Roku R3500R streaming stick: Roku gets even better

I've replaced the playback devices on every TV in my home with a Roku 3. The Roku R3500R is even better! Smaller, but with the same access to the immense catalog of content and ability to feed it anything I like. This streaming stick is the way to go!

Plug the R3500R right into your HDMI port and away you go. With the same great remote and an identical ability to work with an app as the Roku 3, the only difference seems to be a lack of games I've never played. I'm saving tons of cash every month, having cancelled my DirecTV, and rely on the Roku for nearly all my content. I pay for Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu. Between the three, I get everything I need... honestly, Netflix is getting a little weak and I may cancel.

Oh! They do not include the cute purple headphones with the R3500R, but I'm not complaining.

There's 1080p support. I can connect via Plex to my Drobo. For half the price of a Roku 3 you cannot go wrong!

Roku 3500R Streaming Stick (HDMI) (2014)

Previously on Boing Boing:

A Roku 3 streaming player has replaced my DirecTV

Now a Roku 3 has replaced my AppleTv

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  1. Perhaps I'm just hopelessly antiquated, but the absence of a wired Ethernet port feels like a substantial downgrade to me. WiFi's fine if that's your jam, and I welcome it as an option, but I don't want it replacing a reliable wired connection.

  2. jlw says:
  3. To the question of broad file support, the answer is a huge NO. Roku is deliberately crippled in this regard. Plex is a workaround that transcodes as needed.

    If you want a media player that respects its owner, get a WD TV Live. It can access files via a network connection or USB drive or stick.

    And just to make the Roku more fun, you can't even start it up without putting in a credit card number.

  4. USB drive or stick

    That's the deal-killer for me.

    Streaming from a device like a tablet or laptop to the TV is for the birds except in some circumstances when I just want to show someone a YouTube video or something and don't want to bother downloading the file to a portable USB drive or USB stick first. But, in this day and age to constantly stream entire films from a device like a PC, tablet or smartphone to another gadget that is connected to a TV is a waste of electricity and wears out your (probably expensive) "streaming" host device for no good reason.

    I use media players that have a file browser, a remote control and (vital) have a USB port and play a wide range of video formats. If I want to use my tablet as a remote control and for text input I can if it's handy, but the little remote does just fine and the batteries last months.

    With this setup I copy HD movies to a USB drive or stick from wherever I want and most of the wear and tear, resources and electricity isn't being drained from my tablet, laptop, etc. just to watch a movie.

    What this little Roku and Chromecast needs is a usb port on the end of them or somewhere to allow me to plug a portable USB drive and/or USB stick in them. I still want the wifi so I can remote control it with a basic file browser and also have it be able to stream YouTube videos directly from the Internet, Netflix as well, etc. and still stream from video files on my PC, tablet, etc. on the occasions I want to do that.

    Wait a sec, I already have a custom media player that does that... Nevermind. smiley

    Of course, the ultimate setup is it does all of the above stuff I mentioned but can also search, acquire and download torrents directly to the media player - but you have to make a custom setup for something like that. AFAIK, you can't buy anything like that off the shelf (someone correct me if I'm wrong).

    Edit: I can think of one nice use for a little streaming guy like that Roku or Chromecast. Use them for elaborate pranks on public TVs and broadcast crazy shit. If you have to leave the device you aren't out that much money. Then again, if these devices don't mesh, I guess that's off the table as well unless there's a fast, open wifi or you know the password to a fast wifi hotspot on the premises.

  5. It's back....for now.

    The original developers shut down but it was branched off to an open source project on GitHub. The previous version still works and you can still find the original installer online.

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