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Infini

POSTED BY: WISHIMAY
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Friday, September 6, 2019 11:00 AM

WISHIMAY

There will be fire and brimstone and Earth will be destroyed!... in several billion years!----------------------------------------- "Well, so long Earth. Thanks for the air... and what-not." -Philip J. Fry


We've got a Roku now (gift from a relative that upgraded theirs), and I was clicking through the free movies last night when I came across an Australian space horror movie I've never heard of called Infini (from 2015).

Set in the future, a man joins up with a space force and has a bad first day at work when he tries to survive a biological disaster on Infini station, somewhere on the other side of our galaxy.

I have to say the acting is probably the best thing about it. Imagine if everyone on Serenity started to slowly turn into a Reaver. The plot has a couple glaring holes, (a big one relating to time dilation fields) but they really sell the crazy.

It's got Rick O'Connell's kid from the Mummy series, and the lesser known Hemsworth, Luke. The lead was on the Aussie Dancing with the Stars, and is pretty relate-able, except for one scene where they make him cry, badly.

Overall, it kept my attention, had a couple good fight scenes, and a decent ending. A pretty surprising B+ movie where I didn't expect to find ANYTHING good about it.



I have to admit, there is far more to watch on the Roku than I thought I would find. It's great to rent movies on Amazon and watch them on other tvs as well...I wouldn't mind having the new upgraded smart soundbar Roku, either.

https://www.wired.com/story/roku-smart-soundbar-and-subwoofer/

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Friday, September 6, 2019 12:40 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Never tried a Roku or known anybody who has one. Been using the Amazon FireStick for 5 years now though and I love it.

The upgraded one came with the Alexa voice thing though, so my remote has a huge ring of duct tape wound around the middle to cover the hole.


Sounds like an interesting movie.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, September 6, 2019 2:03 PM

MOOSE




It does look interesting, thanks!


We have a mix of Amazon Fire sticks and Rokus, both work fine for us with a slight edge to Amazon.
But all our Fire stuff is pretty new, while the Rokus lean on the older side. One still even has RCA plugs.

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Friday, September 6, 2019 11:07 PM

WISHIMAY

There will be fire and brimstone and Earth will be destroyed!... in several billion years!----------------------------------------- "Well, so long Earth. Thanks for the air... and what-not." -Philip J. Fry


I probably never would have bought one or messed with it at all, except for the gift.
I like to keep things pretty simple and uncluttered with stuff, but leaving the house when we're bored just goes south so much these days.

I have "Ask This Old House" and "Good Eats" on in the background most of the day now.
Haven't watched this much TV since we had cable back in '06.

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Saturday, September 7, 2019 1:00 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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I dunno how big a Roku is, but the FireStick is just a bit bigger than a USB thumb drive and plugs directly into an HDMI port and has a plug for extra power to the wall if your TV doesn't give it enough juice by plugging the USB end straight into an additional USB port on the TV.

No clutter there. I usually ape off of other people's streaming services on the rare occasion I even find anything I want to watch on it these days, so I haven't looked into whether or not KODI works well around here anymore. Some people say it's no good anymore, while others say that it works great. It's fairly easy to program even for computer novices. You might want to look into a youtube video on it when they split everything up into 30 different streaming services you need to pay for and keep track of which shows are on which services.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Saturday, September 7, 2019 12:55 PM

WISHIMAY

There will be fire and brimstone and Earth will be destroyed!... in several billion years!----------------------------------------- "Well, so long Earth. Thanks for the air... and what-not." -Philip J. Fry


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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
I dunno how big a Roku is, but the FireStick is just a bit bigger than a USB thumb drive and plugs directly into an HDMI port and has a plug for extra power to the wall



Did you forget how to google images or something?

That is also what a Roku streaming stick looks like.
https://www.finder.com/internet-tv/roku

My relative got the Ultra Roku so she could stream content from the fuzzy wuzzies. It's about the size of an ashtray.

We only do one streaming service at a time, I think I can keep track of that.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019 10:10 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
I dunno how big a Roku is, but the FireStick is just a bit bigger than a USB thumb drive and plugs directly into an HDMI port and has a plug for extra power to the wall



Did you forget how to google images or something?

That is also what a Roku streaming stick looks like.
https://www.finder.com/internet-tv/roku

My relative got the Ultra Roku so she could stream content from the fuzzy wuzzies. It's about the size of an ashtray.



Nah... I just saw your soundbar thing and I've seen pics of the older Roku boxes. I wasn't aware that they made a stick version too until just now. I'm sure that they're more or less the same thing.

If it works and you don't have any buffering issues that you can't attribute to your internet connection itself, then no need to make a switch. I was just referring to your comment about not wanting the clutter. It's virtually clutter free.

My old man swore by the larger FireTV unit that would be similar to the Ultra Roku. More expensive and actually does take up some real estate on your TV stand. But he says that the recent FireStick upgrade is all anybody needs, at least with streaming today.

I've had all 3 versions of the Stick myself now. First one was actually the size of a USB stick and the remote was smaller with no Alexa button or microphone. I got a free replacement a few years later after arguing with India customer support in a chat window for a few hours after Amazon forced an update and I could no longer pair my remote to it. The second one was larger than a USB stick and came with Alexa.


On Prime day a while back my old man told me the upgraded 4k FireStick was selling for only $25. I also had $7 in points on my card, so I got it for $18 bucks.

I don't have a TV that can even view 4k yet, but I was talking to my old man about it and said that I still preferred to watch streaming stuff on the old XBox 360 my brother gave me because if I was just "surfing" for a while there were no problems. However, on generation 2 of the FireStick if I surfed around too long, it would start lagging really bad when I had made too many image thumbnails for shows and movies come up in one session. The new 4K one doesn't do that at all, and now I don't have to power up a beast of a machine that draws 300watts when I want to watch a TV show.

The new 4K stick has about twice as many buttons on the remote too, including volume to your TV, which makes for an even better experience.

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We only do one streaming service at a time, I think I can keep track of that.


That's cool. Kind of a pain in the ass, but if you can deal with bouncing around from one to the other to see shows that you want to watch and not give in like they want you to and start buying up so many services at once that it starts to feel like the days before you cut the cord when the bills start rolling in.

I don't use Kodi myself now just because I barely ever watch anything anymore and I just ape off of a few other people's streaming services on the rare occasions that I do. If I were still an avid TV watcher though I'd go back to where I had pretty much everything I'd ever want to see all in one place.

If you ever change your mind, let me know. If you just google or youtube search for KODI there are probably about a million different hits going back years now. There are also install packages that you would want to avoid because they put stuff on there along with KODI that you really don't want. There are some trusted outfits out there that are safe though.

It used to be a pretty big task to install it, requiring a separate PC, downloading software onto it, linking it up with your stick and running some stuff, then going to the firestick and doing a bunch of additional stuff. They've made it really simple now and everything can be done on the stick. I think I had it up and running in about 3 minutes last time I did it a few years ago.




Oh... BTW....

Not sure if you'd be interested in it or not, and not sure if it's avalible on the Roku, but if it is you should download the game "Pac-Man 256".



It's pretty micro-transaction happy, but it is infinitely enjoyable and if you play long enough you can eventually get everything they're trying to sell to people with poor impulse control for free. The mini-goals keep you vested because they payout anywhere from 32 to 256 coins at a time instead of having to pick them all up individually.

Upgrades start getting VERY expensive, starting at 16 to go from level 1 to level 2, then doubling up until level 12. 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16,384! They want to charge you $4.99 to buy 2048 coins.

Don't pay $4.99 for 2048 coins.

lol... It's actually funny watching that video now after putting about a week into the game. It gets progressively harder the more you play (I'm not sure if that's based off of play time, bonus goals being reached, or if they mark your improvements like high score and adjust the difficulty). It's such a subtle change you won't even realize it's happening at first, but it's glaringly obvious when watching somebody like this play from square one.

But the good news is that once the difficulty increases, the bonuses like the coins come a lot quicker so you can buy the increasingly expensive upgrades and the alternate game skins.


This IS one of my all time favorite games. I'm just hoping that the 4K stick is up to the task of handling it over the long run. I had to re-start from square one on my generation one FireStick because it started slowing down occasionally and then got to the point that it was unplayable. Not fun when you've put all that time into it. Then around the same amount of progress the second time it happened again and I didn't play it for 4 years out of disgust.

I'm hoping that this was a limitation on the hardware and that the company wasn't punishing me for not giving them any of my money.


Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 10:21 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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So far so good with the game. I've gotten further than I ever had before with no signs of it slowing down and eventually locking up like it did with the first generation FireStick.




Knock on wood...

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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