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Amazon Fire TV or something else for live sports?

I want to cancel my U-Verse subscription and still have access to live NHL and MLB games. Would the Amazon Fire TV work for me or is there something better? More details about my TV preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by a moisturizing whip on Jul 12, 2016 - 8 answers

How to Netflix for my parents

Which device is the best for setting up Netflix for my parents? Their computers are PCs, and their TV does not support streaming on its own, so I'm looking for an external dedicated device. (I don't even own a TV myself so I really have no clue what's out there.) [more inside]
posted by nat on Jun 4, 2016 - 29 answers

Will Roku or Chromecast allow me to watch the Olympics this summer?

I have no cable. I do have a rooftop antenna that gets me about 5 PBS channels only. I don't understand how Roku or Chromecast work--I'm really dumb in this area. I have a TV with an HDMI port. I really want to watch the Olympics this summer. Will either device allow me to watch Prime Time Olympics for free or even at a cost?
posted by luvmywife on Apr 21, 2016 - 10 answers

Best practices for digital media and home theater?

I'd like to improve the way we handle our digital media storage and viewing at home. Currently we have a PC running FreeNAS as the storage server, and another PC hooked up to the TV (the TV PC) that we play media with using Kodi. We use an iPhone as a remote. I'd like to replace this with something easier to use, so that for instance, a guest at our house could watch TV just using a remote. [more inside]
posted by pombe on Jan 30, 2016 - 7 answers

Is there a way to speed up play on Amazon Prime or Netflix?

I like watching documentaries, but most of them have agonizingly slow narration - is there a way (bonus points for doing so on a Roku) to speed up Amazon Prime or Netflix films? [more inside]
posted by Seeba on Jan 30, 2016 - 1 answer

What do you mean I already watched every NOVA show on Netflix?

I want to watch more nature and documentary shows, and the well at Netflix is running dry. Trying to figure out what combination of hardware/subscriptions to get that will give me the biggest number of good shows. [more inside]
posted by bluesky78987 on Jan 19, 2016 - 15 answers

Should I Buy An Apple TV?

Ok, so I posted this question a while back. I got some great responses and insight, however, I still haven't decided if I should purchase an Apple TV. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Dec 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Best way to view photos from PC on TV?

My parents love to look at and show off stuff from their 200+GB photo collection on the big TV in the living room. They currently use a last-gen AppleTV which works fairly well once you actually get into the folders list, but getting there sometimes takes 20-30 minutes with just the "Loading" spinning circle. Additionally, there is no way to zoom in and pan around on a photo, a feature they would love to have. Would the new Apple TV improve things? [more inside]
posted by SpookyFish on Dec 18, 2015 - 4 answers

Ways to Cut the Cable/Satellite Cord?

I work for a small, community-owned, fiber optic Internet and telephone start-up and we want to provide customers — and potential customers — with options on how to use our services to (legally) watch their favorite programming. Looking to the hive mind for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Dec 17, 2015 - 9 answers

Spec new home AV system with both line 21/CC & 608/HD captions

Our just-dead entertainment system was a 1999 moderate-price set-up. We don’t need to understand why something is the best system; if it meets our needs (details coming right up) and it costs around $1500 we’d be delirious with joy. We're willing to buy an entirely new system, and/or happy to reuse the currently working bits. We're not audiophiles (we have mild hearing impairments). We'd like something that will still work in a decade. [more inside]
posted by Jesse the K on Nov 29, 2015 - 3 answers

What's my best option for streaming tomorrow's debate to my Roku?

What's my best option for streaming tomorrow's Republican debate to my Roku? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Sep 15, 2015 - 4 answers

Roku Channel Recommendations

I am looking for recommendations for Roku channels to add. [more inside]
posted by jeribus on Sep 11, 2015 - 9 answers

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


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

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