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Chicken
Level 7

Re: next fall a new Roku?

Local content streaming should still work in case internet service is unavailable.
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Tgdc
Level 7

Re: next fall a new Roku?

I fully understand this is may be a niche request, but the Ultra is inherently a niche device for enthusiasts. The number one thing I want is just more speed: a faster processor and more RAM so the device can hold the most used apps launched in memory and allow for relatively instantaneous switching and searching. A lot of the other asks are really not technical issues but legal rights negotiations with various IP providers, but fastness could be done just by Roku’s will and I’d buy it.
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blade_005
Level 10

Re: next fall a new Roku?

"psongman" wrote:
Well, you have to sign in to the app. My neighbor came down the other day and I showed him the Roku. He was not impressed at all, me neither. I mean, it doesn't boot up the tv to Spectrum right away, you can't enter channel numbers and you can' can't go online, you know to surf the Net. So, I have a simple question for all you Roku users. READY, What good is this device, I mean I can watch all the networks if I can get online, with all the free sites out there now. I can't believe all these people think this platform is worthwhile, except for being able to use the Spectrum app and some decent channels, it seems worthless!

Depends on your use case as to whether it is worthwhile. It sounds like it is not for you and continuing to use your Spectrum Cable box is best.

I am not a cable subscriber and use streaming apps (Netflix, HULU, Prime Video, PBS, etc.) for Video on Demand viewing and an Over-the-Air antenna for LIVE TV viewing. I have three (3) TCL Roku TV's that work quite well as an integrated solution and are definitely worthwhile. With an integrated Roku TV I receive an interactive Electronic Guide for Live TV viewing that will also guide you to the same content if it is available via a streaming app. The addition of an inexpensive USB drive allows for LIVE TV PAUSE feature that gives me a 90 minute buffer of Live TV to Pause, Rewind or Fast Forward. Perfect and simple for Live Sports viewing. It also provides access to thousands of streaming apps to supplement Live TV with one simple remote. And, if you have smart speakers within your ecosystem the addition of a skill for Google HOME or Roku ALEXA and you have voice control of many remote control tasks. Quite useful platform for my use case.
TCL-TV Roku 55P605 (4K HDR & DV) | VIZIO SmartCast SB3651‑E6 Soundbar
TCL-TV Roku 43S425 (4K HDR) | TCL-TV Roku 32S301 (720p)
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atc98092
Level 13

Re: next fall a new Roku?

"Tgdc" wrote:
I fully understand this is may be a niche request, but the Ultra is inherently a niche device for enthusiasts.  The number one thing I want is just more speed: a faster processor and more RAM so the device can hold the most used apps launched in memory and allow for relatively instantaneous switching and searching.  A lot of the other asks are really not technical issues but legal rights negotiations with various IP providers, but fastness could be done just by Roku’s will and I’d buy it.

While I agree that a top tier Roku player would be nice for the enthusiast, a more immediate solution would be the Nvidia Shield. It doesn't have the sheer number of channels that a Roku has available, but it does have all the major ones. But something that is a step above an Ultra, specifically with Gigabit Ethernet and lossless audio TrueHD/Atmos, and DTS-MA/:X) bitstream support would be my next purchase. The Roku user interface is greatly appreciated in my household for ease of use. 
Dan
Nvidia Shield, Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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