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Streaming media players & services

Roku 3
 
Approximate retail price:
$100
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About - Roku 3

The Roku 3 is part of the streaming media player & service test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, streaming media players models like the 3 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Picture quality:
Picture quality includes image clarity, color accuracy, and contrast of streaming video. It's based mainly on the judgments of a panel who compare each device's output to a reference. However, the quality of the video that you'll get is largely dependent on the speed of your wired or wireless network. We tested all the players using a wired Ethernet connection, if available.

Features:
This score reflects the presence or absence of features, including the number of streaming video services, other internet services, and the ability to play media files

Everyday use:
This score reflects how easy it is to use on a normal basis. It looks at how the remote and user interface interact for common tasks like powering on the device, navigating the menus for access to content, and how easy it is to perform common tasks like visiting websites and playing games.
Features & Specs - Roku 3
info App or channel store Roku Channel Store
info Streaming video services Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster, Redbox Instant, M-Go, HBO Go, Showtime Anytime, Target Ticket, WWE Network, MLB.TV Premium, NBA Game Time, UFCTV, MLS Live, NHL Gamecenter
info Web browsing No
info Supports dual-band Wi-Fi Yes
info HDMI input No
info USB ports 1
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User Reviews - Roku 3
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
The Cable Alternative
12/1/2014
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Comment:
I divorced cable and kept the internet and decided to try ROKU after reviewing multiple platforms (brands) and following the advice posted by Consumers Reports. I absolutely love, love, love my ROKU and am constantly recommending to others. It acts like a DVR and series can be watched all at once, rewatched, or saved for another time. I love having my own channels and how easy it is to add and delete channels. I highly recommend ROKU.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
5 Stars When It Works
11/19/2014
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Comment:
If you need any support on this product,your in trouble.It is a great product when it is working.I have had a problem 5 times in as many months.Out of the blue the status light flash's continuously.When this occurs there is nothing you can do with the device. After 10's of hours of research I have found many people who have the problem, without any workable solution.The only solution is to do a factory reset. This means setting it up from scratch. This is a very time consuming process. If the product works fine with only a factory reset then the problem is with the company. The company has a a fix for pay service with only a 3 month warranty. Need I say more.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Love it, better than my apple tv
10/3/2014
Pros
Watch Favorite Shows
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Best Uses
Comment:
I watch alot of YouTube, netflix etc
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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