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imcdona
Level 9

It's 2022 and still no IPv6

Obligatory reminder that it's 2022 and Roku still doesn't support IPv6.

Meanwhile ALL other streaming platforms have native IPv6 support.

Thanks for reading. That's all folks.

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MilesT
Level 14

Re: It's 2022 and still no IPv6

Hello @imcdona 

For the benefit of others here and Roku, exactly what benefit (to you, or generally) would IPv6 add to a consumer video streaming device?

What is it not possible to do without IPv6?  

Have other streaming devices just added IPv6 because the underlying open source OS they use has added it, and all it does for most people is take up memory and add complexity?

I get why IPv6 will ultimately be necessary and benefit other devices, but why Roku, where the device probably will only last 3-5 years before being obsolute and replaced with something better?

Just taking the role of devil's advocate here, to result in better understanding.

Not a Roku employee
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DevNull00
Level 8

Re: It's 2022 and still no IPv6

I think you are looking at it the wrong way.  What is the reason not to have it?  I personally have ipv6 only hosts at home as I have only 5 static ips but a /56 from my internet provider and a /59 from he.net.  I have tons of v6.  If I’m remote and want to connect to my home server I require ipv6!

 

I currently do this with a laptop due to Roku limitatIons.  

MilesT
Level 14

Re: It's 2022 and still no IPv6

That is a pretty niche use case and I'm sure Roku devs are constrained to maximising investment in other areas. 

Supporting ipv6 stack in parallel to ipv4 will also take a bit more memory and processor and older devices are pretty tight already (and Roku seems to have a one codebase/binary strategy).

Not a Roku employee
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bluej21
Level 8

Re: It's 2022 and still no IPv6

Any streaming platform that doesn't support IPv6 in 2022 is doing the entire Internet a disservice.  Google, Netflix, and the other major streaming services support it, and their Roku apps would use it if they could.  I don't care if Roku uses IPv6 for its system management, but they absolutely should have the stack available for modern apps to use.

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