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Topic # 237513 5-Jun-2018 20:04
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I'm looking to get a media streaming device to plug into my tv via hdmi. Mainly for Netflix, but I'd like the option to do local on demand channels too.

 

 

 

From what I've read, I'd love to give one of the Rokus a try but I can't figure out if I can get any local apps on it.

 

 

 

Anyone know if you can do this with a Roku, or got any recommendations for what to get?

 

 

 

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  Reply # 2030206 5-Jun-2018 20:18
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Roku is brilliant, unfortunately it does not work for local apps. We use Roku for USA Netflix and have a USA Roku account.


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  Reply # 2030207 5-Jun-2018 20:18
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I have an Apple TV. It has a nice user interface and apps for TVNZ, Three, Lightbox, Netflix etc....

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  Reply # 2030208 5-Jun-2018 20:20
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I’ve just purchased an Apple TV 4 and love it. If you have Apple devices at home then it’s an excellent choice.



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  Reply # 2030660 6-Jun-2018 11:20
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spencer: I have an Apple TV. It has a nice user interface and apps for TVNZ, Three, Lightbox, Netflix etc....

 

 

 

Can't sideload apps?


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  Reply # 2030750 6-Jun-2018 12:54
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Correct, closed ecosystem.

 

The Apple TV 3 and 4 as far as I know haven't been Jailbroken.

 

I have 2 Apple TV4 units and they are great, reliable little units.

 

I have an old Apple TV2 that I jailbroke years ago that I still have lying about I don't use.

 

For ease of use and reliability, I'd fully recommend them, especially if you have an iPhone

 

 


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  Reply # 2030958 6-Jun-2018 16:00
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Can't beat the audio remote on the roku imho.


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  Reply # 2030997 6-Jun-2018 18:17
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the other option is a chromecast.




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  Reply # 2031038 6-Jun-2018 19:48
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Kiwifruta:

the other option is a chromecast.



Chromecast looks cool but I don’t like the idea of playing everything off my phone or iPad. Rather have the device doing the work

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  Reply # 2031062 6-Jun-2018 20:32
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ryangodammit:
Kiwifruta:

the other option is a chromecast.



Chromecast looks cool but I don’t like the idea of playing everything off my phone or iPad. Rather have the device doing the work

 

but its not playing off your device, you set it up on your device then once its streaming you dont need the device any more unless you want to play/pause etc.

 

 

its no different to using a remote to control a media box to play what you want, once its playing you dont need the remote anymore.



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  Reply # 2031067 6-Jun-2018 20:41
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Jase2985:
ryangodammit:
Kiwifruta:

the other option is a chromecast.



Chromecast looks cool but I don’t like the idea of playing everything off my phone or iPad. Rather have the device doing the work

but its not playing off your device, you set it up on your device then once its streaming you dont need the device any more unless you want to play/pause etc.

its no different to using a remote to control a media box to play what you want, once its playing you dont need the remote anymore.


Oh. I thought chromecast exclusively played things off your phone

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  Reply # 2031096 6-Jun-2018 22:14
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no only if you mirror it

 

 

all the apps will stream directly from their respective provider and you device is just the remote after that.

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  Reply # 2031105 6-Jun-2018 22:35
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About half the things I want to cast have no support so can only be mirrored.

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 2031111 6-Jun-2018 22:52
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Rikkitic:

About half the things I want to cast have no support so can only be mirrored.

 

 

 

 

 

thats got nothing to do with the streaming device, thats a limitation from the provider

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  Reply # 2031113 6-Jun-2018 22:57
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The point being if you want to cast stuff that isn't supported (a lot still isn't), you have to do it this way so you may want something more than a phone to do the rendering.

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 2031116 6-Jun-2018 23:01
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Rikkitic:

The point being if you want to cast stuff that isn't supported (a lot still isn't), you have to do it this way so you may want something more than a phone to do the rendering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

same deal for an apple TV or smart TV

 

 

if your service isnt supported its a PITA, so kinda moot point really.

 

 

mosy phones are probably more powerful than some of the basic media boxes.

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