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DanCooper

How would you change the Roku 3?


When I'm recommending media streamers, my first thought is always toward the Roku 3. After all, it’s got the best features of the Roku 1 and 2, a motion gaming remote and, slightly belatedly, now even supports YouTube. Our question, if you choose to accept it, is what you’d want Roku to add for a (theoretical) Roku 4? For my part, we’d love to see native live TV support, so I wouldn’t have to switch between that and the Chromecast to watch games during the World Cup. Got a better idea? Here's your space to share them.

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groovechicken

A way to stream DLNA shares without being tied to using just Plex. Don't get me wrong, I mostly like Plex, but it would be nice to have some options so I could have more control over the way the server organizes stuff. Other than that, the only other nice add would be a 1/8" stereo jack so I could connect it to a set of speakers and a computer monitor. Both of these are fairly minor requests, which shows how much I love mine.
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pinochle

I use Serviio and ps3mediaserver with my Roku 3. You just need to use the Roku Media Player from the Channel Store to access your DLNA server.
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groovechicken

All this time I thought that was only for playing stuff from USB. O_o I just checked it out, though, and the performance is pretty bad when it is accessing a moderate sized collection (I tried accessing the Plex Server and also the music on my phone using Avia as the server). Good to know it's there, though. Thanks.
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d0gg

XBMC, four simple letters that would make the ROKU perfect
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dot19408

+ a bazillion
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Agrajag

1. Live news is my biggest issue with the Roku. If they could convince any of the major news networks to provide truly live news, and not crappy news story snippets (especially from second-rate providers) I would be one major step closer to being a happy cord-cutter. Plus it would help collapse the stranglehold cable has on this industry.

2. It also needs the ability to provide "channels" with a unified interface so that we can use the device more like a DVR. Let me select shows I like and see when new ones are available, instead of drilling down into countless channels just to find that there's no new version of our favorite shows.

3. Menu reboot option.

4. Per-channel audio settings. Tired of having to reset for Netflix due to their silly Dolby Digital Plus nonsense.
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johndandison

Even the most rudimentary of web browsers, for watching those streams from services that don't have an app. HDHomeRun support would be slick as well.
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frankspin

There is a way to get HDHomeRun on the Roku with HDHRFling, but I haven't tried it yet. hdhrfling.com/
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kushkm

The Roku needs Miracast support. It is a feature that should have came with the premium Roku 3 device.
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npaladin2000

1. Miracast support
2. USB BD-ROM support, so I can dump my BluRay player.
3. Get Google to make Play Movies and Music app...er CHANNEL.

#3 is unlikely but I think #1 and #2 will knock it out of the park, and realistically allow people to drop their BluRay players as well.
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pinochle

+1 on the optical drive support!
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frankspin

A more flexible UI. The interface is better on some channels, but on majority it still feel very rigid and stiff. I know this up to the channel maintainers, but it'd be nice to see more than just a grid of icons.
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joelhamill

"it'd be nice to see more than just a grid of icons." I feel like statement that sums up the majority of technology products in 2014.
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frankspin

Ha, it's an easy way. A grid is fine, but there needs to be more feature rich content too it. Give me instant playing trailer, or scrolling screen caps, ratings, actors, synopsis, etc. I look at front ends like Plex and XBMC and wonder why that can't be done on a roku.
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isolanick

It's been mentioned before the roku has the hardware support for miracast. I really want to see this implemented.
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DoubleA2k

I would add bluetooth and Miracast, that would stop me from having bunch of devices connected. Better interaction with IOS and Android too.
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SimonTroncoso

Just international support !
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OgreMHDW

1. Support for 4K, HDTV, and standard definition output in a single device.
2. Definitely more buffering for video
3. Better app support
4. Voice control like the Kindle Fire TV
5. (This may be far out) Camera/mic accessory to allow videoconferencing such as Skype
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DJBabyBuster

Miracast support. Period.
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dot19408

Support Metadata for local files.
All the local USB playback apps suck!

Add a PLEX SERVER to scrape and display data for local files.
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cpm999

I want OTA antenna input, Miracast, and HDMI-CEC control.
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PJosh

I'm waiting for Roke 4 to upgrade, but I do have some improvement I want
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1). Larger buffer. Maybe all the SD card to act as a buffer. So you can rewind about 10 or more minutes in HD, and buffer your moive at least 15 minutes in HD. Larger the better.

2). 4K ready, so that you don't have to buy Roku 5 to get 4K. (a large buffer hear would be needed) (HDMI 2.0 needed)

3). Allow movies, photos, and music on the SD card

4). Better proccessor. Maybe a 4-core

5). Web browser. Great for activating those channels that make you go the website to link.

6). Overlay stats during playback: You can see real time the same type of stats you might expect in a Youtube video. Like download speed, bit rate of video and sound; number of audio sourses; lost flames, and other cool stats. Need to know that your getting that Supper HD--now don' t you.

7). The abibly to change audio channles during playback, or turning on or off subtitles. Also, change how subtitles are displayed.

8). Be nice if they also support CC (which includes more info than regular subtitles)

9). H.265 support would be nice (future proofing)

10). Miracast (no wires mom!)
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harihome

1. Fix the USB Playback to support all formats like WDTV.
2. The Apps need trial period for money back refund or work for limited.
3. Gave fewer models and add miracast and all features of Chromecast for a price 1.5X Chromecast.
4. Improve customer support.
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MrDeeJ313

I have had really good customer support. I ordered my first Roku last July and in November the headphone function on the remote stopped working. I sent an email to customer support and 3 emails later (in under 2 hours) I had a brand new remote coming my way. When I asked if I should return the current remote I had I was told it isn't necessary and to keep it as an extra.
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thebigears

Native support for a wider range of media codecs. I'm still using my WD box to stream my media because Roku doesn't cut it without transcoding.

Also, HBO Go. I know it's not entirely up to Roku on this, but it really matters to my family.
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isolanick

HBO go is DEFINITELY on Roku.
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thebigears

Then let me refine the statement... HBO support from the major network providers... *coughComcastcough*
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frankspin

That's not an issue with Roku though, that is a negotiation between HBO and Comcast. Not fair to fault Roku for that.
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dandyrandy

I would love love love to see the Roku 4 replicate the functionality of the device that they started with - the SoundBridge. Integrate www.radioroku.com into Roku 4 for web audio streams and radio stations - exploit the fantastic resource of URLs that they've accumulated over the years. Personalized presets, the works.
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NithSong

How about Roku 4 supporting android games? Is that too weird? I just want more good games, like a cool point-n-click adventure...
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Sarkoon

Gigabit Ethernet. 100Mbps is not fast enough for BluRay rips.
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frankspin

100Mbps is plenty fast for bluray quality files, I stream them over MoCA perfectly fine.
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Dennys58

Have been with Roku since the beginning. Love it, buy it for gifts, etc BUT. The new remote is one I hate. It is too round and keeps rolling off my nightstand. I have always stacked mt Roku remote on top of my TV remote. Now I cannot. Please go back to the flat one. Plus maybe a detachable wrist strap for those of us that never use it as a WI. And maybe a backlit keyboard. For night watching in bed. Getting tired of turning on lamp to find little used buttons. Otherwise a great great product.
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Krinkle

I'd use it much more if it allowed me to connect headphones to each remote. Actually bought a second remote assuming this would work given it seems like a no brainer.
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jirrii

Roku 4 with Android OS = more than million apps, games!!!

why the hell is not Roku based on Android pushing usability up 10000%??
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Perchance

A web browser would make a huge improvement
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zi

I really love the simplicity of the Roku. You type something you want to watch into the search box, and then within seconds you can be watching it. That's why I've been a Roku fan for a long time. Sometimes, you just want to lay down and watch something and with Roku you can do that with no headaches. Also, those nights when you've had one too many to drink, there is Angry Birds. Also, for those who like to add other things there's a decent mod community out there for Roku. I hope they don't go and Microsoft things up with the next Roku.
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saegiru

HDMI passthrough with an overlay would be nice, kind of like XBOX One.
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DeadByDawnAdam

A more flexible UI for sure. Allowing for nicer interfaces such as the PLEX interface on a PC.
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toddrick

I find the current remote to be obnoxious. Their original design was so much better. Now it seems if I breath wrong the remote responds. The combination of the buttons being so sensitive and easy to accidentally press combined with the bluetooth connection is really annoying.

A physical power switch for those rare times when a physical reset is necessary so I don't have to pull out the box and cable to unplug and plug it back in.

Also I'd like to see a premium/audiophile version.
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MrDeeJ313

I would like to be able to transfer photos, music and movies to the HD attached to my Roku 3 via my network. I used this feature a lot on my old WDTV's. I use PLEX most of the time but it would be nice to transfer media to the HD over the network instead of unplugging it from the Roku and plugging it in to another computer to transfer media to it.

Also, I know this is more of a Netflix problem than Roku but it would be nice if the Netflix channel would go to screensaver if a movie is paused for too long or just sitting on one screen for a period of time like all the other channels I use.
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Shendare

Lack of 5.1 AAC audio support is my only complaint with the Roku 3. If you have an NAS or router that supports video streaming innately, you'll still have to run an mp4-based Plex library through a home server instead, for the sole purpose of transcoding the audio from 5.1 to stereo. It's an eye-roller.
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aceclub

Add the digital movie playback capabilities of the WD TV Live! I have 4 WDs, and in my opinion, are the best media streaming devices available. I think the Roku is for someone trying to get rid of cable. For me, I love movies, so the WD TV is perfect.
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johnhegbert

Add "chromcast" support to be able to stream from android to roku seemlessly. Also a mic in the remote to easier/quicker searching (similar to what the new Amazon streaming device does)
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me0

  1. An option to restart the thing via menu (not the remote hack way)
  2. Better network troubleshooting
  3. Frame stepping
  4. Ability to act as a bluetooth receiver (play my music from my phone to it)
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transfire

I was just thinking about this the other night. It would be really cool if there were an integrated UI, so that you could browse all available programs from all subscribed channels, instead of having to go into each channel separately. This could be done via a shared API that each channel could use to provide a catalog of its content.
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nickolasb

I would add a Quad Core ARM Processor with at least 1.2GHz speed. An integrated TV tuner for live programming and an integrated program guide as well. They could also put out plugins for Firefox, Chrome and Safari to allow screen sharing (Like ChromeCast) from your PC or Mac and iOS, Android mobile platforms. The ability to play more immersive games with improved Graphic Processor.
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TamdaraAppear

The game changer for ROKU is OTA Antenna support. If Roku can be what it is and also a subscription free OTA DVR than it will crush all the other streamers in the eyes of this cord cutter. I would say make the storage available via External USB, add the Antenna port to the device, and add the DVR functionality, which shouldn't be an issue since that is a core competency of the founder.
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