skeptic wrote:Roku needs to worry more about FireTV and AndroidTV than AppleTV. Hate to say it, and many of you will vehemently disagree, but Roku needs to jump on the Android bandwagon. It's a good device, but moving forward I don't think it can compete long term with Apple products on one side and Android devices on the other. Apple has their semi-closed ecosystem, and a plethora of fan-boys. Once AppleTV is current again I don't see Roku stealing many iTunes loving customers. Android is just plain huge with major backing from large corporations. You can buy TVs with Roku built in from Hisense and TCL. Who? AndroidTV will be on 2015 models from Sony, Philips and Sharp. Who backs one product vs another doesn't mean the backed product is better than the other, but it does have a big influence on which will be more successful. Roku has a great reputation for being a solid streamer with eleventy-billion channels, but the general interest and momentum is headed the other way.
BTW, Roku just released an upgraded version of the Roku 3.
I've been using Roku since the beginning. As I bought more devices, I looked at the other offerings and always chose the Roku. Even as an Apple fan (iMac, MBA, iPad, iPhone) I still buy Roku's instead of Apple TVs.
I was about to buy an Amazon the last time, but they didn't have HBOGO (I think that was it) so I went with the Roku again.
I guess I'm just saying that this is a standalone device and I don' t think fans of certain things (Apple, Android, etc.) plays that big of a part in it.