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Roku 3 is a fully load, blazing-fast streaming media player. Use its advanced remote to play games, plug in headphones, and search with your voice.
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When I finally got it set up it seems to work fine. You have it contact Roku support to skip the registration of your payment method. There should be a procedure to skip this step.
I've been using my Roku for about a month now, and have absolutely no complaints on my end. After doing my research in regards to what kind of content I could watch and what to look out for (no cap internet, direct connection to router, etc) I am more than happy with my purchase. I use this mostly for Netflix, YouTube and some private channels like sports. The Roku has performed so well, has only frozen once in the entire period, but I think it might have been my internet usage for that day. The remote is small and handy, and having the earphone options is great. I recommend it 100%
Only problem what I saw is that it required credit card information when you sign in and it doesn't have on n off button plus no crave tv .
Would buy again
Good picture, sound quality & speed. Plenty of free channels to watch, but a lot of the good stuff does require payment. But ... using earphones with the remote is a big problem, because the sound stops working when the batteries drop from 1.5V to 1.2V, & no AC adapter is available (for the remote).
Just bought the Roku 3 and I think it's great. It has a fast processor and everything load quickly. Would buy another!
This is my second Roku 3 and I love it. I bought this one for my bedroom and already had one in the living. This second one is being used primarily for screen mirroring the cable TV streaming app on my phone so that I can watch cable TV in the bedroom without needing another set-top box! Crazy, right. I love the features and reliability of the Roku 3.
way better than APPLE TV , this is so much easier and way better picture quality
I wanted to cut off my cable subscription because we only wanted to check the daily weather. But since weather news is available on smartphone, via The Weather Network app, I decided to let go of the cable and bought Roku 3 instead. It was on sale when I bought it - it is really worth it. I just subscribed to Netflix @ $9.99 per month (with 1 month free subscription) instead of the cable - imagine me saving almost $50 dollars a month !!!
Although movies on Netflix are not the most recent movies shown in moviehouses, they are relatively better than the movies shown when I was still subscribing to cable.
Found it easy to install. Streaming is excellent and I don't have top-of-the-line service. I have an older TV and the picture is excellent. Highly recommend this system. Bought version three for the head set and the sound is excellent.
After reading positive reviews I decided this was my best replacement to my Boxee Box (BB) which is slowly becoming defunct since they sold themselves to Samsung. I was specifically looking at utilizing the USB port for media stored on my external harddrive but have found much of what is viewable on my BB is not totally supported Roku's Media Player (mostly video with no sound). Business-wise my guess is Roku's Media Player can't be better than alternatively offered channels that come with online registrations and possible extra expense. To play USB media, you will have to afford time and pittance for this cumbersome project to meet the standards of the BB experience. Former BB owners patience may not tolerate it, even the user interface when browsing is clumsy by comparison.
Aside from this, online streaming is perfect. I have one of the first flat screen TV's and the Roku 4 would be wasted on it since it utilizes 4K video. The Roku 3 display's perfect video for 720p and 1080p (available in your options).
So, I keep the Roku 3 for online streaming and my Boxee Box for my Ext HD - but my next TV will obviously be a Samsung.
Not what I expected, I have to pay extra for anything I think is worthwhile watching. If I hadn't misplaced the bill I would have returned this item immediately. Save your money pass it up.
We purchased this, primarily, to access netflix. Works well. Setup was quick and easy. Remote and Roku menus are user friendly. Using headphones for audio is a cool feature that has worked well so far. Few glitches in sound quality when using headphones, perhaps a wifi issue. Otherwise, quite pleased with the purchase so far
Just upgraded from a WD TV Live to the Roku 3 and loving it, so far. Has only been a short while but the menus are much more detailed and speed has been greatly improved. Would give it 5 stars but it's still early and I have not had time to use all the features, yet.
I immediately liked the Roku for streaming video. Picture quality is exceptional. I suspect when others had problems they were not using an HDMI cable as recommended in the set up. My only complaint is switching the input cable to the monitor and back to the receiver. There must be a better way for switching. Another recommendation is to put some of the tv monitor controls on the controller.
I haven't used it since the 2nd day Ive had it. I can't seem to understand how it works. I got frustrated and Un plugged it and haven't used it since
Very often the remote is not working and so annoying. Tried the purple button the light does not come on. So...bad. Customer service is not good. Not recommending any to get this products again.
Mine is still new. Havent really used it much.i tried netflix but the picture blurr once in a while.
Happy with this. Remote is less annoying than the Apple TV one.
We got this as a player for our second tv. Lots of choices for Canadians - I mostly got this for netflix, mirroring of website videos, and acorn tv.
We also have a gen 2 apple tv, and (with an app) the mirroring works better from my android phone or the iPad than with the iPad and the apple tv.
My only concerns are the fact that it occasionally gets "stuck" on a menu screen, though I can use the remote rook app on my phone to unfreeze it. It also has no screen saver that I have found yet, so we may burn out our tv screen.
Although there are some glitches that I have faced here and there with some apps, such as subtitles being lagged and what not, I am extremely satisfied with the box itself.
Love it...very fast and easy to use in comparison to the hmdv box i was using...seems like more movies and shows and it gives you the option to rent movies
Had no clue what I was getting into but am pleasantly surprised. Set up was eezypeezy, lots of free stuff as well as additional pay items. Am still debating get rid of the cable box, will depend on whether I can get FTA channels set up on my TV....worth the price just for some of the offbeat channels and variety of special interest channels..from music lessons to chess...you can find it all.
This is a great product. Well it its good me me and my needs. The kids enjoy all the free kids channels and I enjoy all the Free tv channels, mostly independent movies and shows. but you can watch netflix for hollywood shows and movies. And you can buy or rent new releases on google play, love the remote. over all good, but wish the roku would have an off button...
I own a Roku 2, Chromecast and Apple tv. Apple is great for iTunes, it also has Netflix, Shomi, CraveTV and a few others. Chromecast is great, you can watch anything from your computer or tablet on your tv. The Roku 3 has wonderful upgrades over the 2. I LOVE that you can put in headphones in the remote for late nights, or, like, us open concept home. The remote is much better than the Apple tv. The Roku 3 is the fastest of all the ones I have, and the channel line up is great!!! There are many free options, I don't really use any of those. There are some other options, like Amazon, HBO and Showtime. I used the free trials for those, but I won't pay for them. Mostly, I just use for Netflix. I got it on sale for [price], and came with 3 HD movie rentals from Cinema Now. I find that slow, and had some trouble redeeming. I will continue to use the Apple TV to rent movies, but my kids and husband and I mostly all use the Rokus now. We also do not pay for cable or satellite.
Only took minutes to set up. Need to have a laptop handy to register your device. Minimum options to set up and save such as 720 or 1080P, closed captions, etc. If viewing program with multiple episodes Roku automatically returns you to the point where you left off. Works great, but a pity Roku legally must provide Canadian content.
good wifi signal receiver, much better than any blu ray dvd player.
works as advertised. gets a 4 from me
Have been using it for several months and really don't have issues only that the sound has a blip every once in a while. Have not completed to try and find a solution with ROKU support.
Installation took a bit but not like many write above.
One way I use it is with the AllConnect app and stream from my tablet apps such as ShowBox, MovieHD, MegaBox HD and Cartoon HD. These are free services that you can stream movies and TV shows.
I was going to spend hundreds of dollars on a new smart TV since I own a 37 inch Samsung 1080p TV bought in 2009 and I was getting extremely tired of watching Netflix and YouTube on my phone and tablet. Then I learned about these streaming boxes. CNET places the ROKU 2 and 3 on top of their list for best media streamers of 2015 and my brother owns the ROKU 3 and is very satisfied with it so I decided to purchase one.
The set-up steps we're very easy to follow and I was ready to stream after 10 minutes. So far, I am very satisfied with my purchase. The device is connected to my Wi-Fi network at home. I just can’t believe that I can now stream all this stuff (Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, etc.) on my home HDTV. The picture quality seems like a true 1080p to me.
-The device’s speed is great. Applications are opening quickly.
-I love the earphones jack in the remote which allows me to stream w/o disturbing my sleeping kids.
-The menu is user friendly and nice to navigate.
-The voice activated search function is so handy.
-Screen mirroring: I can use my phone to connect to my Roku 3 for easier searching and selection.
-One of the remote’s quick launch buttons is for “rdio” but they have discontinued its streaming music service and are no longer available! This means that this button is now useless! Looks like you can’t even reprogram the button as well…
-I was unable to skip the step where they ask for your CC or PayPal account information during the registration of my Roku account on their website. They should at least put a “Skip” link of some sort. See below for resolution.
-Would be nice to have a keyboard integrated to the remote.
Little tips based on my personal experience:
-You will need an HDMI cable to connect this device to your monitor so purchase one if you don't have any extras at home. I purchased a BlueRigger High Speed HDMI Cable 6.6 Feet from Amazon for 8.99$.
-During the registration process on the Roku website, they will ask you for your credit card or PayPal information. Don't worry, go ahead and input the information. You can easily remove the payment methods from your account once the registration is completed. If you don't have a CC or PayPal account, I believe that you can contact their Customer support call centre by phone to bypass this step.
-Once the ROKU 3 is set-up and installed, go through all the settings. I had to change the display from 720p to 1080p since my TV is capable of 1080p resolution.
-Leave the ROKU 3 plugged to the power source at all times. It goes into sleeping mode automatically.
I received my package from Best Buy very quickly and it was in perfect condition.
Very easy to set up and use. Good quality
Too bad about Radio
I bought this Roku earlier, when there was some half decent stuff available for free. Now there is little of any value for free, and the premium subscription channels are ridiculously expensive. My suggestion is to just buy a blu-ray smart player and get Netflix. Any of the worth-while free stuff will be there. I'm so disappointed, it just sits there unused, I wish I could return it! Sorry guys just being honest.
I bought this with the express purpose of providing a way for my grandkids to play their movie collection from a locally connected hard disk. This player has a terrible interface for that. On the other hand, if you're looking for something to watch Netflix and if you have a media collection on a computer elsewhere on your home network, then this is a good option. It comes with Plex and all you need is the Plex server for your home computer to provide media to the player. You could buy several of these roku boxes and have all media and meta-data centralized. The headphones on the remote are a nice touch, and the remote is sensible and not too cheaply made. Setup and updates were a snap, but I found it offensive that I had to provide a paypal account or a credit card just to set the box up. Also, this is very much a walled garden experience. If you're looking for a box to hack, this probably isn't it.
In the end, I returned the unit because it didn't suit my needs and decided to go with one of the numerous competing Android players to run Kodi on.
I switched from a WD player which I had nothing but complaints about to this. I love the roku 3! It's easy to set up and the interface is great. Haven't had a problem and no glitches! Works like a charm!
Easy to set up, easy to use. A bit too simple for the Tablo but great for Netflix and Plex. A browser would be a nice addition but otherwise a complete media solution.
First, when you power it on, it tell you to go on your computer or phone to open a web site to activate the roku. That web site then tell you to create an account. That account require a mandatory valid credit card or valid paypal account! You can bypass it if you contact the roku support....
Then you are left to wonder how to add channels... You search for the channel you want and most likelly that it will NOT return anything!
Then if your goal is to stream media from your network drive or windows share, forget it. The device do NOT support it! What you have to do is use a DLNA media server. It do not like most of those I threw at it! Yet my picky LG tv was able to see and use them...
It do not support AVI, so you need a DLNA server that can transcode...
There is some alternative, like using a PLEX media server and the plex client, which mean that you also have to have a computer open all the time, which must not be on wifi due to bandwidth restriction.
I bought 2 to replace my failing WD TV Live... Tomorrow I'll get a refund.
If you plan to use it for netflix and youtube, then it may work well for you.
The device itself is very responsive and fast... But mostly useless if you want to read your local media.
I bought the Roku in consideration of replacing and being instead of Apple TV in future. However, after a week of testing, I noticed one thing which currently means it will not be doing that: no customizable DNS.
The DNS server addresses are seemingly hard-coded into the apps (NetFlix namely) to talk to Google. As I use my own non-Google DNS servers and would like to be able to make this choice rather than being forced to use one particular provider (one which likes to data mine and market), I will be returning this box until I see notice that the DNS is customizable.
This seems (I hope) like a huge oversight given that the following competitive streaming options allow users to choose which DNS *they* want to use: Kindle Fire, Boxee, Apple TV, LG/Sony/Samsung Smart TVs, PS3/PS4, and Xbox 360.
Unless I read easy DNS customization otherwise, I'll be returning this box within the week.
Love the Netflix button on the remote. One press and I'm ready to watch.
We purchased the Roku after trying an older no-name model that was essentially a box with an iOS front end. If you weren't computer-savvy, it would have been quite challenging to set up and watch your shows.
The Roku is made specifically to view Web programming. That's all it is designed to do, and as a result the experience was a lot simpler.
Set up of the network connection was a breeze and selection of channels to watch and subscribe was relatively easy. Performance and speed is top-notch. Hopefully it wont suffer over time, but we'll see.
What I like is that you can manage your subscriptions via the Roku service. For example, we subscribed to Sesame Street Go, and pay a monthly fee. If we ever want to cancel, we can do so via the Roku service and we don't have to log into the Sesame Street Go Website and cancel it from there.
Speaking of other channels, you can password-protect adding/modifying new channels to prevent accidents!
Not too impressed with the Channel lineup, but to be honest with Netflix and SesameStreet Go, we have everything we need.
Very satisfied with the purchase.
This box does the major sites well. Netflix and YouTube work well. There is NO means to access a non-Roku selected channel.
Since Roku refuses all my credit cards (visa and amex), I can't access their paid content either.
I guess I should have researched functionality rather than popularity.
Anybody should be able to set this up and view netflix, if they have an account.
I guess they also all rated this product highly.
I bought the Roku 3 to help in the process of eventually getting rid of cable. We are so happy with the Roku that it eventually replaced both an Apple TV as well as a WD media player that we had.
It's as fast and easy to use as the Apple TV but it has a lot more channel options (still not as good as USA). It also plays media from a USB stick but it is much quicker and straightforward to use than the WD box.
I highly recommend it.
I purchased this unit a while back, and I have to say that I am very disappointed with it.
The selection of channels in Canada is dire. Sky News channel , which is supposed to broadcast a live stream only did that for a while, then stopped.
I contacted Roku support who told me to contact Sky myself ! (What kind of support is that?)
My Blu-Ray player offers just as much as this device. (Netflix and You Tube), so it's pretty redundant now that the live stream has stopped.
Look elsewhere - there are cheaper alternatives to what this offers.
The problem I have is with the connectivity between the remote and the box. Its hit and miss and sometimes has a lag. Also it would be nice to have different available views of the content of an external hard drive. I cant get a list view no matter what I try.
My wife and I bought one of these because they had the PLEX App available on them - it was an added bonus all of the other features. We liked it so much we bought a second one. There have been zero issues with any of the apps, updating it is simple and its prompts and warnings regarding quality vs internet signal are designed so even the most technologically challenged people could understand what the issues are.
The Roku 3 is well worth its price and is probably one of the best purchases I've made in the past year regarding streaming devices.
We are glad we invested in the Roku 3. There is a lot of selection and it's nice to pay for what you want not what you don't need or want. Works great! The only thing we found a little inconvenient is the amount of battery power it uses when using the ear buds. DO NOT use regular headphones as they suck up even more battery power.
Got it and tested it for 3 days and decided to return it back. Previously had a WD TV Live and had zero issues with it when it comes to changing regions for Netflix and I was able to access any region I want with just changing it with one click on my Blockless app. Had to go through all sorts of mayhem just to get regions changed for Netflix on Roku 3.
Found out the hard way that Roku 3 currently does not support DNS server changes that is typically used to change regions e.g. US or any other region. Google DNS is hard coded into the system which over writes changes that are made even on your router for DNS servers.
My verdict: Get this if you are fine with just browsing the Canadian Netflix and other video contents. If you seek channels from other regions, stay away from this as it really does suck when no matter what you do, it reverts back to it's original settings.
Do yourself a favor and get a WD TV Live. Still is hands down the best all around media player out there!
It usually works good but sometimes freezes and needs to be unplugged and plugged back in.
I am not the person to return things, I will probably keep it.
Plays fine from PLEX, quick response, fine quality, headphones on the remote is a nice feature if I want to see something late at night ...
but ... no SMB support, no QWERTY keyboard support. I do not see me using anything on it that requires typing: like youtube for example.
My WD was instable from day one, now is getting worse, but it can play from PLEX/DLNA, it could see SMB, it could play any file thrown at it at too, it does support pretty much any wireless keyboard I have attached to its USB.
If this is number one media streamer nowadays, it is disappointing.
And having to register a credit card or paypal with them is mandatory... I do not like that much though I bit that bullet.
It's my second Roku. Very smooth, lots of Canadian accessible content including Netflix, Sony Crackle, TuneIn radio, TED, WSJ, NBATV, news channels, etc...why do you need cable?
couldn't be happier
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