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FlyingGold24

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Post Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:38 am

Some questions about media streaming

Im thinking about getting a Roku streaming stick and Roku Express+ for a couple of tvs and before I do, I wanted to get some experiences that some of you may have had with roku and serviio.
How does it work, Are there any issues or complications?
Does Roku have cinavia protection?
Would you recommend a completely different media streamer altogether?
I have heard good things about roku but I just had those questions in the back of my head and I couldn't find any answers online. I hope that someone can answer some of these questions and I thank you in advance for any and all help related to my post.
Thanks again in advance and have a good day :)
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atc98092

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Post Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:37 pm

Re: Some questions about media streaming

The Roku players in general are terrific streaming platforms, with some caveats. If your media is in the proper container and uses the proper codecs, then transcoding is unnecessary and they work great. If transcoding is necessary, there are currently some issues with HD Audio transcoding.

Roku has a limited number of video and audio codecs that are supported. This site https://support.roku.com/article/208754908-how-to-use-roku-media-player-to-play-your-videos-music-and-photos has the full details, but basically they only support MKV, MP4 and MOV containers (although TS works as well), video has to be H.264/MP4 (H.265 with the 4K capable players) and audio has to be ac3/aac or a few other types. If you are using HDMI to an AVR, they will pass DTS audio though. However, right now no Roku will pass HD audio (Dolby TrueHD or DTS Master Audio).

The newest models (Premiere & Ultra) have issues with some users reporting either HDCP errors or audio "chirping". I have not experienced the audio issue, but have seen some HDCP issues with my Ultra. Roku is beta testing new firmware and my guess is they will have these issues resolved soon. The HDCP errors only seem to occur with a 4K TV, so connecting to a 1080 HD set should be fine. My Roku 4 has zero issues hooked to a Panasonic 1080 plasma.

We are hoping to have a resolution to the HD audio transcoding problem soon. Once that is resolved, Serviio will be including some new Roku profiles that should cover all the boxes.

If you are looking for a streaming player that supports the majority of codecs, and will passthrough HD audio, I only know of one player that has them all covered. That is the Nvidia Shield. It is quite pricey for just using as a media streamer, as it's built as a gaming platform. I've read on the forums that using it as a streamer works well, but the user interface isn't really designed for it and it takes more button presses to actually start playing your media. Not sure how big a deal that is, as I've never played with one.
Dan

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FlyingGold24

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Post Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:46 pm

Re: Some questions about media streaming

Thanks a lot for all of this info I really appreciate it, I meet most of the needed file types so that shouldn't cause any problems, if I have too I got a nice piece of converting software so I can always meet the file types, and I wont be using the premiere or ultra so I shouldn't have chirping issues hopefully. I most likely will buy the roku now, the only thing that is still stuck in the back of my head is, if the roku has some sort of cinavia protection, if someone has some knowledge on this I would really appreciate some input on that. Thanks again atc98092 for the info it was very well written and gave me tons of info on this topic.
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atc98092

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Post Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:30 pm

Re: Some questions about media streaming

FlyingGold24 wrote:Thanks a lot for all of this info I really appreciate it, I meet most of the needed file types so that shouldn't cause any problems, if I have too I got a nice piece of converting software so I can always meet the file types, and I wont be using the premiere or ultra so I shouldn't have chirping issues hopefully. I most likely will buy the roku now, the only thing that is still stuck in the back of my head is, if the roku has some sort of cinavia protection, if someone has some knowledge on this I would really appreciate some input on that. Thanks again atc98092 for the info it was very well written and gave me tons of info on this topic.


Not sure where that protection might kick in. I have 1000s of ripped DVD and Blu Ray movies and have no issues playing them back on any device, including my Roku players. Why exactly are you concerned with it?
Dan

Panasonic ST30 Plasma, Samsung JU7100 4K TV, Samsung UN24H4500 TV, Sony BDP-S3500, Insignia Roku TV, Roku 2 XS, 4, Ultra and Stick, Yamaha RX-V679 AVR.
Primary server: Intel i5-6400, 8 gig ram, Windows 10 Pro, 18 TB hard drive space | Test server Windows 7 Home Premium, AMD Phenom II X4 965, 8 gig ram

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MSGBen

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Post Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:55 pm

Re: Some questions about media streaming

I have a roku device and it works all fine. One of the finest streaming devices. I'd say 9/10. Some glitches are however balky and would occur while the connection is out or the speed is fluctuating.

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