Get Roku 2 (Model 4205EU) For £34.00 With eCoupon Code TDX-KH7H @ Tesco Direct
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Get Roku 2 (Model 4205EU) For £34.00 With eCoupon Code TDX-KH7H @ Tesco Direct

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Found 12th FebEdited by:"IoW_Skin"
PRODUCT DETAILS


  • Enhance your entertainment choice
  • Access over 4,500 channels and over 150,000 movies and TV episodes
  • Intuitive channel shortcut buttons to your favourite streaming channels


Give your TV a shift towards the smart revolution with the Roku 2 HD Digital Media Streamer. A true hub of entertainment, the Roku 2 transforms your home entertainment system into a world of possibilities, with access to thousands of TV shows, movies and more. Compact design and high-quality internet streaming combine to make the Roku 2 a no-hassle addition to your home entertainment system.


Finding something to watch will never be a struggle again with over 4,500 channels and over 150,000 movies and TV episodes available. User-friendly Roku Search makes it easy to explore what’s currently available from the most popular channels and it is also easy to see which content is free and which requires a subscription or one-off payment. Enjoy all the catch-up TV services such as BBC iPlayer, My5, All 4 and ITV Hub. You can also invest in subscriptions from leading providers such as Netflix, Amazon Video and NOW TV. Other apps, including Google Play Movies & TV, MUBI, Rakuten TV (formerly Wuaki TV), Shudder, Flix Premiere, TVPlayer, YouTube and Deezer for the latest music, help to create an entirely immersive and truly multichannel entertainment experience.


The easy-to-use remote makes this HD digital media streamer easy to navigate, and with true plug-and-play functionality you’ll have that first film or TV show started within minutes.


Easy sharing via smartphone or tablet

Explore your Roku feed with your smartphone or tablet by simply downloading the free Roku app. Browse and add your favourite channels and send your own videos, music and photos directly to your TV screen.


Superfast performance in HD

No time is wasted buffering and waiting impatiently for apps to load as the Roku 2 Digital Media Streamer features a fast processor and dual-band wireless networking. Ultra-smooth and lag-free performance ensures you can enjoy your chosen media content quickly and with ease. If paired with a HD TV and access to HD channels, you can use your Roku 2 to stream the latest high-definition content too.


PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS


Interfaces/Ports

Scart RGB Enabled - No

HDMI Connection - Yes

USB Port - Yes


Additional Information

What's in the Box:

Roku 2 Streaming Player,
Remote control,
2 AAA batteries,
Getting Started guide,
Power Adapter.


Dimensions

Product Height
2.5 Centimetre

Product Width
8.9 Centimetre

Product Depth
8.9 Centimetre

Product Weight
142.0 Gram


Key Information

Type: Media streamer


Smart TV Services

Netflix - Yes

Now TV - Yes

Amazon Instant Video - Yes

BBC iPlayer - Yes

ITV Player - Yes

All 4 - Yes

Demand 5 - Yes

Deezer - Yes

Flix Premiere - Yes

Google Play Movies & TV - Yes

MUBI - Yes

Rakuten TV UK - Yes

Shudder UK - Yes

TVPlayer - Yes

WWE Network - Yes

YouTube - Yes


Features

Number of Roku Channels (Apps) - 4,500+

Remote Control - Yes

Remote Control via Mobile App(s) - Yes
Community Updates

Groups

40 Comments
Great little boxes these - great (only?) way to get Amazon, Nowtv, Netflix and Google play in one place. Heat added.
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hotrod212th Feb

Great little boxes these - great (only?) way to get Amazon, Nowtv, Netflix …Great little boxes these - great (only?) way to get Amazon, Nowtv, Netflix and Google play in one place. Heat added.




Yep... a great streamer, at a great price (less than half the original selling-price) and with the current UK Roku line-up lacking any models with an option for wired (ethernet) connections and/or a USB port for plugging-in external drives, USB sticks, etc. this is well worth picking-up for only a fiver more than the Roku Express!

Thanks for the heat!
Can you mirror iPhone to this Roku device?
What's the difference between this and the Roku 3. Is just the headphone jack on the remote?
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FREE DOWNLOAD OF ROKU APP FOR iOS MOBILE DEVICES
ed_system20 m ago

Can you mirror iPhone to this Roku device?




Hi, Ed...


AFAIK the Roku Screen Mirroring feature will only work with compatible Android / Windows devices... however, you can playback media files captured on the iPhone device itself as well as "cast" from the iOS apps for 'YouTube' and 'Netflix' to watch on the big screen rather than on your mobile device. The official Roku mobile app(s) available to download for FREE from the Roku website [roku.com/en-gb/mobile-app] include one for Apple mobile devices and let you control your Roku Player or Roku Streaming Stick from your iPhone or iPad/iPod with the same easy-to-use buttons you’ll find on the standard Roku remote, including play/pause, forward/back, instant replay, and the option buttons. Plus, if you prefer typing over swiping, the Roku app also includes a virtual keyboard.


FREE DOWNLOAD OF ROKU APP FOR iOS MOBILE DEVICES


There's lots of apps in the Roku Channel Store that act as "clients" or "companion apps" for mobile device apps and, having owned one for several years, there's not much that I haven't been able to watch (content-wise) on Roku devices (incl. this model) and I can personally recommend it based on my own experience of streaming on these devices (even without iPhone mirroring!)
Nevare8815 m ago

What's the difference between this and the Roku 3. Is just the headphone …What's the difference between this and the Roku 3. Is just the headphone jack on the remote?


This PDF at Roku compares all the models: image.roku.com/ww/…pdf
Heated, good price. Pity the Roku 3 never seems to come down to this kind of level as the headphone remote is a neat feature, but if you aren't bothered about that, this is a good buy...
Was tempted but the point anywhere remote works wonders with my current Roku Stick to keep all my AV hidden.

This model uses IR remote.
Crossbow7 m ago

This PDF at Roku compares all the models: …This PDF at Roku compares all the models: https://image.roku.com/ww/docs/compare-chart-new-old-en-us.pdf


Thanks. Wonder why my Roku 3 never had voice search.
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Nevare8825 m ago

What's the difference between this and the Roku 3. Is just the headphone …What's the difference between this and the Roku 3. Is just the headphone jack on the remote?




Hi, 'Nevare88'...


Really, the *only* differences between this Roku 2 (Model 4205EU) and the Roku 3 (Model 4200EU) which came before it, are all related to the remote control. You're right about the headphone jack / volume controls... but there's also the fact that this model has an IR remote, whereas the Roku 3 remote uses 'WiFi Direct' technology. This gives the Roku 3 remote a slight edge, with it's ability to "point anywhere" and control the device, whereas the IR remote supplied with Roku 2 requires "line-of-sight" operation in order to function at it's best. Another difference is the lack of "motion control" for gaming which is a feature of the enhanced remote for Roku 3, but *not* the basic IR remote supplied with the Roku 2. This also means there are fifty (or so) less apps on the Roku 2 (and other UK Roku models) versus what is available in the channel store on a Roku 3 device - however, most of those "missing" apps are for gaming... and, other than that, this model has the same range of Roku channels (apps) as any other UK Roku device.

As far as the features / functions/ hardware incorporated on the set-top box (itself) the Roku 2 (Model 4205EU) is identical to the Roku 3... so, if you're not bothered about the additional features / functionality afforded by the enhanced remote with the Roku 3, this Roku 2 model is just as good in every other aspect!
IoW_Skin7 m ago

Hi, 'Nevare88'...Really, the *only* differences between this Roku 2 (Model …Hi, 'Nevare88'...Really, the *only* differences between this Roku 2 (Model 4205EU) and the Roku 3 (Model 4200EU) which came before it, are all related to the remote control. You're right about the headphone jack / volume controls... but there's also the fact that this model has an IR remote, whereas the Roku 3 remote uses 'WiFi Direct' technology. This gives the Roku 3 remote a slight edge, with it's ability to "point anywhere" and control the device, whereas the IR remote supplied with Roku 2 requires "line-of-sight" operation in order to function at it's best. Another difference is the lack of "motion control" for gaming which is a feature of the enhanced remote for Roku 3, but *not* the basic IR remote supplied with the Roku 2. This also means there are fifty (or so) less apps on the Roku 2 (and other UK Roku models) versus what is available in the channel store on a Roku 3 device - however, most of those "missing" apps are for gaming... and, other than that, this model has the same range of Roku channels (apps) as any other UK Roku device. As far as the features / functions/ hardware incorporated on the set-top box (itself) the Roku 2 (Model 4205EU) is identical to the Roku 3... so, if you're not bothered about the additional features / functionality afforded by the enhanced remote with the Roku 3, this Roku 2 model is just as good in every other aspect!

Thanks.
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The_IMF16 m ago

Was tempted but the point anywhere remote works wonders with my current …Was tempted but the point anywhere remote works wonders with my current Roku Stick to keep all my AV hidden.This model uses IR remote.




Hi...


Depending on how well you like to keep your AV "hidden", I have had success when mounting the 'Roku LT' (one of the original UK Roku devices) behind a TV panel - using cable ties - and then "bouncing" the IR remote signal off of the walls / ceiling to get behind the TV. Once you get used to the "sweet spot", it works just as well (even better, on occasions) than the 'WiFi Direct' ones and/or the Bluetooth one that came with the Roku 2 XS (the other original UK Roku model).


Alternatively, the *free* Roku mobile app can be used to control this device over WiFi, should "hidden" need to be completely out of sight (e.g. in a cupboard / cabinet). If you want to give it a try, the official Roku mobile app(s) are available to download from the Roku website [roku.com/en-gb/mobile-app] and there are links to IOS / Android versions, plus one for Windows Phone, which can all be downloaded for free!
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Nevare8826 m ago

Thanks. Wonder why my Roku 3 never had voice search.




Hello again...

The link to that online PDF was for U.S. Roku devices. Had you imported an updated 'Roku 3' (Model 4230) from the United States (or Canada) the remote would have included a mic for "Voice Search" but the UK version (Model 4200) didn't have that feature and Roku never introduced the updated model here. Seems a bit daft, if you ask me, but they did a similar thing with the new 'Roku Streaming Stick+' which had "Voice Search" on the remote supplied with the U.S. version... but not the remote with the UK one!

You should be able to get around this with the Roku mobile app, these days, which has been updated to include "Voice Search" features. I've had a play around and used it to launch apps by name as well... so, give it a try - if you haven't already!
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ST312336 m ago

Heated, good price. Pity the Roku 3 never seems to come down to this kind …Heated, good price. Pity the Roku 3 never seems to come down to this kind of level as the headphone remote is a neat feature, but if you aren't bothered about that, this is a good buy...




Hi,'ST3123'...

Yes... the 'Roku 3' is becoming as rare as rocking horse doo-dah these days... there were some good deals to be had when stocks were dwindling in UK stores, as newer models came in, but they don't come about very often now. That said, someone flogged a couple of them for £30 a pop on flea-bay in the last fortnight - so, if you don't mind getting a 2nd-hand one, opportunities do come up from time to time!

Thanks for the heat!
Thanks OP very informative post
I picked up this from Amazon for £30 and the Roku 3 for £49 from the same place.
Great boxes and give me everything I use accept BT Sport for which I use a Chromecast 2 which doesn't do Amazon Video.
The Remote on the 3 is cool but this for £34 is hot.
It's deals like this that make the Apple TV seem rather pricey.
IoW_Skin1 h, 9 m ago

Hello again...The link to that online PDF was for U.S. Roku devices. Had …Hello again...The link to that online PDF was for U.S. Roku devices. Had you imported an updated 'Roku 3' (Model 4230) from the United States (or Canada) the remote would have included a mic for "Voice Search" but the UK version (Model 4200) didn't have that feature and Roku never introduced the updated model here. Seems a bit daft, if you ask me, but they did a similar thing with the new 'Roku Streaming Stick+' which had "Voice Search" on the remote supplied with the U.S. version... but not the remote with the UK one! You should be able to get around this with the Roku mobile app, these days, which has been updated to include "Voice Search" features. I've had a play around and used it to launch apps by name as well... so, give it a try - if you haven't already!


I use the app. Just wished it had "private listening" like in the US
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zermattbusby1 h, 27 m ago

Thanks OP very informative post




You're welcome!
Could someone explain whether this is better than an android box? Is it the same?
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Agharta1 h, 22 m ago

I picked up this from Amazon for £30 and the Roku 3 for £49 from the same p …I picked up this from Amazon for £30 and the Roku 3 for £49 from the same place.Great boxes and give me everything I use accept BT Sport for which I use a Chromecast 2 which doesn't do Amazon Video.The Remote on the 3 is cool but this for £34 is hot.It's deals like this that make the Apple TV seem rather pricey.




Hi, 'Agharta'...


I remember those deals from Amazon, and even took advantage of them myself. Like you, I had to resort to alternative methods for streaming BT Sport. However I'm hoping that, once the channel-swapping agreement between Sky / BT comes into effect in 2019 and the Roku channel for 'BT Sport' which is planned for NOW TV Box finally gets a release, the Roku channel (app) for 'BT Sport' on NOW TV devices will also be submitted to Roku for inclusion in the built-in channel store on UK Roku devices. Given how every app in the NOW TV 'App Store' is effectively a Roku channel anyway, you'd think that 'BT' would be smart enough to get double bang for their buck (in terms of development costs) by releasing it on both platforms - especially as it's equally capable of running on Roku devices as it is on NOW TV-branded players. Let's just keep our fingers crossed that they are wise enough to do that!

As for the 'Apple TV' thing... I'm inclined to agree that it's "rather pricey" and, personally, IDK why anyone would pay £150-£200 for (an admittedly good) device when it lacks a native app for "All4" and does not have the 'My TV' features like 'Watchlist', etc. in the "NOW TV" app for the platform. For my money, this deal (and the £29 Roku Express) offer much better access to streaming media content for a far lower initial outlay and while the UI (user interface) on Roku devices may not look as flash as the one on Apple TV, it's easy to navigate (for anyone from kids to OAP's) and does the job quickly and easily - which will suit most people just fine!
Oos
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Rockpaperfunko31 m ago

Could someone explain whether this is better than an android box? Is it …Could someone explain whether this is better than an android box? Is it the same?




Hi, 'Rockpaperfunko'...


Whether or not one is "better" than the other is a matter of personal opinion. By it's very nature an 'Android Box' will run apps that have been developed for the Android platform. Those apps will not work on Roku devices, like this one, which run apps that have been developed specifically for the Roku OS. Both types of device can be used for streaming content from the internet on your TV so, on that basis, they could be considered similar - if not (exactly) the "same" thing. Personally, I've not found much that I have not been able to stream on my Roku devices (even without being able to install / run Android apps on them) but you'd have to figure out what you want from a streaming device and then go from there. If it's all the UK CatchUp TV (BBC iPlayer, ITVhub, All4 & My5) plus major services like Netflix, Amazon Video and NOW TV you want to stream, then a Roku device will be perfect. However, if you wish to install KODI (for example) to take advantage of the many add-ons available, then an Android-based device would be better for you.


I hope that helps!
Was showing out of stock a few minutes ago but now saying low stock. Tried inputting the code but coming back as invalid, anyone else having the same issue?
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sonygeezer20 m ago

Oos




Hi, 'sonygeezer'...

Thanks for the update! Just checked the Tesco website myself and it seems to just be "other sellers" now, so I'll expire this.
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Rdaarmstrong8 m ago

Was showing out of stock a few minutes ago but now saying low stock. Tried …Was showing out of stock a few minutes ago but now saying low stock. Tried inputting the code but coming back as invalid, anyone else having the same issue?




Hi, 'Rdaarmstrong'...


I've expired this deal for now (based on a previous OOS comment) because, when I checked the Tesco website, it was only available through "other sellers" and that might explain what you saw. The code may have come back as invalid, when you tried to input it, on account of the eCoupon being for purchases from Tesco Direct and not "other sellers" so (for now at least) it looks as though you might have missed your opportunity to buy one at this price. However, if I see that there is further stock available from Tesco in the next day or two, I will 'Unexpire' it for you!
mod
I've unexpired @IoW_Skin
Thanks for posting and welcome to HUKD
IoW_Skin3 h, 39 m ago

Hi...Depending on how well you like to keep your AV "hidden", I have had …Hi...Depending on how well you like to keep your AV "hidden", I have had success when mounting the 'Roku LT' (one of the original UK Roku devices) behind a TV panel - using cable ties - and then "bouncing" the IR remote signal off of the walls / ceiling to get behind the TV. Once you get used to the "sweet spot", it works just as well (even better, on occasions) than the 'WiFi Direct' ones and/or the Bluetooth one that came with the Roku 2 XS (the other original UK Roku model). Alternatively, the *free* Roku mobile app can be used to control this device over WiFi, should "hidden" need to be completely out of sight (e.g. in a cupboard / cabinet). If you want to give it a try, the official Roku mobile app(s) are available to download from the Roku website [roku.com/en-gb/mobile-app] and there are links to IOS / Android versions, plus one for Windows Phone, which can all be downloaded for free!


Thanks for the advice, I took that as 2 XS is the one I should be looking at.

XS for me I thought stood for Extra Small...

I had modular wall units with no way of bouncing signal and I hate using apps on phones to control stuff. Had to do it when I lost my fire stick remote.
IoW_Skin1 h, 53 m ago

Like you, I had to resort to alternative methods for streaming BT Sport. …Like you, I had to resort to alternative methods for streaming BT Sport. However I'm hoping that, once the channel-swapping agreement between Sky / BT comes into effect in 2019 and the Roku channel for 'BT Sport' which is planned for NOW TV Box finally gets a release, the Roku channel (app) for 'BT Sport' on NOW TV devices will also be submitted to Roku for inclusion in the built-in channel store on UK Roku devices. Given how every app in the NOW TV 'App Store' is effectively a Roku channel anyway, you'd think that 'BT' would be smart enough to get double bang for their buck (in terms of development costs) by releasing it on both platforms - especially as it's equally capable of running on Roku devices as it is on NOW TV-branded players. Let's just keep our fingers crossed that they are wise enough to do that!


Thanks for the info. I did wonder if BT might stick it on Roku but I didn't think about the relationships between the three companies that you reminded me of.
That makes it more possible but who knows with these companies.
If you disregard 4K (because I don't have that TV), which would be better between this and the 4K stick? I was recommended that 4K stick over the cheaper Express as it is supposed to be quicker and drop out less. I was going to go for a 4K stick but now I've seen this deal.
Just bought two and got £10 off with code!!
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milady3 h, 16 m ago

If you disregard 4K (because I don't have that TV), which would be better …If you disregard 4K (because I don't have that TV), which would be better between this and the 4K stick? I was recommended that 4K stick over the cheaper Express as it is supposed to be quicker and drop out less. I was going to go for a 4K stick but now I've seen this deal.




Hi, 'milady'...


There's a lot to consider between the three devices you have mentioned. So, it really comes down to your own personal wants and needs for a streaming device. If I were to choose the device shown in this deal, i.e. Roku 2 (Model 4205EU), over the newer 'Roku Express' and/or 'Roku Streaming Stick+' models... it would be purely on account of it having an ethernet port (for a wired network connection, as opposed to a wireless one) and a USB port (for playing media stored on an external drive and/or USB stick) since, in every other way, the two newer devices are just as good but cheaper (Roku Express) or better and come with more features albeit at a higher price (Roku Streaming Stick+).


If you don't want (or need) 4K, but have a decent WiFi signal wherever you plan to use it, the HD-only Roku Express is a great streamer. I have one, which I use on a display close to my router (i.e. where there is a very strong WiFi signal) and have experienced no lack of speed when navigating the menus, or "drop outs" in my wireless signal, during the four months that I have owned it. I can highly recommend this to anyone with a decent wireless setup who is happy with HD-only (at best) and doesn't want a 4K-capable device. On the other hand, even if you think you *might* upgrade your television to a 4K model in future, then the 'Roku Streaming Stick+' would be the better choice for you. Yes, it will cost you more initially, but it's likely to be supported for a longer period of time than the 'Roku 2' - which will be three year old technology very soon - and, in my experience, buying the best (preferably *the* best) model you can afford will pay-off in the long run.


To put it into perspective, my original 'Roku LT' from 2012 is struggling to run some of the apps now... mainly because the apps are constantly being updated, whereas the hardware remains the same... and even little tweaks in the firmware (i.e. the software that runs the hardware) cannot keep an old device going forever. Likewise, some of the other slightly older models (Roku 2 XS, Roku 1, etc.) are no longer as fast as they were initially. Only my 'Roku 3' and 'Roku2' (like the one listed here) are still doing okay with the current Roku OS and set of apps and that is largely because they were either the top-of-the-line (Roku 3) or the latest device, prior to the release of the Roku Express / Roku Streaming Stick+ models (Roku 2), but I'm not expecting them to be able to cope with the app updates indefinitely.


Despite my personal preference for wired connections when streaming, on account of their being far more stable / reliable, if you asked me to pick just one of the three today, it would have to be the 'Roku Streaming Stick+'... but, for the reasons previously explained, if you feel that the 'Roku 2' or 'Roku Express' would suffice for your needs, I would happily recommend either one!
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bargins4me3 h, 4 m ago

Just bought two and got £10 off with code!!



Hi, 'bargins4me'...


Glad to hear it worked for you! Did you buy them "in-store" with the code, or online? Only, when I checked this afternoon, Tesco Direct (the website) didn't seem to have any "in stock" - other than from "approved" Tesco Partners - so I'm curious to know how you got the offer?
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The_IMF22 h, 49 m ago

Thanks for the advice, I took that as 2 XS is the one I should be looking …Thanks for the advice, I took that as 2 XS is the one I should be looking at.XS for me I thought stood for Extra Small...I had modular wall units with no way of bouncing signal and I hate using apps on phones to control stuff. Had to do it when I lost my fire stick remote.




Hi...


While it might have been a good solution for your personal AV setup, I don't think I would recommend that anyone sought-out a 'Roku 2 XS' to be their chosen streaming device these days. Don't get me wrong... I have one, and it has served me very well over the years (since 2012, when I first bought it), but the hardware isn't really up to the task of running the latest updates to some of the Roku channels (apps) I use most frequently and, as a result, my own 'Roku 2 XS' is now in semi-retirement!

I'm not entirely sure what the "XS" stood for in the name of that 'Roku 2 XS' device (Model 3100EU)... possibly "eXtra Special", or perhaps even "eXcesS" - on account of it having more features than were necessary for your average streamer at the time - but, despite having a small "hockey puck" sized footprint, I'm fairly certain it didn't stand for "eXtra Small"!

It's more likely that it was used to signify the progression from the first generation (US-only) Roku models: Roku HD (Model 2000); RokuXD (Model 2050), plus; Roku XDS (Model 2100) which were released in 2010... and the second generation models: Roku 2 HD (Model 3000); Roku 2XD (Model 3050), plus; Roku XS (Model 3100) which were released in 2011 for the U.S. market, before a UK version of the 'Roku 2XS' was produced and released as one of the first UK Roku devices (along with the 'Roku LT', which they later cloned for the first [white] NOW TV Box).


Either way, with your aversion to using mobile apps and always "hidden" AV setup, it doesn't sound like any of these will be preferable to your (current) Roku Stick and/or other streaming devices... still it's nice to have so many options!
Anybody know how to watch ultraviolet films on roku devices since flixster and CinemaNow stopped?
Thanks
IoW_Skin4 h, 58 m ago

Hi, 'bargins4me'...Glad to hear it worked for you! Did you buy them …Hi, 'bargins4me'...Glad to hear it worked for you! Did you buy them "in-store" with the code, or online? Only, when I checked this afternoon, Tesco Direct (the website) didn't seem to have any "in stock" - other than from "approved" Tesco Partners - so I'm curious to know how you got the offer?


Hi, I bought it online from Tesco and used the code this afternoon at about 3pm. I did check yesterday but it was out of stock, so I was glad to see it was back in stock.
IoW_Skin6 h, 26 m ago

Hi, 'milady'...There's a lot to consider between the three devices you …Hi, 'milady'...There's a lot to consider between the three devices you have mentioned. So, it really comes down to your own personal wants and needs for a streaming device. If I were to choose the device shown in this deal, i.e. Roku 2 (Model 4205EU), over the newer 'Roku Express' and/or 'Roku Streaming Stick+' models... it would be purely on account of it having an ethernet port (for a wired network connection, as opposed to a wireless one) and a USB port (for playing media stored on an external drive and/or USB stick) since, in every other way, the two newer devices are just as good but cheaper (Roku Express) or better and come with more features albeit at a higher price (Roku Streaming Stick+).If you don't want (or need) 4K, but have a decent WiFi signal wherever you plan to use it, the HD-only Roku Express is a great streamer. I have one, which I use on a display close to my router (i.e. where there is a very strong WiFi signal) and have experienced no lack of speed when navigating the menus, or "drop outs" in my wireless signal, during the four months that I have owned it. I can highly recommend this to anyone with a decent wireless setup who is happy with HD-only (at best) and doesn't want a 4K-capable device. On the other hand, even if you think you *might* upgrade your television to a 4K model in future, then the 'Roku Streaming Stick+' would be the better choice for you. Yes, it will cost you more initially, but it's likely to be supported for a longer period of time than the 'Roku 2' - which will be three year old technology very soon - and, in my experience, buying the best (preferably *the* best) model you can afford will pay-off in the long run. To put it into perspective, my original 'Roku LT' from 2012 is struggling to run some of the apps now... mainly because the apps are constantly being updated, whereas the hardware remains the same... and even little tweaks in the firmware (i.e. the software that runs the hardware) cannot keep an old device going forever. Likewise, some of the other slightly older models (Roku 2 XS, Roku 1, etc.) are no longer as fast as they were initially. Only my 'Roku 3' and 'Roku2' (like the one listed here) are still doing okay with the current Roku OS and set of apps and that is largely because they were either the top-of-the-line (Roku 3) or the latest device, prior to the release of the Roku Express / Roku Streaming Stick+ models (Roku 2), but I'm not expecting them to be able to cope with the app updates indefinitely.Despite my personal preference for wired connections when streaming, on account of their being far more stable / reliable, if you asked me to pick just one of the three today, it would have to be the 'Roku Streaming Stick+'... but, for the reasons previously explained, if you feel that the 'Roku 2' or 'Roku Express' would suffice for your needs, I would happily recommend either one!



Thanks, this was really, really helpful . I hadn't considered the USB port issue, but I can see how that could be really useful for a lot of people. My wifi is super strong so I'm probably going to go for the 4K stick on that basis, but it's been really useful to finally understand the options. Thanks again!
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SS4116 h, 26 m ago

Anybody know how to watch ultraviolet films on roku devices since flixster …Anybody know how to watch ultraviolet films on roku devices since flixster and CinemaNow stopped? Thanks




Hi, 'SS41'...


Unfortunately, there's no longer any Roku channels which support UltraViolet film playback in the UK. At one time, UK Roku users had multiple options for streaming their UltraViolet library but, one-by-one, these have all dropped away. In addition to 'Flixster' and "CinemaNow', which you mentioned, there was 'Sainsburys Entertainment' (who ended their services on 20th September 2016) as well as an Roku channel for 'Wuaki TV UK' - since rebranded to 'Rakuten TV UK - who ended the UltraViolet aspect of their service as of 1st March 2017. At that point, UK Roku users were out of options for streaming UV content!

In my opinion, there were too many flaws surrounding how the whole UltraViolet service was set-up to begin with. One of the main bugbears for a lot of users is how the availability of any given film was down to the individual retailer... so even if your UV code was redeemable on 'Flixtser' (for example) there was no guarantee that it would have been redeemable on ' CinemaNow', or 'Wuaki TV UK', or 'Sainsburys Entertainment' (and vice versa). Under the circumstances, it's not surprising that UV support has diminished to all but two options in the UK: namely, Kaleidescape [kaleidescape.com], or; Sony Pictures [ultraviolet.sonypictures.com] and, even then, I think the latter is restricted to just Sony Pictures content - plus, neither one can be streamed on Roku devices!

There's since been a (slight) glimmer of hope with the introduction of "Movies Anywhere" in the United States, which aggregates content from Vudu / Google Play / iTunes / Amazon Video letting you browse and watch your collection of eligible Disney, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal, and Warner Bros movies (along with bonus material and exclusive videos) across multiple devices. They already have a Roku channel developed, which has been released (and is already working) on Roku devices in the USA, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the 'Movies Anywhere' service (together with their Roku app) gets extended to the UK and (if so) makes a better job of things than UV did with their attempt.


However, for the time being, there is no Roku channel for 'UltraViolet' playback... so you may have to look to another device if you wish to use their service in the UK (TIP: several people have reportedly used Nvidia Shield with varying degrees of success for this purpose). Alternatively, you could consider making your own digital copy (in a Roku-compatible format) and then watching via the 'Roku Media Player' channel, or 'Plex', etc, etc. but those are pretty much your only options right now.
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milady13 h, 7 m ago

Thanks, this was really, really helpful . I hadn't considered the USB …Thanks, this was really, really helpful . I hadn't considered the USB port issue, but I can see how that could be really useful for a lot of people. My wifi is super strong so I'm probably going to go for the 4K stick on that basis, but it's been really useful to finally understand the options. Thanks again!


You're welcome! FWIW... I think you made a great choice!
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bargins4me14 h, 30 m ago

Hi, I bought it online from Tesco and used the code this afternoon at …Hi, I bought it online from Tesco and used the code this afternoon at about 3pm. I did check yesterday but it was out of stock, so I was glad to see it was back in stock.




Hello again...


Thanks for confirming that... seems like the stock levels at Tesco are all over the place with this product. Hopefully there will be more opportunities for HUKD members to take advantage of this deal before it ends tomorrow!
Code has expired :-( good deal if they get more stock stil
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