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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, October 6, 2010
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This review is from: Roku XD 2050, 720p Streaming Player (Electronics)
One can make a good case that with Roku you really don't need cable or satellite TV. With a $10 monthly subscription to Netflix you can get more movies than you have time for over the internet at the time that you want to see them. I doubt that one movie that TCM shows is not available this way.

You can listen to almost any radio station in the country free, meeting your needs if you like any particular kind of music or listen to talk radio, sports, etc.

You can watch Youtube clips on your big TV as well and can send the sound to your stereo system, home theater nowadays.

There are lots of other specialized sites, both free and by subscription, that are available. I like Pub-D-Hub which has movies in the public domain for free, many are poor but others can be quite good, I had never seen a picture with legendary Lillian Gish before.

Roku is a winner.
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Initial post: Oct 14, 2010 7:09:30 AM PDT
M. Erb says:
Concerning listening to radio... does that mean you have to have your TV on? Or is it possible to route the audio to a conventional audio amp using an auxillary jack?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2010 7:56:22 AM PDT
sheine says:
There is only one output, RWY, in this model, I do not know about the more expensive model. I suppose you could route the audio outputs to your stereo system but then you could only get one station because normally you go to the Roku screen on your TV, select radiotime, and then pick your radio station.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2010 8:25:43 AM PDT
sheine says:
With my setup, I must keep the TV on. Roku has a screen saver just like a computer. However, I would suggest that you call Roku to determine if there is a way to do what you want, their technical support is easy to reach and they are helpful.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 4:56:44 PM PDT
amznshopper says:
How does one view Youtube videos on Roku? The only thing I could find was the mobiletribe which you have to pay a subscription for. I have the ROKU HD and I can play music from Pandora and MP3Tunes, and Liberty radio, once I select the channel on Roku I can turn the TV screen off and it plays through my surround sound. If you have it hooked up to your TV speakers, then I would say you need to have the TV on.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2010 5:28:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 28, 2010 5:28:40 PM PDT
M. Erb says:
YouTube is available as a "private channel." There are many "private channels" available for Roku. In order to access them you need a special code. There is a website that has lots of these private channels listed along with the necessary codes and full instructions how to add them. http://thenowhereman.com/roku/

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 2:17:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 29, 2010 2:17:34 AM PDT
P. Stein says:
I'm a big Roku fan. Not for radio though.

Buy an internet tuner, or an IPOD Touch. I have both.

My Grace internet radio blows the sox off my IPOD for in home listening.
IPOD has the OOtunes app, which allows you to get thousands of stations. Great app.
But-it's so much easier to turn the dial on my Grace tuner.

Who wants to keep your TV on to listen to radio? As one person said. With the TV off, you can't change stations.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2010 4:30:33 AM PST
Thanks M. Erb! I didn't know that it was possible to find YouTube (via any method) on RoKu. Most excellent. Is there any secret method for finding that "channel?"

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2010 4:31:29 AM PST
Thanks M. Erb! I didn't know that it was possible to find YouTube (via any method) on RoKu. Most excellent. Is there any secret method for finding that "channel?"

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2011 12:37:55 PM PDT
renatae33 says:
Unfortunately, that route to You Tube (private channel) has been blocked. :(

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2011 6:12:59 PM PDT
Well, I've read here somewhere that someone figured a way to 'hack' youtube into Roku...but that's probably beyond my skill level. Thanks Renatae33.
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