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post #781 of 1127
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Originally Posted by michaeltscott View Post

I use a One but any Harmony remote should work. Nothing other than the original RF remote can do that motion game controller thing, of course.

Have both the One and the 700, both work fine with the Roku2 XS. Just remember that it is IR, so line of sight with the unit is necessary (unlike the remote that came with the Roku which is bluetooth. Also, when setting up the Harmony, the Roku is found under 'digital music streamers'.
post #782 of 1127
With my Harmony Ones, I can point the remotes in almost any direction and my Roku 2 boxes will respond to it. I've never needed to point it in the direction of the Roku 2 boxes.
post #783 of 1127
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Originally Posted by michaeltscott View Post

I use a One but any Harmony remote should work. Nothing other than the original RF remote can do that motion game controller thing, of course.

The original remote uses Blu-tooth to control the XS. It does except RF for non-gaming controls
post #784 of 1127
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Originally Posted by rdgcss View Post

The original remote uses Blu-tooth to control the XS. It does except RF for non-gaming controls

RF = Radio Frequency, which covers Bluetooth. IR = Infrared.
post #785 of 1127
I found a ROKU channel online at the Hallmark Site. It's called Hallmark SpiritClips. I've subscribed to it (for the year at 35.99, which is 2.99/mo). My wife loves all the movies that Hallmark shows and produces.

http://www.hallmarkspiritclips.com/page/films/hhof

You subscribe to the channel online, then, you add the channel to your ROKU store through the hallmark site that links to your ROKO account, then you select the channel on ROKU TV, then with the code ROKU TV gives you, you enter that code online at the Hallmark site, and you're good to go!
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Enjoy family-friendly live action, animated and documentary films
Exclusive access to Hallmark Hall of Fame Movies and 100's of award-winning SpiritClips original short films
Share unlimited SpiritClips Films and ecards
Watch online, stream-to-TV with Roku, Boxee and more, or on iPhone, iPad, or other supported devices.
post #786 of 1127
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Originally Posted by See The Light View Post

I found a ROKU channel online at the Hallmark Site. It's called Hallmark SpiritClips. I've subscribed to it (for the year at 35.99, which is 2.99/mo). My wife loves all the movies that Hallmark shows and produces.

http://www.hallmarkspiritclips.com/page/films/hhof

You subscribe to the channel online, then, you add the channel to your ROKU store through the hallmark site that links to your ROKO account, then you select the channel on ROKU TV, then with the code ROKU TV gives you, you enter that code online at the Hallmark site, and you're good to go!

Thanks for the info! My wife also missed this when we 'cut the cable' (but not enough to keep the cable). So, the option is there now.
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post #787 of 1127
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Originally Posted by michaeltscott View Post

RF = Radio Frequency, which covers Bluetooth. IR = Infrared.

You are correct. Brain-fart on my part
post #788 of 1127
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Originally Posted by cavchameleon View Post

Thanks for the info! My wife also missed this when we 'cut the cable' (but not enough to keep the cable). So, the option is there now.
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I watched a most excellent Hallmark Movie tonight on the SpiritClips Channel. It had wonderful cinematography, music, acting, and storyline.
It was called "Durango". I highly recommend this movie.

Also nice was "To Dance With The White Dog"
post #789 of 1127
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Originally Posted by See The Light View Post

I watched a most excellent Hallmark Movie tonight on the SpiritClips Channel. It had wonderful cinematography, music, acting, and storyline.
It was called "Durango". I highly recommend this movie.

Also nice was "To Dance With The White Dog"

Thanks for the recommendation!
post #790 of 1127
Can the RoKu 2 play Blu-ray iso or Mkv files?
post #791 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Sundance View Post

Can the RoKu 2 play Blu-ray iso or Mkv files?

Not really. Unfortunately it's still one of those things where you need 1 box for OTT and another for local media.
post #792 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Sundance View Post

Can the RoKu 2 play Blu-ray iso or Mkv files?

They can play mkv files as long as the content inside is h264 video and aac or mp3 audio.
post #793 of 1127
Roku2 XS...Amazon VOD plays 5.1 flawlessly. Netflix plays 5.1 as 2.0?!eek.gif Wired connection due to how sucky the wireless works so connection is non issue. I have 30 meg down service. Time Whiner only offers 1 level higher service. If 30 meg isn't enough then it isn't worth having, but we all know it is waaaaaaaaaaaaay enough...Amazon works, why not Netflix? Any help is appreciated. cool.gif

P.S...I did "search this thread" and got absolutely no helpful results other than the fact that Harmony WILL WORK with the XS! That was a nice find as I was under the impression it had to be RF. cool.gif
post #794 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Splicer010 View Post

Roku2 XS...Amazon VOD plays 5.1 flawlessly. Netflix plays 5.1 as 2.0?!eek.gif Wired connection due to how sucky the wireless works so connection is non issue. I have 30 meg down service. Time Whiner only offers 1 level higher service. If 30 meg isn't enough then it isn't worth having, but we all know it is waaaaaaaaaaaaay enough...Amazon works, why not Netflix? Any help is appreciated. cool.gif

P.S...I did "search this thread" and got absolutely no helpful results other than the fact that Harmony WILL WORK with the XS! That was a nice find as I was under the impression it had to be RF. cool.gif
I'm pretty sure you have to select 5.1 from the audio choices when playing a film in Netflix. When you go to play the film it's there under the rating stars.
post #795 of 1127
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Originally Posted by subavision212 View Post

I'm pretty sure you have to select 5.1 from the audio choices when playing a film in Netflix. When you go to play the film it's there under the rating stars.

You are correct....1st the Movie\Show has to offer it and then you have to make sure you select 5.1 under audio and subtitles before you play the show\movie......1st things 1st make sure you have your Roku set to "5.1", but I assume you do as Amazon plays it ok....
post #796 of 1127
eek.gifbiggrin.gifcool.gif Killer! Thanks gentlemen! That's it! "Audio & Subtitles"...right THERE in front of me!!! Had it been a snake, I'd surely be dead now! wink.gif And to think I always bitch at the wife because she reads what she wants and stops, instead of reading the whole thing first then asking me! redface.gif Karma IS a bitch!!! tongue.gif
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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
post #798 of 1127
...and NOT just plain old 5.1...but Dolby Digital...wait for it....PLUS!!! biggrin.gifcool.gif

Amazon is just DD...rolleyes.gifwink.gifbiggrin.gif
post #799 of 1127
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Originally Posted by See The Light View Post

I watched a most excellent Hallmark Movie tonight on the SpiritClips Channel. It had wonderful cinematography, music, acting, and storyline.
It was called "Durango". I highly recommend this movie.

Also nice was "To Dance With The White Dog"

Does the spiritclips channel have ads?

philip
post #800 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

Harmony remotes can control the Roku2 XS except for the motion controller needed for the Angry Birds game, which operates via radio frequency. I have had no problems using my Harmony One remote to control the Roku2 XS for watching media. Something's wrong in your Harmony setup, or else the Roku isn't in a good sightline for the remote's infrared signal.
post #801 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

It SHOULD work.
post #802 of 1127
I'm controlling both of my Roku2 boxes with Harmony One remotes. I've had no issues using the Harmony remote to control the Rokus.
post #803 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



First off don't know if they made an earlier version ROKU that was IR capable but the current Roku2 XS is RF only. There are several reasons this is so. First for those who do not know IR (intrared) is line of site only. RF (radio frequncy) will pass through walls. The current ROKU2 XS has no pickup window nor does the remote have an led Ir emmiter. My ROKU2 is located in a differant room from where I contol it. IR will not pass through walls. The only way I could possibly be controling the Roku is with an RF remote that is capable of traveling through walls.
post #804 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Fleinbach View Post

the current Roku2 XS is RF only.

Fooled me!
post #805 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Fleinbach View Post

First off don't know if they made an earlier version ROKU that was IR capable but the current Roku2 XS is RF only. There are several reasons this is so. First for those who do not know IR (intrared) is line of site only. RF (radio frequncy) will pass through walls. The current ROKU2 XS has no pickup window nor does the remote have an led Ir emmiter. My ROKU2 is located in a differant room from where I contol it. IR will not pass through walls. The only way I could possibly be controling the Roku is with an RF remote that is capable of traveling through walls.

This is incorrect information. The Roku 2 XS is indeed fully RF capable and the remote can "work through walls". However, the system retains it's ability to be controlled via IR using an older Roku remote. I know this because I purchased the older remote to "teach" my URC MX-780 the discrete IR commands for Netflix, Pandora, and Crackle (removed from the newest RF/Bluetooth remote).

Just to be absolutely sure, I spent a few minutes just now with both the old and new remotes and my 2 XS. The old remote clearly did not work when pointed around the corner while the new one could work from anywhere. And yes, the old IR remote worked great with my 2 XS when in line of sight.

Hope this helps.
post #806 of 1127
^FWIW, I have my Roku 2 XS mounted behind my TV, but can bounce my Harmony 300 IR off the ceiling and control it just fine, so its IR receiver is reasonably sensitive.
post #807 of 1127
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Originally Posted by scirica View Post

This is incorrect information. The Roku 2 XS is indeed fully RF capable and the remote can "work through walls". However, the system retains it's ability to be controlled via IR using an older Roku remote. I know this because I purchased the older remote to "teach" my URC MX-780 the discrete IR commands for Netflix, Pandora, and Crackle (removed from the newest RF/Bluetooth remote).

Just to be absolutely sure, I spent a few minutes just now with both the old and new remotes and my 2 XS. The old remote clearly did not work when pointed around the corner while the new one could work from anywhere. And yes, the old IR remote worked great with my 2 XS when in line of sight.

Hope this helps.

Yup. XS is RF and IR compatible.
post #808 of 1127
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Originally Posted by Fleinbach View Post

First off don't know if they made an earlier version ROKU that was IR capable but the current Roku2 XS is RF only. There are several reasons this is so. First for those who do not know IR (intrared) is line of site only. RF (radio frequncy) will pass through walls. The current ROKU2 XS has no pickup window nor does the remote have an led Ir emmiter. My ROKU2 is located in a differant room from where I contol it. IR will not pass through walls. The only way I could possibly be controling the Roku is with an RF remote that is capable of traveling through walls.

I'm using my Harmony One remotes, which are IR only, to control my Roku2 XS and Roku 2 XD. If it was RF only this would be impossible. If it had been RF only I would have returned it. I don't use the RF remote. But the RF remote will also work with my Roku 2 XD. SO both of the 1080P boxes have IR and RF. At least that is the case with both of mine. Oh and IR is Infrared.
Edited by aaronwt - 1/28/13 at 2:50am
post #809 of 1127
Stated multiple times now. Roku XS is both IR and RF capable. One poster got it wrong but I believe we now have the correct answer(s) posted.
post #810 of 1127
What is the maximum size SD mini card that is usable?
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