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HDMI Cable

Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:45 pm

I'm wondering why they don't include an HDMI cable with the hardware -- I mean come on -- this is a premium product right -- in the manual it says to get the best performance get an HDMI cable right...??

Oh -- and HDMI cables cost what -- 3 bucks - that's the rub.

Granted I could have purchased the cable pack for $20 etc - but come on...

Is this stuff not all made in China --

Am I expecting too much from ROKU ??
 
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Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:47 pm

Yes, you are! The box is $99. You're getting a lot for $99. Go buy an HDMI cable.
 
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Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:48 pm

Most DVD upconverters and Blu-Ray players do not have HDMI cables in the box either. What's the difference?
 
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Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:52 pm

I can't think of ANY electronics product that comes with an HDMI cable.

DVD players don't come with HDMI cables and neither do Cable boxes...

HDMI cables are around $10, not 3, for a decent one.

$99 is already a pretty good deal for what you get.
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Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:55 pm

Wow -- this is a very passionate group for ROKU -- interesting study
in brand loyalty..
 
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Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:59 pm

JSturr wrote:
Wow -- this is a very passionate group for ROKU -- interesting study
in brand loyalty..


How did you get THAT? You asked a question and got three answers that were quite reasonable. How do you think they kept the price as low as they did? No extras, no intensive advertising, etc. They can always run promotions in the future where they include the cable pack, but for the everyday sale, why should they provide cables that other CE manufacturers do not typically include with their products?
 
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Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:14 pm

Good point PhilSoft -- I agree with you.

I guess my original point was that cables are fairly cheap -- and if they are providing component cables already, then why not set themselves from the crowd of not providing a cable -- to including a cable. The comment from others about "everyone else does it" -- just doesn't seem to make sense anymore -- I remember when batteries were not included with electronics back in the day -- and somehow that's changed...
 
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Cable

Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:35 pm

Most of the time the cables that are included are usually not the correct length anyway.

MonoPrice has very cheap cables in various lengths that work great.

I haven't used component video cables in over a year now so those are either given away or thrown in the Goodwill box.
 
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Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:23 pm

Umm, my Magnavox Blu-ray player came with an HDMI cable. Just sayin..
 
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Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:25 pm

Yes bobber, some do, but it is the exception rather than the rule.
 
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Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:50 pm

My OPPO dvd player came with a HDMI cable. I believe this is a rare exception. No other device I know of comes with one, especially one for less than a $100.
 
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Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:54 am

jeffrok wrote:
I can't think of ANY electronics product that comes with an HDMI cable.

DVD players don't come with HDMI cables and neither do Cable boxes...

HDMI cables are around $10, not 3, for a decent one.

$99 is already a pretty good deal for what you get.


What do you mean a "decent one"? Either it meets the HDMI spec or it does not.
 
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Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:26 am

Decent as in if the cable is physically decent.. the connector is quality, the cable isn't really thin, etc etc.. I know the signal will be good no matter what cable you get- but I like a cable that isn't millimeter-thin, too.
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Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:55 am

My computer monitor came with no cables (not even a cheap vga one). :)

I think that it's pretty standard practice to not get cables (or at least not a cable for each output type).
 
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Common practice

Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:23 pm

Good or bad, it is common practice not to provide HDMI cables. The Roku box costs approximately $25 to make so they could afford to add an HDMI cable, but how many of them would actually be used? Most homes still only have CRT televisions. The Roku does a great job of being simple to connect and use. Adding a cable the technically challenged don't recognize could just cause more technical support phone calls. Once they have connected the RCA cables they will figure they are done. If you also include an HDMI they will freak out because there is no place to plug it in on their TV.

You can get quality cables cheap at monoprice or bluejeanscables.

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