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Psilobite
Level 12

Roku Media Player 2021 5.5 updates

Thanks very much for the recent Roku Media Player updates.

However, the problems that have plagued Roku Media Player since version 5.0 continue.

Currently on 5.5 Build 9.

- Music playback (in my case via Twonky) does not work with the screensaver active. I can get the next music track to play with the screensaver active, if the screensaver was not active when the current music track started. But the next music track *after that* does not play, and playback stops, until the screensaver is exited. So, it seems that if a music track starts to play when the screensaver is active, it cannot proceed to the next track until the screensaver is exited.

- Multiple audio track select. This now works *better*, but it is still not fixed. I can now select multiple English audio tracks during playback of an MKV file, but **only** if those tracks are all stereo tracks. If the default audio track is in 5.1 format (in my case m4a six channel), then the audio select greys out and other tracks cannot be selected if they are present. This is pretty common for movies that have for example a 5.1 English main track, and 2.0 stereo tracks for commentary or other languages.

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atc98092
Community Streaming Expert

Re: Roku Media Player 2021 5.5 updates

There hasn't been any development to RMP since March. I don't know what's happening back there, but RMP really doesn't seem to get much attention from Roku. And that's a shame, because they are getting more and more competition in the inexpensive player market. Walmart just released a 4K media player under their house Onn brand for $30, and since it's Android based it does quite well with local media. Not perfect, but for the price it can't be beat. The hardest part is configuring a media player app like Kodi.

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Psilobite
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Re: Roku Media Player 2021 5.5 updates

It seems that every time I see that Roku Media Player is updated (in today's case, there were actually two updates) and I post about it, the first response is from someone saying that there actually has been no recent development on Roku Media Player, which I have never understood. (No development, but updates being pushed.)

As far as I'm concerned, there really has been extremely little development since last year, as most of the bugs and problems have not been fixed.

If Roku doesn't want any more feedback, then maybe they should stop pushing updates that fix nothing?

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atc98092
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Re: Roku Media Player 2021 5.5 updates

I can't disagree with you. I am a beta member for testing RMP, and it's been crickets in that part of the forum since March 27 with build 8. They released build 9 in early April with no information about what it had, even after I asked. There's been no post there since then. I don't know why they aren't putting more effort into it. 

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Gary-94080
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Re: Roku Media Player 2021 5.5 updates

I occasionally pass the Roku campus near the San Jose airport and over the years I can say that they have been consistently expanding into new buildings.

they must be adding space for billing, finance and licensing because it sure does not seem to be any great expansion of their software and customer support capabilities.

today I got an email from Roku staff stating that there have been OS updates that should have fixed the resume play problem.  I had to inform them that the problem is still there.  the resume play marker for the audio player does not get erased when a file is played to the end.  I can still get RMP audio player to repeat the last 5-10 seconds of a file over and over again.  they certainly are not aware that the resume play problem is in the RMP and not the OS.

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