Originally Posted by kauaidoug
Thanks, Everyone. Roku seems to rule but I see so many negative comments when I go online esp, Consumer Reports and CNET. Now I know this is elemental but I am planning to get, a device, prob Roku, plug it in get it working to see if I like this.
I've owned several of the HD Rokus, and they all seemed to work fine with the exception of the HD stick, which literally got too hot to touch due to a short and pretty much melted. I still have one that's several years old that works in my shop.
I have had terrible luck with their 4K units. The first one I owned just died with no output after a year or so of light use, and the second one got stuck in a firmware update loop a month after I got it.
For 4K, I use the original Amazon Fire box in two rooms. They seem to hold up well, although they are (of course) remarkably Amazon-centric.
I've been thinking about the Apple device, but I really have a problem with their attitude of "Gosh, you're technically incompetent. We get that. So we're going to make everything automatic and set things up the way we want and give you limited options so you don't have to worry your little brain about it." Things do seem to improve slightly with each firmware update they send, so I'm keeping an eye on it.
Why not buy what you want to try from a place with a decent return policy (like Costco or maybe Best Buy), and if you don't like it, return it?