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This review is from: Roku LT Streaming Player (Old Version) (Electronics)I don't know why some people complain about their Roku being hard to set up. Five minutes out of the box and I had Netflix and Amazon Prime running on it, which is what I mainly bought it for, and no problem whatsoever running it on Wi-Fi. I can even stream one video to my TV through the Roku while streaming another to my Kindle Fire. All video streaming apps need a fast connection, and I suspect most of the bad reviews are attributable to slow and/or poor Internet service. More Roku content would of course be nice, but as it stands it's the best fifty dollar entertainment purchase I ever made. And in the Roku Channel Store you can buy, for a one-time charge of $2.99, a Netflix browser which is far better than the one Netflix provides.
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Initial post: Sep 23, 2012 7:04:25 PM PDT
J. Gross says:
What's that 3rd party netflix browser called?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2012 4:06:25 PM PDT
It's called "Instant Watch Browser" -- it's in the Roku channel store. Among other things, it lets you see ALL the movies and TV shows Netflix has for streaming, and it shows you what's about to expire and what's about to become available.
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M. Greene says:
I am looking for something that I can plug my external hard drive that has all my movies on it, into my tv and play them like netflix. My TV has an HDMI plug but not HDD plug and I have 200 movies that I cant figure out how to watch on my TV. Would this box allow me to do that?
Thanks for your help.
Posted on Oct 31, 2012 3:43:38 PM PDT
me too, easy to set up and use... except still havent gotten facebook to load my things. but really enjoy netflex rtc.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2012 3:45:25 PM PDT
how is that different from just the netflix key?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 10:25:13 AM PST
Not the Roku LT, but the higher-end Roku's may be able do this through an included USB port, if you can connect your hard drive via USB and your movies are MP4 (H.264). See the Roku site for details.
Alternatively, there is subscription web service called Playon which says it can stream video from your PC/laptop to any Roku connected to your local net while supporting a much wider assortment of video formats. For more on that, see the Playon web site.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 10:28:13 PM PST
Just use "Plex" to stream from PC. Plex is in the channel store and is a lot easier to set up and run than Playon. It is also much more stable than Playon which works less than 50% of the time for me. And, unlike Playon, Plex is FREE!
Posted on Dec 17, 2012 11:57:53 AM PST
Kara Tremark says:
I know this isnt rocket science.. but Ive never even heard of this thing... so Im lost. You plug it in.. and it goes.. that part I get. I just dont understand how everything is working.. do you need to buy an account and pay monthly? Like Netflix... or is all of this actually FREE after purchasing this little box?? We currently do not have cable and I would love to be able to get some movies or "shows" for my daughter.. Thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 5:41:10 PM PST
Some of the channels are free like Crackle and what not. Some are paid like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon, etc. When you load the pay channels they'll let you know and give you instructions on screen on how to subscribe and set them up and so on. If you already have Prime or Netflix you won't have to pay extra just set up your Roku to receive them. It's all pretty straightforward once you get into it. I'm sure there are plenty of how to videos on youtube as well you might want to watch.