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    Best cheap media streaming device?

    Was just looking at a Now TV box for streaming things like BBC iPlayer and side-loading Plex and whatnot. Wanted to know what people recommend. Because as far as I'm concerned for £9.99, this seems like a steal. Was just wondering how it stacks up to Chromecast, Roku LT or something similar. Ideally I'd want to spend under £30 though I'd stretch to £50. Any opinions from owners etc.

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    I have the Now tv box and Roku lt. I use them both to stream Plex. If the main use is Plex then just side load on to Now box and save 20 quid! Pretty much the same box to me

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    rugbymike

    I have the Now tv box and Roku lt. I use them both to stream Plex. If the … I have the Now tv box and Roku lt. I use them both to stream Plex. If the main use is Plex then just side load on to Now box and save 20 quid! Pretty much the same box to me


    Other than a few sideloadable things are there any big features on the Roku missing from the Now TV box.

    I have a now tv box (well 2) and it does me and the family just fine, yes it's a shame you don't get the full Roku store and you can only sideload 1 app but just for streaming or catch up, can't go wrong.

    I have a Roku 1 that I got on offer from staples for £29.99 and I love it.
    it's full HD unlike the now TV box and there's a app on there called twonky beam and you install that on the Roku and your Android device and then you can stream videos/photos to your TV from your phone/tablet.
    I mainly use that feature for the showbox app.
    it also has some good apps on the store.
    BBC iplayer, Netflix, now TV, 5OD,4OD,ITV catchup,YouTube,plex, etc etc..
    I do also have a chromecast upstairs in the bedroom and that does well also but I do like having a seperate remote control.

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    stefromuk

    I have a Roku 1 that I got on offer from staples for £29.99 and I love … I have a Roku 1 that I got on offer from staples for £29.99 and I love it. it's full HD unlike the now TV box and there's a app on there called twonky beam and you install that on the Roku and your Android device and then you can stream videos/photos to your TV from your phone/tablet. I mainly use that feature for the showbox app.it also has some good apps on the store. BBC iplayer, Netflix, now TV, 5OD,4OD,ITV catchup,YouTube,plex, etc etc.. I do also have a chromecast upstairs in the bedroom and that does well also but I do like having a seperate remote control.



    That's one thing I'm not too sure about with the Chromecast. Do you know if the Roku 1 any different to the Roku streaming stick?

    I think you control the streaming stick through the app very much like the chromecast not sure if it's capable of full HD I'm sure it would be

    I'm waiting for the Roku 2/Roku 3 to come down in price to replace the one in the front room.
    it's just that I want one with Ethernet aswell as Wi-Fi as sometimes it buffers on HD films.
    3 kids on YouTube won't help that either though

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    Was just wondering if theres anyway to hack any of these to allow things like pandora to work?
    I'm presuming they won't work as we're in the UK

    Anyone with a Now TV box know if there's a hack (or work around) to skip through the damn adds?
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