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post #16 of 53 (permalink) Old 2014-04-23, 01:10 PM
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I prefer my Roku (streaming USB stick, in my case, but same operating system as Roku3) to my Apple TV3 for Netflix and NHL Gamecenter besides PLEX. PLEX is a big challenge on the Apple TV3 but runs extremely well on the Roku (some don't like the interface but that's personal taste). However, make sure your router allows DNS configuration. Rokus don't allow DNS settings on the device; Apple TV3s do.
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post #17 of 53 (permalink) Old 2014-04-23, 01:59 PM
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Thanks for the tip on the DNS `asd` I do not have a router anymore have provider modem.
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post #18 of 53 (permalink) Old 2014-04-29, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
 
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Well, I decided on the Apple TV. Grabbed a refurb'd one on apple.ca so I'll see how it goes.

ATV3 / Unblock-US / Netflix / HuluPlus / Samsung LNT3242H
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Yeah, I really wish Roku would open up those settings into the U.I. It would relieve a lot of the issues. I created a superscope DHCP server to set the DNS settings by default to unblock-us but can override and use Google DNS by hard coding the MAC address into DHCP. A bit clunky but it works.
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I have been using the bockless service which has worked for me on the roku 2 with wwe, Netflix, pandora and spotify streaming channels.
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post #21 of 53 (permalink) Old 2014-05-01, 10:53 AM
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I assume you mean "Blockless" service which, like Unblock-us, requires setting the router since the Roku settings can't be altered for DNS.
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You could use Unblock-Us with a Roku but you would need to set the DNS on the router rather than the device.
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Sorry about that spelling mistake, it's blockless like you said.. I need to get my eyes checked I'm starting to miss a one too many words when I type. My type 1 diabetes is starting to take a toll on eyes.
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I use unblock-us with a few Roku 3's. Works great and setting the router with a DNS was so simple on my router. Change it once, and all your home devices are good to go.
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I set up unblock-us on the ATV too, same drill, change the DNS on the router, all devices ready to roll.

From there, I signed up for Netflix US and Hulu+. That combined with airplay and network apps, I'm watching all the tv I've always watched (which is A LOT). Okay, I may have to use couchtuner for a couple shows, I'd happily pay for them on iTunes or the like, but as I can't do that yet, couchtuner it is.

So far, loving it.

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Couchtuner has a lot of shows but if I had to rely on it I think I would stop watching tv altogether. But it is free so I guess you get what you pay for.
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I thought you didn't do illegal/grey area streaming?
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I don't, but it does not mean I can't check things out.
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I thought you didn't do illegal/grey area streaming?
Nice catch. My chuckle for the day.

On a serious note, using a DNS redirection service to watch netflix or Hulu plus is perfectly harmless, however, I would warn folks that links from sites like couchtuner are a great way for web browsers to be hit with drive by malware or phishing attacks.

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Well, I decided on the Apple TV. Grabbed a refurb'd one on apple.ca so I'll see how it goes.
I'm curious as to why you selected ATV over Roku, care to share?



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Well, it seemed some of the bonuses of Roku were Plex, playing multiple file formats and coordinating personal media… plus all the channels it offers.

I don't have a home library of videos
I only have one user, and one tv to consider
I don't want to watch on my phone or laptop
I looked through the roku channels, most of it seemed of no use to me

Since I purchase music from iTunes already, I imagined I would be most comfortable purchasing whatever tv/movies I needed from iTunes.

Finally, at work I use a mac all day, I have a macbook pro, iphone and an airport express, ATV seemed the best fit after all.


As for couchtuner, it's my last resort.
But as of yet there is no way to watch new HBO shows without cable or satellite. If I could buy a season pass in iTunes for the current season of say, Game of Thrones, I would in a heartbeat.

*I guess I officially cut the cord yesterday, gave Rogers my 30 day notice. Though it did take me a long time to convince them I had absolutely no use for basic cable, the deed was eventually done. They matched Teksavvy for pricing on internet with no contract so for now, I'll stay with Rogers internet. Here's hoping 300GB is enough for all my streaming needs.

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