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Roku 3 vs Sony NSZ-GS7 vs Sony NSZ-GS8

getdealsonline 6,483 6,475 October 11, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Hi guys - I am currently using NSZ-GT1 (love the first gen. Sony Google TV media player since it also plays blu ray disc and love its remote). I am thinking of upgrading to either NSZ-GS7 or GS8 since they both have similar qwerty type keyboard and better with a backlit one which we didn't have in GT1.

On the other hand, I am reading Roku 3 has super positive reviews but it lacks the qwerty style keyboard of Sony NSZ-GS7/8 model. Both Roku and GS7/8 lack disc player so that part I am now thinking to let go when I upgrade from my current GT1 as I can buy a cheap blu ray player if I need to.

So, for now my question is if you have used/experienced anything that can help decide between Roku 3 vs NSZ-GS7 or GS8, please share your thoughts!

Thanks!

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All streamers kind of suck. Seriously. The reason you can get virtually unlimited Roku refurbs almost day is because people get excited by the hype, buy one, plug it in, and are disappointed. The trick is to find one that sucks less for YOU. My favorite streamer to date is the Sony SMP-N200. It streamed all the major services, had every imaginable output and an elegant remote, and played videos off an attached USB disk better than anything I have used. It wasn't good for Playon and Plex. If those things were important to you, the SMP would have disappointed.

http://thebeersoncomcast.wordpres...-smp-n200/

You need to figure out what you want to stream and how you want to control what you stream; whether you want to watch tv or would like to play games and use apps too. Once you do that, you will be able to pick the streamer that sucks least for you.

Some things to consider...

- do you want to play files off a usb disk
- if so, does continuous play matter
- if so, does file format matter
- which services will you stream
- what kind of connections do you need (hdmi, component, composite, optical)
- do you need dolby, etc.
- wired, wireless, both
- do you want youtube
- if so, are you willing to side load a 'secret' channel
- do you want to play androidish games

Once you work that stuff out, check the channels/apps each runs. Check out Playon and Plex too.

If you are considering a Simple.tv or Aereo, make sure the streamer supports that (Roku does). I'm guessing you know quite a bit about the Sony device (I don't have one), but here is a link to some Roku info you may find interesting...

http://rokufordummies.wordpress.com/

I have five Rokus and it's fine, but don't believe the hype. There are thousands of channels, but it's all public domain movies, religious services, and podcasts. They have the worst warranty and don't know you when it expires. They ban so called private channels when the Big Boys tell them to -- history, food network, playon, and youtube have all been banned (playon is back [wordpress.com], but unacknowledged and you can side load an excellent YT channel [wordpress.com]). Despite all this, you really can't go wrong with a $40/$50 refurb.

My red flag on the Sony/Google TV devices is that I'm not even sure Sony or Google is excited about them. $150 is quite a bit (for me) to spend on a streamer with an uncertain future. GTV's future seems less certain than most.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-...ndroid-tv/

Quote :
"Google TV is moving forward in a major way," Chrome and Android chief Sundar Pichai told CNET. Google, he said, planned on announcing more hardware partners for Google TV at CES. It's possible that the January tech mega-show also will see the rebranding into Android TV.
I would also look at proprietary smart BD players...

http://store.sony.com/3d-blu-ray-...VD-Players

They are inexpensive and have all the major apps -- most have Yupp and YouTube which the Roku does not. This one reportedly works with playon...

http://www.playon.tv/forum/media-...ot-working (read to end)

Happy shopping!
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Like Wizwor said, it all depends on what your needs are. Personally I have a WDTV Live (now relagated to secondary room) to stream video from HDD on local network, I also have NSZ-GT1 (my primary streaming device) and NSZ-GS7, I mainly use them for media consumption using apps like ViMu, YouTube, PlayOn, 1Channel, TV Portal, Navi-X and streaming from many sites on the internet via the Chrome browser.

Google TV (soon to be re-branded to Android TV in January) will soon be getting an update to JellyBean with NDK support which will open up whole new world, including hopefully XBMC, Mame4Droid, and many other apps that currently cannot be run on Google TV. The first gen Google TV device will not be getting the update. It is expected that the NGS7 & GS8 should get the update. The only difference between the GS7 & GS8 is that the remote for GS8 has built-in mic for voice commands (if you're into that sort of thing) otherwise you can find the GS7 at a discounted price since it has been discontinued. The GS7 was on clearance at Target for $60 couple months ago.

You can read more about Google/Android TV at http:/googletvforum.org
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