Roku 2 XS Media Streamer Player £39.99 @ ebuyer (potential for TCB too)
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Roku 2 XS Media Streamer Player £39.99 @ ebuyer (potential for TCB too)

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Found 9th May 2014
- Lots of entertainment channels available, including hundreds of free movies
- Plays the best HD video (1080p)
- Enhanced RF remote with motion control for games
- FREE full edition of Angry Birds game

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Struggling to work out how you get the hundreds of free movies?

Original Poster

stuartguest1

Struggling to work out how you get the hundreds of free movies?



There's an app on it called 'crackle'

1st time I've seen this under £40. Hubba hubba hot stuff.

Hi All, Can you stream content held on your phone to your TV using this device?
Thanks for the sound advice in advance :0)

Depends on what you mean.

If you have movies stored locally on your phone then as long as your phone has a DLNA server app it should work just fine.

Gazbert

Depends on what you mean. If you have movies stored locally on your phone … Depends on what you mean. If you have movies stored locally on your phone then as long as your phone has a DLNA server app it should work just fine.

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Gazbert

Depends on what you mean. If you have movies stored locally on your phone … Depends on what you mean. If you have movies stored locally on your phone then as long as your phone has a DLNA server app it should work just fine.



On andoird, i recomment Pixel DMS - turns your phone in to a DNLA media server.

hi Gaz, thanks for the feedback....that's exactly what I meant :0)....using my note 3.....and looking to send content to my non smart TV without the need of lots of cable.
Samsung all share cast hub is quite costly for what it is, so have been looking at chrome cast and other such devices.

Just downloaded pixal dms, so will check this out tonight...as it happens I have a ps3 too.
I have used the note 3 the steam local content but don't like the way the screen goes blank on the note 3....I would like to use it like a remote.....

Hot deal, good price for this. Have been waiting for a price drop on the Roku 3 but in the absence of that, I'll stump for this 2 XS deal.

Is it possible to use this to view Clubcard TV on the telly?

Reason for asking is that our Netflix sub has come to and end and Clubcard TV seems a good substitute. Problem is, there doesn't appear to be a device on the market that allows you to watch it on the telly. (Tried a cheap Miracast dongle and that just stutters)

Original Poster

garlik_bread

Hot deal, good price for this. Have been waiting for a price drop on the … Hot deal, good price for this. Have been waiting for a price drop on the Roku 3 but in the absence of that, I'll stump for this 2 XS deal.



Also consider buying a raspberry pi..

Original Poster

HudlUserDOTcom

Is it possible to use this to view Clubcard TV on the telly?Reason for … Is it possible to use this to view Clubcard TV on the telly?Reason for asking is that our Netflix sub has come to and end and Clubcard TV seems a good substitute. Problem is, there doesn't appear to be a device on the market that allows you to watch it on the telly. (Tried a cheap Miracast dongle and that just stutters)



I'd be tempted to renew Netflix.. had an email from them this morning saying new customers will have to may £6.99 opposed to £5.99.

adam_holcombe

There's an app on it called 'crackle'



Does Crackle work in the UK? I thought Sony had announced they were closing it down?
Edited by: "HudlUserDOTcom" 9th May 2014

adam_holcombe

I'd be tempted to renew Netflix.. had an email from them this morning … I'd be tempted to renew Netflix.. had an email from them this morning saying new customers will have to may £6.99 opposed to £5.99.



Yeah, but even £6.00 is too much for what we watch. (We have just come to the end of an annual gift pass)

Original Poster

HudlUserDOTcom

Does Crackle work in the UK? I thought Sony had announced they were … Does Crackle work in the UK? I thought Sony had announced they were closing it down?



good spot - didn't see this gigaom.com/201…on/

Original Poster

HudlUserDOTcom

Yeah, but even £6.00 is too much for what we watch. (We have just come to … Yeah, but even £6.00 is too much for what we watch. (We have just come to the end of an annual gift pass)


HudlUserDOTcom

Yeah, but even £6.00 is too much for what we watch. (We have just come to … Yeah, but even £6.00 is too much for what we watch. (We have just come to the end of an annual gift pass)



Check out unblock.us and you can get the US version of Netflix - much better content!

adam_holcombe

[Check out unblock.us and you can get the US version of Netflix - much … [Check out unblock.us and you can get the US version of Netflix - much better content!



Problem there is that we generally use a Wii for Netflix and mostly just for kids films/cartoons!

adam_holcombe

Also consider buying a raspberry pi..



Had one since last year, put RasPlex on it and wasn't hugely impressed. Was made defunct with the NowTV box and RARflix. This Roku 2 XS will hopefully replace the HTPC in the living room if it's up to scratch.

Ive been tempted by one of these to replace a WD TV player. I bought a WD TVLive and dont like it at all.. Anyone know how this compares ? (Im streaming movies over LAN with DLNA. Some @ 1080p)

garlik_bread

[Was made defunct with the NowTV box and RARflix. This Roku 2 XS will … [Was made defunct with the NowTV box and RARflix. This Roku 2 XS will hopefully replace the HTPC in the living room if it's up to scratch.



How does RARflix work? Does it need software at the server end or will it just scan the network for media files like XMBC?

Does the Roku have a web browser? Maybe I can use that for Clubcard TV?

Does anybody know which UK catch-up services are on this. I see BBC iPlayer but browsing around, looks like maybe no ITV player? Which is what i'm looking for really. Hot for the deal though.

HomerRamone

Ive been tempted by one of these to replace a WD TV player. I bought a WD … Ive been tempted by one of these to replace a WD TV player. I bought a WD TVLive and dont like it at all.. Anyone know how this compares ? (Im streaming movies over LAN with DLNA. Some @ 1080p)



I loved the original WDTV Live. I upgraded to a one of the later ones, sometimes called 'WDTV Live Streaming', which add more functionality - such as netflix, amazon, etc - but they also took away the overall speed and responsiveness of the device.

It doesn't really get much use because I literally can't be bothered to wait for it to do its thing.

On the plus side, the WD TV boxes will let you look at all the windows shares on your network and play anything in there. (And I mean just about anything. That's where the WD boxes really come into their own.) They also fully support DLNA, so if you've got DNLA servers, the WDTV will play from them.

The Roku boxes are zippier, but you don't get to play files from windows shares and I'm not sure the DLNA support is all that. They didn't used to support it at all, but I think it might have been added a few months back as a firmware update, but whether it's on the 2 XS, and whether it works I don't know - you'll have to research that bit, if it's important to you.

If you're running a plex server, the roku box is a great option. I don't want to run plex, so the Roku is one of those devices that's got everything except the functionality I need.

wild_quinine

I loved the original WDTV Live. I upgraded to a one of the later ones, … I loved the original WDTV Live. I upgraded to a one of the later ones, sometimes called 'WDTV Live Streaming', which add more functionality - such as netflix, amazon, etc - but they also took away the overall speed and responsiveness of the device.It doesn't really get much use because I literally can't be bothered to wait for it to do its thing. :(On the plus side, the WD TV boxes will let you look at all the windows shares on your network and play anything in there. (And I mean just about anything. That's where the WD boxes really come into their own.) They also fully support DLNA, so if you've got DNLA servers, the WDTV will play from them.The Roku boxes are zippier, but you don't get to play files from windows shares and I'm not sure the DLNA support is all that. They didn't used to support it at all, but I think it might have been added a few months back as a firmware update, but whether it's on the 2 XS, and whether it works I don't know - you'll have to research that bit, if it's important to you. If you're running a plex server, the roku box is a great option. I don't want to run plex, so the Roku is one of those devices that's got everything except the functionality I need.


Yeah my original is possibly one of the old Lives - Doesnt have netflix and stuff. The new one does and takes forever to do anything.


However, yeah - DLNA is imporant. Windows shares are handy if for some reason the DLNA server misbehaves... Sounds like id be best to avoid this. Thanks for the info.


HudlUserDOTcom

How does RARflix work? Does it need software at the server end or will it … How does RARflix work? Does it need software at the server end or will it just scan the network for media files like XMBC?Does the Roku have a web browser? Maybe I can use that for Clubcard TV?



I dont think the Roku boxes have a web browser, but dont quote me on that!

RARflix needs to be sideloaded (link) onto the NowTV/Roku in dev mode (link). You will also need the Plex server application installed on your server to stream the media out to the Rarflix Plex client.
Edited by: "garlik_bread" 9th May 2014

Lmao pay for movie streaming? Oh dear

Original Poster

tazza84

Lmao pay for movie streaming? Oh dear



And how else would you do it legally?

Shame the warranty is only 90 days

garlik_bread

I dont think the Roku boxes have a web browser, but dont quote me on … I dont think the Roku boxes have a web browser, but dont quote me on that!RARflix needs to be sideloaded (link) onto the NowTV/Roku in dev mode (link). You will also need the Plex server application installed on your server to stream the media out to the Rarflix Plex client.



On a 'normal' roku you can just add rarflix as a channel I think, you only need to sideload if its on a nowTV box.

Can you XBMC on this thing, as I'm finding it's to slow on RaspBMC?

will this be better than a hacked crapple tv 2 ?

tazza84

Lmao pay for movie streaming? Oh dear



Break the law? Oh dear.
Edited by: "HudlUserDOTcom" 9th May 2014

Can you play 3D .MKV files on this? Thanks!

That's a great price, thanks for sharing.

I had been watching out for Roku 3s to come down in price again but at this price for a Roku 2 I'm happy to skip over the Wii style remote, (I use a Logitech Harmony anyway) and the 5x performance.

Heat added!

- David

Original Poster

poopscoop

Can you XBMC on this thing, as I'm finding it's to slow on RaspBMC?



Have you downloaded the latest version "Gotham"? much quicker.

Also, look into using OpenElec.

kjam1981

Does anybody know which UK catch-up services are on this. I see BBC … Does anybody know which UK catch-up services are on this. I see BBC iPlayer but browsing around, looks like maybe no ITV player? Which is what i'm looking for really. Hot for the deal though.



I've installed the following from the Roku channel store on my Roku LT and these should be available on this higher spec device: Netflix, BBC iPlayer, 4oD, Demand 5, Now TV, Sky Store, Crunchy Roll and YouTube.

I've also installed the Plex channel and if you install a Plex server on a PC to stream to the channel you can get ITV player; as far as I know there aren't many devices that have access to ITV player.

varsas

I've installed the following from the Roku channel store on my Roku LT … I've installed the following from the Roku channel store on my Roku LT and these should be available on this higher spec device: Netflix, BBC iPlayer, 4oD, Demand 5, Now TV, Sky Store, Crunchy Roll and YouTube.I've also installed the Plex channel and if you install a Plex server on a PC to stream to the channel you can get ITV player; as far as I know there aren't many devices that have access to ITV player.



Cheers mate, I know itv player is coming to the Sky Now box this summer so i think ill keep an eye on that.
Edited by: "kjam1981" 9th May 2014

adam_holcombe

Check out unblock.us and you can get the US version of Netflix - much … Check out unblock.us and you can get the US version of Netflix - much better content!



Exactly this. Unblock.us and my netflix sub comes in at under a tenner a month. I watch far more content (mostly tv box sets) than I ever would watch on Sky for far more money. I accept that everyone's viewing habits are different, but for me US Netflix is amazing and well worth the money.

will these play media over network (not DLNA) e.g. MKVs?

kjam1981

Cheers mate, I know itv player is coming to the Sky Now box this summer … Cheers mate, I know itv player is coming to the Sky Now box this summer so i think ill keep an eye on that.



If it comes to nowTV it'll come to the roku, there also wasn't a 4od app until recently but it launched on both together. I have 2 roku LTs and 5 nowTV boxes myself, and a further 8 nowTV boxes spread around my family and all are loving the iplayer and 4od apps. They also all access my plex server, when bandwidth allows anyway!
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