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Despite all the reading here and looking at some Roku sites, I am still not sure how this works.
I am imagining I am sitting before TV. I have Roku installed. I can use the TV remote control.....and do what?If I want to see drama listed on my favourite 'Dramacrazy' site what do I push or click with TV control?

Do I have to get Dramacrazy on the PC first and tune in the title of the drama I want.?

Brain does not work for me here at all just a big gap in understanding.

Incidentally I found that Radioshack carries this item and I am surrounded by these stores..... there is one very close to me and it is tempting.
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For the particulars on using Roku, I'll have to defer to HawnGirl or Cap.

But you couldn't use Roku with Dramacrazy (or any random website/channel) - that is one of the downsides of Roku vs having a PC hooked up to the TV that I mentioned in the previous page, lack of flexibility vs a computer's higher cost and larger footprint. Dramacrazy isn't a legally supported site since they are lifting shows without the consent of the various companies from various places on the net, and for that reason not a partner of Roku (channel for Roku).

For a list of channels or websites that are available on Roku: http://www.roku.com/roku-channel-store or Roku International Channels

The short end of it, if your primary goal is to watch K-Dramas on TV with Roku, to do that with a Roku system you'll have to subscribe to the legal websites that are supported by Roku and the Korean Broadcasting companies. In this case, that's either Crunchyroll, DramaFever.com, Hulu.com (Hulu Plus) or KDrama.

In my opinion, for those who want to see K-Dramas and, someone who gets a Roku should get either DramaFever or Hulu subscription. Hulu subcription (Hulu Plus) is $7.99/month while DramaFever is $9.99 a month or $99/year. Of the two, I find DramaFever to have a significantly larger range of titles available, both new and old, however Hulu does draw on many other content providers including DramaFever itself and Hulu is getting MBC titles first. I am not crazy about subscription fees personally, but when I think about it, this is significantly cheaper than subscribing to the Korean channels on cable/satellite, and has a lot more shows - and unlike other random websites the video quality of DramaFever and Hulu is much better at HD 720p. Most videos on websites like MySoju or DramaCrazy are only standard definition.

What I am doing for my own needs is going to DramaFever.com and Hulu.com and looking up which shows I want to see, the ones with the most titles I want to see is ultimately the one I'll sign up with. Right now I'm leaning on DramaFever since it has newer shows and new simulcasts and more Historical Dramas. DramaFever has pretty much everything, except some KBS shows (since KBS has its own site they are promoting, not a part of Roku partners yet).

Hope that helps,

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Dear super man.
That helps so much you have no idea. I am already paying around $220 a month for what I have on TV cable . It seems to increase now and then per the local economy I guess. I am quite satisfied because Cox cable is a really good provider. Rarely have any troubles. However I am not keen to start adding to a monthlyfee with other service as in Dramafever and Hulu. I think it would double the same channels anyway. I do have hundreds of channels and many Asian ones so really this Roku was a tempting toy I think.

I will wait until the newer TVs come out and see what they add as gadgets next time. My present monitor is 16 x about15 so it is quite a good picture for dramas
and films on the PC.

Many thanks :-)

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Glad that was of help to you, Peg.

I too share your concerns about the monthly fee, per my post in the previous page, hence one of the reasons why I have not run down to the store to get one yet... But the more I think about it $7 or 9+ a month seems worth it to get these K-Drama shows faster and cheaper and not having to worry about issues like MBC America not subtitling them, etc. Not to mention DramaFever is getting the non MBC, KBS, SBS (Korean cable) shows that creidesca recently mentioned in the K-Drama section of the forum which we don't see through KBS, MBC or SBS.

When my cable company offered a bundle of KBS World, MBC America, SBS for $24/month... I almost jumped on it, but after all the problems we have been having with MBC America/Digital that we've discussed over the last few months in this forum, I'm glad I did not.... it seems like I'd be too frustrated dealing with MBC America's inconsistencies, programming changes, lack of subs. But I still do love my MBC shows and through DramaFever or Hulu will be able to watch the new and great MBC titles with subtitles (unlike what's on MBC's stations which are hit or miss).

Regarding cable fees, one reason Roku and other similar streaming devices is gaining in popularity in recent years is that this provides folks the option to lower their cable/satellite fees by reducing service packages or even getting rid of their TV service all-together now that now Roku or Online now covers tons of TV shows with the wealth of stuff... a possible option to think about for some on the budget since you can pretty much get thousands of TV shows with Roku system + Hulu or DramaFever or other premium channels $7-40/month vs spending $80-150/month on cable/satellite TV.

Still debating if I really need a new computer for flexibility or should I just go budget and space conscious and go with Roku. I sometimes over-think things. LOL!

Another thing that attracts me to Roku, I won't have to worry about having to watch a show when it airs or having to remembe to "record x10 shows a day" to my Cable/DVR box or losing data or any of that anymore since it'll be up online - I'll be able to do it on my own time whenever I want to click the episode.


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I know there is a simple answer to all these questions. Just need a young computer whiz kid to suddenly come up with TV/PC with keyboard which does it all from armchair....

I am going to wait it out. At the moment I am having enough trouble trying to understand a new smart cellphone which I did not want and now have to fathom... sigh
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class blockquote PeggyME wrote:

I know there is a simple answer to all these questions. Just need a young computer whiz kid to suddenly come up with TV/PC with keyboard which does it all from armchair....
I am still on my ongoing quest in this regard until I can find a product that meets my various checklists of getting as close to a computer without the hassles or expenses of one... or until I give up and just settle for one for my K-Drama fix sooner than later LOL! - I believe I have now found the product.

At the recent CES convention, Vizio announced a competing product to Roku and Apple TV, the Vizio VAP430. Unlike the Roku though, this doesn't have the same flexibility of hooking up to the TV though, like many of the new products, this requires HDMI on the TV. It does connect through WiFi and Wired ethernet connection.

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(QWERTY keyboard at the back of the remote)

What interests me about Vizio VAP430 over the others, is this uses Google TV platform which you can use to surf the web and other websites for video in addition to the App system (access to YouTube, HuluPlus). DramaFever supports Google TV, but a word of caution, some websites do not and block it due to licensing issues. More on that in the press release below.

It's slated for release sometime this spring (no finalized release date but Vizio says "imminent")for $99 at Vizio's website, perhaps at retail stores after that.

I'll post more on the topic with regards to any interesting products or if I decide to get one of these streaming units.

Links to news stories:
http://gizmodo.com/vap430/
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AndroidCentral

From the Press Release: class blockquote "We're excited about what Google TV brings to our new VAP430 Stream Player," says Matthew McRae, VIZIO's Chief Technology Officer. "This isn't just an ordinary streaming box that accesses a few predetermined video services. It's a true entertainment portal that opens up everything the Web has to offer, as well as all the content consumers already have stored on computers and hard drives. And the incorporation of Google TV and our V.I.A. Plus interface makes it all incredibly easy to setup and a joy to use."

Using the included premium remote with QWERTY keypad and integrated touchpad, viewers can easily search for any program or content they want from their favorite apps or the Internet. Users can also check out new apps from an ever-expanding Android Market, or access personal media like videos, photos and music that are stored on devices connected to the same home network as the stream player. Images are displayed right on a connected TV set, and sound plays through the TV or a connected audio system.


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Just checked out the tech forum and happy to hear that a few of you are either interested or have purchased a roku box. I love my roku!!!! We all know that it's better to watch the dramas on a big screen then on a desktop or lap top. The only issue I have with huluplus and crunchy roll is the ads but I understand that ad support is needed to keep the site going.

Interesting to hear about Stick.. Before I purchased roku, I originally thought about purchasing the apple TV. Apple TV seemed to be a good idea until I did some research. Although you are able to access YouTube ( some dramas use this for their streaming) it didn't give me what I wanted. I wanted to be able to have access to K-dramas and it limited me to only episodes that were on Youtube. It does allow you to watch american movies as well as other shows that you access through iTunes. It was very limiting. So Roku became my choice,

Hooking up Roku was very easy and took all of several minutes providing you have an internet ready TV. If I can do it, and I am technically challenged, then anyone can do it.

I will check out the site for Stick and see what that is all about.
Thank you all of you for your interest and support. Glad that I was able to give you one more outlet to watch K-dramas.
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PS...Forgot to mention this...

There are many other stations that you are able to access. HBO GO, Disney, CNN, Pandora Radio (very cool, love this site), Crackle, etc. There is something like 3,000 plus movies you can watch and several different genres (different languages programs).

Huluplus will also email you and let you know when new episodes have been added. So, I'm currently watching A Thousand Kisses and Fermentation Family, whenever a episode is added, I receive an email letting me know that it is available to watch...way cool.
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How does money figure in here? Is it a subscription fee for each of the services such as Hulu, HBO, Disney, CNN, etc.?

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nchristi - the only fee that I am paying is for Huluplus ($7.99/ mo) and for Crunchyroll ($6.95/mo) There are no other fees for the additional stations...

Remember, you can access hulu and huluplus on the computer. Hulu is free and Huluplus is paid subscription. Crunchyroll, some of the dramas are free and others require paid subscription.
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