And you are not noticing any channels that aren't working on the new Roku that do work on your older Roku's?
No, it's the other way around, and will probably be more so as time goes buy. The R1 boxes use Version 3.XX firmware. The R2 boxes use Version 4.XX.
All channels developed for V.3 will play on V.4 firmware, but not all channels developed for V.4 firmware will play on V.3 firmware.
Probably the most notable at the moment is the V.4 Netflix channel. It has adaptive bitrate streaming (no rebuffers, you always get the best stream your connection will support) closed captioning and DD+5.1 audio that won't work on V.3 boxes.
Also note that the R2 HD and XS up-convert video to 1080p over HDMI. The R1s can't do that.
Seems to me you are wrong on multiple points:
- You don't want to "up-convert" video to 1080p. If it comes in lower resolution your TV already know how to upconvert that to its native resolution. If you meant that a player supports 1080p, then Roku2 HD ain't it but Roku HD-XR is it. In Roku2 those are the models XD and XS, in Roku1 - HD-XR, XD and XS, see table here http://support.roku.com/entries/2034591 ... yer-models
- The statement that *any* channel developed for FW3 will work with FW4 is wrong. There are differences in hardware between Roku and Roku2 (one is MIPS, other is ARM cpu), so binaries are completely incompatible between the two and so is firmware. Channels that are written in "BrightScript" using the publicly available SDK generally work on both platforms. Channels that are in native code work only on the platform they are compiled and released for (e.g. Angry Birds on Roku2).
- Roku1 DOES support DD 5.1, "Dolby Digital" AKA Dolby AC-3 (see the table linked above). What it does not support is a later development http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolby_Digital_Plus
- "DD+" or "E-AC-3" - which is supported in Roku2 but NOT compatible with optical audio (S/PDIF), so if you system relies on optical cable, Roku2 is not for you
- The adaptive bitrate streaming is not necessarily a blessing, search the forum to see many threads complaining how Roku2 starts Netflix movies in blocky, inferior quality. I know the theory that adaptive should get the best experience but practice may differ.