Thanks. I just ordered a new receiver that does the DD+ format. I have an older Onkyo and just ordered the Onkyo TX-NR609 which has 6 hdmi inputs and supports DD+. I really hope this solves my problem. The Roku site really needs to tell folks this info. They make it sound like any hdmi device will play 5.1 audio from their new boxes. Knowing you need DD+ for 5.1 would be kinda nice to know, don't ya thinK?
Yes is you have two HDMI ports on your TV. One I attach the Roku and the other an over air (digital) TV antenna which you can buy from Amazon.com for less than $11 and it works great. I do not know about watching cable stations without a cable box because I do not have cable. What you can do is, unplug the over the air TV antenna from the HDMI port and connect your computer (if it has an HDMI port) and watch the programs on your big TV screen.
I have YouTube on my Roku because I'm grandfathered in (had it installed prior to Roku removing it from their channel store) so I haven't I can't verify that it works, but there is a channel that is supposed to play Youtube video:
any purchased games or channels are owned by the account, not the unit, so they will appear on the channel line up of each Roku on the account. The only exception would be a game that requires a Roku 2 and as such will only appear on an R2
Yes. The device can only provide service to one TV at a time. However, due to its small size, it is quite easy to move from one TV to the next (especially if you have an HDMI cable ready and waiting at each TV).
Sorry but no. You can get The Leaf to get local channels in your area. Roku2 XS is a streaming device where you can get Netflix, Hulu Plus , Amazon Prime (with subscription but have free trials to test it out). the higher level Roku's offers more. Apple TV is another streaming device as well.
Yes, You first have to add the USB channel. Here is the link to the formats that it supports - it has a nice chart that includes resolution and sound with the format supported.
If you need to convert video there is a freeware called "Handbrake" and it has works rather well - to convert video and sound. Also somewhere in the website I found settings to convert for the roku itself. The main page is: http://handbrake.fr/