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Roku 3 Streaming Media Player
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard OR $9 Two-Day OR $12 One-Day
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 1-2 business days (Monday, Jan 26 to Tuesday, Jan 27) + transit
Condition: Factory Reconditioned
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The personal audio feature (where you can listen to the audio using headphones plugged into the remote control) is a fantastic feature for those with spouses/significant others/roommies who they don’t want to disturb while watching their media!
Meh. Cheaper on Newegg after free shipping. I love my Roku 3 though, use the headphones all the time!
Note that you can buy a new Roku 1 straight from their website for $50 and even cheaper on Amazon (refurb) (new). The upgrades on the Roku 3 include Dual Band wireless, upgraded Netflix (?), smartphone mirroring, headphone jack, USB/ethernet, and a “lightning fast processor” but lacks RCA.
Roku 4K Coming Soon…http://thefusejoplin.com/2015/01/roku-4-release-date-top-features-details/
Boy there’s a lot of bitchin’ and moanin’ about wrong power supplies, bad remotes, long ship times… it’s not a great deal if it don’t work. Of course maybe there are 1000’s that worked perfect and great and we’re just seeing a small minority of issues. Hard to know.
So, interesting that Amazon now owns woot… and Amazon is selling a “Certified Refub” Roku 3 on Prime for $79… and here we have the Woot refurb for $63 + $5 shipping so $68. I know the Amazon ones are sold by another seller and filled by Amazon, wonder if they are from the same stock.
Don’t waste your money on THIS or ANY OTHER STREAMING PRODUCT. All these things are is a way to CHARGE YOU MORE MONEY! Netflix, Hudu, Amazon Prime - you have to PAY just to watch an old tv show, let alone a movie that is five years old (Unstoppable). We pay enough for Cable, now wee have to buy something that allows us to buy SOMETHING ELSE! Stop this madness!
You can also buy the refurb directly from Roku for $80. Well $79.99.
Remember to always round up. They sell things with .95 or .99 to get you to think you are paying less than you are. Woot is selling it for $65 ($64.99).
At these prices, I’m not so sure the new 4K one will be here before late spring. Buy one now if you need it. Wait a month if you want it a bit cheaper, and wait until this summer if you want to spend twice this price on a 4K version.
The ear-worm description was glorious! It made me go “Ho ho ho, he he he, ha ha ha!”
I already subscribe to Netflix and watch it a lot. I bought a Roku 3 when the old laptop I was using died.
My only concern was that my TV doesn’t have HDMI input. I bought a cheap HDMI to VGA adaptor and the Roku 3 works just fine with the old TV.
There is a free Android app that lets you use your tablet or smartphone as a remote. You can use the on screen keyboard on your Android device with the Roku. This is much easier than hunting for letters on the remote provided by Roku.
I love the Roku 3 and I’m glad I bought it, even though, I didn’t buy a refurb and paid full price.
I’ll also add that there’s a pretty large jump in the quality/slickness of the GUI between generations (though I can’t speak to the streaming stick).
That’s probably good advice.
The last time I saw the 3 on the market this much for a discount was right before the streaming stick came out.
Thank you for an actual helpful informative post! A rarity around here, it would seem. I cut cable over a year ago and now use Tivo with an HD antenna, subscribe to Netflix and Amazon Prime and am still saving oodles of money a month and am happier with the level of original entertainment now provided by Netflix and (very recently) Amazon Prime. Have several options for streaming, but am considering Roku. Your post helps.
We use our Rokus as part of our cord cutting (since 2009).
It’s 100% true that most/many of the offered channels require an additional subscription, but if someone wants to avoid that altogether they can stick with the free channels (PBS, PBS Kids, YouTube, Pandora + Tune In for music, a few others…+ there are a few channels that offer a “freemium” models); and Amazon Prime’s streaming service is getting better and better - and is totally worth checking out if you already are a Prime subscriber for shipping (and they have a Spotify-like service - available on Roku - included with Prime membership as well).
But I’ll agree with you that the streaming services are starting to get nickel-and-dimey and’ll add that you can get most of what you can find on Roku by hooking up a streaming-capable computer to your TV.
With a Roku, you’re mostly buying ease-of-use + interface.