Firefox and POPRISM Web Browser are only two Free web browsers in current Raku 2019. Both are easily intalled in New Raku with new software but do not show a web brower to enter web address to get websitws???
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I'm not interested in using a Roku for web browsing, so I'm not going to bother trying these. However, the Firefox channel is not a browser. It is designed to receive a video "cast" from an Android device to the Roku and play it there. It is not designed for web browsing on the Roku, and apparently only works with a Firefox browser on an Android device.
POPRISM is different from what I can see, and actually is a web browser for a Roku player. But they do label it as experimental, and the user rating in the channel store isn't very good. So perhaps it still needs some work.
I would really like to see a reliable/useful web browser page developed for Roku.
The one on Fire devices works great and you can easily enter URL addressees where host sites have hundreds of streaming content videos to watch.
Myself, I can't see the attraction. Unless you have a remote with a keyboard, entering a URL with an on-screen keyboard is just too annoying. Yes, there certainly are a large number of web sites that offer streaming content. But for me the effort isn't worth it. Now if you could enter the URL with a voice command, that might change things.
Yes, different devices will work in different ways. My Samsung TV has a browser, and after one use I decided it wasn't worth the effort. But yes, once you get to a site and bookmark it, it becomes much easier to use.
And of course the functionality of the browser itself can make a difference. Not all browsers have the necessary functionality to play online videos. The one in my TV has some limitations. Of course, if it's something like Firefox, then it should be fine. But this POPRISM we have no idea what sort of support it has.
As I said, entering the URL by voice would be nice.
...As right now, I have to use both a Roku and a Fire to watch all my content.
That's actually a criticism leveled at almost every streaming player. There is no single streaming player that covers "everything". The closest yet is the new Shield that was released last week. They added Dolby Vision support, which for me isn't an issue since I don't have a DV display. Since it's an Android device under the skin, there's likely web browsers available for it. Also, it streams lossless audio, plays every video I have on my server without transcoding, supports all captions, and has all the Internet streaming apps I need. But still, for some users it's lacking in a few areas, mostly I believe in the way it handles high bitrate audio files, and it's having some issues with proper HDR color spacing and framerate matching. My 2017 version is working fine for me now, but I need another one to replace my Roku Ultra. As much as I love the Roku players, they don't give me the lossless audio and captions support I'd like.