Summary: The best streaming device has to be able to present NETFLIX content extremely well and that's were this device falls short. The Netflix App capabilities DON'T compare to Apple TV. It's faster, has Amazon Prime which is great. Has private listening with a jack on the remote which is a killer feature. But if you are watching NETFLIX mostly then don't buy cause the interface is inferior to Apple TV.
Excerpt: really just trying to reduce my insane cable bill. hopefully hbo go goes streaming soon. service seems to be great.most services I have tried so far have poor ability to get descriptions of show and movies but hopefully hulu and netflix asre better.plan to cut the cord jan 1
Summary: Although my husband and I were able to get it set up and working quickly, we were very disappointed. There are lots of so-called "free" channels, but many require you to buy episodes and programming once you are actually trying to find something to watch. There is no overall program guide from which to make viewing choices. As far as we could see, it was not possible to watch current events or news in real time.
Excerpt: I use this with Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and some Dishworld.As for the device itself, it's very compact but I'm not a fan of the curved design. It looks a bit childish. Roku's latest line-up does not have any device that supports 100 Mbps Ethernet and RCA connectors/S-Video simultaneously. If you need RCA connectors, you need to get a wireless-only model. It does not appear to support 2160p (A.K.A. 4K).
Cons: Difficult Setup, Inconsistent Channels, No 4k, No Aggregation Of Content, No Content Preloading, Non-public Sdk, No Qwerty Keyboard, Poor Design
Summary: I purchased this device for $100.00 plus tax about six months ago and I recently tried to watch a movie and it was stuck on the roku screen. I did a live chat with support and after several resets, unplugging and plugging and over an hour later I'm told "sorry I can't help you and your device is out of warranty." When I asked how long the warranty is I was told 90 days, 90 days...what company only warranties new products for only 90 days?
Summary: I bought my TV, a Panasonic TC-P60ST60, largely on the strength of CNET's review, and I couldn't be more pleased. Picture quality is everything it's cracked up to be, which makes Roku 3's disappointing performance in this area all the more painful. I think you would be doing your readers (some of them, at least) a service by having your TV reviewers comment of the video performance of streaming boxes.
Pros: Lots of available channels. Nice interface.
Cons: Video quality poor on many channels. Most channels are of no interest.
Excerpt: The Roku came to the rescue when we decided to get rid off cable tv. The services provided within the roku made it easy to transition. I liked the in remote headset plugin to be able to watch TV without disturbing others. The searchablity that the device has with in apps makes it easier to find shows. But yes I gave it a three star because it is not an apple tv which you can send your laptop/ipad/iphone image to the system and view it on your tv.
Pros: Fast Setup, Improved Audio/Video, Simple Controls
Excerpt: Having the Apple TV in one location, I wanted the Roku in another. I didn't like the Roku nearly as much since it failed to offer certain entertainment options like YouTube that I enjoy. Operation was not as smooth as the AppleTV either. I returned the Roku 3 and plan to get a TiVo instead. It's pricier, but exactly what we need.
Summary: The ROKU concept is a good one. The device does what it's supposed to do. The ROKU device itself is great. The user interface is very easy to use and looks beautiful on my TV screen. However, you need to know/understand that it is no way a replacement for cable/satellite TV. This is purely a streaming device that allows you to download and play internet-based programming on your television--IF you have existing subscriptions to the providers of the programming.