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Old 10-16-2019, 12:02 PM
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What is the best way to display hulu on a non-smart TV. I have a Chromecast, but it gets glitchy when using it with Amazon(I don't have hulu yet, but will get it soon). Is there a better way?
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Old 10-16-2019, 12:40 PM
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Get Roku & never look back
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FireTV for me and I use Hulu to stream live TV. No problems for the last 2 years.
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Old 10-16-2019, 01:21 PM
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Roku is what I have on a couple of TVs
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Ditto on the Roku, I don't have any on my TV's but do have one in the home theater for streaming services and it works great.
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We have 7 Rokus. They work great. We have 1 Firestick. Don't like it.
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If you have an old PC laying around (win 7 or higher) it will work great with all streaming services along with anything else you have spinning on oxide. They make your TV a great jukebox if you have a decent sound system hooked to it. I like MPXPLAY for the software.
Just get a wireless desktop but for the most part all you need is a 2.4gz mouse. It should work anywhere that you can see the TV.
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Old 10-16-2019, 04:57 PM
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Roku. Or if you have an iPhone, an apple tv.
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Old 10-16-2019, 06:25 PM
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Roku's all over my house. Just mentally counted 9 of them.
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Old 10-17-2019, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
We have 7 Rokus. They work great. We have 1 Firestick. Don't like it.
Switched over to Fire sticks to hopefully work better with Alexa and I really don't like them. The sync between the remote and the device is iffy, at best. Too often it either doesn't register a button push or takes too long so it hops all over the screen.

Will be going back to the Roku sticks.
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Old 10-17-2019, 10:47 AM
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Roku doesn't play well with SLING, but ok with everything else I've tried. Firestick works great with all. AppleTv remote is a serious PITA.
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I have a Firestick and am happy with it. It was free through an Amazon promotion they are giving out because of dropped support of Sony DVD players. Never tried a Roku so maybe I don't know what I am missing.
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Roku sticks seem to work great for everything except NHL. I have 3 of them (2 @ house on 65-100 Mbps wifi and 1 on boat with T-Mobile hotspot) and they all work great until I watch hockey and then the puck jumps across the screen. I watch on Dish network and puck is clear and smooth but on Roku it's jittery/jumpy. Drives me crazy especially since 90% of my TV viewing is NCAA or NHL.

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Old 10-17-2019, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by sfaatz View Post
Roku sticks seem to work great for everything except NHL. I have 3 of them (2 @ house on 65-100 Mbps wifi and 1 on boat with T-Mobile hotspot) and they all work great until I watch hockey and then the puck jumps across the screen. I watch on Dish network and puck is clear and smooth but on Roku it's jittery/jumpy. Drives me crazy especially since 90% of my TV viewing is NCAA or NHL.

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Roku doesn't serve up the show, it just hosts the app that does.

What service are you using to watch hockey with? Presumably the Dish one?

Might be worth trying another service - NHL comes in just fine on PSVue.
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I use a Roku 3 (I think) & have a hardwired Ethernet cable from my router feeding it

Not wireless anymore & zero lag time

Took a day & ran it through the basement ceiling joists for a clean install from about 40 feet away - 50' cable worked perfectly

My only regret was that I did not do it sooner

Huge hockey guy here / played / coached & the only sport I follow
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I'm on ROKU, just saying.
But any of them will work; ROku, apple, firestick
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Thanks for the answers everyone!
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Old 10-17-2019, 02:47 PM
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I've used Roku, Firestick, and Vizio SmartCast (proprietary TV software).

I like the Roku the best. It's the quickest interface to use, IMO.
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Originally Posted by ndb8fxe View Post
Hello-

What is the best way to display hulu on a non-smart TV. I have a Chromecast, but it gets glitchy when using it with Amazon(I don't have hulu yet, but will get it soon). Is there a better way?
Just another Roku user chiming in. We got a cheaper one for free as part of "unlimited internet" plan with our local provider. They pushed a phone and internet only plan, with free Roku.

It has worked solid. We use it mostly for amazon prime, then netflix, and sometimes Hulu. All those worked fine though.

Only issue I've had is with the NFL Sunday Ticket app, but I believe that is because the live sports are not compressed or its a pipeline that overlaps with my stepsons xbox. I don't believe its the fault of the roku.

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I'm on ROKU, just saying.
But any of them will work; ROku, apple, firestick
So your own channel on Roku? Or do we just load your youtube channel through the youtube app/channel?
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Originally Posted by MattGoose View Post
Roku doesn't serve up the show, it just hosts the app that does.

What service are you using to watch hockey with? Presumably the Dish one?

Might be worth trying another service - NHL comes in just fine on PSVue.
I am currently watching NHL on my Roku using NBC Sports, Sling and NHL Network apps. Same game trying all 3 and they all have the same issue. I can watch on my tablet and PC with 32" monitor (using sling app) and it looks perfect. So if it's not the Roku I'm not sure what it is. I also ran a cat 5 cable to the Roku to bypass the wifi signal and same thing. I'm at a loss. I can watch it on my tablet and screen mirror to the same TV with the Roku and it looks perfect. I'm at a loss...

EDIT. I just walked next door and watched the same NHL game on my buddies TV with his Apple stick (whatever its called) and he had the exact same puck jitter. He thinks it's the processing power in these sticks uncompressing the streaming video just not being fast enough. I don't know.

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