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I want to start streaming.

 

Currently I have a DVD player but haven't gotten blu-ray because it's always more expensive than DVD. I've been interested in upgrading to a quiet high-end palyer--might as well get blu-ray if I do. One thing I really want to do is connect a 3.5mm cable from RF Base Station to the Oppo BDP-103. This way I can use my RF remote to control the Oppo in a cabinet. I can't do this with Roku :(

 

What do you guys thing, should I buy a Roku or the Oppo? Which product gives a better streaming experience?

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I have both a Ruku 3 and the Oppo 103 and I hate to say it, but it's sort of like asking should you buy a Ferrari or a Mercedes S-Class. Both are fine vehicles but they are also very different and really aren't designed to compete in the same market.

If streaming of commercial services (Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, etc) is important get the Ruku 3.

If disc playback and streaming of local content (from your own computer via your home network or an attached hard drive) is important get the Oppo.

If both are important then get both. The Ruku is "only" $100 compared to the Oppo's $499. wink.gif

(p.s. Oppo does sell a Ruku Stick that plugs into the 103's front MHL port but I'd suggest getting the stand-alone Ruku 3 for the same price. It's a much newer, fuller featured unit.)
Edited by bluechunks - 10/14/13 at 3:18pm
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Originally Posted by bluechunks View Post

I have both a Ruku 3 and the Oppo 103 and I hate to say it, but it's sort of like asking should you buy a Ferrari or a Mercedes S-Class. Both are fine vehicles but they are also very different and really aren't designed to compete in the same market.

If streaming of commercial services (Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, etc) is important get the Ruku 3.

If disc playback and streaming of local content (from your own computer via your home network or an attached hard drive) is important get the Oppo.

If both are important then get both. The Ruku is "only" $100 compared to the Oppo's $499. wink.gif

(p.s. Oppo does sell a Ruku Stick that plugs into the 103's front MHL port but I'd suggest getting the stand-alone Ruku 3 for the same price. It's a much newer, fuller featured unit.)


Thanks.

Since the Oppo streams Netflix & Vudu, you still think getting Roku in addition is worth it? Could you say a little on how the experiences differ? Is it primarily a UI difference between the two or or is it about performance/ease-of-finding-content?

 

I've never streamed before so I don't know how it works exactly.

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Thanks.
Since the Oppo streams Netflix & Vudu, you still think getting Roku in addition is worth it? Could you say a little on how the experiences differ? Is it primarily a UI difference between the two or or is it about performance/ease-of-finding-content?

I've never streamed before so I don't know how it works exactly.
Yes, the Oppo streams Netflix and Vudu but the Ruku does those plus many more. If you are content with Netflix and Vudu then the Oppo is probably adequate. I use both because I have an Amazon Prime membership that includes lots of "free" videos and Amazon is not available for the Oppo.

I would also say that the Ruku 3 being a newer unit also has a better UI than the Oppo for streaming but it's also probably an issue of preference. The Oppo is not necessarily poor, IMHO, but in the case of Netflix they seem to prioritize development and the Oppo is a "niche" product in their universe. I bet if you owned both you would use the Ruku for streaming and the Oppo for DVD/Blu Ray. One thought to consider: Oppo has a 30-day return policy so you can try it out if you purchase it directly from them.

No matter what unit you select a key determination of picture quality will be your internet service since most services dynamically alter the stream to match the available bandwidth. If you don't have reasonably fast and consistent internet service you will not have great quality regardless of the player. Also your home network is an issue. It seems wired connections are generally better than wireless unless the wireless router is near the player and even then interference can be an issue.
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Originally Posted by bluechunks View Post


(p.s. Oppo does sell a Ruku Stick that plugs into the 103's front MHL port but I'd suggest getting the stand-alone Ruku 3 for the same price. It's a much newer, fuller featured unit.)

For owners of an Oppo player, they sell the Roku stick for $49 with no Roku remote.

http://www.oppodigital.com/proddetail.asp?prod=RokuSSB
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Can the Oppo 103 play dvd and blu ray isos from a nas server like a synology ds1812? Does it use the QDEO processing on file or just disks themselves?
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Can the Oppo 103 play dvd and blu ray isos from a nas server like a synology ds1812?

No. Not VIDEO_TS or BDMV structures, either.

There is a list of supported file formats in the FAQ linked in my signature.
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Does it use the QDEO processing on file or just disks themselves?

For everything.

-Bill
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Originally Posted by pqwk50 View Post

I want to start streaming.

Currently I have a DVD player but haven't gotten blu-ray because it's always more expensive than DVD. I've been interested in upgrading to a quiet high-end palyer--might as well get blu-ray if I do. One thing I really want to do is connect a 3.5mm cable from RF Base Station to the Oppo BDP-103. This way I can use my RF remote to control the Oppo in a cabinet. I can't do this with Roku frown.gif

What do you guys thing, should I buy a Roku or the Oppo? Which product gives a better streaming experience?
Roku has PLEX which works pretty well. A guide to converting your files for even easier use along with channel suggestions here http://thecreativealternative.com/alternatives-to-cable/ may help with that.
That said; I personally prefer Roku because I can have one single interface for network streaming content on a server along my Amazon Prime streaming, along with some other fun streaming options such as CNN International, RU.TV and lots of other programs, Conan, etc. Also some good music streaming I use from Roku is Couchy.TV which streams my music collection from my dropbox account directly to my Roku.
I also have a Gen1 WDTV but the interface is really slow and I have to set the movie sheet information myself, while PLEX does it automatically (usually with a deep scan though).
You can get an RF remote to work with Roku with an adapter, but that will add more cost. I suggest Roku3 if you are going that way as I've tried it out, it's really quick interface is clean and easy to navigate. 1,000 channels or so, with about 90% crap, but that still leaves you with over 100 good ones.
It's all about what your priorities are.
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You can get an RF remote to work with Roku with an adapter, but that will add more cost.

What adapter can I but for RF? Can u say more about this? where do I buy it? what's it called?

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What adapter can I but for RF? Can u say more about this? where do I buy it? what's it called?
The Ruku 3 has TWO connection methods for remote control:

1) The included Ruku WiFi remote (the Ruku/remote combination are their own little network)

2) The Ruku 3 also has an integrated IR receiver for backward compatibility so a simple IR transmitter can be connected to the RF receiver (base station) instead of a hardwired IR connection
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