Thinking about buying a Roku box

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  1. McLovin

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    Legal issues aside...you can effectively get AppleTV by taking an old Mac Mini and installing Plex and Transmission.

    It takes a little amount of work, but there are plenty of 'how-tos' on the web, and you are able to watch pretty much everything...free.
     
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  2. mikeler

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    I've barely seen any movies the last 4 years since my little guy was born but good info. Thanks!


    You got a spare Mac Mini I can borrow? :)
     
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  3. McLovin

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    Good point. I guess since I've been on Macs for over 8 years, and my kids have them as well, I've amassed a couple of 'spares' over the years. One is my file/iTunes server, the other was used as a learning experience for setting up a Media Server.

    I thought they'd be cheap, but I just checked the 'bay, and a 1.83GHz Mini is going for $250 - $300!
     
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  4. mikeler

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    I've accumulated a bunch of iPhones but I bought my first Mac this summer. If I did not do programming on Windows, I'd never buy another Windows PC again.
     
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  5. tennismonkey

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    for dead simplicity and great user interfaces for streaming netflix and hulu plus - roku and apple tv work great. with the bonus of being super easy for both kids and the elderly to operate.

    if you happen to have accumulated legally or illegally a bunch of movie files in various formats - i like the offerings from western digital like the wdtv live which do all the same stuff as roku and apple tv and play just about every movie file you throw at it.

    and as many have mentioned you can hack just about any of the above devices to run xbmc or the like depending on how geeky you are.
     
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  6. jswinf

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    I just got a Roku and I was surprised how well it works. I'm not real techie, I expected streaming to be something like watching espn 3 on a computer, which for me is sometimes fine and often lousy. The Roku streaming is just fine. The computer doesn't even have to be on. It's a mystery to me.

    Can't say much about content, but there's a lot of stuff there. I might be wasting too much time on Angry Birds, though.
     
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  7. mikeler

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    Thread update. I ended up getting both since one of my TVs is older and does not have HDMI connections which Apple TV requires. So now I've got Roku setup on the older TV and the Apple device setup on my newer TV. I have not downloaded anything yet on either TV.

    Setup on both devices was pretty easy. Typing in passwords without a keyboard is a pain but at least you only have to do that once. Both devices are incredibly small and so are the remotes. I worry about losing the remotes because of their size.

    I'm thinking we will sign up for Netflix and Amazon. The Hulu did not have much content if any that would interest us.

    I'm looking forward to playing with both over the next few weeks and comparing/contrasting them.
     
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  8. McLovin

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    I'm pretty certain you can use your iPhone/iPad as a remote on those devices (aka..."There's an App for that...").
     
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    I need to play around with that but it makes sense.
     
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  10. JRstriker12

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    LOL! I watch movies in 15 minute increments. Or at least I've had to since the birth of our twins.
     
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    Mine is now of the age where we can probably take him to a cartoon type movie. Haven't tried it yet though.
     
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    Took my daughter to see Tangled when she was about 3 1/2. She seemed to enjoy it for the most part.
     
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    Just got an e-mail from Roku. Looks like they have an app for the iPhone that will turn it into a remote control as well.
     
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    Any idea of that will also allow it to stream from an Ipad to the Roku. That got my interest the other week when PP mentioned that on the aapl tv. Would have been nice to have during the AO last week when it was Serena 24/7 on ESPN2 :-?
     
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    I know, my gifts came in 1 week too late this year.
     
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    Just curious, can you not just plug the Ipad directly into the TV? I've been doing this with my wife's macbook so I can watch ESPN3 on the big screen during the AO.


    Edit: Never mind, looks like you need a $40 adapter for that...
     
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    Just got Apple TV and decided to pull the plug on cable. No more Tennis Channel.

    Has anyone tried Tennis.tv? Is it an adequate replacement for Tennis Channel?

    The on demand section looks excellent, as long as the quality is decent.
     
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    Bullsh--. Btw, how's your buddy lance doin' these days?
     
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    My son is watching a show on the Roku box as I type this...
     
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