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rbs123 1,043 2,458 October 20, 2013 at 10:23 AM in Mail In Rebate (2) More Costco Wholesale Deals
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Went to Costco today. They had roku 3 for $79.99 after a $15 instant rebate.I think it is good until 10/26.
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Great price for a great device.
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Does anyone have an idea as to when Roku might be coming out with the next version? I've been on the fence wrt to the 3, because I've read rumors about the 4 coming out.
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I wonder if Amazon will PM? No Costco in my area. Frown
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Dang it. Purchased this 2 weeks ago for $99. Time to return and re-buy.
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I've been researching the best ways to get my mkv files from my computer to my tv. I currently have a Roku 2 and use Plex but it's worthless for my needs. The videos just don't play. I'm also looking into Android media players such as the Gbox Midnight MX2, but that unit seems very hit or miss from the reviews I've read. The Roku 3 seems like it *might* work with my Blu Ray rips, but I'm not a big fan of Plex. So now I have to decide between the Roku 3, the MX2, or the WD Live Streaming. Any advice from people here who are more experienced than me?
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I've been researching the best ways to get my mkv files from my computer to my tv. I currently have a Roku 2 and use Plex but it's worthless for my needs. The videos just don't play. I'm also looking into Android media players such as the Gbox Midnight MX2, but that unit seems very hit or miss from the reviews I've read. The Roku 3 seems like it *might* work with my Blu Ray rips, but I'm not a big fan of Plex. So now I have to decide between the Roku 3, the MX2, or the WD Live Streaming. Any advice from people here who are more experienced than me?
I was in the same situation when someone told me about converting .mkv to .mp4 with the free program mkv2mp4 Works for my situation with no loss in quality
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I threw in the towel on finding a box that does everything I want without having to jump through hoops and do regular tech support on the solution. Everything has one or more holes in it. Roku doesn't have a browser, doesn't have netflix profiles and won't run the sunday ticket app. Can't find an android box/stick without some problem or other. Google tv got EOL'ed and the older one I have won't do hulu plus. Directv box doesn't do anything except a bad youtube implementation. PS3 and 360 have useless browsers and the 360 costs $40+ a year per tv to pay for xbox live for streaming.

Just ended up sticking a super cheap windows PC on each tv. Plays everything all the time, no need for plex or playon (which have routine issues with one channel or another), no need to fiddle with anything just open a browser and play or click on a folder/file and play.

I know there's a litany of stupid problems with coopetition, contractual malarkey and protectionism, but why can't someone knock out a $50 box that plays netflix, hulu/+, amazon instant video, the other random sites like cbs/abc, plays all media types, etc Seems like everyone gets 90% of the way there and stops, and each box has one major thing it won't do.

But a $100-150 pc does it all. Just clumsy to use. A hacked older sony google tv would do most of it, but sony went out of their way to close off all the exploits so you can't do that anymore. Only thing that sucks is directv's PC browser stream has lousy picture quality, and they do that on purpose as the ipad stream's PQ is excellent. Looks like an SD feed with a low frame rate.
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Quote from kbohip View Post :
I've been researching the best ways to get my mkv files from my computer to my tv. I currently have a Roku 2 and use Plex but it's worthless for my needs. The videos just don't play. I'm also looking into Android media players such as the Gbox Midnight MX2, but that unit seems very hit or miss from the reviews I've read. The Roku 3 seems like it *might* work with my Blu Ray rips, but I'm not a big fan of Plex. So now I have to decide between the Roku 3, the MX2, or the WD Live Streaming. Any advice from people here who are more experienced than me?
I've been able to play MKVs direct though Plex on the Roku 3 ...I have had mkvs that didn't play and I converted them to mp4, as someone else already suggested......its some thing in the audio stream that isn't compatible with the roku.

I'm using the Ethernet connection @ 8mbs 1080p over EOP (Ethernet over power).
One HD Mp4 movie I had to use transcoding to avoid pixilation, I don't know why... other than that direct has worked flawlessly

with out Plex I would have sold the Roku by now, it makes it worth it.
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Quote from kbohip View Post :
I've been researching the best ways to get my mkv files from my computer to my tv. I currently have a Roku 2 and use Plex but it's worthless for my needs. The videos just don't play. I'm also looking into Android media players such as the Gbox Midnight MX2, but that unit seems very hit or miss from the reviews I've read. The Roku 3 seems like it *might* work with my Blu Ray rips, but I'm not a big fan of Plex. So now I have to decide between the Roku 3, the MX2, or the WD Live Streaming. Any advice from people here who are more experienced than me?
You might want to consider a boxee box. Now that it's been discontinued you could probably find it cheap somewhere. For your goal it sounds like it might fit the bill.
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#11
Why not get one of those cheap android USB dongles + vlc and be done with it?
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I'm using ASUS O!Play right now. The Androids and WD and PS3 fail for my use.
However Hi10P is pretty incompatible with a lot of players out there. I ended up building a $300 htpc just to play my Hi10P 1080p stuff.
But if you don't need streaming, ASUS O!Play plays everything you throw at it and though older interface than WD, it has less issues. WD has too many issues that in the forums they just tell you to remux the mkv.
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#13
Is it the same bundle as sams club for ~$85?
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I have Apple TV, Roku 2, Roku 3 and if you are looking for something like this then the Roku 3 is the one to get. Faster than Roku 2 and soooooo many more channels then the ATV v3. Only consider ATV (Apple TV) for Airplay. Other than that even Roku 2 is better. I did get similar deal from PC Richards not too long ago for $85. Worth every penny. Use it almost every day for Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
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I threw in the towel on finding a box that does everything I want without having to jump through hoops and do regular tech support on the solution. Everything has one or more holes in it. Roku doesn't have a browser, doesn't have netflix profiles and won't run the sunday ticket app. Can't find an android box/stick without some problem or other. Google tv got EOL'ed and the older one I have won't do hulu plus. Directv box doesn't do anything except a bad youtube implementation. PS3 and 360 have useless browsers and the 360 costs $40+ a year per tv to pay for xbox live for streaming.

Just ended up sticking a super cheap windows PC on each tv. Plays everything all the time, no need for plex or playon (which have routine issues with one channel or another), no need to fiddle with anything just open a browser and play or click on a folder/file and play.

I know there's a litany of stupid problems with coopetition, contractual malarkey and protectionism, but why can't someone knock out a $50 box that plays netflix, hulu/+, amazon instant video, the other random sites like cbs/abc, plays all media types, etc Seems like everyone gets 90% of the way there and stops, and each box has one major thing it won't do.

But a $100-150 pc does it all. Just clumsy to use. A hacked older sony google tv would do most of it, but sony went out of their way to close off all the exploits so you can't do that anymore. Only thing that sucks is directv's PC browser stream has lousy picture quality, and they do that on purpose as the ipad stream's PQ is excellent. Looks like an SD feed with a low frame rate.
Amazon won't do HD to a PC only players like Roku or xbox. There's always something.
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