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post #1021 of 1127
No Ethernet port on my Roku, it's the XD one.

I just tired everything I could think of; disabling all security features on my router, turning of the firewall, forwarding ports, trying port triggering and even placing the Roku in a DMZ. Even update the firmware on the router. Nothing worked and I don't know what else to try. Normally all this would lead me to believe that there is just some compatibility issue with my router but, it use to work. Guess ill just keep using my Harmony.

This is the only issue I've had with my Roku, everything else works great.
post #1022 of 1127
Have you tried to uninstall and reinstall the app? Sometimes a fresh data cache will lift app functionality out of the doldrums. Another and much better suggestion, ditch the iDontwork and go Android biggrin.gif
post #1023 of 1127
Yep, tried that, more then once.

If I ever ditch the iDontWork, I'd go with one of the new Windows phones. Just not a fan of Android phones.
post #1024 of 1127
I'm not sure when this happened, but this weekend I watched 2 movies on Netflix and they both offered "super hd" as the format with 5.1)) as the audio format. Quality was really good too. Did I just wake up and this has always been available this way on the Roku 2?
post #1025 of 1127
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

I'm not sure when this happened, but this weekend I watched 2 movies on Netflix and they both offered "super hd" as the format with 5.1)) as the audio format. Quality was really good too. Did I just wake up and this has always been available this way on the Roku 2?

It's been available on Roku 2 since it's been available (sometime in January, I think); one of the system modifications in the 5.0 update, which brought the new system UI, gave the Netflix player the ability to display that indicator.

Netflix's "normal" HD video encodes are 720p at 2350- and 3000 Kbps and 1080p at 3850 Kbps. "Super HD" is the addition of two higher bit rate encodes, 1080p at 4300- and 5800 Kbps. You will only get those encodes, however, if your network service provider is set up to access Netflix's single-purpose Open Connect Content Delivery Network (CDN). You can test this by viewing this page; if you have access to the Super HD encodes you'll see "Your Internet Provider is ready for Super HD!" in big green letters beneath the picture of a TV (this has been broken recently but seems to be working now). You can also determine whether you're getting the Super HD encodes by playing "Example Short 23.976", a test clip with bit-rate/resolution information burned into its constituent video encodes; if it gets up to 4300 Kbps when viewed on your Roku or other 1080p-capable player, you're set.

The vast majority of titles with HD encodes also have Super HD ones. There are some titles labelled HD which only have 720p encodes, usually relatively recent release titles like Thor, Captain America, Super 8 and True Grit; I think that all of the HD titles from Netflix's Epix deal are like that. These titles usually don't have 5.1 sound and they can't be watched in HD at all in the web player on Netflix's site or the Win8 Netflix app. Roku is one of only a few Netflix playing platforms which will indicate Super HD when you can't actually get them. This is useful anyway for telling the difference between 1080p and non-1080p titles.
post #1026 of 1127
Great info...thanks! I'm on Verizon Fios and we're not part of Netflix Open Connect. Tried that earlier this year. Oh well.
post #1027 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Splicer010 View Post

mad.gif But I AM bummed that I cannot get my Harmony 550 to control the ROKU2 XS. I didn't think it would be IR seeing as how there is no IR 'window' to receive the signal in the 1st place...But some idiot here said it would work. That the RF was "for the gaming only" and that while the Harmony couldn't be used for playing the Birds (and other) games, the 2 XS COULD still be controlled by RF...Hell, there was even a post or two defining 'IR' & 'RF'. rolleyes.gif

Or is Karma just being a bitch AGAIN ( wink.gif ) to me and I'm talking out my arse??? Can ANYONE give a definitive answer that has ACTUAL, WORKING KNOWLEDGE about this so the subject may be closed, once and for all???confused.gif
How is everyone getting the ROKU2 XS on the remote? Is an older, IR capable remote the only way? Harmony has nothing for ROKU that I can find...frown.gif
post #1028 of 1127
Yes, ''Super HD'' has been available since before the new OS was released...Looks sweet too. cool.gif
post #1029 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Splicer010 View Post

Harmony has nothing for ROKU that I can find...frown.gif
Harmony lists the Roku as a DVD device.
post #1030 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Ken.F View Post

Harmony lists the Roku as a DVD device.
You are both a scholar and a gentleman! THANKYOU!!! IT WORKS!!! cool.gif My wife is coming home from a trip and will be thrilled with this revelation! cool.gif
post #1031 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Splicer010 View Post

You are both a scholar and a gentleman! THANKYOU!!! IT WORKS!!! cool.gif My wife is coming home from a trip and will be thrilled with this revelation! cool.gif

I wish my significant other would be that excited about our universal remote. I know there is a joke here about wives and electronic handheld devices, but I'll keep this thread clean.
post #1032 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Splicer010 View Post

You are both a scholar and a gentleman! THANKYOU!!! IT WORKS!!! cool.gif My wife is coming home from a trip and will be thrilled with this revelation! cool.gif

It doesn't completely duplicate the ROKU remote, because a couple of the ROKU 2 XS buttons communicate with the Roku box using RF and not infrared. These are the OPTIONS button and the one that goes back 20-30 sec in case you missed a bit of dialogue. Also, the Harmony doesn't duplicate the movement sensor function of the Roku remote, so you'll need to keep that remote around if you want to play Angry Birds or other games that might need those sensors.
post #1033 of 1127
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Originally Posted by pbarach View Post

It doesn't completely duplicate the ROKU remote, because a couple of the ROKU 2 XS buttons communicate with the Roku box using RF and not infrared. These are the OPTIONS button and the one that goes back 20-30 sec in case you missed a bit of dialogue. Also, the Harmony doesn't duplicate the movement sensor function of the Roku remote, so you'll need to keep that remote around if you want to play Angry Birds or other games that might need those sensors.

I'm still using the Roku 2 XS definition and it has functions named "Options" and "InstReplay" which work. If I recall, the Roku 3 definition didn't have "InstReplay" or the direct-to-service functions ("Netflix", "Pandora" and "Crackle") but now it does, naming "InstReplay" just "Replay".
post #1034 of 1127
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Originally Posted by pbarach View Post

It doesn't completely duplicate the ROKU remote, because a couple of the ROKU 2 XS buttons communicate with the Roku box using RF and not infrared. These are the OPTIONS button and the one that goes back 20-30 sec in case you missed a bit of dialogue. Also, the Harmony doesn't duplicate the movement sensor function of the Roku remote, so you'll need to keep that remote around if you want to play Angry Birds or other games that might need those sensors.

Somewhat incorrect as I was able to learn these IR commands and duplicate everything on the XS 2 remote for my URC remote. I was also able to acquire an older remote with the direct access buttons for Netflix, etc and learn those for my URC.
post #1035 of 1127
As I stated, all of those things are in the Roku 2 XS definition that I'm using and the current Roku 3 one.
post #1036 of 1127
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

Somewhat incorrect as I was able to learn these IR commands and duplicate everything on the XS 2 remote for my URC remote. I was also able to acquire an older remote with the direct access buttons for Netflix, etc and learn those for my URC.

Well, back to the drawing board for me... I could not find direct access commands for these buttons in the Harmony database, and repeated attempts to "learn" these commands from the Roku remote were not successful.
post #1037 of 1127
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Originally Posted by pbarach View Post

Well, back to the drawing board for me... I could not find direct access commands for these buttons in the Harmony database, and repeated attempts to "learn" these commands from the Roku remote were not successful.
Did you set the device up as a Roku2 XS?
post #1038 of 1127
Here are some screen snaps of the functions which show up for the Harmony definitions I see, in Logitech Harmony Remote Software (7.7.0):

Harmony Remote Roku Functions (Click to show)

Roku 2 XS is on the left (device name "RokuRoku2 XS") and Roku 3 on the right ("RokuRoku 3"). The Roku 3 definition has a "Menu" function not in the Roku 2 XS definition; no such button on thee remote and I haven't tried it.
post #1039 of 1127
Sorry guys if I bring up the issue again.
Just bought Roku 2 XS a few days ago. The connection with the Roku 2 hooked up fine but it wouldn't give us service until I logged onto the Roku website to enter the product code. Thats fair enough, but I was astonished that it required me to supply my credit card number in order to finalize the initial set up. WHY? WHY? WHY?

I don't really like putting my credit card number on stuff I'm not absolutely sure about and apparently that is the first thing I have to do upon powering up the Roku.
Anyway I can create Roku acc without reveal my CC #? Thank you.
post #1040 of 1127
My credit card company offers a service called 'Shop Safe.' It will create a separate credit card number with any limit I select good for two months. I used Shop Safe with a limit of $10 to set up Roku. You may wish to check to see if your credit card company offers a similar service.
post #1041 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Elpee View Post

Sorry guys if I bring up the issue again.
Just bought Roku 2 XS a few days ago. The connection with the Roku 2 hooked up fine but it wouldn't give us service until I logged onto the Roku website to enter the product code. Thats fair enough, but I was astonished that it required me to supply my credit card number in order to finalize the initial set up. WHY? WHY? WHY?

I don't really like putting my credit card number on stuff I'm not absolutely sure about and apparently that is the first thing I have to do upon powering up the Roku.
Anyway I can create Roku acc without reveal my CC #? Thank you.

You have to call support in order to setup an account without a CC.
post #1042 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Elpee View Post

Sorry guys if I bring up the issue again.
Just bought Roku 2 XS a few days ago. The connection with the Roku 2 hooked up fine but it wouldn't give us service until I logged onto the Roku website to enter the product code. Thats fair enough, but I was astonished that it required me to supply my credit card number in order to finalize the initial set up. WHY? WHY? WHY?

I don't really like putting my credit card number on stuff I'm not absolutely sure about and apparently that is the first thing I have to do upon powering up the Roku.
Anyway I can create Roku acc without reveal my CC #? Thank you.
You can log into your Roku account and remove the CC on file at any time after it's set up.
post #1043 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Aero 1 View Post

You have to call support in order to setup an account without a CC.
This is correct. You can phone support or go through online support, they will set up your account without a credit card.
post #1044 of 1127
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Originally Posted by michaeltscott View Post

It's been available on Roku 2 since it's been available (sometime in January, I think); one of the system modifications in the 5.0 update, which brought the new system UI, gave the Netflix player the ability to display that indicator.

Netflix's "normal" HD video encodes are 720p at 2350- and 3000 Kbps and 1080p at 3850 Kbps. "Super HD" is the addition of two higher bit rate encodes, 1080p at 4300- and 5800 Kbps. You will only get those encodes, however, if your network service provider is set up to access Netflix's single-purpose Open Connect Content Delivery Network (CDN). You can test this by viewing this page; if you have access to the Super HD encodes you'll see "Your Internet Provider is ready for Super HD!" in big green letters beneath the picture of a TV (this has been broken recently but seems to be working now). You can also determine whether you're getting the Super HD encodes by playing "Example Short 23.976", a test clip with bit-rate/resolution information burned into its constituent video encodes; if it gets up to 4300 Kbps when viewed on your Roku or other 1080p-capable player, you're set.

The vast majority of titles with HD encodes also have Super HD ones. There are some titles labelled HD which only have 720p encodes, usually relatively recent release titles like Thor, Captain America, Super 8 and True Grit; I think that all of the HD titles from Netflix's Epix deal are like that. These titles usually don't have 5.1 sound and they can't be watched in HD at all in the web player on Netflix's site or the Win8 Netflix app. Roku is one of only a few Netflix playing platforms which will indicate Super HD when you can't actually get them. This is useful anyway for telling the difference between 1080p and non-1080p titles.

Great stuff and thanks! I also just noticed the super HD but wasnt sure what if any difference it was going to make.
post #1045 of 1127
Not sure if this thread is dread but I just bought two of the xs. I mainly use it for Netflix and Huluplus. Plex is kind of neat but I'm not sure if I'm keeping it.
Edited by hyperactiveme - 11/19/13 at 12:36pm
post #1046 of 1127
most owners post in the roku 3 thread anymore. roku 2 still rocks, roku 3 has a headphone jack in the remote, not much new after that.
welcome to the world of roku biggrin.gif
personally i can't stand the commercials on huluplus. i share an account with my sil. just can't stand the commercials.
post #1047 of 1127
I know but we don't get Hulu in Canada so I thought i would try it out. Staples was clearing out the roku 2xs for $49.97 so I bought three. Pretty good considering the roku 3 sells for $109.

Now I need to figure out how to run a server with the wake on lab feature. This thing could be golden smile.gif
post #1048 of 1127
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Originally Posted by kohlgren View Post

most owners post in the roku 3 thread anymore. roku 2 still rocks, roku 3 has a headphone jack in the remote, not much new after that.

Roku 3's processor is 5x faster than the others, which is probably why its the only one which got the new Netflix upgrade.
post #1049 of 1127
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Originally Posted by michaeltscott View Post

Roku 3's processor is 5x faster than the others, which is probably why its the only one which got the new Netflix upgrade.
roku2 has 1080p and 5.1 surround sound, not sure what else you could ask for in a media player.
mine has the motion control on the remote, yes it's nice for playing angry birds. if your into that kind of stuff biggrin.gif
post #1050 of 1127
The Roku3 is actually much faster (as michalelscott indicates). Yes, the Roku2's are still great (we have quite a few of them in our home) but have one Roku3 which I prefer (switching from app to app is faster and start up of shows are faster).
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