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Thanks, HawnGirl. Wow, the world is changing so fast. I get the feeling that the new technologies are hot on the heels of cable/satellite companies. I already much prefer terrestrial TV content to that provided by the cable/satellite providers. And Terrestrial is free. Of course, I'm in an area that has very good terrestrial reception. I realize that many others are not and cable/satellite is the best or only option.

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In addition to that, to answer nchristi's question, there are some, rare, content providers with unique guidelines, like HBO GO. Technically HBO GO is a supplementary service and not a stand-alone one. The problem is, to get HBO GO, you need to have a HBO subscription... but the only way to get HBO subscription is through cable and satellite. More info at: Roku HBO GO page

Very odd that they don't offer one the ability to subscribe to it directly through Roku, and making this a stand-alone service. Guess they don't want to tick off the cable/satellite monopoly.

For more info on Roku channels can always double check the individual channel's one is interested in for more info: http://www.roku.com/roku-channel-store

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Thanks SuperRookie for that info for HBO GO.

The problem with this channel is that your cable provider needs to subscribe to HBO GO for the ROKU which is separate from your mobile devices. So, you maybe able to get it on IPAD, etc but not on ROKU...Crazy set-up. However if you have other providers, ATT,Verizon,Dish, etc not a problem. These subscribers support HBO GO on ROKU.

Probably more info then needed....
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Yeah, it's needlessly confusing for no reason, in this case. I blame HBO and the the monopoly of the cable/satellite companies. The GO part of the name hints at its supplementary nature, giving their existing customers a chance to watch it on the GO, elsewhere from their main set up.

I bring that up in particular though since nchristi mentioned it and knowing several others in this forum get their TV over-the-air... which will leave them out of this option. Would hate for them to get Roku for HBO and find out they can't get it...

Those interested in HBO shows are left to DVDs or HBO since HBO stated some weeks ago that they will continue to press on with their own brand services (HBO and HBO GO) and won't join everyone else in distributing to the big digital players: NetFlix streaming, iTunes, Hulu etc. Pretty backward thinking on HBO's part, in my opinion.

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I really appreciate all the varied bits of information that are being provided in this topic. The more that is said, the more clearly I can fit all the pieces together and see the big picture—regardless of what TV set-up is used.

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On the topic of streaming players and Roku alternatives I mentioned last week with the Vizio VAP430, I found this interesting video from CES show last month where it was announced as I continue to do more research on which product I'm getting.

The video isn't of great quality, especially given the noise of the showroom floor, but it demonstrates how this streaming box turns the TV into a smart TV by accessing Apps, and Channels like Roku and Apple TV do (Hulu Plus, Netflix etc.) but also how this can be used to overlay and combine the TV video under the menu and internet without changing the inputs. The first parts of the video is just the Google OnLive gaming feature and can be skipped to around 4:11 where the aspect that interests me the most is featured... the online streaming, YouTube, Google TV and browsing the internet. At around 5:30 it shows him browsing Google.com and Amazon.com on it.

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdbFqn4QVSM

Here it shows how it's using Vizio's Google TV version to open up the browser and load up Google.com and then CNN.com: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCc1aeorVIc

More on Vizio Google TV online capabilities: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjmrLaEFzu8

I'm very excited about the Vizio - finally a small device to surf the internet, watch videos, watch YouTube, DramaFever, Hulu, on and on with at my TV! This looks like an amazing product especially now that I see it in action through video. The one downside is I contacted Vizio and at the moment there still is no formal release date other than this spring. They just said to just keep checking their site for news. Argh, I don't want to wait 1-3 months!

Each of these streaming devices have their own pros and cons though, and which one is best is dependent on each user's specific needs and current entertainment set up.

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Just a heads up and warning, on the Roku forums there's a thread about the Drama Fever app (channel) for Roku not working well for some time - either not loading shows or too much buffering. Roku developers said they would inform DF about this issue but that was months ago and it looks like users are still experiencing the same issue - months later, Roku has not given any information to those unhappy, except silence...

I emailed DramaFever about a while ago, no reply. DF is an awesome site and licensor, but it looks like their customer service is really, really lacking - if they won't answer my inquiry now, how fast will they deal with a billing issue or something major?

Looks like for now, for Roku K-Drama fans, the main reason to get this is for Hulu and hope the drama you want to see is on Hulu or DramaFever Hulu page vs directly from DramaFever.

I'm getting impatient waiting for the Vizio VAP430, so Roku continued to tempt me as I want my K-Drama fix on TV now from DramaFever and Hulu... but based on the above, I guess I'll have no choice but to wait.

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I have only had one problem with buffering, etc. with DramaFever and that was watching Ep 1 and 2 of 1000 Days Promise - the syncing of the subs would be off. The only channel I've really had a problem with was Amazon.
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Today was Apple's big Apple event where they announce and roll out this year's new products. Apple may be dominating the technology world with phones, iPad and iTunes... but in relation to streaming units like Roku and Vizio VAP430, the Apple TV unit announcement today was rather underwhelming. With Vizio's major announcement two months ago, which seems like a dream unit, Apple TV seems like it's falling way behind Roku and certainly Vizio (which allows access to almost any web streaming site/web browser).

Today's new Apple TV announcement is mostly just the new 1080p upgrade and some interface changes. For our interests per this forum, Apple TV still doesn't have Hulu, DramaFever app or surfing any streaming site like Google TV on Vizio VAP can do. Meh on Apple TV. So for this year, (in the context of K-Drama watching) it looks like our best options remain Roku or Vizio VAP (still no firm release date).

News link: http://gizmodo.com/5891101/the-next-apple-tv-finally-big-beautiful-hd

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