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post #2791 of 2804 Old 08-28-2015, 01:19 PM
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Anyone liking this new 'auto-play' feature when selecting a title to read further? Instead the title would start while I'm reading in expanded mode. Not fond of it.

I'd read about it in their blog and discussed it a bit with someone who had it on a new unit in this topic in the Roku site forums, but it's been a month without my seeing it on any of my devices that I'd checked so I figured that they might have gotten sufficient complaints about the "feature" to back off it. Apparently not . It's now on my Roku 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, but not on my TiVo Roamio or the Netflix app in this smart TV (though the TV's app has implemented the Roku 3's 2-second-no-reload start up). I have 2 other devices with that UI: my PS3 hasn't been plugged in since I moved 7 months ago and I haven't tried it on my Fire TV Stick yet.

Can't say that I'm fond of it. Thankfully my TiVo doesn't have it yet, that being my principle Netflix watching platform (that and Fire TV Stick, which is on another television; I pretty much never watch Netflix on other devices). I guess we'll see how annoying it is by-and-by.

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I'd read about it in their blog and discussed it a bit with someone who had it on a new unit in this topic in the Roku site forums, but it's been a month without my seeing it on any of my devices that I'd checked so I figured that they might have gotten sufficient complaints about the "feature" to back off it. Apparently not . It's now on my Roku 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, but not on my TiVo Roamio or the Netflix app in this smart TV (though the TV's app has implemented the Roku 3's 2-second-no-reload start up). I have 2 other devices with that UI: my PS3 hasn't been plugged in since I moved 7 months ago and I haven't tried it on my Fire TV Stick yet.

Can't say that I'm fond of it. Thankfully my TiVo doesn't have it yet, that being my principle Netflix watching platform (that and Fire TV Stick, which is on another television; I pretty much never watch Netflix on other devices). I guess we'll see how annoying it is by-and-by.
Last night I checked out this feature from Netflix on my Roku 3. I really like it. I hope they implement it on my TiVos and my Sony BD player soon. Since those are the devices I use for Netlfix because I like the way they work better than the Roku.

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Last night I checked out this feature from Netflix on my Roku 3. I really like it. I hope they implement it on my TiVos and my Sony BD player soon. Since those are the devices I use for Netlfix because I like the way they work better than the Roku.
You've got to be kidding me right???
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You've got to be kidding me right???
I like it. The show starts playing right away and it lists the info the in the foreground for a few seconds. I like it. I might need to use my Rokus for awhile for Netflix until this comes to my TiVos and Sony BD players.

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Meh. After playing around with it on my Roku 3, I can see that it's very easy to get used to, if not particularly useful. It needs a way to stop playback before the description fades away. Given that, it's tolerable and if some people like it, no big. Netflix won't drop it unless they perceive that its losing business for them.

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Meh. After playing around with it on my Roku 3, I can see that it's very easy to get used to, if not particularly useful. It needs a way to stop playback before the description fades away. Given that, it's tolerable and if some people like it, no big. Netflix won't drop it unless they perceive that its losing business for them.
Is there a way to stop the info from fading away?

I'm in the "this is really annoying" camp. I don't know if I'll get used to it, but I don't think I'd leave Netflix over it.
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Is there a way to stop the info from fading away?

None that I have been able to determine. Once it fades away you can press UP to bring it back and pause the video which is kind of cool if you've been playing something and want to see the description again but not so cool when you're browsing.

It is technically slick; I wonder how much a factor that's been in their decision to include it .

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I notice that the Roku 3 gets the newest features first. Does it preload the video so it starts out in HD and not in cruddy SD?

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I notice that the Roku 3 gets the newest features first.

Traditionally it's been PS3 which gets new features first, since they determined that it's the most common device for watching Netflix on TVs; that may well have changed. Roku lead streaming device sales last year (with Google--i.e. Chromecast--second, Fire TV in 3rd and Apple TV 4th) so it may be getting some preferential treatment. As I stated, both my Xbox One and Xbox 360 have the feature in their Netflix apps.

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Does it preload the video so it starts out in HD and not in cruddy SD?

Nope. I'd be shocked if that happened at this point.

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New Roku user

Hi. I'm just starting my entry into streaming using a Roku 3 Stick. I was just wondering if anyone here has any suggestions on channels or apps to add to the Roku homepage. So far, I only added Netflix and YouTube, but was wondering if there were any others that are good for movies and/or TV shows that you fine AVS folks could recommend to a new user. Links to your favorite websites for Roku-centric information would be great as well. Thanks in advance!

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Nope. I'd be shocked if that happened at this point.
Then it is useless to me just like post-play and now I will have to mute my TV when browsing Netflix once my PS4 and Fire TV gets this stupid update so I don't encounter so MA rated original or R rated movie that starts to blast profanity on of my speakers. Terrible stupid decision Notflix.

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Hi. I'm just starting my entry into streaming using a Roku 3 Stick. I was just wondering if anyone here has any suggestions on channels or apps to add to the Roku homepage. So far, I only added Netflix and YouTube, but was wondering if there were any others that are good for movies and/or TV shows that you fine AVS folks could recommend to a new user. Links to your favorite websites for Roku-centric information would be great as well. Thanks in advance!
Well, there is Amazon Instant Video, where you can which Amazon Prime videos for free if you subscribe to Prime, and otherwise you can pay for them and for other non-Prime videos.

Vudu offers to rent a variety of movies and TV shows in excellent-quality HD and Dolby Digital+ for typically $6 plus tax. Unlike Amazon, there is no annual fee. Unlike Netflix, You pay no monthly fee--you pay per movie.

Hulu offers first-run TV shows for a fixed monthly fee (never used it).

There are a lot of other channels on Roku that are free but interrupt the movie or TV show with ads at random moments--very annoying. There are also many channels that offer public domain (i.e., ancient movies and TV shows or worthless stuff that wouldn't play at a drive-in), typically in terrible prints and with interruptions by ads.

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And the PBS channel if you watch it (Austin City Limits, NOVA, Antiques Roadshow, or some of the BBC shows like Sherlock). On that note, if British shows are of interest, I have heard of some transplants subscribing to AcornTV, but I don't have personal experience.

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Thank you very much for your replies. I'll check those out.

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