Steve is frustrated with his Vizio 4K smart TV, which has a Netflix app, but it only supports 1080p and not 4K. Leo says that's because the TV is using an older version of the Netflix app. Leo recommends getting a Roku or Apple TV and then use the 4K version of the app, and it will stream in 4K. This is why Leo prefers so-called "dumb" TVs which don't have smart apps. He uses a Roku, which gets updated far more often and supports 4K apps.
Archie has a Wi-Fi router and has connected his Roku, but he's not getting good enough reception and it buffers a lot. Leo says the farther the router is from the Roku, the less connection can be made. But Leo also suspects that the router isn't giving Archie as much bandwidth as he needs. It could be due to congestion.
If his router supports the 5 GHz band, it's a much better choice for streaming. He can also take the old router and put it in bridge mode and use it as a repeater to pass along the signal.
Justin bought a Roku Box and has a bunch of movies and TV shows he bought on iTunes and wanted to stream them via Plex. Leo says that copy protection won't allow that, though. Justin says that's why he's buying discs again. He's wondering if he can rip them and stream them online? Leo says that once they're ripped, he could, but he'd have to have a media server and then log into it remotely. It's doable, as long as it's just for private use.
Joanna is having trouble with streaming video frequently stopping and downgrading in quality on her Roku. It's only about 6 feet away from her router, and she even hard wired it and still had trouble. Leo says that indicates an issue with her ISP. It doesn't help that 40% of all internet traffic after 6pm tends to be streaming video traffic. That can cause a lot of buffering since there's only so much bandwidth.
Tom bought the Roku 3 so he can "cut the cord". Leo says that the Roku is a great option. The new thing is that it has a remote control that has a built in headphone jack so he can watch TV and not bother others. Tom says he uses it all the time but it recently had trouble connecting after the batteries died. He had to reset it and put it into "enhanced pairing mode" in order to get it done.
Joe wants to know if there's a voiceover utility for Roku Boxes. Leo says that Roku doesn't have that yet. So, Leo recommends sticking with AppleTV until Roku realizes that accessibility is important.
If he likes Roku, check out Roku-Channels.com for a list of channels available on the RokuBox. There are nearly 1,500 so far, including TWiT.
Dick's latest gadget is the 3M Streaming Projector. It's a small, portable projector that has a Roku Streaming Stick included. It's only 60 lumens, so it isn't very bright, but it's very portable and you get 20,000 hours on the bulb. Costs $299.
Jillian wants to get her daughter a Roku box and router for Christmas. First off, Scott says if her daughter has Wi-Fi, then they already have a router, so there's no need to worry about that. The Roku HD only streams in 720p, so Scott recommends going with the 1080p versions to "future proof it."