Best options for streaming to roku tv

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Best options for streaming to roku tv

Postby escoweb » Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:29 am

I setup a connect quattro yesterday and have a question about streaming to a TCL roku tv. The HDhomerun app is not available for the tv, so I am using the roku media app. The interface is terribly clunky and not fun to use. What are my options for improving my user experience? A couple of options I am considering:
1. Firestick 4k
2. Plex media server

I am also open to any other better suited options. Thanks and Happy New Year!

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Re: Best options for streaming to roku tv

Postby elabra » Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:13 am

Both of those are good choices - Plex gives you other options (such as remote viewing of any shows and recordings) and runs on anything but it requires setting up a server which some may find daunting. The 4K Firestick is currently having some issues per other threads on this forum which are being looked at by SD and Amazon - the 4K models may freeze after watching them for some time and require reboots. (I don't think it happens with the non 4K models.)

One of the few things that everyone agrees with is that the Shield box is the best (though a bit pricey at over $149). Others prefer the MI Box S at about $70 or the new box that Walmart is selling at $70 Jetstream I think?

If you have no DVR needs and just want to stream to the TV I find that a Mi Box or a Shield works fine using Live Channels on the Android TV box to view Live OTA and it comes with a great Grid Guide.

SD HW does not play favorites and is wide open so you have lots of choices on what you can use and everyone's needs and desires are different so there is no ONE best option - which is good and bad! :)

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Re: Best options for streaming to roku tv

Postby pplwin » Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:33 pm

I am new to HdHomerun DVR but have tested it on all the ways to drive a big-screen HDTV using HDMI (1080i/720p & Dolby 5.1). My key expectation is that it must be usable by non-techie users using a remote control.

FireTV (stick & 4K)
Works well with GUI & viewing. The older stick tends to be WiFi sensitive (or just slow) compared to 4K. For its cost ($30-35), I would vote the 4K to be the best solution, especially for non-techies. The BEST solution for surround sound (5.1) if you have the FireTV plugged into a AV receiver that understands Dolby+. Basically plug&play, after figuring out how to install HdHomerun app from Amazon (use Voice search to find HdHomerun). All the GUI works, once you learn how to maneuver. Wish HdHomerun uses a more traditional Guide style menu but I understand why it does not.

Android TV (Kodi box from Amazon)
Android native app does not work well w/o a touch screen, like it does on my Android phone or tablet.
Kodi add-on works better. Remote control works most of the time. Sometimes, it needs to switch to mouse pointer to select. You can get surround sound if you know how to set up Kodi to passthrough.

Roku 3: (worst choice natively)
W/o a native app, it is clunky and I don't see how to use it for Live TV. I tried Plex but since my Plex server and DVR server are on different NASs, this was another showstopper. Plex may work if I can change over to a common NAS and may well be the only way to use HdHome remotely. All in all, HdHomerun on Roku is too hard to get working. A shame; since Roku has some strengths over FireTV in terms of usability. Love that headphone on remote control.

Windows 10 PC:
HdHomerun native app on Windows Store works well. It works well on my Windows laptop driving via HDMI. No idea how well it will work with weaker PC setups like Intel Atom chips. Audio can be setup for 5.1 if your drivers are setup for 5.1 via the HDMI interface. No remote control natively (you can add this if you know what to do) limits its value. Not for non-techies.

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Re: Best options for streaming to roku tv

Postby GGRussell » Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:43 pm

Android TV (Kodi box from Amazon)
Android native app does not work well w/o a touch screen
I have a generic Android TV box with a simple remote (no numbers). The HDHomeRun Android looks just like the Win10 version and never had any issues navigating the UI. I also bought a 'mouse' pointer remote but rarely use it. I only use it to enter text on the pop-up keyboard since all that up/down/right/left drives me crazy.

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Re: Best options for streaming to roku tv

Postby elabra » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:43 pm

If your goal is to stream native from the tuner to the Roku TV PLex runs on the Roku TV as an app, has a nice grid guide and will allow you to watch live tv - *** with a paid Plex Pass.

Simple and no box required.

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Re: Best options for streaming to roku tv

Postby GetMatt » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:10 am

Best quality goes to Xbox One and Shield, but those are not cheap. Next step would be a 4K firestick or my preference for inexpensive is get a MiBox from Walmart.

We mostly use Xbox Ones.

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Re: Best options for streaming to roku tv

Postby NYPlayer » Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:32 pm

I find the FireTV 4K to have the best Video quality and audio as it does automatic Framerate changing. The others rely on the APP. I do not think the HDHomeRunn APP does framerate changing by itself.

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Re: Best options for streaming to roku tv

Postby daurora » Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:10 pm

Hands down - the best solution for hassle free streaming to Roku (3 and up) is the Emby Media solution. I have recently switched and will never look back. My Emby server runs on a Windows 10 x64 (i3), with a Silicondust Connect Quattro tuner. This can easily handle simultaneous recording and transcoding playback. Finally, I have the perfect combination for a family friendly DVR solution and of course this includes a Silicondust tuner.

Good luck,
daurora

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Re: Best options for streaming to roku tv

Postby NYPlayer » Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:12 pm

Hands down - the best solution for hassle free streaming to Roku (3 and up) is the Emby Media solution. I have recently switched and will never look back. My Emby server runs on a Windows 10 x64 (i3), with a Silicondust Connect Quattro tuner. This can easily handle simultaneous recording and transcoding playback. Finally, I have the perfect combination for a family friendly DVR solution and of course this includes a Silicondust tuner.

Good luck,
daurora
It is the best for the ROKU … I agree.

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Re: Best options for streaming to roku tv

Postby pplwin » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:55 pm

Does Emby run a NAS based DVD or does it require a dedicated Windows PC? I tried Emby way back on a PC to Roku but I am staying a the NAS based DVR.

Saw a lot of Firestick 4K issues. Mine is the older square puck that is no longer sold. Hope the new ones get resolved. Mine runs HDHR very well.

Thanks for the feedback.

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Re: Best options for streaming to roku tv

Postby NYPlayer » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:11 pm

Does Emby run a NAS based DVD or does it require a dedicated Windows PC? I tried Emby way back on a PC to Roku but I am staying a the NAS based DVR.

Saw a lot of Firestick 4K issues. Mine is the older square puck that is no longer sold. Hope the new ones get resolved. Mine runs HDHR very well.

Thanks for the feedback.
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