New User - bugs and unwanted features noticed.
Hi there! New streaming only user after almost 40 years on regular cable!
I'm streaming on brand new Roku Express boxes to 3 of my TVs and then have a smaller Sharp (Best Buy exclusive) TV in my workout room with a Roku built in. So everything is pretty much running on the 2.4Ghz band in a neigborhood that is quite saturated with competing signals. But my Internet is pretty well dialed in now as I got a new modem from Spectrum (my old one was capping at 60mbit for some reason), upgraded my Internet to the 400mbit, and replaced my old Netgear router (which was dual band but only had 100mibt Ethernet ports) with a Netgear AC1900. Then I moved everything else I could to 5Ghz and spent a good few hours trying different 2.4Ghz channels to find the cleanest one for my Roku use.
So far, so good, and streaming quality is excellent on 2 TVs at once (which is a typical weekend in our home) and only starts to get a little hiccupy with the 3rd and/or 4th going. On any given day otherwise, we typically have a TV for pretty much all 24 hours (living room TV on all day or bedroom TV on all night).
So I guess that's my first issue - I don't care much for the 4-hour "Are you still watching?" prompt. If you could do away with it, that would be aweseome! But a quick question until then - how long does that prompt stay up before the show you're watching is replaced with the Spectrum screensaver?
And now the bugs, in no particular order:
Starting the app...
Once the app is selected, sometimes it takes two pushes of the OK button on the remote before it will launch.
Sometimes trying to launch the app will cause the Roku to compeltely reboot.
Sometimes the app will launch to a blank screen and go not further. I really haven't made a note of precisely where in the launch this happens, but I think it's before the "Verifying Account" screen comes up. The only workaround for this is to reboot the Roku.
Using the channel guide (the one that comes up with the left arrow button) sometimes nothing happens when you select a channel you want to change to. An apparent workaround to this is to select a channel you don't want first and then change to the channel you do want. I'm not entirely sure what generates this bug, but it could well be that you've gone back and forth before between that channel and the one you've been watching using the "Rewind" button. I'll have to pay closer attention to that and report back.
I ran into an issue the other day when I wanted to record a show that was on PBS. It would not record because I didn't have a subscription to Starz. My assumption was that it was some kind of programming rights issue, but it could have just as well been because the app didn't recognize that show being listed on PBS and instead only saw the Starz version. Couldn't say for sure.
One question on getting app updates on the Roku? Does the app update automatically or do you have to hear there is an update available and then uninstall/reinstall?