Saturday, July 4, 2015

Uninstalled Angry Birds and want it back?

Rovio has pulled out of their partnership with Roku and there is no method of getting back if you want to re-install. Here is the response I got from support.
Roku says contact Rovio and Rovio says talk to Roku.
Hello there,
and thanks for contacting us!
It seems that Roku has given you incorrect information. Unfortunately we have finished the distribution of our games on Roku platform on the 31st of August 2014. Thus, there is unfortunately no longer a way to re-install the game on your Roku.
I apologize for the inconvenience. With regards to the game you had paid for, I would suggest you contacting Roku directly to ask for a possible refund.
Despite what Roku support and Rovio say, factory reset works!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Enhanced Remote Works on Roku 2! (sort of...)

Roku Enhanced Remote
The other day I saw the Roku Enhanced Remote with built-in headphone jack listed for the Roku 2 and got all excited!  

Sanity check: it works only with the Roku 2 (2720R) and the Roku 2 (2720RW).

It does not work with the Roku 2 XS (3100R) or Roku 2 XD (3050R).


Did you know that Roku means 'year' in Polish?

Title: Know the Idiot of the Year

Text: This gentleman paid a magician $500 to make him invisible and then proceeded to rob a bank in Tehran.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Forensic Analysis of the Roku XS

The guy at this site does an unbelievable job breaking down the Roku XS and the Linux code that runs it.  Not for the technical faint-of-heart.  A bit dated but still an awesome read.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Roku Remote Options

Some of you may already know that the Roku remote can be a bit tempermental.  You may wish to consider setting your Roku remote aside and start using the Roku Remote Control App in its place.

You can get the Roku Remote Control App from here or just go to the App Store on your phone and search for "Roku Remote Control". They have both an Android version and an iPhone version.

IMHO, the Roku Remote Control App is a whole lot better than the Roku remote control.  I use the Roku Remote Control App about 98% of the time - it really is that much more convenient and reliable.

Go ahead and check it out.  Oh, yeah, it's free so the price isn't so bad either!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Dreaded "Error Code 014": Solution #1

My first Roku setup went like a dream.  My second setup (for my in-laws) was not so easy.  I was setting up the wireless connection and I got an error message:

    Error Code 014

Ouch!  Not a very informative error message.  You should know that a number of issues can cause and Error Code 014.  Unfortunately, the Roku engineers used this error code as a 'catch all' for any network connection problems.

OK, here's what you should do if you get and Error Code 014:

If you're getting an Error Code 014 while trying to setup a wireless connection, are you able to plug the Roku into the network using an Ethernet cable?  I'm not sugesting you do this permanently,  rather, connecting the Roku to the Internet using an Ethernet cable can get you past an outdated firmware issue.

Try this:
  1. Connect your Roku to your cable modem or to your router using an Ethernet cable.
  2. Complete the setup for an Ethernet connection in the Roku settings.
  3. While Ethernet connection is active (i.e. still connected to your modem or router) go back to the Internet settings on the Roku and choose the wireless connection option.
  4. After choosing the wireless option, choose your network.
  5. Input your password (remember, case matters!).
  6. You should now be connected to your wireless network.
If the underlying reason for the Error Code 014 was outdated wireless firmware, connecting your Roku using an Ethernet cable allows the Roku to download the lastest and greatest firmware. 

If this didn't work for you, don't panic.  Take a look at Solution #2, below.