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 Post subject: Looking For Suggestions For A Good Streaming device
PostPosted: Dec Tue 12, 2017 11:47 pm 
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I am looking for a device to use with services I might choose as opposed to a device made to use principally with one service. I would also like one that supports a keyboard interface, preferably via a USB port.

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 Post subject: Re: Looking For Suggestions For A Good Streaming device
PostPosted: Dec Wed 13, 2017 1:42 am 
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I use an Android set top box and love it. Its like a tablet for your TV.

Any Android app will work on it. Mine has 2 USB ports... one has a wireless keyboard/mouse attached.

There are apps for NetFlix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, your cable companies stuff, media centers (like Kodi), and much, much more.

Your imagination is about the only limit. Mine was a little more than $50 a year ago.

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 Post subject: Re: Looking For Suggestions For A Good Streaming device
PostPosted: Dec Wed 13, 2017 2:19 am 
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xbox offers a lot of options

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 Post subject: Re: Looking For Suggestions For A Good Streaming device
PostPosted: Dec Wed 13, 2017 2:53 am 
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rogermjohnson wrote:
I use an Android set top box and love it. Its like a tablet for your TV.
There are apps for NetFlix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, your cable companies stuff, media centers (like Kodi), and much, much more.


I`d second that...I cut my cable internet bill in half....plenty of options especially when it comes to streaming especially if you have Kodi and you do have the option of Netflix if you want it. I loaded Kodi on an extra computer and never looked back. You can actually access most of the material through the mouse and you do have the option of a virtual keyboard on screen which I really only use if I need to search.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking For Suggestions For A Good Streaming device
PostPosted: Dec Wed 13, 2017 3:42 am 
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I've always like the Roku devices.
I don't know about actual physical keyboards, but they have models with voice activated remotes and an App for your phone that can control the Roku and has a keyboard.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking For Suggestions For A Good Streaming device
PostPosted: Dec Wed 13, 2017 11:31 pm 
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I now have an android set top device. It said that apps could be installed on it, but not how to do it. It stops working at random moments. Accessing the internet with it is done by gosh and by golly and finally by mistake and cannot be repeated. The reason I asked is that I would like to find a set top box that just works. Repeatedly. Reliably. At Will. and that can navigate to other providers and access their services in the same manner. If you have one that does so, Please let me know what kind it is so I can look it up. I would really appreciate it, because there is nothing in the descriptions of these units that gives one an idea of how they perform nor function.

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 Post subject: Re: Looking For Suggestions For A Good Streaming device
PostPosted: Dec Wed 13, 2017 11:52 pm 
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I used a Roku 3 for years and it Just Works. We bought an HDR tv this summer (LG OLED) that has everything built in and thus don't use the Roku anymore, but it's never given us a problem. The Roku does have USB, and although I've never tried to attach a keyboard to it, Roku seems pretty open so I'd be surprised if it didn't support keyboards.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking For Suggestions For A Good Streaming device
PostPosted: Dec Thu 14, 2017 12:54 am 
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That looks pretty good. Thanks.

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I've ordered one with the voice remote. Now to see how it does.

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PostPosted: Dec Thu 14, 2017 9:47 pm 
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+1 on all but the original Roku. Roku 2 and up work fine, and each has their advantages. I like the remote with headphone jack - a necessity until I got my bluetooth enabled hearing aids.....

My daughter has one of the TCL Roku TVs - my only gripe is the slow turn on - push the power switch and 9 seconds elapse before a screen is displayed.

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 Post subject: Re: Looking For Suggestions For A Good Streaming device
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After I get it in and can work it, I'm reducing my Cable/ internet bill from $126 to $54. I have to keep the ultra cheap tier to get a price break on the internet.

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 Post subject: Re: Looking For Suggestions For A Good Streaming device
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My advice is to enjoy this while it lasts.

With the FCC decision handed down today, cheap TV programming over internet may soon be just a memory.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking For Suggestions For A Good Streaming device
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I saw that they were setting it up for me to participate.

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 Post subject: Re: Looking For Suggestions For A Good Streaming device
PostPosted: Dec Thu 14, 2017 10:13 pm 
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Primitiveradiogod wrote:
My advice is to enjoy this while it lasts.

With the FCC decision handed down today, cheap TV programming over internet may soon be just a memory.


Yep, get ready for tiered internet service - basic will be cheap, but connect to any streaming service and get bumped up to a pricier tier.

FCC chair is ex-Verizon, and it follows their old DSL tiering schedule. My in-laws have Verizon DSL, and at first, it was $29/2MB/sec, but after we got them a "smart" Blu-Ray player and they started 720p Netflix, they got bumped up to a $70/mo tier, with no increase in speed - just the added cost, and all pre-Net Neutrality.....

Costliest Christmas present ever. :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Looking For Suggestions For A Good Streaming device
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Originally I started with a uVerse bundle for TV and Internet, when I dumped TV, uVerse200, it would have cost more to go to one
item like internet only, plus they cap your usage if you have only internet. My internet speed is 25 down/5 up.
She had me keep the bundle, go to uBasic, no HD, no DVR at $19/month. This enabled the discount, so the bundle was $10 less than just
internet, and with a bundle, no caps! Then got DirecTVnow for $30/month, which had all the uVerse200 channels I watched.
Then I added the amazon fire stick and roku, got them both to try out. The amazon is a faster interface and I like the menus better.
but they both do the same thing. And don't pay extra for a jail broke or rooted one, that is just going into the admin settings and enabling
apps to install. Then you can install kobi so the eastern Europeans can hack into your computer. Or not and enjoy amazon prime which already
1000's of titles to watch for free. Seriously, kobi is opening yourself up to the world, use at your own risk

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 Post subject: Re: Looking For Suggestions For A Good Streaming device
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My provider tiers it by the speed and amount of data.

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 Post subject: Re: Looking For Suggestions For A Good Streaming device
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Findm-Keepm wrote:

Yep, get ready for tiered internet service - basic will be cheap, but connect to any streaming service and get bumped up to a pricier tier.

Hmm, was that way here some years back, and then Time-Warner, now Spectrum, made it one price only.

On the ROKU, I bought an XD model for each TV some years back, and then this last summer swapped one out for the Streaming Stick. The difference in the tech of just a few years was very telling. The new one is lightening fast, and when I go to Netflix, they have a preview of whatever flick you click on, playing in the background, as one upgrade from the previous XD model.

I have a number of free internet channels in addition to Netflix, and Plex (which I use to access the movies stored on my PC's hard drive) that I sometimes go to. They all have commercials, but some can be tricked to skip them as the appear from time to time.

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 Post subject: Re: Looking For Suggestions For A Good Streaming device
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I already am subscribed to Acorn TV and hope to get Sling TV in order to get TCM and some other watchable channels. Then, I hope to be able to look around a bit and see what else looks good.

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 Post subject: Re: Looking For Suggestions For A Good Streaming device
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We've had very good performance & reliability from our various Roku players.

We signed up with Verizon FIOS last year, which was offering their $79.99 triple-play service with a Gigabit Internet connection; it's been 100% reliable, and extremely fast. At this point, we'll probably see about extending the contract for as long as they're agreeable.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking For Suggestions For A Good Streaming device
PostPosted: Dec Sun 24, 2017 4:55 am 
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The Roku 3 arrived tonight. It is looking pretty good so far. Have it set up for Acorn TV. My cheapy weepie streamer wouldn't work on WiFi but this works well on it.

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