you turn the TV on, Roku boots up within seconds. The only glitch per say I did find was I had to sign into HBOgo again, but that is worth it to control runaway data usage with Roku always being on.
I've had multiple Rokus plugged in, always on, running in my house for years. There's no "runaway data usage". Roku has said, and independent testers here have confirmed, no substantial data usage happens when your Roku is at the home screen. Just background stuff, updates, and ad refreshes. But none of this is substantial compared to even streaming one show or movie.