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New set top box promises to be the fastest ever from Roku

If you're in the market for a new settop box, Roku has announced a new offering this week called the Roku 3. The manufacturer says that the new Roku 3 is its fastest and most powerful streaming player so far, and it replaces the Roku 2 XS in the lineup. The device promises a new interface and a remote that has a built-in headphone jack for wireless, private listening.

Roku says that the new box is over five times faster than its previous players allowing users to start their favorite movies and TV shows faster than ever. The Enhanced Remote has a headphone port and includes in-ear headphones allowing users to watch streaming content at night without disturbing others.




The system automatically switches to the headphones when the user mutes their TV. The interface for the new system has been streamlined for quicker access to your favorite channels and greater visibility. Roku says that the new interface is particularly effective if users have a lot of channels installed. 

Roku Search and the Channel Store are integrated into the home screen in the new user interface and both have been redesigned. There are over 750 channels available on the Roku service. Those own older Roku streaming media players will get the new interface that debuts on the Roku 3 as a free software update in April. The update will be offered for all Roku 2, HD, LT, and Streaming Stick media players.

The Roku 3 is available for purchase right now for $99.99 through Roku.com, Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, and other online retailers. It will also be available in stores through major retail sellers starting in April.

Source: Roku



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Why no YouTube?
By quiksilvr on 3/6/2013 9:28:57 AM , Rating: 3
I honestly don't see the benefit getting this, especially at this price. You can get a Blu-Ray player with more functionality and YouTube for LESS.

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-BDP-S590-Blu-ray-Player...

If they make this $50 and just get the YouTube license, it would be worth it.




RE: Why no YouTube?
By steven975 on 3/6/2013 9:36:29 AM , Rating: 2
I had heard that in order for google to allow it they needed hardware that could support the ads and provide a good experience. I don't think the hardware in the 2 was up to it.


RE: Why no YouTube?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/6/2013 10:17:09 AM , Rating: 2
I see the benefit (I actually just ordered one 5 mins ago). We have a 26" TV mounted on the wall in our bedroom and currently have an Apple TV hooked up to it. Mounting a Blu-ray player on the wall or getting a TV stand to put in the bedroom is ridiculous.

With our Apple TV, I just got some velcro and mounted it on the back of the TV, out of sight. This Roku 3 will replace the Apple TV because I want access to Amazon Instant Videos.


RE: Why no YouTube?
By Mitch101 on 3/6/2013 10:38:01 AM , Rating: 2
Brandon have you considered putting XBMC on that Apple TV device?

Start at 4:36
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvPcynrnJj8


RE: Why no YouTube?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/6/2013 10:50:44 AM , Rating: 2
I wasn't aware that the 3rd gen ATV had been jailbroken yet?


RE: Why no YouTube?
By quiksilvr on 3/6/2013 11:32:55 AM , Rating: 2
Couldn't you just mirror Amazon Instant Video from your iPad/iPhone to it?


RE: Why no YouTube?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 3/6/2013 12:09:12 PM , Rating: 2
Nope stupid restrictions. It only sends sound through AirPlay, and not video (or maybe its the other way around, sends video and not sound). Either way, it doesn't work.


RE: Why no YouTube?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/6/2013 2:49:33 PM , Rating: 1
You bought an Apple TV? What is wrong with you!

I told you man, iJunk=doorstop :)


RE: Why no YouTube?
By hpglow on 3/6/2013 10:52:48 AM , Rating: 1
Low end bluray players with built in apps don't provide a good user exp. I own a bunch of these devices and surprisingly none have gotten it right yet. If there were a jailbreak for the third gen Apple TV it would rule the roost with XBMC. So many wasted opportunities. Every media device has its caevets, ps3 won't play mkv files, A TV locks you into iTunes, Raspberry Pi doesn't have Netflix and issues with high bitrate bluray rips, most TV sets have weak processors with slow interfaces and minimal feature sets. There is such a huge opportunity for someone to make a small full-featured ARM or MIPS box and yet here we are discussing this in the first place. I'm hoping that OUYA will be it but who knows.


RE: Why no YouTube?
By quiksilvr on 3/6/2013 11:31:30 AM , Rating: 2
Sony Blu Ray players incorportate the XMB interface, which works very well IMO.

http://a248.e.akamai.net/pix.crutchfield.com/Image...


RE: Why no YouTube?
By hpglow on 3/6/2013 4:30:43 PM , Rating: 1
I already own a PS3 which has the XMB interface. It won't play a MKV file without the server transcoding it, and it dosn't adhere to DLNA protocols, so its constantly giving me issues and throwing errors that my other devices don't. I gave up on it as a streaming device years agao. The only time it gets turned on these days is to watch an actual BluRay.


RE: Why no YouTube?
By Reclaimer77 on 3/6/2013 2:48:01 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You can get a Blu-Ray player with more functionality and YouTube for LESS.


More functionality? I think you need to read up on Roku boxes a bit more.

And those set top players have a horrible UI, menu layout, and the YouTube apps typically suck. Just my opinion, but no, you could do a LOT worst than a Roku player.


RE: Why no YouTube?
By OCDtech on 3/11/2013 10:54:51 AM , Rating: 2
The primary reason to buy a Roku is it's limited functionality. If I want a streaming video player I look to Roku. If I want a multi-function home theatre device I go elsewhere. Roku still doesn't have streaming of local media or an offically supported YouTube channel and now they're adding tangential crap like games?

Way to dilute your brand during a time of surging competition, Roku. I've got $20 that says Roku is out of business before 2016.


5Ghz, great!
By steven975 on 3/6/2013 9:35:15 AM , Rating: 2
So glad they spent the extra cents for dual band. The 2.4Ghz on the Roku2 was useless for video streaming.




Roku 3
By sasajeeb on 3/10/2013 3:21:36 PM , Rating: 2
Very Nice Things. I like mainly the Wi-Fi system and remote control. It can change our remote controlling experience. Good audio quality and best user interface.

http://bestbuyalways.blogspot.com/




Steam from PC using XBMC
By wasteoid on 3/29/2013 11:07:35 AM , Rating: 2
Can you stream from PC to Roku3 using XBMC as a DLNA media server?




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