ROKU 2 Media Streamer £39.99 @ Currys
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ROKU 2 Media Streamer £39.99 @ Currys

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Found 28th Apr 2015
Roku 2 needs no intro and now down from £59.99. Fantastic deal, as only Roku Stick is cheaper

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I wish the roku3 was discounted too, good find none the less !

Good price but I understand it's the old one?

PI 2 with kodi, genesis and pheonix tv... never look back

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it's the 'old' one, but still boasts plenty of the £99 Roku 3 features

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jaynino

I wish the roku3 was discounted too, good find none the less !


Roku 3 will be next as the 4 is out later in 2015, apparently

For the same price they also have the pack with a 3 month NOW TV Entertainment Pass - does that elivate it in the good value stakes ?? (not available for home delivery).

Same £39.99 deal (with 3 months NOW TV entertainment pass) also available direct from Amazon.

Not in stock at present but can be ordered.

amazon.co.uk/gp/…new

Heat added and ordered,..... Then ordered again for the entertainment pack

DudeyGeeza

PI 2 with kodi, genesis and pheonix tv... never look back



I'm thinking of getting a pi. Can you suggest good sites for guidance on setup... read loads, but many seem to plug their own preference and for a newbie it's a bit of minefield

Better then Apple TV?

I own both the Roku LT and Roku 3, although they both work and can perform clever things - they do have their own issues:

Roku LT is verrrryyyy slow when compared to the Roku 3, luckily the Roku 2 has similar processor setup to the Roku 3 so you should be ok. When I say slow, I'm refering to its menu navigation although gaming (which is very limited on the LT) is simply not usable on games like Birdy etc. Watching films, i-player, Sky store and PLEX etc. are fine (which is probably why you'd buy it anyway).

The Roku 3 is significantly faster than the LT but it's biggest issue is the use of Wifi for its remote. This can cause wifi signal blocking / jamming issues for other devices located nearby (Google this and you will find some great articles). Luckily the Roku 2 reports to use RF for its remote therefore given the choice again - I would choose the Roku 2 over the Roku 3.

In answer the the Apple TV v's Roku question. I'm an Apple fan however I've tried both and settled on the Roku as there are simply more channels available today - but I'm sure Apple will catch up eventually.

£39 is great value for this, I paid £35 for the LT around 6 months ago

If you've got a chromecast setup with showbox/HD cinema/mobdro on tap is there any use for these?

mart321

If you've got a chromecast setup with showbox/HD cinema/mobdro on tap is … If you've got a chromecast setup with showbox/HD cinema/mobdro on tap is there any use for these?



If you want to faff around with using another android device as a remote control then nope...if you want an a remote controlled device with a greater variety of apps then yes.

What does this do?

hannahsanangel

What does this do?



Acts pretty much as a smart tv box and media streamer for your tv.

I own and have used just about all of the Roku/Pi/Pi 2/Generic Android stick variations possible and what I have settled on is believe it or not is the Amazon Fire TV. I know it's a bit more expensive (£79 (you can get £30 if you take Amazon Prime also £79 for a year, which you get a fair amount of content with) but it's a rocket ship compared to anything bar a media PC setup. A good remote control, all the catchup TV services you need, runs the Plex client and Kodi/SPMC very well.

All the Roku does is have a lot (well in the UK not so much...) of channels that you'll mostly look at only once and it can run the Plex client also...

Obviously if ever penny is a prisoner then this is a good deal, just adding my penny's worth !

PS. Can't comment authoritatively on the Apple TV as I don't own one but after using a mate's one, I'm glad I don't.

Edited by: "BigHairyDave" 29th Apr 2015

When assessing these Roku deals do watch out for the problem of "Roku 2" being an ambiguous term as apparently Roku released a 2015 version earlier this month, while keeping the name unchanged, so some things you'll read are re "old" Roku 2 versus "new" Roku 2 and apparently in USA even retailers get confused...
eg
http://www.techhive.com/article/2915232/roku-psa-heres-how-to-tell-the-new-roku-2-and-roku-3-from-the-old-versions.html
and UK Roku Blog about the changes
blog.roku.com/blo…rs/

Edited by: "mk-donald" 29th Apr 2015

This or Amazon Fire TV Stick for a fiver less?

rodman

Better then Apple TV?


Most everything is.

madball

I'm thinking of getting a pi. Can you suggest good sites for guidance on … I'm thinking of getting a pi. Can you suggest good sites for guidance on setup... read loads, but many seem to plug their own preference and for a newbie it's a bit of minefield



I would get the firestick or fire TV dependent on your budget, it blows the pi out of the water, I still have the pi but there is no comparison for speed & ease of use. with regards to kodi, YouTube is the best or try seo-michael.co.uk/ , very simple instructions. Step 1 download kodi for your device, 2 install total installer(search YouTube or website above), this is a sort of app(called repos in kodi) store, 3, search in total installer & add & install genesis(TV& movies), add phoenix for sports. This will give you a basic setup. Then you can add other apps(addons) as required.

I have this reserved at Currys, primary use is to add Netflix, youtube etc to the TV that is used whilst on the treadmill.

Advantages (if it is the old Roku 2) are headphone plug in on the remote control...however there is a headphone plug in on the tv itself.

Before I go ahead and pick one up from Currys, I would be grateful for anyones input how it compares to the Fire TV Stick....advantage there is it being USB powered, no additional clutter...but which is better out of the two?

madball

I'm thinking of getting a pi. Can you suggest good sites for guidance on … I'm thinking of getting a pi. Can you suggest good sites for guidance on setup... read loads, but many seem to plug their own preference and for a newbie it's a bit of minefield



Avoid the Pi for Kodi, its terrible & so slow (thats on a B+).

cicobuff

If you want to faff around with using another android device as a remote … If you want to faff around with using another android device as a remote control then nope...if you want an a remote controlled device with a greater variety of apps then yes.



Ditto that. :-)

Tomb

Same £39.99 deal (with 3 months NOW TV entertainment pass) also available … Same £39.99 deal (with 3 months NOW TV entertainment pass) also available direct from Amazon.Not in stock at present but can be ordered.http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B00UB0G4QS/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=new



Was literally about to order it from Amazon... thought about it for 10 mins and now no longer selling it! nevermind...

No wait! I lie! I was looking on Amazon without the 3 month entertainment pass. Thanks for the heads up!
Edited by: "messiahcomplex8" 29th Apr 2015

Also thanks OP for posting!

messiahcomplex8

Was literally about to order it from Amazon... thought about it for 10 … Was literally about to order it from Amazon... thought about it for 10 mins and now no longer selling it! nevermind...



Universe telling you to get a Fire TV....

BigHairyDave

Universe telling you to get a Fire TV....



Haha, I saw your comment. Might get one of those later too, when Amazon reduce the price again...

DudeyGeeza

PI 2 with kodi, genesis and pheonix tv... never look back



i agree 100%. works a treat

ChrisUK

Avoid the Pi for Kodi, its terrible & so slow (thats on a B+).


The Openelec version with an overclocked model B+ works fine for me

DudeyGeeza

PI 2 with kodi, genesis and pheonix tv... never look back



That's still looking back.

DudeyGeeza

PI 2 with kodi, genesis and pheonix tv... never look back


agreed but with a PSU and memory card would cost more than this deal

Pay £300 for a baseline new gen NUC including RAM/SSD.
Then you'll wonder why you bothered skimping for so long with crappy slow UI on any cheap Pi/Pi2/Android/Cheapobox

Am I right in thinking these can't access ITV Player or 4OD (or whatever it is now)?

Was interested in this until I saw it had no ethernet, shame.

Can anyone recommend a better alternative to my WDTV Live box? I need ethernet. The WDTV Live box is doing my head in, it won't see network shares on my server and MKVs via Plex keep stopping.

Already got a Fire TV Stick for elsewhere in the house.
Edited by: "audin" 29th Apr 2015

patey

I own both the Roku LT and Roku 3, although they both work and can … I own both the Roku LT and Roku 3, although they both work and can perform clever things - they do have their own issues:Roku LT is verrrryyyy slow when compared to the Roku 3, luckily the Roku 2 has similar processor setup to the Roku 3 so you should be ok. When I say slow, I'm refering to its menu navigation although gaming (which is very limited on the LT) is simply not usable on games like Birdy etc. Watching films, i-player, Sky store and PLEX etc. are fine (which is probably why you'd buy it anyway).The Roku 3 is significantly faster than the LT but it's biggest issue is the use of Wifi for its remote. This can cause wifi signal blocking / jamming issues for other devices located nearby (Google this and you will find some great articles). Luckily the Roku 2 reports to use RF for its remote therefore given the choice again - I would choose the Roku 2 over the Roku 3.In answer the the Apple TV v's Roku question. I'm an Apple fan however I've tried both and settled on the Roku as there are simply more channels available today - but I'm sure Apple will catch up eventually.£39 is great value for this, I paid £35 for the LT around 6 months ago



Very insiteful, thanx for that. :-)

Ps.
U appear to be a bit offae with whats going on in the world around u? ('Roku-wise'? lol).

If/when OTHER Android Smart Devices are Displayed/Advertised, stuffs like quad-core this, dual core that, octo-core another again, 1/2/3gb the other, & 4/8/16gb next again too are ALWAYS at the pinnacle/forefront to any & all of the 'Marketting Engines' appeal factor, no? .. here however, this Roku Products' 'appeal factor' is blatantly that on the level of a different kind of animal entiry?!, as Roku NEVER once 'sells self' based upon such fancy fancy concepts, but yet it STILL 'appeals'? (how the hell its able to always achieve this, is a purely different argument in itself I guess?, lol). :-)

But saying that though, my REAL question is this, as the Roku never seems to have to never rely on such fancy fancy 'Marketting tricks' of 'Spin Doctoring', Roku Devices then don't seem to then bother u (& me ofcourse included! lol) in telling anyone pretty much of ANYTHING?.

Where would I find such 'Specs' for these Roku Devices along the lines of that what i've mentioned above already? .. from Roku LT - Roku 3? .. I would seriously like a Roku Box to pimp it out!, XBMC, PLEX, & ..... (all of which requiring 'real space'?, which amongst other things, the Roku's may or may NOT have?, & as Roku's never seem to state Spec's anything, who the hell is really the wiser ..... )

Thanx in advance lol. :-)

amour3k

Very insiteful, thanx for that. :-)Ps.U appear to be a bit offae with … Very insiteful, thanx for that. :-)Ps.U appear to be a bit offae with whats going on in the world around u? ('Roku-wise'? lol).If/when OTHER Android Smart Devices are Displayed/Advertised, stuffs like quad-core this, dual core that, octo-core another again, 1/2/3gb the other, & 4/8/16gb next again too are ALWAYS at the pinnacle/forefront to any & all of the 'Marketting Engines' appeal factor, no? .. here however, this Roku Products' 'appeal factor' is blatantly that on the level of a different kind of animal entiry?!, as Roku NEVER once 'sells self' based upon such fancy fancy concepts, but yet it STILL 'appeals'? (how the hell its able to always achieve this, is a purely different argument in itself I guess?, lol). :-)But saying that though, my REAL question is this, as the Roku never seems to have to never rely on such fancy fancy 'Marketting tricks' of 'Spin Doctoring', Roku Devices then don't seem to then bother u (& me ofcourse included! lol) in telling anyone pretty much of ANYTHING?.Where would I find such 'Specs' for these Roku Devices along the lines of that what i've mentioned above already? .. from Roku LT - Roku 3? .. I would seriously like a Roku Box to pimp it out!, XBMC, PLEX, & ..... (all of which requiring 'real space'?, which amongst other things, the Roku's may or may NOT have?, & as Roku's never seem to state Spec's anything, who the hell is really the wiser ..... )Thanx in advance lol. :-)



Have you just had a bump on the head?

ChrisUK

Avoid the Pi for Kodi, its terrible & so slow (thats on a B+).


PI 2 is amazing for it, never tried a previous one..

paulj48

agreed but with a PSU and memory card would cost more than this deal



it wouldnt, plus not many people dont have a usb charger with an android cable, and a memory card laying around.

audin

Was interested in this until I saw it had no ethernet, shame.Can anyone … Was interested in this until I saw it had no ethernet, shame.Can anyone recommend a better alternative to my WDTV Live box? I need ethernet. The WDTV Live box is doing my head in, it won't see network shares on my server and MKVs via Plex keep stopping.Already got a Fire TV Stick for elsewhere in the house.



Get the FireTV perhaps? .. that (from what i've been hear at least?) has ALL what u desire?, lol .. though saying that though, i'm pretty sure your already aware? (as u already own a Fire Stick?), Amazon = Amazon! (like Apple = Apple, & Microsoft = Microsoft), eg. they DONT 'SHARE!' (UNLIKE normal 'Android' Devices?, so as far as 'flexibility' of your Device is concerned, u MAY become stuffed?, lol (UNLESS ofcourse u 'ROOT' it? (the iOS equivelant to this is 'Jailbreaking', a terminology u may just be a wee bit more familiar with still? lol) .. then ofcourse your Device can fly ..... hehehehe (Google it?). :-)
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