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Is there anything major the Roku can't do that the PC can do in relation to TV services including both Mac and Windows?
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by:garycase
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Depends on what you consider "major".

Roku does what it does very well.    A PC can, of course, do all of the same things (e.g. stream Netflix, Amazon, Spotify, Hulu, etc.)  AND can do many additional things.    For example, my HTPC can record up to 8 channels at a time;  can store over 3,000 hrs of recorded content; and can also do all of the streaming that a Roku could do.    But I also paid FAR more for it than a Roku :-)      If you do your recording with a cable company's DVR, or a Tivo, then you clearly don't need a PC for that.

Bottom line:  You need to decide WHAT you want to do; then look at whether or not a Roku will satisfy those needs.    If not, you need to supplement it with other boxes that can add the other things you want.    In my case, I elected to build a custom PC to do everything I wanted ... but different folks will reach different conclusions.
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Anthony Russo earned 500 total points
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I have a Roku and it is the simplest way to do some of the things, but there is not anything it does that a PC cannot do if hooked up to a TV. It's just the simplicity of it really.
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by:turbojournal
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Answer was plain and simple.
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