Roku Express High Definition Media Streamer [Model 3900EU] (2017 Version) - £24 at Tesco
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Roku Express High Definition Media Streamer [Model 3900EU] (2017 Version) - £24 at Tesco

£24£24.994%Tesco Deals
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Posted 9th Oct
With a newer (updated) 2019 version [Model: 3930EU] of this entry-level Roku streaming media player expected to hit the shelves in UK retailers sometime in October / November this year, it seems that Tesco are among the first to reduce their asking price on the original (2017) edition by knocking a fiver off! :-D

I'd expect similar offers to follow from other retailers, as they attempt to clear out stocks of the older version, to make way for the newer 2019 edition of the 'Roku Express'... so, if you don't wish to wait on the updated version or wish to save a bit on the cost of an existing model that is (currently) still fully supported for all updates to the Roku operating system (Roku OS) and capable of running all the latest Roku channels (apps), now is the time to grab a (small) bargain! ;-)

If you don't have a Tesco nearby, the next best offer I spotted was from 'Argos', who are selling the 2017 Roku Express for £24.99, but most others are either charging a lot more (closer to thirty quid and upwards) or have sold-out completely already and no longer have any in stock.

The Roku platform has pretty much all the streaming apps you could want so I won't bother listing them... but, if you're after anything specific, just leave a comment below and I'll either confirm it myself, or another HUKD member might chime-in, to let you know if that particular app is available on Roku, or not.
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Uridium09/10/2019 13:47

After being a long time Roku user (way back to an M1001 music streamer) I …After being a long time Roku user (way back to an M1001 music streamer) I replaced all of the Roku devices in my home with Firesticks last year when Roku decided they were going to remotely remove the IPTV channel I'd sideloaded onto a couple of them and block Dev access to my devices to stop me sideloading in future.They said I could have Dev access back on my devices if I registered as an official Roku developer at some ridicoulous costRoku went downhill when they took funds from Murdoch and Newscorp So if you plan to sideload an app onto a Roku think again......


For many (myself included) the lack of 'NOW TV' - e.g. for legal streaming of Sky Sports, Sky Atlantic, Sky Cinema, etc. - prevents the 'Fire TV' range from being the "go to" streaming device on a daily basis. Likewise, the current disagreements between Amazon and Disney/Apple (over the forthcoming 'Disney+' and 'Apple TV+' services) could lead to a lack of those services, too, whereas agreements with Roku are already in place.

There is no cost to register as a Roku developer, ridiculous or otherwise, although there is a requirement to provide a payment method - which is not the case for regular Roku account holders [USE: my.roku.com/sig…occ TO SKIP GIVING CC INFO] - and while I agree, to some extent, over the downside of the partnership between Sky and Roku... it's also fair to say that some of the Roku channels (apps) we now enjoy on the Roku platform might not have been there without that partnership. The soon-to-be Roku channel (app) for 'BT Sport' being another of those - assuming it does (as promised) eventually come to fruition.

As far as side-loading goes, even if you did have dev access restricted on your Roku account, there is little to prevent you from setting-up a new one that does have access to 'Developer Mode' with (as mentioned) no cost for doing so. Even then, it has to be said... if you're *not* planning to side-load a Roku channel package (.PKG file) onto your device(s), is there even any need to be able to do so? With over eight thousand three hundred Roku channels (apps) to choose from in the channel store *plus* hundreds more "private" channels that can easily be added (with an access code) via your online Roku account, there is little need for the end-user of any Roku device to side-load an app, unless it is one they are developing.

Each to their own... but, at the end of the day, it's still possible to watch the vast majority of content on Roku (even without the need for an IPTV provider) and the issue of side-loading apps ought not to make this deal any less appealing to the majority of streamers so, while I sympathise with your plight and your reasons for switching to 'Fire TV' products, I don't think those circumstances will apply for most people.
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Cheap and cheerful but I'll stick with my firestick.
WIll STB-emu work for IPTV on this?

WHats the memory size (RAMand ROM) on this? How does it compare to a typical ANdroid TV box?

Thanks
surely better to wait till new model is out for better deals
Good if you want one NOW... heat added.
After being a long time Roku user (way back to an M1001 music streamer) I replaced all of the Roku devices in my home with Firesticks last year when Roku decided they were going to remotely remove the IPTV channel I'd sideloaded onto a couple of them and block Dev access to my devices to stop me sideloading in future.
They said I could have Dev access back on my devices if I registered as an official Roku developer at some ridicoulous cost

Roku went downhill when they took funds from Murdoch and Newscorp

So if you plan to sideload an app onto a Roku think again......
Onlydongles09/10/2019 13:33

WIll STB-emu work for IPTV on this?WHats the memory size (RAMand ROM) on …WIll STB-emu work for IPTV on this?WHats the memory size (RAMand ROM) on this? How does it compare to a typical ANdroid TV box?Thanks




IIRC there are one or two "private" Roku channels (i.e. ones that you add through your Roku account online, using a special code) which can act as emulators... and there are a couple of "public" Roku channels (i.e. ones that are readily available in the Roku Channel Store) that will enable streaming from your IPTV provider but it's not as flexible (in that way) as devices running the Android OS.

The onboard memory of the original (2017) Roku Express is 512MB, with a further 256MB set aside for channel memory but you can add several hundred channels (apps) without any need for channels to be reloaded.

Being a unique operating system (i.e. Roku OS) designed specifically for this brand of media players, by the manufacturer, it's hard to compare it with an Android TV box. However, put simply, there is very little (in my experience) that I have been unable to stream on one of my Roku boxes. That said, I do keep a Fire Stick in a drawer for the odd time that I might need to use a web browser on my TV, plus one or two apps that are not (yet?) on my Roku devices. Generally speaking, though, this (or any other) Roku device that is currently (or soon to be) available will provide access to most services and/or content that can be legally streamed in the UK. If you're looking for more than that, then you might be better-off with something else.


Hope that helps!
EXZAMS09/10/2019 13:41

surely better to wait till new model is out for better deals


That's a risk each individual will have to take, based on their own judgement/set of circumstances. As mentioned in my OP, stock is already pretty thin on the ground for these 2017 models... and, if anything, many retailers who do still have them are yet to cut their price(s) so there's no guarantee of a better deal than this. Who knows if they'll even still have the stock by the time 'Black Friday' comes around, for example? This deal was posted more for the benefit of those who don't want to wait for the updated version. By the time that goes on general sale, buying one of these 2017 edition models BNIB may no longer even be an option. The fact is, this deal is out there now... take it, or leave it, the choice is yours!
IoW_Skin09/10/2019 14:00

That's a risk each individual will have to take, based on their own …That's a risk each individual will have to take, based on their own judgement/set of circumstances. As mentioned in my OP, stock is already pretty thin on the ground for these 2017 models... and, if anything, many retailers who do still have them are yet to cut their price(s) so there's no guarantee of a better deal than this. Who knows if they'll even still have the stock by the time 'Black Friday' comes around, for example? This deal was posted more for the benefit of those who don't want to wait for the updated version. By the time that goes on general sale, buying one of these 2017 edition models BNIB may no longer even be an option. The fact is, this deal is out there now... take it, or leave it, the choice is yours!


I'll leave it, but thanks for posting it.
Uridium09/10/2019 13:47

After being a long time Roku user (way back to an M1001 music streamer) I …After being a long time Roku user (way back to an M1001 music streamer) I replaced all of the Roku devices in my home with Firesticks last year when Roku decided they were going to remotely remove the IPTV channel I'd sideloaded onto a couple of them and block Dev access to my devices to stop me sideloading in future.They said I could have Dev access back on my devices if I registered as an official Roku developer at some ridicoulous costRoku went downhill when they took funds from Murdoch and Newscorp So if you plan to sideload an app onto a Roku think again......


For many (myself included) the lack of 'NOW TV' - e.g. for legal streaming of Sky Sports, Sky Atlantic, Sky Cinema, etc. - prevents the 'Fire TV' range from being the "go to" streaming device on a daily basis. Likewise, the current disagreements between Amazon and Disney/Apple (over the forthcoming 'Disney+' and 'Apple TV+' services) could lead to a lack of those services, too, whereas agreements with Roku are already in place.

There is no cost to register as a Roku developer, ridiculous or otherwise, although there is a requirement to provide a payment method - which is not the case for regular Roku account holders [USE: my.roku.com/sig…occ TO SKIP GIVING CC INFO] - and while I agree, to some extent, over the downside of the partnership between Sky and Roku... it's also fair to say that some of the Roku channels (apps) we now enjoy on the Roku platform might not have been there without that partnership. The soon-to-be Roku channel (app) for 'BT Sport' being another of those - assuming it does (as promised) eventually come to fruition.

As far as side-loading goes, even if you did have dev access restricted on your Roku account, there is little to prevent you from setting-up a new one that does have access to 'Developer Mode' with (as mentioned) no cost for doing so. Even then, it has to be said... if you're *not* planning to side-load a Roku channel package (.PKG file) onto your device(s), is there even any need to be able to do so? With over eight thousand three hundred Roku channels (apps) to choose from in the channel store *plus* hundreds more "private" channels that can easily be added (with an access code) via your online Roku account, there is little need for the end-user of any Roku device to side-load an app, unless it is one they are developing.

Each to their own... but, at the end of the day, it's still possible to watch the vast majority of content on Roku (even without the need for an IPTV provider) and the issue of side-loading apps ought not to make this deal any less appealing to the majority of streamers so, while I sympathise with your plight and your reasons for switching to 'Fire TV' products, I don't think those circumstances will apply for most people.
Really like mine bar the fact I had to factory reset it and faff about to get prime working again. Happened to me before too.

I wish i could reprogram the shortcut buttons but hey ho
is SkyGo app available on Roku?
( I realise that SKY wants to sell me their mini-sky units.... )
I have 2 rokus in my house, the old express and the 4k one stick. I think they are great. Really easy to make apps for too.
Edited by: "mr_johnsie" 10th Oct
Can anyone pls suggest best android TV box?
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