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3400x successor (not the MHL question again) on an orphaned "RCA" TV

My RCA-branded TV came with the pre-installed 3400X (in an MHL port also labeled HDMI3 and behind a removeable panel) with a consolidated remote. The TV was made by On Corporation, which held the RCA license until it was replaced by Curtis International. Curtis will not support the TV.

Do current Roku TV's have anything like a stick that I could buy and plug in to use the current remote? Or is the Roku software imbedded somewhere? I'd like to upgrade the Roku stick and still have one remote.

I suppose another answer would be to buy a Stick+ since it has TV controls, pitch the 3400x and toss the remote in a drawer. Thoughts welcomed.

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Re: 3400x successor (not the MHL question again) on an orphaned "RCA" TV

The 3400 used a unique remote that hasn't been used since then (or maybe also on the non-MHL 3500 of the same vintage).

Toss the 3400.  By today's standards it is pitifully underpowered and slow and can't run an increasing number of popular channels.  The ones it can't run don't even show in the on-screen Streaming channel list.

The current stick remote controls the Roku via wifi direct, but controls the tv by line-of-sight infrared relying on the remote's embedded library of tv control codes.  It controls tv power, volume and mute.  It does not control input choice or channel selection, so you'll probably still need that tv remote unless you use the set only for Roku.  If your tv is an odd enough duck it may be possible its codes are not in the library, but I'd think the RCA codes have been stable enough over the years that there wouldn't be a problem.

 

  • Roku Streaming Stick +, 3810X, Ser YH0059427035, wifi - Samsung UN55ES6100
  • Roku Streaming Stick, 3600X, Ser 5S56D8240827, wifi - JVC EM37T
  • TCL Roku TV 43S425/C107X, Ser X000001R60KV, wifi
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Re: 3400x successor (not the MHL question again) on an orphaned "RCA" TV

Upon rereading.. when you say "Roku TVs" do you mean Roku devices that one connects to a tv, or do you mean TVs that have Roku capability built in, as many do now from several manufacturers?

I replied above assuming a separate Roku device, and assumed, perhaps erroneously, that you'd be using it with the old RCA tv.

If you're going to replace the tv anyway, the Streaming Stick+ is a good choice to use with a non-Roku tv.  It would have to be a really oddball obscure brand for its codes not to be in the remote's library -- and most of the obscure brands use the same codes as one well known brand or another.

Or.. you might consider an actual Roku TV.  No separate device is needed and one consolidated remote controls it all.

 

  • Roku Streaming Stick +, 3810X, Ser YH0059427035, wifi - Samsung UN55ES6100
  • Roku Streaming Stick, 3600X, Ser 5S56D8240827, wifi - JVC EM37T
  • TCL Roku TV 43S425/C107X, Ser X000001R60KV, wifi
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Re: 3400x successor (not the MHL question again) on an orphaned "RCA" TV

It is an early Roku TV: it is labeled that way on the bezel and Roku must have made a deal with On Corp. for them to include the 3400x installed behind the panel. 

It has a big remote, not the simple one that comes with later TV's. There is a Roku key and the remote accesses all the scrolling functions. It is Wi-Fi only, no ethernet jack like my TCL Roku TV in the other bedroom.

I think a stick with a TV control remote makes the most sense, so I can drawer the original remote and move up a bit in responsiveness and channels. But since it is not a 4K TV, I don't really need the Stick plus, do I? Anything above 3600? Or will I find my back to something obsolete pretty quickly?

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