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I don't know of a way to do it directly. However, using PlayOn a person can use a Roku to access anything their PC can access. PlayOn is basically set up on the PC and a PlayOn channel is set up on the Roku. Then the home network is used to by the Roku to access the content on the PC. PlayOn does cost a little but … see more I don't know of a way to do it directly. However, using PlayOn a person can use a Roku to access anything their PC can access. PlayOn is basically set up on the PC and a PlayOn channel is set up on the Roku. Then the home network is used to by the Roku to access the content on the PC. PlayOn does cost a little but they do have a "lifetime" option which makes it quite cheap. Also, they have a Roku/PlayOn bundle that I wish I'd known about before purchasing a Roku. see less
By 4estGimp on December 16, 2012
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the roku 2 xs can be connected to an old analog tv if your old tv has audio/video input jacks . the xs has an audio/video output jack and an hmdi output you can only connect directly to your old tv assuming it has the a/v input jacks. you cannot connect to the analog tv using the hmdi jack. this is for digital TV's onl… see more the roku 2 xs can be connected to an old analog tv if your old tv has audio/video input jacks . the xs has an audio/video output jack and an hmdi output you can only connect directly to your old tv assuming it has the a/v input jacks. you cannot connect to the analog tv using the hmdi jack. this is for digital TV's only. the newer rokus (roku3) can only be connected to new digital TV's using an hmdi cable. the old analog tv do not have an hmdi input so you cannot connect this way.
one advantage of the xs is that you can connect to a digital tv using either an hmdi cable or an audio/visual cable. I have a roku 3 and a roku xs. the roku 3 can only be connectd using a hmdi cable. I bought the xs because I can run the output a/v cable from the roku xs into a dvd recorder and the output of the dvd recorder to the tv. if you do this you can record on dvd almost any show that the roku xs plays. if you have an old analog tv, i would you advise you to toss it out because once the digital TV's came on the market all the analog tv repairmen went out of business. I know of only one repair shop that still can repair analogs and that shop is located in Levittown pa. the digital TV's have a much better picture assuming you are on a cable system and have really high end features . they are cheap also. a 32" digital costs much less than a similar screen size analog. if you get a digital, try to get one with at least two hmdi inputs and two a/v inputs. hard to find now in wallmart but I am sure if you search the internet you will find one. my digitals are about 4 years old (samsung and lg) and have these dual jacks. the newer digitals do not seem to have the dual a/v jacks. but it really does not make any difference because even if you have only one hmdi and one a/v input, can get around this by buying from radio shack multiple input/output deices. radio shack can help you with this.
I bought a roku3 in December of 2013. now two roku3's and one xs. there is no monthly fee for the roku-just the purchase price. my wife and I rarely watch cable tv now. the roku is the best video streaming player out there and their customer support is excellent. but you must have a computer modem to connect to any roku either wirelessly or through an ethernet cable. you must have a computer to add certain channels into your roku. connecting is easy.
roku will eventually put cable tv out of business. roku has a "channel store" on their main menu, you can add channels to your roku through the channel store. some channels are free like utube and others too numerous to mention. some like amazon are paying ($70/year) Netflix is about $16 per month. Roku also supports "private channels". Too complicated to explain what these are but you will not find them in the roku channel store. you have to type in "roku private channels into your browser" and you will find them. between roku's channel store and the private channels there are literally thousands of channels to choose from. you could spend a whole lifetime searching for channels.
if you have a ipad or similar, there is a way to stream roku stuff from the roku to the pad, but I don't know how to do it. there are videos on utube that will show you how.
I hope this helps-might seem complicated but you can email for help if you need to: jdrr1@verizon.net see less

By Jon R. on April 30, 2014
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yes: http://support.roku.com/entries/423947-Can-I-play-back-media-on-my-Roku-player-from-my-USB-hard-drive-
By johndoe13 on March 10, 2014
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You will need the 3 for it to work natively - you can search for "hacks" but depending on your skillset, desire, time you may be better of just buying the 3.
By artiklerMangler on February 25, 2014
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For MKV, that depends on the files. Video files are more complex than what filename extension they use. The MKV vidoes would need to meet certain requirements, one of which is to be H.264. http://support.roku.com/entries/423946-What-media-file-types-does-the-Roku-Media-Player-channel-support-
Roku does not support the… see more
For MKV, that depends on the files. Video files are more complex than what filename extension they use. The MKV vidoes would need to meet certain requirements, one of which is to be H.264. http://support.roku.com/entries/423946-What-media-file-types-does-the-Roku-Media-Player-channel-support-
Roku does not support the (outdated) AVI format directly. You could transcode (convert) them yourself or use a media server (like Plex, Media Browser, or MyMedia) to do it on-the-fly as needed. You could also look at the WD TV devices, which prioritize support for media on connected storage.
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2698/~/list-of-compatible-media-file-types-for-all-wd-tv-and-wd-elements-play-products see less

By Kravvitz on June 7, 2014
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Absolutely. That's primarily what I do with mine.
By David N. Mead on January 23, 2014
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My Roku HD works with my Actiontec router. My Actiontec is not Verizon, but I'm sure it's close enough. However, whenever you're working with any wireless system, you're going to experience periods of not so good connection. That can mean excessive buffering or just plain losing the signal. Hard wiring is far more reli… see more My Roku HD works with my Actiontec router. My Actiontec is not Verizon, but I'm sure it's close enough. However, whenever you're working with any wireless system, you're going to experience periods of not so good connection. That can mean excessive buffering or just plain losing the signal. Hard wiring is far more reliable. If that's not available or affordable, the wireless works well when it's up and running. see less
By John Reid on August 16, 2013
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I havn't used TWC, but I have had issues in the past connecting to Simple.tv. In my case I reboot my router, and then reboot the Simple.tv appliance, finally rebooting the Roku. In my experience it is usually the router (so try rebooting that when you have an issue). I sincerely hope you can get this resolved. I su… see more I havn't used TWC, but I have had issues in the past connecting to Simple.tv. In my case I reboot my router, and then reboot the Simple.tv appliance, finally rebooting the Roku. In my experience it is usually the router (so try rebooting that when you have an issue). I sincerely hope you can get this resolved. I subscribe to Amazon, BlazeTV, and Netflix, and when I have issues, this usually does the trick. Good luck. see less
By GTWar on June 10, 2014
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you can't add it to 2xs.
By win707 on February 1, 2014
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yes
By Sarah Garner/ Ton van der Veld… on December 6, 2012