Roku 2 HD

Bobobie

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I just purchased a Roku 2 HD box. I have it hooked up to my TV via the HDMI and have the Roku Box set to 720P, the max HD setting on the box. I've noticed that it looks kind of dark, sort of the same situation as my Boxee software on my HTPC. There is no setting on the Roku to set the contrast or brightness levels. The TV settings doesn't help any, the dark areas are just more gray when the brightness is cranked up. Netflix, therefore, still looks better on my Xbox 360. The XBOX has 1080P connection, but so does my HTPC, and 720P looks fine on the digital broadcast channels. I wish I could try it with a wired ethernet connection, but this model only has WIFI, something I wish I'd noticed before the purchase.
 

UCJOE

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I sent mine back, didn't like the quality or service
 

Bobobie

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I have no problems with the content. There is a shitload of stuff to watch. I wasted an hour watching Japanese Anime Softporn last night, the darkness isn't that bad in Cartoons. I've been reading the Roku message boards and there seems to be a problem with the video levels being set for PC instead of a regular video device, like Blueray player or cable box. If you can change the input to PC it works fine. I'll have to dig out my manual and see if I can tweak the HDMI settings.
 

Aero 1

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I just purchased a Roku 2 HD box. I have it hooked up to my TV via the HDMI and have the Roku Box set to 720P, the max HD setting on the box. I've noticed that it looks kind of dark, sort of the same situation as my Boxee software on my HTPC. There is no setting on the Roku to set the contrast or brightness levels. The TV settings doesn't help any, the dark areas are just more gray when the brightness is cranked up. Netflix, therefore, still looks better on my Xbox 360. The XBOX has 1080P connection, but so does my HTPC, and 720P looks fine on the digital broadcast channels. I wish I could try it with a wired ethernet connection, but this model only has WIFI, something I wish I'd noticed before the purchase.
the reason its dark is because the roku2 is sending a VGA colerspace not a video color space (YCbCr). they are aware of the bug and working on it. there is a thread on the roku forum about it.

its the same thing with your htpc and boxee. change the colorspace on your pc.
 

weeniewawa

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I am thinking about getting a Roku

does it play files off of a local server yet?
that was one of the reasons I didn;'t buy one when they came out

I have a Boxee box and a couple of Apple TVs but the Roku will play Amazon movies streaming and I can get those
 

Bobobie

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the reason its dark is because the roku2 is sending a VGA colerspace not a video color space (YCbCr). they are aware of the bug and working on it. there is a thread on the roku forum about it.

its the same thing with your htpc and boxee. change the colorspace on your pc.
I was able to fix the problem with TV settings. There was an setting on my TV for the Pallet, Automatic and Full. It was set to Automatic and I changed it to full and now everything looks fine.

I am thinking about getting a Roku

does it play files off of a local server yet?
that was one of the reasons I didn;'t buy one when they came out

I have a Boxee box and a couple of Apple TVs but the Roku will play Amazon movies streaming and I can get those
I think it play files from a USB drive, Flash or external HD. From what I hear, it doesn't do that many video file formats. MKV file support was removed until they update something, for example. My HTPC handles that end just fine so I've not even tried to play video files with it.
 

Party Rooster

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You can get a refurb Roku XD with built in wifi, ethernet, and HDMI for $49 at Woot today. Just picked up a couple, one for my bedroom and one for my brother for Xmas. He bought a new flatscreen a couple of months ago and is kicking himself because he didn't get an internet-enabled one with all the apps for it. He already subscribes to Hulu, Netflix, and HBO Go, so he'll get use out of it immediately.
 

UCJOE

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I had the Roku2 & returned it
Overrated IMO & the USB video player sucked
 

CousinDave

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I have a Roku 2 XS no problems with it

I've got an Apple TV (2010) & Logietch Revue as well

I wish there was a device that had the features of all 3


Pac-Man on the Roku is very choppy, but Galaga plays fine
 

MrAbovePar

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I was looking at the Roku but went with the WD TV version because it looked like it did a better job with ISO's.