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hahniv
Level 7

Do Screen Savers Use Internet Data

I'm using my Ultra as a whole house go between device.  Each TV has it's own streaming device.  If we're wanting to watch the same thing on multiple Tvs or we're wandering between Tvs the Ultra is distributed to all Tvs via a distribution network in the house.  It spends a lot of time just there in the background waiting to be used.  The fish tank is wonderful but if it is constantly using data from the internet it's not that wonderful.  Are the screen savers stored locally on the box or is it coming off the net?  

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thetick
Level 12

Re: Do Screen Savers Use Internet Data

It depends on how the developer designed the app.  Anyway whatever data a screensaver grabs would be no where near the amount to watch a video.  A screensaver running 24 hours for a day would probably be about 1000X less data then streaming a single 5 minute video.

It literally would be a drop in the bucket so to speak.

TheTick (aka "Moose Twit" affectionately called by chht)
Roku 3 for Pokémon TV / YouTube / Animal Planet GO / HBO GO. Chromecast for most other media because Roku Mirroring sucks , how many clicks in Wndows 10 (about a dozen) to Miracast on Roku vs 2 with Chromecast.
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hahniv
Level 7

Re: Do Screen Savers Use Internet Data

I'm talking about the default fish tank.  Is that built into the box?  The problem with drops in the bucket is that they become bucket fulls eventually.  With data caps and planning to cut the cord and go to all streaming those drops start to count.  

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atc98092
Community Streaming Expert

Re: Do Screen Savers Use Internet Data


@hahniv wrote:

I'm talking about the default fish tank.  Is that built into the box?  The problem with drops in the bucket is that they become bucket fulls eventually.  With data caps and planning to cut the cord and go to all streaming those drops start to count.  


I've never monitored my Roku data use, but I'm reasonably comfortable saying the aquarium screensaver likely isn't downloading anything while in use. It's computer generated, not a video that is playing.

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thetick
Level 12

Re: Do Screen Savers Use Internet Data

It's really more like a drop in the ocean.  Seriously a single ad you watch on Roku would be more data then entire year of the data a screensaver would use.

TheTick (aka "Moose Twit" affectionately called by chht)
Roku 3 for Pokémon TV / YouTube / Animal Planet GO / HBO GO. Chromecast for most other media because Roku Mirroring sucks , how many clicks in Wndows 10 (about a dozen) to Miracast on Roku vs 2 with Chromecast.
Verizon FIOS TV and Internet Service
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ConKron
Level 7

Re: Do Screen Savers Use Internet Data

Can someone from Roku please answer this question with yes or no?  I really need to know this as well. We have a few Roku boxes running, use different Roku screensavers (including the aquarium), we live in the middle of nowhere in a rural area and we have limited internet data. We routinely run out of data before the end of our term, and we have to limit what we watch because of this, and have the same question. Are they downloaded and static or are they taking data from the internet service while they're "running"? Please someone answer the question, not with speculation and opinions, but a real answer. Thank you.

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atc98092
Community Streaming Expert

Re: Do Screen Savers Use Internet Data

Roku can only comment on the screen savers they themselves provide. And in those there does not appear to be any data draw. That would include the aquarium screen saver that they offer. But be aware that there are many screen savers offered by companies other than Roku, and it's certainly possible that some of them may use a datastream. Especially any that use high definition images, since Roku devices themselves have limited memory space for storing such data. But for screen savers that use computer generated images, it's unlikely there's any data used by them.

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