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Re: Set Top Box purchase advice

Reply #15
My old Roku doesn't have the headphone jack in the remote which I would have liked to have had back in the day. These days I listen to everything with my bluetooth headphones or earbuds.
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Re: Set Top Box purchase advice

Reply #16
All the apps on my two LG smart TV's suck compared to the exact same apps on my FireTV boxes and Cube.

As far as playing Media files on the Roku, as I said I only have an old model, but I never had much luck doing that unless using Plex which is free kind of. On my old Roku you could use it just fine but versions that are out now for Android is only free if you only want to watch 2 minutes of content at a time. You have to pay to be able to watch it longer though the app isn't terribly expensive. Not sure if the Roku version is like that or not.

Amazon actually has some 4K content on it and it looks awesome on my 4K TV.
I have a Sony TV, and while there's not as many apps, they all work as intended. It's Android. And Netflix and Amazon both support the 4K TV features.

My old Roku doesn't have the headphone jack in the remote which I would have liked to have had back in the day. These days I listen to everything with my bluetooth headphones or earbuds.
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Re: Set Top Box purchase advice

Reply #17
I use .mp4 and .mkv for video streaming, and I like Plex as a media player, but yes, Plex must be running on a server somewhere to feed it. This is true in most cases (that you need a server), but my Roku 3 does have a USB port and an SD card slot so you can add memory to it and play directly from one of these through the built-in Roku media player.[/quote]

Yea that's what I've come up against. I have 3 tvs and family that want to watch different streams. The WD boxs do not require the host computer to be involved, it sees the shared folders and play the files directly. I'll have to look at amazon or Kajiji

Re: Set Top Box purchase advice

Reply #18
All the apps on my two LG smart TV's suck compared to the exact same apps on my FireTV boxes and Cube.

As far as playing Media files on the Roku, as I said I only have an old model, but I never had much luck doing that unless using Plex which is free kind of. On my old Roku you could use it just fine but versions that are out now for Android is only free if you only want to watch 2 minutes of content at a time. You have to pay to be able to watch it longer though the app isn't terribly expensive. Not sure if the Roku version is like that or not.

Amazon actually has some 4K content on it and it looks awesome on my 4K TV.
I have a Sony TV, and while there's not as many apps, they all work as intended. It's Android. And Netflix and Amazon both support the 4K TV features.

LG has their own WEB OS. Not a fan of it and those apps also support 4K on the LG. All of their tends tend to be crash happy so that I why I use the Amazon Fire TV boxes and Cube. Better OS (Android) then those running on the TV.

My old Roku doesn't have the headphone jack in the remote which I would have liked to have had back in the day. These days I listen to everything with my bluetooth headphones or earbuds.
Boy. Sucks to be you.

I prefer wireless now anyway sucker!
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Re: Set Top Box purchase advice

Reply #19
Yea that's what I've come up against. I have 3 tvs and family that want to watch different streams. The WD boxs do not require the host computer to be involved, it sees the shared folders and play the files directly. I'll have to look at amazon or Kajiji

About the best thing I've found for managing your own entertainment library is Kodi. It has a bad piracy reputation because of all the old 3rd party add-ons that have been now mostly scrubbed from existence. You can install it on the Fire TV but not from the app store. You need a 3rd party app to flash the APK file. It cannot be installed on Roku at all. Kodi has a great interface and a lot of 3rd party skins to give you about any look you want. You can create your play lists from about any kind of device you would want to. I currently have an 8 TB NAS unit. The software will scrape all of the TV / Movie data from online websites so you always have great show / movie info and icons and arranges everything so it makes sense and is easy to find. You can install it on a PC or Mac too if you want to try it out and learn about it before you go out and buy the box to put it on.
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Re: Set Top Box purchase advice

Reply #20
Yea that's what I've come up against. I have 3 tvs and family that want to watch different streams. The WD boxs do not require the host computer to be involved, it sees the shared folders and play the files directly. I'll have to look at amazon or Kajiji

About the best thing I've found for managing your own entertainment library is Kodi. It has a bad piracy reputation because of all the old 3rd party add-ons that have been now mostly scrubbed from existence. You can install it on the Fire TV but not from the app store. You need a 3rd party app to flash the APK file. It cannot be installed on Roku at all. Kodi has a great interface and a lot of 3rd party skins to give you about any look you want. You can create your play lists from about any kind of device you would want to. I currently have an 8 TB NAS unit. The software will scrape all of the TV / Movie data from online websites so you always have great show / movie info and icons and arranges everything so it makes sense and is easy to find. You can install it on a PC or Mac too if you want to try it out and learn about it before you go out and buy the box to put it on.
There is a Kodi app on Android. I haven't run it, tho. I bought a lifetime subscription (for $59.95) from PlayOn years ago and got a free Roku LT for my troubles. It's 720 and has HDMI and component connection availability, but that's fine on the bedroom TV where I don't have an open HDMI port (it only has 2 - one for Dirctv and one for the DVD player.
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Re: Set Top Box purchase advice

Reply #21
Funny you mention Kodi, it's on our (hopped-up) Firestick.
We can watch movies that just hit the theatre, although sometimes the quality is bootleg or the language is not English so it takes a couple of tries.
:ninja:

Re: Set Top Box purchase advice

Reply #22
Funny you mention Kodi, it's on our (hopped-up) Firestick.
We can watch movies that just hit the theatre, although sometimes the quality is bootleg or the language is not English so it takes a couple of tries.
:ninja:

Yeah that is the 3rd party add-ons I mentioned. There was a crackdown about a year ago and wiped most of the really good ones out.
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Re: Set Top Box purchase advice

Reply #23
I know a guy in England that runs Kodi on a RaspberryPi. And he's quite happy with it. Can not be the Zero model though.
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Re: Set Top Box purchase advice

Reply #24
I know a guy in England that runs Kodi on a RaspberryPi. And he's quite happy with it. Can not be the Zero model though.
I got to get me one of those. I know a guy that runs MAME and Plex off of one.
"I'm not addicted to cocaine. I just like the way it smells."
– Richard Pryor

“Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”
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Re: Set Top Box purchase advice

Reply #25
I know a guy in England that runs Kodi on a RaspberryPi. And he's quite happy with it. Can not be the Zero model though.
I got to get me one of those. I know a guy that runs MAME and Plex off of one.

I have a Zero that I got with a magazine for free, but haven't really done anything with it yet, and it's been 2-3 years. But I have one.  :banana:
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Re: Set Top Box purchase advice

Reply #26
I've been wanting to get a raspberry pi to make a hand held emulator for old gameboy and gameboy advance games. It'd be cool to make one that could do all that and psp games too.

Re: Set Top Box purchase advice

Reply #27
Yeah Kodi will run on about anything...Mac, Windows, Linux, Android. It used to run on an Apple TV until Apple made it where you can't jailbreak it though so that killed that off.
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Re: Set Top Box purchase advice

Reply #28
I've been wanting to get a raspberry pi to make a hand held emulator for old gameboy and gameboy advance games. It'd be cool to make one that could do all that and psp games too.
I got a hacked XBox at the swap meat that does all that
"I'm not addicted to cocaine. I just like the way it smells."
– Richard Pryor

“Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”
― Ernest Hemingway