I don't even think Roku listens. Roku seems to be a guy with an idea (Netflix streamer) or two (brightscript) who is content to incrementally improve his toy while the world is washing past.
Funny that you say this at a time when the latest sales figures show Roku at the top of the charts, while big, bad Apple has fallen to fourth place. Perhaps you meant that company out of Cupertino when you said "...while the world is washing past"? http://www.parksassociates.com/blog/art ... -landscape
I think streaming (OTT) has a bright future, but I don't expect Roku hardware to be part of that future. Getting their apps on televisions is a great idea, but Roku needs to be on a device like the DVR+ or the TiVo and cable/satellite boxes. If there is a Roku 4, it will likely be an incremental improvement over the Roku 3. This is not enough to compete going forward.
Surprised to read this. I'm sure there were people who never thought Roku would enter into partnerships with television manufacturers to showcase their technology and services. Since they did - and before other "big players" - why in the world would a DVR option w/OTA (or agreements with cable ops) be out of the realm of possibility? I'm not getting this. They've already demonstrated they're not going to just offer incremental box updates. Given that, why would you think they wouldn't want to explore or foresee other means of offering their services? That, honestly, seems directly contradicted by what they've already done. I guess you think they're just going to rest on their proverbial laurels now. I'd tend to give them more credit than that.
You mentioned Tivo as a company that listens. Well, they're still holding firm on the monthly/lifetime subscription model for essentially a channel guide and DVR management. Granted, everyone loves the interface. Tivo occasionally has sales on its OTA Roamio's lifetime subscription pricing, which can reduce it to $300 ($50 for the box, $250 for half-price lifetime subscription). But they just can't quite let go of that model. Were they to settle on $200-$250 for the OTA Roamio with no additional fees, you'd probably be real close to the killer app of hardware.
That said, it really seems to fall short on the number of available apps. On a humorous side note, I noticed they offer this "continuing care" warranty that covers your Tivo for the duration of the time you're subscribing. After a year, they say, you can get a replacement Tivo (not even necessarily new) for $49! if yours has a problem. Nevermind that a new Tivo Roamio costs -- $49, lol. I hate the subscription model. Tivo - set yourself free and soar. Ditch the subscriptions.
Amazon has somewhat of an advantage in that they can throw out the Fire TV box as a loss-leader and/or bundle it with Prime because they can make up the revenue elsewhere. A company like Roku doesn't have that option.