Originally Posted by dan webster
I gave up on this for streraming. I just installed a roku ultra today and it is actually pretty amazing. Fast fast fast no buffering or studdering on all the content i have tried so far.
Moving foward, I think they need to remove apps from disc players and focus on a/v processing capabilties, DAC quality, Bluetooth T/X to multiple headphones, and rock solid home network media file playback.
App development and maintenance is hard and expensive, with ever increasing complexity moving forward to keep up with A/V and HDCP standards.
Dedicated streamers like Roku and Fire sticks/boxes are the Way Forward for stream apps/devices.
Same issue with apps on TV's- if the model/maker doesn't want to update the apps in the future, you'll have to bail and get a stream device anyways.
Basically Roku has become the standard "TV OS", with Fire a runnerup. My Roku boxes, sticks and 2 TCl Roku 4K HDR Tv's can attest. Developers need to target a small number of OS/hardware platforms with the most market share.
Since Amazon does Fire, and they don't like Google, always issues with Google apps like basic Youtube on Fire. Plus the DoJ will probabky come for Amazon re: monolpoly posiition and unfair advantage re: streaming moving forward. Roku is independant of Amazon and Google.
Always thought Android TV would take over, but monopoly claims from courts/govt's worldwide probaly stemmed that tide.
..and Roku stock hasn't fared too bad the past 6 months
...Panasonic and others could also just throw in a Roku stick in the box or outsource the built in apps to Roku OS like a TCL Roku TV.