max mike wrote:
Roku severely limited their market for this device through shortsighted design.
I think the reason why they made it MHL-HDMI instead of just regular HDMI was to integrate it[the roku stick] with the TV so you wouldn't need an extra remote in the mix. Of course there could be other reasons but that's just my opinion.
The HDMI spec has been capable of doing that for quite awhile. It's called HDMI CEC. I do that with my PS3. I use my TV remote.
If MHL is backwards compatible then adding a usb port to power non-MHL TVs would be a good idea or another model could easily be made. I believe the reason this MHL model was made was to help sell MHL devices and spread Roku by bundling the stick with TVs and projectors and such. Yes it does limit the amount of current users but I assume Roku is hoping when you goto pick your next TV you'll have a good selection that either support MHL or already have it bundled.
Plus it's not that big of deal. Still have the boxes which are still pretty small. Plus it seems a lot of people wouldn't mind a bigger box if it packed in more features anyways. LMAO!
Let's hope they still keep making a model (XS) for the power users.
Add in a TV tuner and HDD storage support.
Slightly off topic but a cool thing you can do with the current Rokus as they use 5watts of power. You can get some kind of usb adapter to plug the Roku in your TVs USB port or console or other device with USB port instead of in the wall if that's what you'd want to do.
You can do this with many lower powered devices.