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Discussion in 'Chromecast' started by HanSolo, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. HanSolo

    HanSolo Android Expert
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    I'm really torn between the two. I know Chromecast is cheaper, but Roku 3 has the ability to play local content via USB and also has AllCast support.

    Does Chromecast have the ability to easily and seamlessly play local content without the need for root? (I'm under the impression that the latest stock Chromecasts are no longer rootable.)

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  2. Mr. Link

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  3. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
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    Root only gets you the opportunity to run Koush's app.

    He's already sorting out the various changes to the SDK - that now distinguishes between your content and not and has methods to deal with secure and unsecure content.

    The thing about the Roku 3 - it's fabulous, but does not do YouTube (without jumping through root-like hoops) - but does have an HDMI port to plug in other solutions.

    Guess what I'm planning on plugging into the Roku 3 when I get one?

    My Chromecast.

    Looking over the vendor deals, I doubt that VuDu will come to Chromecast - never say never, but I doubt it.

    And VuDu Ultraviolet is cool.

    There will be some duplication going on with a Roku 3 and Chromecast together.

    Ever surf Netflix with either?

    I have with both and the Chromecast is just far and away easier - and when it comes to TV, easy wins.

    I have an HTPC (works great btw) from the days when I bought into the theory that if you have one powerhouse device, you're all set.

    I ain't buying that again, so I'll recommend the combo here.
  4. HanSolo

    HanSolo Android Expert
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    Interesting. I just ordered the Roku 3 for in-store pickup. Honestly, the main reason I'm getting it is for my wife. She wants a TiVo in the bedroom, and I looked into the TiVo mini, but that doesn't work unless you have a 4-tuner TiVo, and I only have a 3. All the shows we have on TiVo are ones that we can find on our Hulu Plus subscription. Add in the ability to stream other shows + Netflix, and the Roku seems like the best bet for the bedroom.

    I'm not really interested in YouTube. I only ever use that for funny videos when around friends at a bar or restaurant.

    Given that the Roku plays local content via USB, I think that's the deal maker for me.

    I am intrigued by Vudu Ultraviolet, though. I have a ton of bluray and dvd's that I'd like to convert. But looking online I see it's $2 per conversion?

  5. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
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    Yeah, but no more worrying about media failing, etc.

    I mentioned YouTube because for me, local video casting is simple.

    Upload phone video to YouTube, where you get cool stuff like shake removal, cast from phone, done.
  6. HanSolo

    HanSolo Android Expert
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    I went with the Roku 3 for now, (wish there was a forum for that here, but I understand it's not Android).

    I will see where my yearnings take me as far as Chromecast is concerned. :p
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  7. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
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    Talk it up in the Lounge/TV&Film section - cool with us! :)
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