Does anybody agree with me that yesterday's update to Roku Media Player is ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE?
The new structure and graphics for displaying file and folder names are ill-considered and very non-user friendly almost, but not quite, to the point of unusablilty.
The only saving grace of this updats is that it still plays files from m,y home server correctly.
How do we get Roku to reverse this "downgrade"
The Media Player update adds nothing, changes the graphics, and removes the following features:
- No longer possible to use the system screensaver when audio / music tracks are playing. The Roku Media player "screensaver" for audio / music playback has static elements that will вurn in on OLED and plasma television screens ("Repeat All" and "Shuffle" buttons).
Update - It's even worse... the Roku Media Player "screensaver" turns off and resets at the start of every new track. Since it only turns on after about 5 minutes, this means that it will hardly run at all... if all tracks are less than 5 minutes in length it will never turn on. It would be highly inadvisable to use the player to play back big music track playlists for long periods of time with a plasma or OLED television. Not a problem at all with the original Roku Media Player. What a sad and unnecessary loss.
- When audio / music is playing, it's no longer possible to seek. You can only press the << or >> buttons to jump ahead or back 30 seconds.
- When you stop playback of an audio track and start playback again, the media player no longer remembers where you left off and starts back at the beginning. I guess people who listen to audio books and pod casts are going to need a pen and paper.
- In List view, track titles are much shorter than they were with the original media player; they only display about 20 to 30 characters. Long titles can no longer be read.
In all, this is a downgrade disguised as an upgrade.
Roku Media Player is the only option for a DLNA client on Roku. Amazon Fire is Android and can sideload apps, so users have choices there. I will be looking into switching.
I didn't use the old one that often because of its lack of features, most notably being able to move to the next video and continue playing. With the update I can now do that so that's a plus. The view is still terrible, but at least it can be changed to shorter rows that fit the screen. The controls and menus are still super clunky but overall it functions better for me. Now if we could get automatic population of metadata including thumbnail/cover art images based on the filename then we'd have something.
I had no problems switching to another video with the old player, not sure what you're talking about, and the "shorter rows that fit the screen" show less of the file name so if you have longer titles or file names you can't even read them. Not sure why anyone would like or want that.
As in the player would not auto advance, I had to manually start the next video. It was a continual cycle of "Loading" or just going back to the selection screen. I can see nearly the full file name above the grid so as to why your file names are extremely long.. who knows, maybe you should invest some time in a shorter and more descriptive naming convention. My screen shows 50 characters at a time, this is a file name, not a Tweet.
Hit the (*) in main menu And change the display to “List” view. A list view will generate a much easier navigation for file title lists than that awkward icon based list.
But even the List view has been changed for the worse. The list is squeezed over to the right half of the screen and you can no longer see full file names. For TV shows with long names, I get "..." before the episode number. And there's no 'selected filename' display anywhere else on the screen.
Who at Roku thought this was an improvement? This is maddening... What happened to the alternative media player that was much better? Did Roku absorb it and turn it into this? Ugh.
The new feature to autoplay the next file may be liked by some, but not all. There is no way to prevent it from starting up the next file. The old player waited for user input. Couldnt this still be an option?
FYI it is an option! It's in the options when you first open RMP. UNFORTUNATELY that option works in the old version and does NOT work in the new version so you can set it not to autoplay and it does anyway