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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 2014-04-19, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone here had any experience with either of the two roku streaming sticks (MHL, HDMI)? I have a roku ready tv which means that they should both work but are there any main advantage of one over the other? The main purpose of the stick will be to use plex and nhl gamecentre.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 2014-04-19, 11:23 PM
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If you have a Roku ready TV, doesn't it already have the Roku software installed? You don't need a Roku ready TV to use a Roku, just one with an HDMI input.
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If you have a Roku ready TV, doesn't it already have the Roku software installed?
No. Roku Ready TV means your TV has an MHL port. This port has several advantages over the HDMI port when using a Roku streaming stick with MHL capabilities. If I recall correctly, they include not needing a separate power connection and the ability to use the TV remote to include the Roku

Personally, I'd still go with a Roku 3 over the stick because it has a more powerful processor so the user interface is snappier.



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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 2014-04-20, 01:00 PM
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Sorry to highjack but does anyone know if the Roku stick can be plugged in to an AVR and work rather than into the TV? Seems kind of dumb to plug it into a tv because you lose 5.1 and 7.1.
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Sorry to highjack but does anyone know if the Roku stick can be plugged in to an AVR and work rather than into the TV? Seems kind of dumb to plug it into a tv because you lose 5.1 and 7.1.
I wonder. My AVR has an mhl HDMI port so I guess it might well work there.


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My Chromecast is plugged into an HDMI port on my amp and works fine, I would think the Roku would be the same.
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I wonder. My AVR has an mhl HDMI port so I guess it might well work there.


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I have an Onkyo NR818 with MHL port on the front.The Roku streaming stick doesn't work in it and was confirmed by Onkyo tech support that it would not. Strange, but true!
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Thanks for checking. I wonder if the hdmi version will work in a AVR.
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