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I bought a ROKU player in April of 2009 and experienced some serious problems about a year later. My experience dealing with the ROKU player and the ROKU support staff irritated me so much I decided to build a website that would allow everyone out there with a similar experience to express their views.

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for the past few days I have been having problems with my ROKU2 on NETFLIX, Netflix takes forever to load, and the content becomes near nonresponsive after a several minutes.

I have power cycled ROKU and my dsl modem, tried using NETFLIX on other divices (laptop desktop and blueray player) and they work fine. NETFLIX worked fine untill the last ROKU update.

ROKU shows my wireless connection as excellent. other channels work fine. something in ROKU software is messing with NETFLIX performance.    respond to this post

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Kalon Wilkins
McDonough, GA
My roku out of nowhere turns itself on when I have not pressed any button on my roku remote or it rebooted somehow without me doing the "home 5x, up once, rewind twice and fast-forward twice" trick, so why would it turn on itself on some random day/occasion? What is going on here? Is my roku going bad inexcusably somehow or is it a necessary update taking place to work and not brick my roku? Because if my roku was bricked, then I would be most certainly out of luck or may go for a replacement. If the automatic update took place and helped my roku to function more and thank God not brick it at all, then I will still be in luck and keep my roku as if nothing minor/major went wrong. If not, then I take it all back, it will equal doom for the owner or user of the roku. How can I keep this from happening again and not let a roku do this on its own ever again? Because it could have severely screwed my roku and it will be permanently useless if such a bricking wish occurs no matter how near the imminence of the issue/incident is, but I still hope to keep my roku from bricking itself so I can keep it. Thanks and I'm done ranting here! I love my roku!!!!!!!!!!!!!    respond to this post

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Thought Iíd weigh in on this as Iíve had a Roku 2000C for a good few years now. And, while for the most part, Iíve been quite happy with it, there have been problems.

When I first got the player, there were a few problems with the player quitting to the loading screen unexpectedly and becoming detached from my WiFi. But these problems sorted themselves out after a short period of time. What followed, mostly, was years of using the device with little or no connection/loading problems and I was fairly happy with the product.

However, beginning 4/14/14, I began to have significant problems with the player. On average, I would get two to four minutes of viewing of a title (on any channel: Netflix, Crackle etc) before it would quit to the reloading screen, which would then take an extremely long time to load. Also, the problems with the player disconnecting from my wireless network returned. These problems were no longer minor enough for me to casually accept. So, like most of you, I found my way online to a dizzying array of forums, help sites, etc, all of which seemed to only complicate the issues I was dealing with.

In the end, I think I was able to troubleshoot the issues on my own and gain a fair amount of satisfaction as to what is going on with the player.

I think, for me, most of my issues stem from the Roku player coming installed with a fairly cheap WiFi receiver. Thinking back, this seems rather obvious considering how often I remember reading instructions in the manuals regarding the careful placement of the player (out in the open, not in an enclosed area such as a cabinet, within close range of your WiFi router - do these people even understand how WiFi even works?), so as to ensure an optimum connection. Knowing what I know now, I would have seen this as a red flag, double-speak for ďour WiFi receiver in this player is crap. Youíll probably only be able to establish a good working connection under the narrowest of conditions.Ē

The proof of this was in the troubleshooting I undertook for the player.

First, I connected the Roku directly to my router with an ethernet cable. Problem solved. No loading issues, and the picture quality even improved.

Then I simply moved the player closer to my router. Not by much, weíre talking like less than six feet closer to the router. Once again, problem solved.

Iím not sure why the playerís ability to receive WiFi is so lousy. For the longest time, I kept my player right next to my TV and in the same room as my router, easily less than 15í distance between the two. And I have no idea why now, after years of the player functioning adequately, it seems to need to be moved closer to the router.

I suppose the problem could be on my end. I run extremely slow broadband (the slowest available) from Century Link. But, like I said, Iíve had this service for years and itís never caused problems for the player.

Maybe the Roku hardware wears out over time?

I donít know. But I do know that this ridiculously simple solution (especially compared to some of the byzantine, over complicated and ultimately really frustrating troubleshooting offered online, by both Roku and the forums) took care of all my problems with the player immediately.

Hope this helps some of you.

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When attempting to play downloaded content via a usb memory device through the usb port using the ROKU media player the device displays "retrieving" with a progress bar that maxes out at the far right side but does not progress. Some types of media do play but movies do not. I believe the file format is supported. Here is an example The "ABCD MOVIE" 2013 1080p BDRip x264 AAC-KiNGDOM. The file was shared through a torrent. It plays on my PC using Chrome or the Windows Media Player.
Any help would be appreciated.    respond to this post

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I'm on my 2nd Roku 3. After about 3 months of owning the first unit, I started to get random glitches occasionally (picture goes away/flashes, sound cuts out and returns). It got worse over time and was pretty soon unusable. After almost a month of haggling with customer service I got a replacement (current one); this one started out ok, and like clockwork 3-4 months in, it's starting with the glitches. I think it's poorly made and the heat generated is damaging the electronics somehow.

Maybe some of the units are just lemons, but I seem to have gotten 2 in a row.    respond to this post   (1 response - view)

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My 4 month old Roku 2 crashes every time I use the earbuds more than five minutes. I have remove the batteries and hit the reset button to get the remote work. I can use my iPhone remote so I know it's not the internet. The Roku chat rep tried to run me the "blame it on the wifi" excuse. Then the bad batteries, etc. my son strongly suggested Apple TV.
Should I give up on Roku? It appears that Roku is not supporting their products. I would like any help.    respond to this post

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We are having trouble with our Roku 2. Last week there was an error message and we were unable to get Netflix. Tried troubleshooting the Wi-Fi connection and doing all the resets. Got it to come back on, but now it cuts out every minute and reloads. Should have bought the Apple TV..
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Edwin L
My roku 2 was fine until a couple of months ago. Something changed. Now it crashes nigthly. Im sick of it. Im starting to wonder if roku is doing this to make people buy rokus 3. So what is this ROKU??? You want me to go and get a roku3 and next year you are going to push a faulty update tell me I have to go buy a roku 4??? ...well If you don't fix my roku 2's netflix, thi is the last roku l'll ever buy.    respond to this post

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heber city, ut
My dog chewed on my remote...now my Roku is useless. Where can I purchase a new one without buying another Roku?    respond to this post   (1 response - view)

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I have read most of the contents and no doubt, Roku has a problem. Netflix is contributing to the problem with the incredible amount of streaming going on. It is jamming the internet in some places. We have hi speed internet but that doesn't help. Reset didn't help. I never got the pairing screen for remotes. Frankly, nothing helps and I will not buy another
one. Roku is uncooperative so I am done.

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I got a Brand new Roku 3 and it starts up and turns on for about 3 seconds, and then restarts indefinitely. I've tried the reset button a few times as well as unplugging and plugging in and I've still never seen more than the Startup screen. I'm taking it back and I've already ordered an amazon player instead.    respond to this post

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