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Question

is this wireless

my tv is in one room cable modem in another
asked 1 year, 6 months ago
By
Ron
on Roku 3 Streaming Player with 2 months FREE of Hulu Plus
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Actiontec has a POWERLINE NETWORK ADAPTER available at BestBuy will make it wireless and is easy to install.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
sat101
answer 2
yes you can connect to a wireless network. The only wires that are required are the power cable and the hdmi cable to the tv
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
BritterBoi
answer 3
Yes, all the Roku Streaming devices are wireless. The Roku 3 and the Roku 2 XS are the only ones that have an actual ethernet port, but all of them including the 3 are wireless. Don't think you can get the Roku 2 XS anymore though.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
By
blaine001
Question

Do you have to pay a separate fee for a netflix or HBO GO subscription

asked 4 months, 2 weeks ago
By
Lalit
on Roku 3 Streaming Player with 2 months FREE of Hulu Plus
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
Netflix and HBOgo require paid subscriptions.
answered 3 months, 2 weeks ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 2
Just to keep these answers up to date, Netflix just increased their basic streaming account by $1 to $8.99 per month. Existing subscribers are grandfathered in at the old rate for 2 years. Amazon went up $20 per year to $99 with one year grandfathered at the old rate.
answered 4 months ago
By
DV123
answer 3
Yes you need to pay for Netflix. HBO would be paid thru your cable provider.
answered 4 months ago
By
BocaBobby
answer 4
You have to pay a separate fee for Netflix. HBO Go in only available if you have HBO On Demand through your TV provider.
answered 4 months ago
By
Rons03ulra
answer 5
Yes, Netflix is 7.99 a month but well worth it.
answered 4 months, 1 week ago
By
Pennyjr
answer 6
The other answers about Netflix are correct. If you already have an account you use the existing account and do not need another separate account. If you do not have a Netflix streaming account already you'd have to sign up. I'd do that now because a price increase is said to be looming. When the increase hits existing customers will be "grandfathered in" at the old price for a "generous" period of time. Perhaps this period will be 2 years. So I'd do it soon.

HBO-GO is FREE! You don't have to pay for it. But there are two catches to getting it to work on a Roku. Catch 1, you must be an HBO cable subscriber. Catch 2, your cable provider must "authorize" HBO-GO streaming via a Roku. Some cable companies offer "HBO ON DEMAND" through their set top boxes and feel you don't "need" HBO-GO streaming capability. The cable company here did NOT authorize streaming HBO-GO via Roku up until recently when they began authorizing it. The list of cable providers that currently support streaming HBO-GO via Roku if you subscribe to HBO through their cable service can be seen at the following link: (You'll have to copy and paste the link.)

http://support.roku.com/entries/20589756-Does-my-television-provider-offer-HBO-GO-on-Roku-devices-
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
By
DV123
answer 7
for Netflix its $7.99 a month
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
By
Leany24
answer 8
Yes, if you already have a Netflix account, you can use that one but you have to set up accounts to use Netflix or other services. It's still cheaper than cable!
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
By
Shananonaile
Question

cord

with this roku 3 does the hdmi cord come with it? It doesn't say and it is $98 and the $99 one comes with 2 cords. Just want to know if the $98 on has a cord with it.
Thanks
Darlene
asked 7 months ago
By
djpavek
on Roku 3 Streaming Player with 2 months FREE of Hulu Plus
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
Roku 3 streaming player I ordered came bundled with 2 HDMI cords for $99.00 the Roku 3 player un-bundled (without the cords is $98.00).
answered 6 months ago
By
SeaChelle206
answer 2
Order the one with 2 HMDI cords for $99. The other one does not come with any HDMI cords. Better deal and easy hookup if you have HDTV.
answered 6 months ago
By
RedHeadedGramMa
answer 3
you have to buy the hdmi cord separate. fyi the cord is cheaper to buy at walmart.com than in the store, by about $10 at my store
answered 7 months ago
By
tdig
answer 4
The Roku 3 came only with the box, power cord, remote with earphones (and even batteries), but oddly enough no video (HDMI) cable. It does seem an strange choice by the manufacturer to not include it. You will need to purchase an HDMI cable separately.

For Wal-Mart's Roku+HDMI cable offer, the box and cable were not shipped together; in fact they were shipped from opposite sides of the country. My Roku shipped from eastern PA and arrived in 2 days; the cable shipped from California effectively by US Mail and took a week.
answered 7 months ago
By
jkeref
answer 5
I bought the Roku 3 from Walmart because it was advertised that it came with a 6 foot HDMI cable, which I needed. Other sellers did not provide the cable and they were the same price.
The cable came separately several days after the Roku got here, I thought at first I would not get it, had to go back and look and see that it did have a separate tracking number.
So I guess the answer is, if the Walmart add says it comes with a cable, it does.
answered 7 months ago
By
RLG1
answer 6
No it doesn't have cable
answered 7 months ago
By
pbburton
answer 7
Roku does not include an HDMI cable with ANY product. Some retailers bundle HDMI cables with the units though like Walmart is doing at this time in the other item listing you mention that specifies it comes with a pair of HDMI cables.

You will definitely need a CATEGORY 2 HDMI cable which is usually marketed with the words "High Speed" in the description or on the packaging.

No Roku unit I know of is packaged with an HDMI cable by Roku. They don't want any warranty responsibility for a cable. My Sony Blu-Ray player didn't come with an HDMI cable either probably for the same reason. If Roku included the HDMI cable they'd have to support it too. Also this way the user is able to choose which cable length, quality, etc is right for the application. If you are going to be moving it around from TV to TV as some people do, then you'll want a heavier duty HDMI cable than one someone who just connects it once and leaves it be. Gold plated connectors look pretty but do NOT improve picture or sound.

There is no real difference in image or sound quality between a really cheap and a really expensive HDMI cable. The difference is durability as some are heavier duty than others with more durable connectors. Cheaper ones tend to have very flimsy connectors.
answered 7 months ago
By
DV123
Question

Can I get access to television networks of different countries?

asked 7 months ago
By
Serge
on Roku 3 Streaming Player with 2 months FREE of Hulu Plus
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, you can though some will require a subscription. I have Acorn TV which is British programming and it is only 5$ a month.
answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
By
Jennaleigh7
answer 2
Yes
answered 5 months ago
By
Twirlwind
answer 3
You probably can but you might have to pay a small fee. I would try the Roku website to check for sure. It was pretty helpful and easy to navigate.
answered 6 months ago
By
Alejas
answer 4
NO
answered 6 months ago
By
SeaChelle206
answer 5
Not as much as it used to, in the US they shut down the streaming version of Aljazeera and that bothered me because it was the only streaming network real time available. There are a lot of other channels that I don't really look at.
answered 7 months ago
By
tdig
answer 6
Yes, there is a selection for foreign stations - but there is an additional charge.
answered 7 months ago
By
locumpa
Question

How many Roku's do I need?

I have two HDTV's....do I need to purchase a Roku for each one?
asked 6 months ago
By
Mel
on Roku 3 Streaming Player with 2 months FREE of Hulu Plus
6 answers
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answer 1
No. If you buy extra cords it is very simple to move the device between the two TVs
answered 5 months ago
By
reds523
answer 2
Yes, Most likely the tv's are in different rooms. You would need to split the HDMI cable into two sources in order to only purchase one and run them to the multiple tv's.
answered 6 months ago
By
Rosicrucian12
answer 3
I would start with ONE Roku. You can move it from TV to TV easily. The only hassle here is the reboot time for the Roku. By buying one first you'll find out if you like a Roku and you'll know whether or not your Wi-Fi works well in both locations.

Eventually I'd buy one for each TV. I did eventually.
answered 6 months ago
By
DV123
answer 4
Yes
answered 6 months ago
By
Dcom
answer 5
You need to purchase one per/HDTV. HDMI cable will only go so far.
answered 6 months ago
By
RanceSr
answer 6
Yes....and you will not be sorry! We have purchased one for each of our kids and friends. They are loving it. We purchased our Roku Box to watch Gaither Home Comings for $50.00 a year. Now we get so so many FREE things, (and they add new stations everyday and you can add a station and take it out, without any problem) we almost do not watch our cable, except for local new, etc.
answered 6 months ago
By
JulianneB1
Question

Does it support you tube?

asked 6 months ago
By
nightstalker
on Roku 3 Streaming Player with 2 months FREE of Hulu Plus
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Oh yes sure it does it will give you a code once you get to the YouTube channel and you can stream anything from YouTube right to your tv I love it because I can watch all my old TV shows and up to date shows on TV it's wonderful love my roku
answered 5 months ago
By
Sara246
answer 2
Yes. You can view YouTube videos using this device.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
By
BTGD
answer 3
Yes, the product features YouTube.
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
By
CommunityAnswer
answer 4
I do not see this as one available yet.
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
By
RanceSr
answer 5
Youtube app is great...and you can cast youtube from your phone or ipad to the Roku
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
By
Greenporker
answer 6
Yes, the Roku 3 is the first Roku that plays YouTube!
answered 5 months, 4 weeks ago
By
DV123
Question

can it be networked with your pc`s on your home network

to watch movies from your pc
asked 8 months ago
By
moose
on Roku 3 Streaming Player with 2 months FREE of Hulu Plus
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, my husband and I are tech geeks and movie buffs, we download tons of movies and watch them on the free media streaming app/channel on Roku. You just save your files to the appropriate folder for the Roku to find them. Movies to Video, Music to Music, Pictures to Pictures and so on. Make sure your home network is turned on to share all those files you want to share also. This may help if you aren't familiar.
http://forums.roku.com/viewtopic.php?t=33376&start=0
answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
By
Jennaleigh7
answer 2
yes, but you don't need it to watch on your PC. You just need a Netflix, Hulu Plus, etc account to do that. You can do both though.
answered 6 months ago
By
took5triestopickanickname
answer 3
It has to have internet access. I just connected it to my home network for access. If you have a Neflix/Hulu Plus/Etc account you can stop watching it on the Roku and pick it up on your laptop, pc, phone, etc.
answered 6 months ago
By
took5triestopickanickname
answer 4
no
answered 8 months ago
By
EKMA
answer 5
Yes it can but only through DNLA supported channels like Plex which works great on any platform as a media server for Windows or OSX.
answered 8 months ago
By
Grizzle83
answer 6
It does connect to your Wi-Fi network for Internet connectivity. There are applications you can install so you can play video files from your computer on the Roku such as an application called PLEX. On my windows machine both my Rokus show up in the network under OTHER DEVICES along with the Wi-Fi router. So it is networked, but files aren't browsable on the Roku without something like Plex installed on the PC and the Roku.
answered 8 months ago
By
DV123
Question

Which channels can you download on this roku? Can Abc family be downloaded?

asked 8 months ago
By
kaylyn
on Roku 3 Streaming Player with 2 months FREE of Hulu Plus
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
the best way to see is to go to the roku website and check out the channel store
answered 7 months ago
By
tdig
answer 2
I didn't see the abc family channel on there, but it does have other family channel options like disney. You can go to roku.com, click on channels and then browse to see what is available.
answered 8 months ago
By
Roku3lady
answer 3
Channel count is over 1500, but no ABC FAMILY.
Copy and paste this link to see the current list of all Roku channels:
http://www.catastrophegirl.com/rokuchannelcount.htm

All Roku units now in production get the same channels except for gaming where the Roku 3 gets ALL the game channels. If the Roku is not capable of handling a channel you won't even see it in the Roku Channel Store.

Legacy models such as the HD, XD and XS will not install the YouTube channel for some reason but the current Roku 1, 2 and 3 units will. Otherwise all Roku units get the same channels. The Roku 3 is the one for gaming.
answered 8 months ago
By
DV123
answer 4
No!
answered 8 months ago
By
EKMA
answer 5
Answering second question first. ABC Family Channel is not currently a Roku Channel. Ok, here is what you do. Go to your cable or satellite TV service and look at all the channels there. Next, assume up front that NONE of them are on ROKU in the same form. Yes Roku has a History, A&E and CNN channels but they are different. Roku is a WHOLE different thing! Yes there is a HBO GO channel and an ESPN channel but it is DIFFERENT from HBO and ESPN and on top of that those channels also require a HBO and ESPN cable/satellite subscription.

Roku is a WHOLE DIFFERENT THING from cable or satellite. If you go looking for exactly what is on your cable/satellite service you are NOT going to find it. What you will find instead is another world of on-demand viewing that you never dreamed of before. Is Roku better? Probably NOT, but it is different and it is far less expensive. Are there a bunch of junky channels on Roku, yes there are a whole bunch of junky channels on Roku. Are there good channels on Roku, yes there are a bunch of good ones. Sorting through the junk and finding gems I like is sort of a hobby for me. It is a treasure hunt. THE BW channel was a real find. Gosh I love it.

Now my answer to the first question. For a list of most Roku channels including an editor review, user comments and full details about the cost and even if it is really a pay channel when Roku says it is a FREE channel, I depend mainly on a website at this link which you'll have to copy and paste:
http://www.rokuguide.com/
Go to that site and check out the PUBLIC CHANNELS and PRIVATE CHANNELS on two lists.

You will get more in depth information about each channel on ROKUGUIDE.COM than on ROKU's site or in the ROKU CHANNEL STORE which is where you go to install channels onto your Roku player. You also get better information about COST for channels which require it at ROKUGUIDE.COM. For example if you visit the ROKU CHANNEL STORE it says HULU PLUS is "FREE." Sounds good huh? Only when you load the more details channels does it say "May Require Additional Fee." Yes the TRIAL period is free but technically the channels is NOT actually free. I do NOT install a channel on my Roku before reading up on it at ROKUGUIDE.COM to find out for sure what the true cost is. Be really careful when installing channels and know the TRUE cost up front. Just because it says it is free in the ROKU CHANNEL STORE doesn't mean it actually IS free.

This is eye opening. You can see the full list of what is at this moment over 1,500 ROKU channels on ONE web page, without any additional info though, at this link:
http://www.catastrophegirl.com/rokuchannelcount.htm
Again you'll have to copy and paste it. Not all of the channels on Catastrophe Girl's Roku Channel List list are detailed on RokuGuide.Com as some are game channels or for whatever reason RokuGuide doesn't list them. Also channels in red on her list are either DEAD or DOWN.

RokuGuide's Private Channels list is very incomplete compared to some others. I have many private channels installed from other sources. Just do an internet search on "Roku Private Channels List" and you'll find several lists. There is not one single best list of Private Channels. You'll have to plunder around for yourself to find private channels that interest you. Best advice I can give a Roku owner is to not neglect Private Channels, some of them like CNN INTERNATIONAL are excellent additions. CNN International isn't even available on my local cable system at any price.

There are also premium services like PLAYON that brings many more channels to Roku for a reasonable fee via yet another Roku Private Channel and if you don't have basic cable or live close enough to pickup free TV with an antenna you might want to check PLAYON.TV out because it adds a lot of network programming at a reasonable price. My main problem with the PLAYON service for Roku is not the cost, but rather the fact that it is not HD.

Final jab. MUSIC FANS. Roku has great FREE music programming! Both mainstream and Indy. One of the best things about it for musicians and music lovers! Free guitar lessons are on there!

I LOVE MY ROKU UNITS! THEY ARE MONEY IN THE BANK FOR ME! But only YOU can decide if you like a Roku. Give one a try. Bet you like it!
answered 8 months ago
By
DV123
answer 6
They are adding new channels all the time. Youtube was finally added, and today HISTORY was added. To be honest, to get the most out of the cable channels such as ESPN, HISTORY, etc you need to subscribe to those channels by cable or dish and then it is up to your provider.
answered 8 months ago
By
whydoyouneed
Question

can i get espn

asked 7 months ago
By
ant
on Roku 3 Streaming Player with 2 months FREE of Hulu Plus
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
check out
http://mkvxstream.blogspot.com/2013/03/roku-private-channels-2013-roku-channel.html
answered 5 months ago
By
reds523
answer 2
Go to www.roku.com to see what is available
answered 5 months ago
By
Twirlwind
answer 3
ESPN has a channel. You can view prerecorded shows, etc. I just did a quick look at the channel and it seemed to list various shows on ESPN you could watch. I didn't see any specific games, etc but I didn't spend much time looking around.
answered 6 months ago
By
took5triestopickanickname
answer 4
yes if you subscribe to ESPN
answered 7 months ago
By
tdig
answer 5
Yes, the Roku is an amazing tool with endless apps which you can add.
answered 7 months ago
By
Sirkirkland
answer 6
Hi Ant, There is a channel called "WATCH ESPN" on Roku. I copied the following info from the channel page for Watch ESPN at ROKUGUIDE.COM which is my go to information source on all Roku channels. Pay attention to the service provider list in the following quote as not all cable/sat providers support or allow Roku streaming of the Watch ESPN channel!

"WatchESPN offers free clips and live sports broadcasts - but the live broadcasts are available only to those who already subscribe to a cable TV package that includes ESPN. Short video clips are available in the categories of Latest News, Must See Moments, and ESPN Originals. You can also browse content by channel: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN U, ESPN News, and ESPN Deportes.

Live broadcasts depend, of course, on whatever games are being played when you tune in, but you'll also have live access to ESPN's flagship program, SportsCenter, and other programs such as College GameDay.

The following cable TV networks currently (Nov. 12, 2013) allow their subscribers to access WatchESPN over their Roku devices (participating providers may change - check the channel on your Roku device for a current list):

AT&T U-verse® TV
Bright House Networks
Cablevision’s Optimum TV
Charter
Comcast Xfinity
Cox
Google Fiber
Midcontinent Communications
Optimum
Time Warner Cable
Verizon FiOS TV

Noticeable absent at launch were DirecTV and Dish.

To access live programming, load the WatchESPN channel on your Roku and select a live event. You will be provided with a code and asked to visit http://es.pn/roku on a computer or mobile device. On that website, enter the activitation code shown on your Roku-connected TV. (If you're told that the code is invalid, return to your Roku and select the option for a new code.) After entering a valid code, you will be redirected to your cable TV provider's website, where you will have to login. After successfully logging in, your Roku will automatically update to give you access to live broadcasts."

I find Roku's weakest point is free pro sports. In fact it isn't just weak it is non-existent. Totally not there. Sports is a business and there are no free lunches. While you can subscribe to the league game subscriptions for NBA, NHL and MLB there is no NFL whatsoever and no live NCAA football at all at any price. If you are buying a Roku, or any streaming device for that matter, and expecting a bonanza of free professional sports then you are going to be disappointed. On the other hand there is no better streaming platform with more channels than a Roku and it excels at HD On Demand viewing of films and tv series...but again that is not free either.
answered 7 months ago
By
DV123
Question

can this be used on multiple tv's

asked 1 month, 4 weeks ago
By
Jeannie
on Roku 3 Streaming Player with 2 months FREE of Hulu Plus
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, Just move it to the next TV. Multiple TVS at the same time = HDMI splitter would be needed. Different channels on different TVs = No
answered 1 week ago
By
User123123123
answer 2
You need a device for each TV but the good news is that if you buy the streaming stick you can move it from one TV to the other after setting it up and it acts like you've never moved it, including updated lists of what you've already watched etc...
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
By
jifer
answer 3
Not at the same time unless each person watches the same programming.
answered 1 month, 2 weeks ago
By
h2ofria
answer 4
as long as it has an hdmi connection it can be moved from tv to tv
answered 1 month, 3 weeks ago
By
mommyof2girls44
answer 5
You would have to physically unplug it and move it to a different TV, but yes, it works anywhere you have Internet available and a monitor/TV to plug into. We pack ours up when we visit the in-laws.
answered 1 month, 3 weeks ago
By
gronktooth
answer 6
Hi Jeanie, The Roku 3 like all Rokus are for use on one TV at a time. You can MOVE one unit around and use it on every TV in your home quite easily. but it will only serve up video to one TV at a time. It takes 1 to 2 minutes to boot up after you move it which is a minor inconvenience. Buy one Roku unit, try it to see if you like it. If you do then consider buying additional models.

Additional notes about the Roku 3. This is for use ONLY with a HDTV. It connects via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, whichever works best in your situation and is the only current model Roku which gives you that option as all the other models are Wi-Fi only. The Roku 3 is the GAMING CAPABLE Roku with the WIRELESS EARPHONE feature.

The Roku 2 lacks gaming capability and lacks the USB and Ethernet jack, but the Roku 2 still has the wireless earphones for less money than the Roku 3. Subtract the wireless earphone feature from a Roku 2 and you have a Roku 1 which costs about half what a Roku 3 costs. You will probably want a Roku on every TV you own eventually, but not all of them need to be a Roku 3. Only people wanting to play video games would ever take fully advantage of a Roku 3. If you won't play video games on one of your TV's you could pick another model that costs less.

If you don't need earphones and you don't play video games then a Roku 1 is a far more economical choice. I'm not trying to tell you which one to buy, but trying to make you aware that all current Roku models have the same picture and sound quality and they all get exactly the same channels!

I'd buy one, try it out and move it around to all TV's in your home to make sure the Wi-Fi signal is good in all locations where you may want to put a Roku before buying more than one. I'm pretty sure you'll like one. I love mine.
answered 1 month, 4 weeks ago
By
DV123
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