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Roku 3 streaming media player

 
Approximate retail price:
$102.75
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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 services Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster, M-Go, HBO Go, Google Play, Showtime Anytime, Target Ticket, NFL Now, WWE Network, MLB.TV Premium, NBA Game Time, UFC.TV, MLS Live, NHL Gamecenter, sirius XM
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 most content hands down
3/7/2015
Pros
Direct Wired Or Wireless
Fast
lots of channels
Works With Plex
Cons
Odd Glitches Occasionally
Best Uses
Watching Streaming Tv
Comment:
I have two Roku 3's now. After trying several other media players including the google chromecast and apple TV I'm convinced the Roku 3 gives you the most for your money out of what's available. There are literally hundreds of channels available...but you won't have much interest in many of them (roku allows people to create private channels with unmoderated content--meaning there is adult entertainment available, even though they skirt the issue themselves). There are all the usual cord-cutter essential channels (Pandora, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon) along with a lot of companion app channels for people that have cable already, like ESPN, Fox, Disney Channel, etc that allow you to watch them provided you have (or can borrow) an e-mail account and password to a cable account showing you pay for these channels already. Kind of silly to have both, but then again this is highly portable so you could conceivably take it on vacation or to a second home or something...<br /><br />The best feature by far is that it works seamlessly with top of the line media players like Plex and Playon, allowing you to stream media from your computer (essentially making your computer a cable box and central DVR). With other programs there are ways to record shows that are free off of their websites and play them back later like a DVR. If you have a digital movie collection you can play it back through Roku, along with any of your mp3's or anything else. <br /><br />The remote is simple but does the job. The coolest addition is the headphone jack--my wife LOVES this feature, as she goes to sleep a lot earlier than I do, so I can keep watching TV right next to her without keeping her awake.<br /><br />The wired connection capability is nice as well, since having a wired internet connection allows for top speeds, so streaming 3D or 4k content is pretty easy as well.<br /><br />The only thing from giving it top notch marks for me is that the HDMI signal out gets wonky sometimes and can give a blue screen. The fix is easy but it's still a PITA. The games are sort of useless--I've never even tried them. Also manually taking channels off is not very intuitive at all. I like the interface for the most part, but it gets a little cluttered if you continually add channels to see what they're about then don't take them off. <br /><br />Also, someone else mentioned HBO Go not being available--that is usually due to the provider, not Roku. it's on there, but if your internet provider won't allow you to stream it then you're out of luck...at least for another month or so when they offer the HBO standalone product. <br /><br />Anyway, you can't go wrong with this. I cut the cord over two years ago and the Roku 3 definitely made it a fairly painless process.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
The Cable Alternative
12/1/2014
Pros
Cons
Best Uses
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.
(8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
5 Stars When It Works
11/19/2014
Pros
Cons
Best Uses
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.
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