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    Thread: Best "Mom Proof" streaming box? Boxee Roku Apple TV etc?

    1. Member HI SPEED's Avatar
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      11-25-2011 06:55 AM #1
      I'm buying my GF's parents a streaming box for xmas. We were over at their house for thanks giving, and spent 2 hours watching fuzzy antena reception TV. I busted out my phone and showed them netflix, and Hulu Plus. It blew their minds, like a plane flying over a uncontacted Brazilian tribe. I pledged to hook them up with a box that they can plug into their TV to watch shows.

      Anyway as temped as I am to whip up a quick, and dirty HTPC I know it would lead to endless tech support questions, so I want a simple box. I'm mainly concerned with easy UI, and ample content. The box must be able to play netflix, and Hulu Plus.

      Right now I'm leaning towards the Roku. It is cheap, and has the largest selection, of content at the moment. The only apprehension I have is that I have never bought anything from Roku, or even seen one in person.

      I have seen Boxee and liked it but I can't seem to find out if they support Hulu.



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      Has anyone tried out one or more of these boxes? Any advice is appreciated.
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      11-25-2011 09:20 AM #2
      Unless they are fully vested in the iTunes store go with a Roku. Roku is super simple to use, takes all of 2 minutes to setup and my parents have been using one for Netflix streaming for over 2 years with not a single call for help.

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      11-25-2011 07:05 PM #3
      I love my roku, my 5 year old can even use it. There has never been a hiccup with it.
      I think they are running a special on them right now. I also saw woot has a refurb today for $49 and there was another deal floating around for 2 units.
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      11-26-2011 08:43 AM #4
      another vote for roku.

      never an issue and it walks you through the set up process once you plug it in.


      amazingly easy to use, and extremely cost effective.
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      11-28-2011 10:40 PM #5
      The Roku used to be a Netflix only solution so it is ideal for Netflix and Hulu.

      However, I pick Apple TV. It is as simple to use as the Roku but a lot more powerful and versitile if you have an iPhone or iPad you are just a few clicks away to doing Airplay and gaming on the Apple TV including Netflix and Hulu too.

      Roku can only dream of this. Once the AppleTV is jailbroken, it is easily better than anything under $100.

      Last edited by Vision33r; 11-28-2011 at 10:42 PM.

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      11-29-2011 08:31 AM #6
      Roku if they haven't invested in iTunes or don't want to.

      AppleTV if they want to start buying from Apple.

      Don't get them the Revue or Boxee Box, good devices, but not always friendly.
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      11-29-2011 09:07 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Vision33r View Post
      Once the AppleTV is jailbroken,

      did you read the thread title?
      shut your mouth. sh sh shut your mouth.

    8. 11-29-2011 10:06 AM #8
      love my apple tv. would only recommend if they currently have an ios device though, that remote is painful to use. ios device as a remote makes it a million times better. and itll do what moms want it to do. share pictures, videos, and watch movies.

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      11-29-2011 04:02 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by TwoLitreVW View Post
      did you read the thread title?
      Apple TV does not need to be jailbroken and it is still more powerful than the Roku. If you decide to upgrade the device, simply jailbreak it and put on XBMC and becomes a full blown media player.

      The new Roku does not even have an USB port to play content.

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      11-29-2011 04:42 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Vision33r View Post
      The new Roku does not even have an USB port to play content.
      And you're still missing the point of the thread.

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      11-29-2011 06:01 PM #11
      Besides, the Roku 2 XS does in fact have a USB port for playing content.
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      11-29-2011 07:12 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Vision33r View Post

      The new Roku does not even have an USB port to play content.
      i guess you missed that pic in the OP, too, huh?



      edit: dang.... beat.
      shut your mouth. sh sh shut your mouth.

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      12-10-2011 12:55 AM #13
      I have a roku player (about a year old - HD and HDMI model), and i cant speak highly enough about it. We use it with both Netflix and Hulu+. Its never given me so much as a problem - never frozen or anything along those lines. The one gripe i have is the Netflix search setup - could be more like the website. I typically browse online, add to instant queue, and as soon as i fire up the Roku and its already showing in the queue.

      I'm actually going to buy one (along with a 6 month nexflix gift card) for my dad this xmas.

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    14. 12-18-2011 02:46 PM #14
      I bought my sister a Roku XD on Woot yesterday.. I believe it was $45 + $5 shipping or whatever the deal was. Figured it was worth a shot. She has Netflix already, along with wifi/broadband, but no cable tv--so this will put an end to her watching Netflix on her laptop and/or phone at the very least. I want to get one for myself so I can use Netflix without closing Black Ops on my PS3--and so I can also listen to Pandora on the tv. My Samsung was one of the last ones that didn't get all those nifty features.

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      12-20-2011 05:49 AM #15
      ...and yet another vote for the Roku.

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    16. 12-20-2011 10:58 AM #16
      WD TV Live > Roku

      Especially if you want to stream from your computer or NAS. The Roku won't do that.

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      12-22-2011 06:12 PM #17
      my parents (mid 50s) LOVE their Roku box. They didn't even have to call me for help setting it up when i ordered it for them, and they're by no means techies...

      e: my roommate had an AppleTV, and like most apple products, I just didn't understand all the hype. It was essentially a Roku plus applestore, which was of zero importance to me. If your parents have never used the apple store or itunes store or whatever its called, then the AppleTV probably isn't worth it.
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      12-22-2011 06:18 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by joness0154 View Post
      WD TV Live > Roku

      Especially if you want to stream from your computer or NAS. The Roku won't do that.
      Every single post in this thread seems to be promoting some feature OP's parents will likely never even care to figure out.

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      12-28-2011 01:29 PM #19
      Thanks for the tips. Got them a roku and we were watching netflix 15 minutes after they unwrapped it. Only problem is that my instant que is now full of boring documenteries. Small price to pay to move them one step closer to the 21st century.

      Only regret is not buying one of the higher end versions with a rj45 jack. I wired their house with.cat5 because wifi is a issue. I ended up moving their routed right next to the Roku, and shows finally streamed in HD.

      All in all it was a worthwhile investment. I will be sending another one out to my folks.

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    20. 01-08-2012 04:31 PM #20
      Owner of an XDS since February only gripe is crackle only lets me watch one show/movie then I have to back on and do it again.

      No 1080i support

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      01-11-2012 07:08 PM #21
      Looking at the Roku 2 XS since I read that it now supports MKV files. Been using Boxee for a while, but it does not have Hulu Plus.

    22. 01-26-2012 08:56 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by joness0154 View Post
      WD TV Live > Roku

      Especially if you want to stream from your computer or NAS. The Roku won't do that.
      Even though the OP doesn't care ,yes ROKU will stream from your pc using ROXSBOX/PLAYON/GABBY and a plethora of other apps available.

    23. 01-26-2012 09:18 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Impeccable View Post
      Even though the OP doesn't care ,yes ROKU will stream from your pc using ROXSBOX/PLAYON/GABBY and a plethora of other apps available.
      Will it play video_ts folders?

    24. 03-23-2012 07:10 PM #24
      Theres so many damn apps out there it should play that ts_ tranny stuff

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      03-23-2012 07:40 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Impeccable View Post
      Even though the OP doesn't care ,yes ROKU will stream from your pc using ROXSBOX/PLAYON/GABBY and a plethora of other apps available.
      Ok, well now that you mention that (I knew about their existence but never really looking into them), what would you recommend for streaming from a mac to my Roku_XD (or XS.... for XL, I'm not sure, its the middle of the line model of the current generation, I always get it confused cause they all sound the same and look alike...).

      I would like to stream all the popular file types...

      yes, even a transvestite or 2
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    26. 03-24-2012 09:39 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by KeiCar View Post
      Ok, well now that you mention that (I knew about their existence but never really looking into them), what would you recommend for streaming from a mac to my Roku_XD (or XS.... for XL, I'm not sure, its the middle of the line model of the current generation, I always get it confused cause they all sound the same and look alike...).

      I would like to stream all the popular file types...

      yes, even a transvestite or 2
      Just get the top of the line model XD its on sale for 89.99 right now I've seen it as cheap as 79.99, it comes with the Wii type remote for angry birds.

      The ROKU 2s have been decontented as they only offer HDMI and I think composite. They eliminated component



      Check out the Roku forums
      http://forums.roku.com/
      Last edited by Impeccable; 03-24-2012 at 10:08 PM.

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      03-25-2012 02:12 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by Impeccable View Post
      Just get the top of the line model XD its on sale for 89.99 right now I've seen it as cheap as 79.99, it comes with the Wii type remote for angry birds.

      The ROKU 2s have been decontented as they only offer HDMI and I think composite. They eliminated component



      Check out the Roku forums
      http://forums.roku.com/
      You misread, I already have the Roku, Im just not sure what the model # was, its the middle of the line model.
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