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They claim that you have hundreds of free channels but i can`t add any new channels .
Not even YouTube!!!!!
Not on the website , not through the box.....
OK for Netflix and Crackle .
Until Roku fixes their issues in Canada , i would not buy it .
Apparently, there's an issue with the current firmware that won't allow channels to be added in Canada (even those available here, like Crunchyroll). So apart from Netflix, NHL Gamecenter, and a few other channels, almost no – I mean 0 – additional channels can be added on the device. As such, I'll be sticking with my Chromecast.
very sad, 9 channels that work....on a box that is supposed to do 1000's.
will not allow adding more.
The channel listing in Canada is laughable. Dont bother buying this if youw ant to watch anything remotely familiar.
Until Canada gets more channels like the U.S. has, its not worth the money! Hopefully they take a serious look at that!
this device is great to use in the US with many free apps and programmings, but in Canada not worth the money.
Roku devices are awesome I now own 3!
So far I'm happy with product. Works as it should, not too difficult to set up. would recommend.
I purchased this for my mom who wanted to watch netflix, crunchy roll and stream YouTube shows into her TV. This did everything! The free apps are more tailored to Americans but for the basics, it's great. Only thing is the price. Too bad it wasn't cheaper or on sale.
It was so easy to set up. Basically just plug it in. Small enough to move from tv to tv.
I really like this product, but it's only as good as your internet connection. I find that somtimes it hangs when the connection has issues and I cannot use it if I am downloading something at the same time. Still, really enjoy it and the JW broadcasting channel is terrific.
I am not a "techy" person and just wanted a device to watch Neflix with. This was exactly what I needed....very simple to use and does what I expected it to....and a lot more. (I'm still finding out things it does that I didn't know before)
Product is pretty simple. Setup requires internet connection. You have to register your device online before using it. My initial idea was to play all my movie files. This player will not play .avi which is still an Internet standard. It does play the .mp4 files. I returned the unit and bought the WD TV Live with is very simple and plays all the movie files so far. Plus it can connect on BELL MEDIA HUB Router to stream your local files. I would by the Roku3 if it had the .avi support.
I've had the Roku 3 for about a year now. If you want a simple and easy unit it is a great deal. It is stunningly fast, and the built in earjacks are great.
However Most of the free channels are repackaged u-tube channels.
There is no Shomi Channel and no web browser so you can't access Shomi that way either.
All local video has to be changed to MP4
Canadian Netflix does not have a lot of contect. Roku has set up the machine to use Google DNS. Sites which allow canadians to view US content by changing th DNS does not work with Roku and Netflix.
Technically the Roku is very slick as compared to WD Media player.
- quick to load and execute commands
- variety and quantity of content
- great wireless connectivity
- good remote, does not require line of sight
- requires registration and credit card info to activate
- data entry does not support wireless keyboard
- some content is not accessible in Canada
Like many, I bought the Roku 3 . Received it by courier, registered it by the Dec 31st deadline and waited for the promotion e-mail as instructed on their site.
Didn't receive the promo code so I contacted their Live Chat and they said the promotion was not available due to high demand. No offer or attempt to substitute the value or keep me as a customer.
It's an OK device, but they need to work on their customer experience. I'm returning it to the store at the next opportunity
I rarely write a harsh review but I was very unimpressed by the Roku:
(-) Cannot properly handle most media file types through DNLA or USB (and no I am not interested in Plex). I would expect the Roku to be able to handle this part out of the box since this is supposed to be a media hub. The sad part is that my 6 year old TV handles DLNA and USB inputs better.
(-) Very basic image or sound processing(no proper up scaling or other)
(-) And to follow up on the previous point, the settings menu has like 3 options...
(-) Well this one was already mentioned: Limited content for Canada and most of it is of poor quality. The channels that matter (to me at least) I can already directly access through my TV or Blu-ray player
Given all the positive reviews I read for the Roku before giving it a try, I'm thinking that maybe people's expectations of what a media device should do are different from mine or are just lower.
The end result anyhow is that I returned it and got a Sony Blu-Ray player instead. The Sony can read, out of the box, any type of media file I throw at it over DNLA or USB. It can also stream all the media channels that have good or decent content. The picture and sound processing is better. On top of that it can read my DVDs and Blu-rays. And really the main reason I am bringing this up is because the Sony was cheaper too...
Great Product, If you like to stream US content just purchase a legit DNS service for a couple of bucks/month (google ad-free time) can be found online and it will unlock all US content. Works like a charm.
The Roku 3 Interface is great. Very easy to use, and quite fluid. Netflix's interface on this Roku is by far the best I've ever seen and used.
Not many "Free" content on this device, if you live in Canada. There's a lot of things very limiting for us Canadians. A way to get around this is to install the PlexServer. Then you can get a lot more content via Roku 3.
Go online and learn how to use this.
There is also a work around, if you are trying to get USA Netflix to work on this Roku 3. You will need a Router. Set up your Router and it works great. You can find info online on how to do this.
My only complaint is there's absolutely no customization with this device. Very limiting in that respect.
Do I recommend it? Absolutely , especially for Paid Content such as Netflix and Crackle.
Also use PAYPAL when you are registering your ROKU 3, don't give them your Credit Card Number.
I bought this device and was really excited to use it, however, after the player failed to play some of my MP4 files and could not mirror screen my Samsung Tab 4 or my Note 3 I was really displeased and planned on returning it. However, after looking on the Google app store I found an updated patch for the tablet and the Note 3 called ScreenMirrorPatch and behold the the mirror screen worked ! That means you dont need to covert MP4 or MKV, because you can use vlc player from your tab or phone and screen it on your TV !! Amazing! ! Sometimes there is a bit choppiness but overall very pleased. For the customers that complain that there are a lack of channels dont worry because it can screen mirror from your tab or smart phone . Well, Im sure you can figure out what I am getting at. For those that returned this product because of the credit card info that you have to provide, that can easily be bypassed by putting the wrong credit card numbers in, which allows you to still use the player. Overall very pleased now I can watch my movies ( MP4 or MKV ) and screen mirror to my TV !! Thanks Roku you made my day !
Roku 3 is a tiny bundle of happy tech: it's very fast, the user interface is convenient and the mobile app works great for controlling it.
Customer service for Roku is horrible.
Purchased at this time to take advantage of the $25 credit with Cineplex, but received nothing.
2 weeks and 3 complaints later, they have changed the excuse a couple of times but offered nothing. Not sure why it's so complicated to give out a coupon code. They advertise that a code would be given withing 3-4 days.
Weekend problem solving is not available.
Picture is clear, but a bit laggy at times.
Standard aps aren't worth the price of the device, so a user would need to find or pay for quality media sources.
This is my second Roku 3. I bought one 1 year ago for the main TV and I wanted a second to replace my old western digital box that was running on my second tv.
I mainly use Roku 3 for Plex and Netflix. The Netflix App is slick and fast vs some of the competitors. The Plex App is not nearly as nice as the Plex for Home Theater on Windows but it is still slick and fast.
An added bonus for Android and IOS phone users, there is a free app that lets you go into Youtube, Plex, Netflix, Videos, Music ... on your phone and throw it on the TV.
All and all I find Roku better then Apple TV or Western Digital Live box.
I am giving it 5 stars because it is the best device I have used so far on a TV set. Sure it has its limitations but all the other boxes have many more.
I stream TV with PS3 and an Apple TV. I decided to purchase a Roku 3 to address issues with the others. Roku 3 is obviously smaller than the PS3 and my Apple TV is not doing so well with youtube. The Roku 3 has worked perfectly for me and I do not miss the Apple TV. Roku 3 is as fast, if not faster then the apple TV and it does Youtube like PS3. Online streaming is lightening fast for such a small unit. It plays media from a flash drive via a usb port and I have had to use the headphone jack in the remote a few times and it works perfectly.
If there has been one flaw with the Roku, it has been the remote. I don't like it very much though it has not given any trouble. It's too smooth and rounded. It offers very little grip unless your hands are clammy. The ok button should be in the middle of the direction buttons like all other remotes. When you lay it down on a hard surface like a night stand or coffee table, it rocks back and forth annoyingly for several seconds. If some thought had gone into the remote, I would not have a single bad thing to say about this unit.
I still give it 5 stars because it just works so well. I'm very happy with it.
I've had this product for a few days for such a small device it is very responsive. To get the most out of this device or any media device (Apple Tv, Chromecast etc) you must subscribe to a DNS service I use Adfreetime good old Canadian company also [price] a month another one is Unblockus basically this will get the most out of your device so you can watch American programming via Netflix and Hulu it also has NHL Gamcenter so I can watch my games now I pay a lot less for cable!
Roku was excellent and I purchased three now. Between Netflix and YouTube you pretty much got everything. One oversight is there is no way to Web browse.. Why is that? I'm sure you can sideload something in but still seems like a major oversight. Why is there no web browser channel???
Bought it so I could get rid of expensive cable TV. The roku did wht it said, however every show that I could find was from the 70s or before. Maybe I'm doing something wrong but if you enjoy current tv this thing is not for you. Returned it to the store 1 hour after I purchased it.
Totally awesome. There is a very simple and cheap way to get around Canadian content. Once around that it offers many hours of entertainment.
The Roku 3 is a well designed and easy to use. I bought it based on the great industry reviews and library of offered channels. What i didn't know was that most of what I considered to be premium channels, would not stream their content in Canada. If you intend to use the device to rent movies, you can forget that ( at least for now). None of the rental channels, including Blockbuster Online or Amazon provide them North of the border. I confirmed this with Roku's customer service dept. directly. So if you are happy with the movie selection offered by Netflix or Crackle ,then go Roku...but if you want access to true movie access I would recommend you look to there major brands like WD and Apple TV
Bought this last week and love it!! Have used it every day. Great product for the price.
I had a Roku 2 xs and found it to work well but it seems to be forgotten and not getting timely updates. So I bought the Roku 3 to get all the updates. I find it to work slightly faster than my Roku 2 xs but that seems to be the only advantage . I don't think it lives up to all it's hype on how much better it is. At least I now have a Roku in my bedroom now.
I already have my Netflix and other accounts set up so why do they force you to give them your credit card number to set up a Roku account. Dumb. Risky.
Works great. A bit tricky to get us netflix or out of market content with it.
Well honestly it works really well and my family and i we are satisfy.great gadget ....thanks
I have a Roku 2 which I love and wondered if there was any point in upgrading. The earphone in the remote was attractive because my honey likes watching at night. In addition to that, the enhancements are very appealing. Clarity of picture is much better, as is the speed of loading content, options for locating Netflix shows, jitterfree performance and captioning. And a usb input! Fantastic overall and well worth the money.
The Roku 3 is absolutely fantastic... once you install Plex. Plex is one of the free apps you can install via the built-in Roku App Store and Plex has it own app store where you can download some pretty amazing channels such as HGTV, Discovery, Disney, CBC, etc and each of these channels offers hundreds of hours of free full-length TV shows. The CBC channel even offers free live streaming for events such as Hockey Night In Canada. Plex also allows you to stream content from your computer and displays it in a 'Netflix format' pulling album covers and synopsis information from the internet.
Roku's app store leaves a lot to be desired, but over the few weeks I've had it, quite a few channels have been added so it is definitely a work in progress, but there are definitely some good apps there you'll want to install.
All in all, this device is a must have for anyone like me that has decided cable TV is simply too expensive and not worth it.
Works well for me. Using it primarily for YouTube, Netflix and Russian over the top TV: etvnet.com and bestrussiantv.com.
Majority of other channels are useless for me.
I like an integration with Android, ability to use my phone as a remote and to stream content from my phone on the big screen TV through Roku. Worth the price for sure.
unfortunately, you need to register the device and link it to your credit card. all your activity will be monitored. not for me.
tried it one week, can`t find any reason to keep it. Canadian content is so poor. Not a single free great channel besides netflix and crackle. If you need to watch content from a specific web site, you cant because there is no web browser. Since there is no qwerty keyboard on the remote control any search is pretty painful.
The picture for netflix and crackle is pretty sharp though. The impression i have is that one day it will do enough to make people consider cutting their cable but for now, in Canada, it s next to useless.
Great little addition to our home media! I wish that it had all the channels advertised in the USA! Canadian Channels are basic in comparison to what our neighbours to the south experience. Looking forward to new channels being added in the future! This was my first purchase online from Best Buy - top notch service!
Easy to use interface and the capabilities are endless. The app that goes with the Roku is great and easy to stream pictures, music, and videos right from your device. Overall this is a great device and we'll worth the money!
My wife and I bought one for our family about a month ago, trying to bring our cable bill down by cutting back to online programming. It didn't take long to fall in love with it. The ease-of-use is very impressive, including a clean UI and minimalist remote control. For even more Roku goodness, make sure you install the Plex app, so you can stream content from your PC direct to your Roku devices. We currently have two Roku 3s in our house and may even get a third so that we're fully connected.
While I consider myself a little bit technically challanged, the Roku 3 was an extremely easy set and the usb plug is an added bonus! Was considering a smart tv, but went with regular tv less than 1/2 the price and the roku. Canadian channels leave a bit to be desired.( You cannot change the dsn codes in the roku, but I figured out a way around that one ;) highly recommend!
Fantastic product! Easy to use. I recommand to everyone that want to stream movies, shows or even play game!
Easy to install and use. The big negative is that it keeps needing a factory reboot. I have had it less than 2 weeks and I have had to reboot the Roku 3 to Factory Settings 5 times. This means also resetting the remote and labouriously typing in all my Netflix information.
I would definitely recommend that you DO NOT purchase a Roku 3 until the media informs you that this flaw is corrected.
Okay unit, just not enough content for Canadians
I have owned other Media Streaming devices and find the Roku 3 overpriced for what it does. The achilees heel of this device is its limited support for audio and video formats. If you are happy streaming video from the internet only, then this device is for you. I would advise potential customers not to be drawn in by the marketing that advertises 450 streaming channels in Canada. Lets be serious, most people want this fot Netflix streaming only on older devices that do not have this abilility. Most of the other vhannels have limited content.
Media streamed from local sources must have already been converted into the limited audio/video formats supported by Roku. When I rip my Blu-rays to MKV format, they maintain the same video format as they have on the source, which normally is not compatible with the Roku. Next you must convert, or transcode, the MKV video to be x264 video compliant. This conversion can take anywhere from 2 - 5 hours per video.
Given that there are other media streamers which cost less, stream almost every known audio/video format and have the ability to stream from major internet sources (Netflix), I rate the Roku 3 to be highly overpriced. On the other hand, if you want Angry Birds with a wireless remote control, that also can stream from the internet, this device is for you.
Given what other and cheaper streamers can do, I would rate this device as being worth no more than $60
Don't buy this, it does not play half the media files I have on my external Hard drive (movies and TV shows) that is plugged into it. It freezes and doesn't even show the files from the external Hard Drive in alphabetical order even though the files are organized that way so you have to search for the movie you want. I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old media player that both work perfectly and one of them only cost me $40. I bought this for my girlfriend thinking because it's the new thing they would have it all figured out by their third model, what a mistake. I am returning it.
Purchase this item because I heard it has a lot of channels and good for streaming movies from my Plex Media Server.
Pro : Fast and responsive quickly by navigating the menus.
- Channels can be added on the web site online
- Ear piece connected to remote was a great idea.
- Great video quality.
- Can be used with Logitech Harmony Remote.
- Firmware updates can be apply for fixes.
Con: Most of the good channels are only available for USA customers
- Plex Media Server (Ex: Play videos from PC) buffering using a wired connection. (Note: could be software related)
- No pre-loaded channel for streaming media from USB port.
- Some channels requires to pay a monthly fee or subcription and not gurantee to work for Canadian customers.
- Random crashes when opening or viewing channels (Note: Could be a bad channel or software)
Great little unit competing against apple tv units. Hoping that it allows more Canadian access in future! Many units get Netflix but this seems to be more stable viewing. Again looking for future addons.
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