Roku 3 or wdtv live


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Haggis

Hey guys

I have plex which uses nfs shares on the server.

So i want to be able to access them. I also want to be able to use uk netflix.

Please help lol its driving me insane

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Skiver

What about going even smaller and getting something like a Chromecast? I believe they can stream from Plex, all you really then need is your phone to start playing and point it at the TV. 

 

Netflix is supported too

 

Not many good deals going on other than a Now TV 3 month Entertainment pass if you do go Chromecast.

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sc302

I like my roku3.   don't have a wdtv or chromecast, don't really need it with my smart bluray, roku3.

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Haggis

Chromecast is wireless though which i want to avoid

Sc302 does roku need plex to transcode files if streaming over network

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link6155

I have a Roku 3, works fine with Plex for me.

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sc302

Chromecast is wireless though which i want to avoid

Sc302 does roku need plex to transcode files if streaming over network

It needs the plex app.  The web browser does not work even a web browser from a tablet (pushing the stream to the roku) does not work.  Tried a few workarounds prior to succumbing to purchasing the app.

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Haggis

Hmmmm lol can you link to nfs shares?

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Inertia

I use a Roku 3 in the bedroom and at my parents house for this.  It works well ,they access my Plex server and use it for netflix, iplayer etc, it works very well.

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sc302

Hmmmm lol can you link to nfs shares?

It isn't much for the plex app.  Just add it to the cost of the roku3.   There is perpetual and there is plexpass...if you are a plexpass member it is part of your agreement, if not then you pay once and it is yours.  I believe once it is on your account you can use it for whatever other devices are on your account. 

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Haggis

Torn between the two of them lol

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HawkMan

FireTV or Nexus Player 

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sc302

If you ask me, plex is better than the others...pay the extra few $$ and get the app. 

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kaborka

UMS claims to support Roku3, but I haven't tried it.

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astropheed

I use a WDTV and it's pretty good, connects to my samba shares and runs netflix (finally Australia gets it) really well. It's slow to boot up but I hear most of these things are. I just never turn mine off.

 

If I were to get a replacement in the future it'd probably be a Pi2 with all the bells and whistles. I hear good things about Roku but I've never used it personally.

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Haggis

hmm theres another thing could go pi and get xbmc etc

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Lingwo

I have a WDTV Live and WDTV Live Hub.

I don't know what revision my WDTV Live is but it supports Netflix, unfortunately isn't updated anymore.

My experience with the WDTV Live is that it is awful. It crashes all the time, Netflix barely works.

When it works, it plays videos great but it is a gamble and restarting takes forever as it rebuilds the library everytime.

 

WDTV Live Hub on the otherhand is stable as. Plays everything the Live does and it is faster. Unfortunately it doesn't support netflix.

It is also discontinued in the UK.

 

I personally would look for one of those Android players and get Kodi running it. Hands down the best media player.

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Aergan

Not for the feint of heart, but I took a gamble and bought one of these from Hong Kong:

 

http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/12/26/ipc002-is-an-ultra-thin-windows-8-1-mini-pc-with-a-7000-mah-battery/

 

Working very well after installing Windows 8.1 Pro 32 Bit & Plex. Only draw back is the single antenna configuration but it does use the higher spec Broadcom chipset instead of the underwhelming Realtek option found on other such Z3735F devices / tablets (my previous tablet had one, wasn't great). I have a USB based network adapter available if I run into any issues (but I have yet to).

 

I've watched a few of my films (1080p / DTS 5.1) without any issues.

 

Working with my old Formosa RC118 remote from my Windows Media Center days, which I am more than happy about :D

 

Being Windows, I can set it up to be whatever I want it to be or install Ubuntu if there's not a Windows option. If you have the correct BIOS installed, you an also run Android 4.4.4.

 

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+Ely

I have both Roku 3 and WDTV Live Hub, and I can tell yo that Roku 3 is the best out there, WDTV Live used to be great a few years back but these days not so much, they haven't upgraded the software in ages, haven't added any new apps and it's very basic, Roku with Plex rules them all.

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remixedcat

I <3 my roku 3 :)

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Jase

i hate my roku, horrible interface compared to what Kodi or Plex can can look like... the only thing I like about it is the remote... & you cant even pair that to another device e.g. PC via Flirc.

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strollin

Everyone is different, I love my Roku 3 and can't understand why anyone uses Kodi (aka XBMC).

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nosense

Everyone is different, I love my Roku 3 and can't understand why anyone uses Kodi (aka XBMC).

Kodi has pvr\iptv and with stalker plugin you can get over 500+ cable channels for free. (hbo\cinemax\showtime\movie channels\sports\etc).

 

 

The new razer tv looks great.

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compl3x

I use a WDTV but everything I've read suggests that the Roku is far superior.

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remixedcat

wow this thread has been going on a long time... and you still haven't decided? wow lol.

 

and what's wrong with Roku UI? It's the best of all the smart tv platforms and I've tested 3 of them

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