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PS3 vs. Roku

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Posted: 9/15/2012 7:50 PM

PS3 vs. Roku 


I've been watching MLB.tv, Netflix, etc., via PS3 for a couple of years now on my main TV in the living room. Worked pretty much OK, except that it was annoyingly slow to switch back and forth between cable TV and the PS3. Like if I was watching the Royals on the PS3 and following a football game on a cable station.

I recently got a Roku box to put on the bedroom TV, but first tried it on the main system in the living room.

I'm leaving it there. It switches between cable and Roku in a matter of seconds, and when I go back to the Roku, the Roku MLB software remembers I was watching a Royals game and goes directly there. With the PS3 software, I had to navigate through which game I wanted to watch, which feed, etc.

Bottom line, the Roku is much cheaper, much smaller and I recommend it highly.

(The Roku, of course, doesn't have a BluRay player, but I haven't needed that feature for some time.)

Last edited 9/15/2012 9:50 PM by nick05

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Posted: 9/15/2012 8:54 PM

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Were your cable and PS3 on the same TV input? It takes me a click of the remote to switch between the two.
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Posted: 9/15/2012 9:46 PM

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No, both the cable and PS3 ran through my Yamaha receiver, which has one cable running to the TV, so it was the same TV input. I use a Logitech universal remote, which turns things on and off as needed, depending on what I want to watch.

I think that accounts for part of the delay, turning the PS3 on and off. The PS3, being a computer with a hard drive with moving parts, takes a while to boot up. Also, the Roku stays on all the time, although when it's not in use it draws almost no energy.

I can't time the switching time with the PS3 because it's no longer on line. But I timed it with the Roku, and going from watching the Mizzou game on cable to watching the Royals on the Roku took about 5 seconds. Much better when trying to monitor two close games. biggrin
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Posted: 9/15/2012 11:05 PM

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Ah, I see. I have everything connected directly to the TV and just leave the PS3 on when I switch between the two. That would make a big difference.
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Posted: 9/24/2012 11:04 AM

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nick05 wrote: I've been watching MLB.tv, Netflix, etc., via PS3 for a couple of years now on my main TV in the living room. Worked pretty much OK, except that it was annoyingly slow to switch back and forth between cable TV and the PS3. Like if I was watching the Royals on the PS3 and following a football game on a cable station.

I recently got a Roku box to put on the bedroom TV, but first tried it on the main system in the living room.

I'm leaving it there. It switches between cable and Roku in a matter of seconds, and when I go back to the Roku, the Roku MLB software remembers I was watching a Royals game and goes directly there. With the PS3 software, I had to navigate through which game I wanted to watch, which feed, etc.

Bottom line, the Roku is much cheaper, much smaller and I recommend it highly.

(The Roku, of course, doesn't have a BluRay player, but I haven't needed that feature for some time.)
how can you watch the Royals on the PS3? Don't they get blacked out? (or do you live outside KC)? I only ask because I cancelled cable so would like to watch Royals via the PS3.

Last edited 9/24/2012 11:06 AM by bobellis75

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Posted: 9/24/2012 11:59 AM

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If you are in the KC area, you will be blacked out of Royals games on PS3 until 90 minutes after the game ends.
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Posted: 9/24/2012 12:04 PM

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GregA wrote: If you are in the KC area, you will be blacked out of Royals games on PS3 until 90 minutes after the game ends.

there is a good joke to be made here but I am drawing a blank and I really need to poop

Black out 90 minutes after a game?  Didn't that used to be called, "pulling a Lefebvre"?

Last edited 9/24/2012 12:31 PM by JimEisenreich

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Posted: 9/24/2012 10:21 PM

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bobellis75 wrote:
nick05 wrote: I've been watching MLB.tv, Netflix, etc., via PS3 for a couple of years now on my main TV in the living room. Worked pretty much OK, except that it was annoyingly slow to switch back and forth between cable TV and the PS3. Like if I was watching the Royals on the PS3 and following a football game on a cable station.

I recently got a Roku box to put on the bedroom TV, but first tried it on the main system in the living room.

I'm leaving it there. It switches between cable and Roku in a matter of seconds, and when I go back to the Roku, the Roku MLB software remembers I was watching a Royals game and goes directly there. With the PS3 software, I had to navigate through which game I wanted to watch, which feed, etc.

Bottom line, the Roku is much cheaper, much smaller and I recommend it highly.

(The Roku, of course, doesn't have a BluRay player, but I haven't needed that feature for some time.)
how can you watch the Royals on the PS3? Don't they get blacked out? (or do you live outside KC)? I only ask because I cancelled cable so would like to watch Royals via the PS3.
I have a very odd situation here. I'm in the Lake of the Ozarks area, and according to MLB, both KC and St. Louis are blacked out for me.

When I first subscribed to MLB.tv, though, I was able to watch Royals games on my computer. (Not Cards' games, but I didn't care.) Didn't like sitting at the computer to watch baseball, so I bought the PS3. Still able to get Royals' games. Cool.

Later still, I got an iPad. It's blacked out for Royals' games. Then an iPhone, blacked out. And this is ALL through the same router/modem/network. It's beyond me.

I have a couple of friends in this area who are Royals' fans, and they're blacked out.

My advice, if you want to try MLB.tv: Wait until the regular season starts, to subscribe. If you're blacked out, you have something like five days to cancel and get a refund. Their means of identifying where you're located is screwy. I'm sure it has to do with IP addresses, but the device you're using makes a difference, apparently.
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Posted: 9/25/2012 9:11 AM

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JimEisenreich wrote:
GregA wrote: If you are in the KC area, you will be blacked out of Royals games on PS3 until 90 minutes after the game ends.

there is a good joke to be made here but I am drawing a blank and I really need to poop

Black out 90 minutes after a game?  Didn't that used to be called, "pulling a Lefebvre"?
**** all of you that **** was ******* hilarious
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Posted: 9/27/2012 10:03 AM

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GregA wrote: If you are in the KC area, you will be blacked out of Royals games on PS3 until 90 minutes after the game ends.
I didn't even realize they replayed them....good to know.
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