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Help me chose a Smart TV (I haven't had one in 15 years)

Help me chose a TV (like a Roku) or similar, that can play netflix, youtube, any webpage, and preferably my girlfriend's ATT U-verse live account (it has a website login). If it matters I'll be buying it used on craigslist or refurbished. [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Aug 14, 2015 - 14 answers

Is there a TV guide covering all online streaming services?

Those of you with a Roku / Chromecast / Apple TV / etc. probably know the drill – you spend more time browsing listings trying to find something you want to watch, than actually watching something. (And browsing with a TV remote is a tedious, ineffective chore.) Does an independent, comprehensive TV guide exist? [more inside]
posted by snarfois on May 13, 2015 - 9 answers

Steaming Media Player? Should I buy?

Just wondering if I should get a streaming media player, such as Apple TV or Roku? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Apr 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Let's bring down Comcast one dissatisfied customer at a time.

Help me help my brother and sister-in-law minimize their Comcast bill. They're currently paying $145/mo for basic cable (no HBO), a land line, and internet service. Dropping the phone will actually raise their monthly expense due to the way services are packaged, so I've been looking for alternatives to cable TV that will allow them to go with an internet-only plan. Roku appears to be the best option (I've looked at Apple and Chromecast), but I have questions... [more inside]
posted by she's not there on Mar 15, 2015 - 24 answers

Strange Netflix captioning problem

I'm seeing closed captioning when I don't think I should. [more inside]
posted by pdb on Mar 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Replacement for NimbleTV?

Finally was happily using NimbleTV as a DVR alternative with Roku, and now the company is "regrouping" aka service is dead. Is there anything like it that I can use to record and play back tv? Limitations: must be compatible with ClearQAM (no cable card or box). Already tried and failed with SimpleTV and Tivo. I have Roku 3 and an external 1TB drive that I bought for the Simpletv but wasn't able to use. Me, Previously
posted by rmless on Jan 13, 2015 - 4 answers

Make my TV a wifi jukebox (difficulty level: nitpicky requirements)

My personal music collection is divided between vinyl records (easily played over the stereo, no problems there) and over 70GB of music mp3s on my laptop. I almost never listen to my mp3s anymore because laptop speakers suck and I'm past the point of listening to my music on headphones only; and also because I still haven't figured out a way to wirelessly send/access (either via wifi, bluetooth or cloud storage) the music to my TV or to my amplifier directly. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jan 11, 2015 - 20 answers

Want Fast Wireless Internet, Comcast Sucks

A few days ago I got high-speed internet from Comcast. When I placed the order, I was told I needed to upgrade my router and wireless to new models, specifically a TP-Link Wireless N300 and the Motorola SB6121 Surfboard modem. My internet speed is lower than ever. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Aug 19, 2014 - 7 answers

Can I stream iBooks to my Roku?

We have a bunch of kids books we got through the iTunes Store. They have audio and video elements and are not available via YouTube. Is there a way to stream these books to our tv using a Roku device?
posted by spunweb on Aug 10, 2014 - 0 answers

VPN for Netflix in America

Please help me sort out using a VPN only for traffic going to my Roku. [more inside]
posted by NortonDC on Jul 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Aereo is no more. Help me create my own Mac-based replacement.

I do not own a TV and I don't have a cable subscription. I don't want to get either one of those things. I do, though, occasionally like to watch broadcast TV (or recordings of broadcast TV) on my MacBook Pro or iPad. Aereo was a great solution. Now that Aereo is gone how can I create an approximate replacement for use in my home? [more inside]
posted by alms on Jul 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Getting a Roku working overseas with a secondary WiFi router

Trying to get a Roku working with my home network and totally clueless. Can I make this work or do I have a $100+ brick? If I can make it work, how? [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Apr 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Trying to help a friend set up a Roku box on an Apple computer

Please help me set up a network to run a Roku box using an older model Mac. [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup on Feb 11, 2014 - 8 answers

O Roku, where art thou?

Okay, we just bought a new wireless router. Our two smartphones are wifi connected. So are two different computers plus two Nooks. The only thing that refuses to connect is our Roku box. The ONLY thing we use to watch TV. This is Not Good. Roku support was worse than useless. Hive mind, we turn to you. GO! [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Jan 25, 2014 - 13 answers

What's the best option for a dedicated media box for my tv?

For the past year, I've been plugging my laptop into the TV using an HDMI cable to watch netflix, youtube clips, or TV shows. This is getting tedious, and I'd like to move to a dedicated box for this purpose. But I don't know what to get. [more inside]
posted by zug on Dec 29, 2013 - 21 answers

Netflix sound issues

Netflix recently updated their Roku app and now we're having sound issues. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Nov 25, 2013 - 2 answers

Best options for a new HDTV

I have a new (to me -- it's about 10 months old overall, I think) HDTV that, unfortunately, doesn't have an Ethernet port nor does it have wireless connectivity. It was a gift, of sorts, so I'm kind of stuck with it. Since I had a very old standard set, it's still an upgrade. Now, I'm looking at options for HD television content, like maybe the Roku, AppleTV or any other neat solutions that I don't know about yet. [more inside]
posted by juliebug on Oct 28, 2013 - 11 answers

Why isn't my Roku XD letting me stream in Hi-Def with my new HDMI cable?

I bought a Roku XD a couple of weeks ago. It did not come with an HDMI cable, that was sold separately. It said to purchase one if you wanted to watch "in the best picture quality". Today, I finally got around to buying a standard 3ft HDMI cable and hooking it up to my high definition TV HDMI port. I'm trying to stream Netflix or Amazon movies on it though and it's still standard definition fuzziness. The connection setting says my Wi-Fi is "Excellent" and I have high speed cable internet wi-fi at home. What gives? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Oct 2, 2013 - 16 answers

How to channel audio from Roku 3 through old receiver?

How do I connect my Roku 3's audio channel through an old AV receiver? I have an Onkyo that works fine, but it has no HDMI inputs. I just upgraded to the Roku 3, and there are no RCA outputs. I don't want to spend $250-$500 on a new AV receiver, and don't want to invest in a soundbar. I'm hoping I can still use my receiver. I was looking at this thing (http://goo.gl/SphLUa) at Monoprice, but not sure if and how I would use it. Thoughts?
posted by sholdens12 on Aug 7, 2013 - 7 answers

DNS vs. DDNS?

I recently sent my father (who lives in the Middle East) a Roku as a gift. Thing is, Rokus don't have any advanced networking options and we need to change his DNS in order to watch the programming he desires. The shitty modem/router that his ISP provides does not allow for changes to the DNS. It does, however, allow you to put in DDNS settings (screen shot here). Would altering the DDNS settings override the DNS settings in the router? While changing ones DNS to appear like they're in the US is easy, I have no idea what, if anything, should go in the boxes on the DDNS page of his router. Thanks.
posted by gman on Jul 18, 2013 - 12 answers

No More Cable ... TiVo? Roku? Boxee? AppleTV? Something Else?

We're ditching our cable and researching alternatives. We have two HD TiVo Series 3 boxes that we're not using (because the cable cards provided by Comcast would not work). We're thinking of a set-up involving OTA television (we live in Atlanta, so reception should not be a problem) + something streaming, but we're not sure if we want to keep the TiVos or invest in something else -- Roku? Boxee? AppleTV? And here's one major issue for me -- live sports (mainly the NFL and college football)?
posted by tmharris65 on May 13, 2013 - 29 answers

Daydreaming about nabbing a Roku 3, but have a few Q's.

I think a Roku 3 is what I want: A little box that'll sit next to my TV and feed me media. But I also have a few special needs... [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Mar 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Are there other French TV shows I can watch via Roku?

Are there other French TV shows I can watch via Roku? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Mar 7, 2013 - 3 answers

The supposed tech savvy daughter has failed.

My parents would like to get a Roku box so they can cancel their insanely expensive DishTV subscription. How do I do this? Can I get them these specific channels? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Feb 24, 2013 - 17 answers

Home Media Nightmare?

I'd like to play blu-ray discs and stream Netflix. It shouldn't be this hard. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Feb 18, 2013 - 13 answers

How to go from zero to TV?

We haven't had a proper TV in over a decade. I would like to have something other than my laptop to watch streaming media, DVDs, Netflix, etc. Can you explain how this works in 2013? I imagine we'd buy something like this Samsung LED HDTV and some kind of speakers. Then what? Do we plug it into a laptop? What exactly is Apple TV and how does it stack up against Roku? This seems like it should be a simple question, but I feel like a caveman emerging from the dark, and am fairly bewildered at all of the options and variations out there. [more inside]
posted by barnone on Feb 11, 2013 - 27 answers

Streaming video from my PC, not the cloud.

Help me set up video streaming from my Windows computer to my TV with a minimum of fuss, expense and wires. [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish on Oct 31, 2012 - 11 answers

Roku Grab Bag: Remote control volume? DVD solutions?

Roku Grab Bag: Remote control volume? DVD solutions? [more inside]
posted by artlung on Sep 17, 2012 - 3 answers

It's all about the Food Network.

How can my wife watch Food Network without cable TV? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Jul 29, 2012 - 17 answers

From External drive to TV, can it be down?

Is there any way to play media files on a tv if the files are stored on an external USB 2 drive, which is hooked up to an Airport Extreme Base Station? There's a Roku SD and iPhones involved in this party, if that helps.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jul 15, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me pick a great streaming device for my Canadian living room!

Roku vs AppleTV3 vs WDTV Live vs Boxee in Canada? [more inside]
posted by antifuse on Apr 17, 2012 - 20 answers

Why are certain Netflix shows jittery on certain devices and not others?

Why are certain Netflix shows jittery on certain devices, while other combinations of devices/shows are not? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut on Feb 28, 2012 - 7 answers

What box should I buy?

Roku vs. Apple TV vs. ? [more inside]
posted by po822000 on Jan 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me find a Roku Soundbridge replacement

My Roku Soundbridge died after many years. What's the cheapest, standalone device that will play with my Slimserver setup (aka SqueezeCenter, Logitech Media Center)? All I need is an audio out to hit my receiver, no need for built in speakers, fancy screen or anything else. I'd be interested if there were any other alternatives to Slimserver. The web interface, accessible by any device, and the fact it deals with large collections well, are reasons I currently keep it. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Jan 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Roku recommendations

Help me get the most out of my new Roku. [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Dec 27, 2011 - 13 answers

What is the simplest Netflix-ready set-top device?

Apple TV or Roku for my technology-shy father? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Nov 18, 2011 - 25 answers

Apple TV and Me

Tell me about Apple TV. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Oct 29, 2011 - 28 answers

One Home Entertainment System to Rule Them All

I would like to buy a home entertainment system. I would like to listen to music, watch television, movies, and play videogames. I would like to have Netflix. I would like to stream media from my network or the cloud. I want great sound but I am not an audiophile, although I am not averse to spending a lot on speakers. I do not want to spend more than 8 hours doing research. I will spend up to $2500-$3000. How do I attack this problem? Can you recommend specific TV's, receivers, speakers, or stuff like a Roku box? Can you recommend sites that provide easy to understand, objective reviews of equipment like TelevisionInfo? I do not want to hit the forums if I don't have to. Can you recommend specific configurations of equipment or point me to sites that supply this information. I feel like if I don't get pointed in the right direction, I am going to over analyze this and spend far too much time that I don't have. I just want a rocking home entertainment solution for my family that I won't want to upgrade a week later.
posted by jasondigitized on Sep 9, 2011 - 13 answers

Best option for a cheap cable alternative?

I'm so very ready to give my cable company the boot, and questions like this one have convinced me to stop putting it off, but I feel pretty clueless about my hardware options for an internet-based replacement on the cheap. Would a Roku 2 make us happy? A Wii? Something else entirely? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Jul 31, 2011 - 15 answers

Cutting the Cable

I am thinking about canceling cable (Comcast) and switching to Netflix DVDs & streaming Amazon & Netflix. What do I need to know? Have you done this? Are you happy with your decision? I seek data & anecdata! [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Jun 28, 2011 - 50 answers

Roku Player Hookup

I would like to try a Roku Player to watch Netflix streaming vidoes on my TV. How do I hook up to my standard TV with a Dish Network Receiver and a Sony Blu Ray Player? [more inside]
posted by sandyp on Apr 30, 2011 - 5 answers

Mp3s on a Roku Player?

Any idea how I can connect mp3/iTunes to my Roku player? [more inside]
posted by rev- on Mar 4, 2011 - 5 answers

Cord-cutting

I want cable TV without the cable! I'm nearly there, but I want the most efficient way to accomplish this. Help me round out my setup make it more efficient! [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Feb 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Can we whitelist some NR films on our otherwise PG-13 Netflix account?

My wife and I set our Netflix account to show only PG-13 and below, but now we can't watch shows like The Rockford Files or Sherlock Holmes or even Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries (!), because they're not rated (NR). Is there a whitelist feature we can use, or something like it? [more inside]
posted by circular on Feb 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Which box to choose?

I've decided that I want to get an Internet TV box of some sort. I'd like to stay under 150 dollars, and would probably be using it to watch Netflix Instant mainly, but would be interested in other features as well. What can you tell me about the different models on the market, and which would be the best value?
posted by codacorolla on Feb 17, 2011 - 31 answers

Best Media Streamer for Playing Back Ripped DVDs?

What is the best choice currently for a media streamer to play back ripped DVDs and other content on your network? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Feb 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Can I use Roku's "MP3tunes" to watch iTunes video?

Roku users: With the newer features (MP3tunes), is it now possible to use the Roku box to watch video content from my iTunes library on the TV? [more inside]
posted by D.Billy on Jan 4, 2011 - 3 answers

roku vs. boxee

Final Decision: Roku or Boxee ?? I am between either the Boxee Box or Roku XDS. I like the Boxee platform, but the boxee box doesn't have netflix yet, they claim it's gonna be available some time soon. Roku seems to be great, works as described, just not as robust as Boxee... So, convince me either way... [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 on Dec 24, 2010 - 17 answers

boxee, roku, appletv, googletv?

Christmas List Question: Boxee, Roku, AppleTV, GoogleTV, or other? Thoughts, Feelings, Emotions? [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 on Nov 22, 2010 - 36 answers

Roku or Seagate or WD?

Roku or Seagate or WD? [more inside]
posted by chirico on Jun 28, 2010 - 24 answers

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