Originally Posted by groundtrac
Very interesting. Do you have any leanings as to the stick version's performance? I have read the stick version is quite buggy with Youtube and other apps, perhaps with Netflix that the continuous streaming doesn't work, with long startup and load times, etc etc. I have a Roku 3 on another television that has been quite good, but this will be playing on my projector and the 1080p/24 Hz is desirable. Also, is 24Hz automatic or does it need to be selected?
The 24Hz output is automatic with Netflix content encoded as such. I really don't use the stick very often as my TiVo Roamio also does 24Hz with Netflix as well as with Amazon, both at 1080p, Amazon is only 720p on any model Roku. I haven't tried YouTube on the stick so I can't comment. The Stick also runs the older Netflix interface and menu with the red background versus the newer black background, image intensive interface. The quality of the content is no different. The Stick will also output Dolby Digital Plus(Roku 3 does as well) which both Netflix and Amazon use for the bulk of their multi-channel content, it could be all of it by now in fact.
To be honest, I bought the Stick without really giving it much thought other than it provided 24Hz from Netflix, not even thinking about the fact that my TiVo will do the same. Had I done my due diligence I would likely have not purchased the Stick, it was essentially an impulse buy.
If you have no other 24Hz source for Netflix/Amazon then I would go with the stick, as noted, the Roku 3 does not output 24Hz. If you have no other source for the second HDMI input(assuming you're using the first one for a TV source) then it might be worth the purchase.
If 24Hz is the primary driver then I would go with it, I don't know of any other device that would be less expensive that would also output Netflix at 24Hz. The integrated remote(Oppo remote) is also nice, though it doesn't make much difference to me as I use a Harmony 880 remote, it's all seamlessly integrated.
One concern might be support, given that the Netflix app is still running an older version of the interface while other devices have long since been updated to the newer version it makes one wonder if support for the Stick is done, what you have is what you get. As long as it continues to access and play the content though it should be fine. After all, who really cares that much about a menu system when it's the content we're really after?!