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ROKU 3500EU Streaming Stick Was £39.99 Now £17.99 @ Currys

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Stream online content to your TV Built-in WiFi BBC iPlayer & ITV Player & All 4 & My5 Access content on Netflix & Amazon Prime & NOW TV Cast content from your mobile device Read More
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#1
Is the main difference between the Roku and Amazon Prime the ability to Cast (independently) from a mobile device? By independent I mean casting through another app such All cast so you can still use your phone as opposed to casting the actual phone screen?
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t4r
Is the main difference between the Roku and Amazon Prime the ability to Cast (independently) from a mobile device? By independent I mean casting through another app such All cast so you can still use your phone as opposed to casting the actual phone screen?


Yes
#3
t4r
Is the main difference between the Roku and Amazon Prime the ability to Cast (independently) from a mobile device? By independent I mean casting through another app such All cast so you can still use your phone as opposed to casting the actual phone screen?


No. both FireTV and Roku have limited casting support compared to Chromecast. the main difference is that Roku supports just about all UK streaming services while FireTV is missing NowTV/Sky and Google Play. Amazon services have a better user interface on the Amazon equipment. Netflix playback on a Fire stick was ropey in my experience, sometimes unusable. I have a suspicion that sometimes on some services you don't get the full quality stream with Roku, or the picture is slightly soft compared to FireTV or Chromecast, but I have not been able to prove this and indeed the quality seemed identical on YouTube when I tested it.
1 Like #4
well that's the argos one going back then
1 Like #5
amazon have inevitably price matched
#6
Thanks Ashok. Heat added :)
#7
now same price on Amazon with prime
4 Likes #8
Cialilerin
now same price on Amazon with prime

So for most people: not the same price on Amazon then...
#9
I guess you can't put Kodi on this?
#10
What's the difference between this and kodi? Excuse m'gnorance.
#11
Can you stream movies to this from a NAS?
#12
What's better- this or the Firestick (obviously this one is cheaper at the moment). Just want to watch the new Clarkson show on Amazon Prime TV,
#13
Can you get access to a Slingbox from this?
#14
It is about time I took the jump to try one of these sticks . Would appreciate for a newbie in this field any comments which is better? I want to stream from Android phone and Windows internet.


1) Roku 3500Eu

2) Amazon fire TV stick

3) Google Chromecast

4) Now TV Box
#15
Hello peeps, my 72 year old mum wants to access Netflix, so has asked about a variety of streaming devices. I have an Amazon Fire Stick, but want to check out Chromecast & Roku (of which I have no experience).

Am I right in saying Chromecast doesn't have a remote? In which case it's ruled out as my ma doesn't have a smartphone? In which case Roku vs Fire Stick.

Fire Stick is straight forward, and she'll have no problems using. What are your thoughts those who have better experience? Remember it's for a 72 year old gran who will probably only use Netflix, so rooting to access Ukrainian streams, voice remote etc is not relevant! Appreciate your advice before I dive in and buy
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SamBee1
Hello peeps, my 72 year old mum wants to access Netflix, so has asked about a variety of streaming devices. I have an Amazon Fire Stick, but want to check out Chromecast & Roku (of which I have no experience).
Am I right in saying Chromecast doesn't have a remote? In which case it's ruled out as my ma doesn't have a smartphone? In which case Roku vs Fire Stick.
Fire Stick is straight forward, and she'll have no problems using. What are your thoughts those who have better experience? Remember it's for a 72 year old gran who will probably only use Netflix, so rooting to access Ukrainian streams, voice remote etc is not relevant! Appreciate your advice before I dive in and buy

Yeah you're right, Chromecast requires a phone or laptop to cast stuff from webpages/apps.

I've not used a fire stick before but we got a Roku stick at the weekend and I'm pretty pleased with it, it has a netflix shortcut button on the remote that launches the app so it's pretty straightforward to use for that. Plus as the thing isn't tied so closely to a company like the fire stick I feel it's probably a bit less restrictive in the range of apps from Amazon competitors.

Edited By: rqmusicfan on Nov 21, 2016 13:10
#17
Proveright
It is about time I took the jump to try one of these sticks . Would appreciate for a newbie in this field any comments which is better? I want to stream from Android phone and Windows internet.


1) Roku 3500Eu

2) Amazon fire TV stick

3) Google Chromecast

4) Now TV Box


Firestick or an Android box. A few quid more but far more content.
#18
rqmusicfan
Yeah you're right, Chromecast requires a phone or laptop to cast stuff from webpages/apps.

I've not used a fire stick before but we got a Roku stick at the weekend and I'm pretty pleased with it, it has a netflix shortcut button on the remote that launches the app so it's pretty straightforward to use for that. Plus as the thing isn't tied so closely to a company like the fire stick I feel it's probably a bit less restrictive in the range of apps from Amazon competitors.

That's great - mind made up. I did see the Netflix button - wondered if it was advertising or an actual shortcut button so thanks.

What are the others? According to google Amazon, Rdio, and Sling TV - never heard of the last 2!!
#19
SamBee1
rqmusicfan
Yeah you're right, Chromecast requires a phone or laptop to cast stuff from webpages/apps.
I've not used a fire stick before but we got a Roku stick at the weekend and I'm pretty pleased with it, it has a netflix shortcut button on the remote that launches the app so it's pretty straightforward to use for that. Plus as the thing isn't tied so closely to a company like the fire stick I feel it's probably a bit less restrictive in the range of apps from Amazon competitors.
That's great - mind made up. I did see the Netflix button - wondered if it was advertising or an actual shortcut button so thanks.
What are the others? According to google Amazon, Rdio, and Sling TV - never heard of the last 2!!

Yeah I noticed there are different buttons on some pictures of the remote, I guess the remotes are pretty specific to where the thing is being sold. The buttons on the UK one are Netflix, Spotify, Youtube and Google Play
#20
Can anybody confirm if Netflix runs OK on these?

My old Roku (LT) has netflix but the UI was pants and its a little slow. Is it better on this? How is it compared to the Xbox/ipad/etc. Early reviews suggested it took a while to boot. Overall, the Rokus always seemed a little underpowered for "complicated" UIs

Edited By: tehwabbit on Nov 21, 2016 16:38
1 Like #21
tehwabbit
Can anybody confirm if Netflix runs OK on these?
My old Roku (LT) has netflix but the UI was pants and its a little slow. Is it better on this? How is it compared to the Xbox/ipad/etc. Early reviews suggested it took a while to boot. Overall, the Rokus always seemed a little underpowered for "complicated" UIs

It runs fine, admittedly the version on the ps3/ps4 is quicker to load, The menu is still identical in look and function to the console version, but you do notice it's a bit slower to get up to speed with the menu initially. I haven't found it frustrating or anything, part of the reason I bought it though was to avoid having to switch a console on just to use Netflix.
#22
i got the 3600 from the usa and its a thousand times better, its probably coming here hence the price reduction.
#23
#24
can you run kodi on this?
#25
I have fire tv box, android media player and chromecast. Is there any reason I should get this?
#26
VAMOS DAN
can you run kodi on this?


From previous comments It does not appear you can
#27
Which device would be best to cast movies from say vlc/showbox straight on to the TV without too much hassle?
#28
Would I be correct in thinking this is the slightly older version and not the one reviewed on TechRadar? I think the new one is Matt black, but I'm not sure whether it is currently available in this country?
I have only just started looking at these streaming devices, on behalf of my mother, and wonder if a stick is the way to go or whether it is better to go the whole hog and get one of the more fancy boxes? Obviously ease-of-use is key, but don't mind paying more for extra functionality that delivers! I will be able to set any box up for my mother, but it has to be easy to use thereafter when I am not around. Any suggestions?
#29
smallsteve
Would I be correct in thinking this is the slightly older version and not the one reviewed on TechRadar? I think the new one is Matt black, but I'm not sure whether it is currently available in this country?
I have only just started looking at these streaming devices, on behalf of my mother, and wonder if a stick is the way to go or whether it is better to go the whole hog and get one of the more fancy boxes? Obviously ease-of-use is key, but don't mind paying more for extra functionality that delivers! I will be able to set any box up for my mother, but it has to be easy to use thereafter when I am not around. Any suggestions?

The TechRadar one is probably the newer model not available in the UK. I recommend against importing as well as it seems importing means you cannot get BBC iPlayer and some other UK services.

In regards to suggestions, ignoring price for a second, I think the boxes better suit living areas as they are really small and faster (assuming you get a current model not the old v1 boxes). However for say a kitchen I think the stick suits better, it can be plugged into the HDMI and USB of the TV and completely hidden and the Roku stick remote is not IR so works without pointing at the TV too.

However if the price jump from stick to box is large, the stick does perform reasonably well, it isn't too sluggish as to be annoying.
#30
I just bought one of these and had problems setting it up, wouldn't see my extender so i moved the bedroom TV closer and still wouldn't connect. I got an error code 014.

This fixed it in case anyone else has the same problem:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OHJmr9Gur0
#31
Proveright
It is about time I took the jump to try one of these sticks . Would appreciate for a newbie in this field any comments which is better? I want to stream from Android phone and Windows internet.
1) Roku 3500Eu
2) Amazon fire TV stick
3) Google Chromecast
4) Now TV Box
Roku has Amazon Video; Chromecast has BT Sport; Now TV runs on both; Amazon fire I don't know about.
One thing I have noticed with these devices is how primitive their initial setup User Interfaces are. You'd think we'd have progressed beyond having to type passwords using a virtual keyboard (and accessing/remembering the password in the first place is another story...)
Looking forward to the day we just use finger-print/retinal/voice for accessing services.

Edited By: Musicrab on Nov 22, 2016 17:35
#32
Just set it up to 'test' it out - pretty impressive little unit, was able to stream 1080p Netflix without any issues. Very handy having Now TV, Amazon Video, Plex, Spotify and Netflix all in one compact unit. Kids will be very happy with them I think come Christmas Day 8).
#33
ordered one from argos for £20...going straight back. Can get 2 lots of chicken and chips now for the 2 quid!!!
#34
seraj
ordered one from argos for £20...going straight back. Can get 2 lots of chicken and chips now for the 2 quid!!!
Debating wherther to the same?? £2.....
#35
is anybody else finding this stick very sluggish or is it just me?
#36
Zool
is anybody else finding this stick very sluggish or is it just me?

I found mine very slow to start with, but once it has warmed up it goes very well, it seems to need time to sort its self out for a minute or two, then mine performs very well - so far :)
#37
Try and get one working. For most people Amazon or Chromecast are better and much easier to set up.
#38
Do I still have to subscribe to Netflix and amazon prime or doe this have it on?
#39
SusieQu
Do I still have to subscribe to Netflix and amazon prime or doe this have it on?

You can use either or both on the Roku but you must still have active subscriptions to use them.
#40
can you cast the BT sport app to this?

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