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Old 07-02-2018, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Ann Arbor MI
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I have a Roku I like just fine in part because I hardwire its connection with ethernet cable. Not that I probably notice but an ethernet cable can carry more data faster than wifi. And that faster speed is consistent

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Old 07-02-2018, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Roku all the way for me. Fire Stick no longer supports a YouTube app. And for some stupid reason, my Fire Stick (I have one in the bedroom TV's) has a difficult time loading Netflix as of late.
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Old 07-05-2018, 09:25 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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newbie question, do I need internet to use one of these things? Xfinity jacked my bill up after the promotion & only came down a few bucks when I complained. I am looking into satellite service for tv & internet, but as I live in a heavily wooded area, I am not sure they will work, so I am looking for alternatives to cable.
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Old 07-05-2018, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Ann Arbor MI
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newbie question, do I need internet to use one of these things? Xfinity jacked my bill up after the promotion & only came down a few bucks when I complained. I am looking into satellite service for tv & internet, but as I live in a heavily wooded area, I am not sure they will work, so I am looking for alternatives to cable.
Yes you need Internet. You would be streaming content from the Internet through either device.
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Old 07-05-2018, 09:48 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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Yes you need Internet. You would be streaming content from the Internet through either device.

Thank you, I have satellite tech coming next week, to assess our home, I hope I can get it, or I will be stuck with the awful Xfinity to provide internet.
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Old 07-05-2018, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Ann Arbor MI
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.....or I will be stuck with the awful Xfinity to provide internet.
For what its worth here in Ann Arbor Mi I pay Xfinity about $80 a month for 100 Mbps of Internet service and a very basic TV package that are essentially channels I can also get from my antenna. The TV box won't pause, reverse or record. So if I miss a show we depend on On Demand to catch up.
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Old 07-05-2018, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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I bought a Fire Stick expecting to like it better than the Roku. I don't really like it and I do not find it more user-friendly. I'd say it's almost the same, except for having to scroll through all of Amazon's stuff. I think for most people who aren't the most savvy, a Roku might be simpler.

I do not like that apps on Roku do not seem to update as much. When I asked them when they're going to update the Roku app for Hulu (since Hulu allows you to have separate profiles), they were basically like, "No, we don't have any idea, we're not really working on it." Seriously???
ROKU doesnít own the app or develop it. Apps like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, You Tube etc are all owned and maintained by that site, not ROKU. They might test apps that have been updated by the app owner to make sure it works with their existing platforms, but if they aren't working on it, itís because they're not the ones in charge of it.

We love our ROKU TV - it's even easier to work than the external devices and you have everything on the one remote including the mute button.
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Old 07-05-2018, 02:04 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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For what its worth here in Ann Arbor Mi I pay Xfinity about $80 a month for 100 Mbps of Internet service and a very basic TV package that are essentially channels I can also get from my antenna. The TV box won't pause, reverse or record. So if I miss a show we depend on On Demand to catch up.
They put my bill up to $200 a month, which I won't pay, so something will have to go. And we only have the lowest tv package, no premium channels.
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Old 07-05-2018, 02:23 PM
 
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Roku is better but FireStick has "workarounds" that can allow you to use apps that provide not so legal access to content. Roku is definitely simpler to use and that is by design. It is so simple to use that sometimes its dinged for not having a modern, fresher look. It also has many more apps.
In addition, Roku always wins the comparisons on the tech sites.
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Old 07-05-2018, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Thank you, I have satellite tech coming next week, to assess our home, I hope I can get it, or I will be stuck with the awful Xfinity to provide internet.

You really do NOT want to do streaming using satellite internet. It's expensive, and has LOW caps on usage. It's not really viable for streaming, unless it's your ONLY choice. Even then, you won't be able to stream more than maybe 1-2 movies per week before hitting the monthly caps.
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