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2014-03-06 12:03 PM
Kloraff
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Can you get broadcast networks - Canada (CBC, CTV, Global, CITY, etc) and US (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, etc)?
I have seen references to USTVNOW. I assume that is a paid service.
I havn't found an easy way to get CBC, CTV or Global etc on the Roku, but I really wish I could. (My service provider dropped CTV and Global on demand content a while ago)

I have looked into the USTVNOW channel. It is a service offered to U.S. residents who are living in Canada. It provides 6 channels for FREE (i.e. ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS and probably MyTV9 or CW) or up to 28 U.S. cable channels for a fee (~20$/mo). I was going to try it out but as soon as it tryed to synchronize with my Facebook profile to validate my address (don't know how it knew I had one) and read the disclaimer about needing to be a U.S. resident to use the service, I decided not to bother since I had those channels on cable anyway.

There is a channel called Livestream that offers some free content from lots of the FOX networks and several other independents but I believe it is mostly local programming, not prime time network programming.
2014-03-05 04:35 PM
j0dest3r I have a core 2 duo desktop PC running Linux and Plex in the basement. CTV News Channel was available on Roku via Plex but that doesn't seem to work anymore. I will have to check out the CBC stuff. I've had two Plex streams to two Rokus running at the same time no problem. That said, its wired connections to both. Sadly I still have to fire up the Xbox 360 for the live tv stuff. Still haven't found a way to get that on Roku yet.
2014-03-04 11:39 PM
Danno10000 The only thing I think you could do is share someone else's PLEX server. I run PLEX on a mac mini that is on 24/7/365. It would be nice to figure out how to get CBC as a direct channel (I think it is would be possible to do) on the ROKU, although I'd still use PLEX for sharing my media library with family in other cities. I also have Hulu Plus on my Roku and I use that a lot for watching mainstream TV shows.
2014-03-04 02:46 PM
bitrate
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Originally Posted by Danno10000 View Post
I also get CBC on my Roku, but I need to go through PLEX to get it which is a PITA. However, it does work well and just about every show and news station (across Canada) is available.
I've seen references to PLEX as media server software.
Is it available as a service so that I don't have to set up my own server?
2014-03-04 02:43 PM
bitrate
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Originally Posted by Kloraff View Post
There is tons of free content for Roku in Canada. Unfortunately there is not an easy list that I can point you to. If you were to say, make a list of channels that you're interested in based on their website, I can easily say yes or no to each item.

Here are some examples (that are FREE) :

YES (available in Canada):

<original quoted content removed for brevity>

Can you get broadcast networks - Canada (CBC, CTV, Global, CITY, etc) and US (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, etc)?
I have seen references to USTVNOW. I assume that is a paid service.
2014-03-03 09:01 AM
Danno10000 I also get CBC on my Roku, but I need to go through PLEX to get it which is a PITA. However, it does work well and just about every show and news station (across Canada) is available.
2014-03-02 02:42 PM
Kloraff There is tons of free content for Roku in Canada. Unfortunately there is not an easy list that I can point you to. If you were to say, make a list of channels that you're interested in based on their website, I can easily say yes or no to each item.

Here are some examples (that are FREE) :

YES (available in Canada):

Crackle
VEVO
NASA TV
RT
Sky News
NFB Films
Revision3 (stuff from Discovery Channel online brands)
TWiT.TV
CNET
TED Talks
RadioU
PRESTO (a fireplace channel)
Religious channels like: EWTN, GOD TV, Hope Channel, Daystar, TBN and many many more...

NO (NOT in Canada):

A&E
History
PBS
Hulu
FOX
Lifetime
Smithsonian
Disney Channel
Disney Junior
Disney XD
Hasbro
...and just about any other thing that sounds like a channel on TV (with some exceptions if you're NOT concerned with FREE.)
2014-03-01 10:40 PM
bitrate
what free content is available with a ROKU 3 in Canada?

what free content is available with a ROKU 3 in Canada?

ROKU website is rather terse on this subject.

Thanks in advance
2014-01-19 11:06 PM
cafebrad
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Originally Posted by four View Post
Nah...
Studious have a better chance to lock up their content than for your prediction to come true...

One day the optical disc will be gone. That will be the day they win...
the optiical disc isnt gone but your close. i cant remember who, paramount maybe? but releases to dvd are on their way out.
2013-12-18 10:48 AM
four True. Unfortunately...
2013-12-18 03:58 AM
j0dest3r @four Strictly speaking, who cares? From a practical usable sense those are the rules! For better or worse, they are what they are.
2013-12-17 11:29 PM
four
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Originally Posted by Stevemo View Post
People will be migrating from purpose built players to "HTPC"s...
People will revolt...
Nah...
Studious have a better chance to lock up their content than for your prediction to come true...

One day the optical disc will be gone. That will be the day they win...
2013-12-17 09:38 PM
Stevemo Wow, it took them 11 years to come up with something that will take 2 weeks to crack when it gets implemented on something people want to see. Cheers to the source code being on a 2600 T-Shirt sometime soon.
We are getting off topic but not really. People will be migrating from purpose built players to "HTPC"s and other media boxes because of stuff like this. People will revolt when they want to upgrade their PVR and realize that they can't get anything off of it because of encryption.
Steve
2013-12-17 07:18 PM
four
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Originally Posted by j0dest3r View Post
Anything higher than those such as DD+, DTS-HR, (HD Lossy examples) TrueHD DTS-HD MA (HD Lossless examples) require a connection with more bandwidth such as HDMI.
Strictly speaking, this is not the case. Optical SPDIF can handle all audio codecs under the sun and then some...
The standard is limiting it to 640kbps DD / 1500kbps DTS. Hence, the receiving silicon doesn't have to know anything else.

And those guys will never miss an opportunity to create a new connector, license authority, etc. to make you buy new hardware...
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Originally Posted by dgm View Post
...it is another HDMI-digital-IP-rights issue.
That is only the beginning. Just wait for Cinavia to go mainstream.
Ripped copies would not be playable with any brand name player, hardware or software: audio won't be there at all...

Movies in the clouds, Ultraviolet-style with pay-per-view structure is the studious' dream...
2013-12-17 05:50 PM
MyMedia08 TV out restrictions I understand, but doesnt say an Apple TV output DD 5.1 over its optical output?? I thought it did ( eg: here and other sources) but I may be mistaken. Thats all I was hoping for on the Roku3.
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