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Oct 11, 2021 12:51:26   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
I tend to watch Roku, but it had begun pausing to reload every few minutes. I prefer Roku to the smart TV menu because the remote is slower to respond when I'm on Roku.

With both Amazon Prime and Roku and not enough HDMI ports, I got a splitter from Amazon. Using the remote, I could switch from Prime to Roku. When I removed that splitter, the pausing of TV stopped. When I got this device months ago, it worked fine, so it's something that developed over time. So, if you are having any kind of TV problems, connect directly to the HDMI on your TV.

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Oct 11, 2021 13:23:51   #
Robg
 
I don't understand why you need two devices. I have a Roku and one of the choices in the main menu is Amazon Prime.

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Oct 11, 2021 14:11:26   #
DWU2 Loc: Phoenix Arizona area
 
Robg wrote:
I don't understand why you need two devices. I have a Roku and one of the choices in the main menu is Amazon Prime.


Robg is correct. Maybe you meant to say Amazon Firestick?

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Oct 11, 2021 19:41:20   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
An HDMI switcher is a passive device, so I’d suspect dirty contacts or reflections caused by impedance mismatches at the connectors, internal switch or connecting cables.

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Oct 12, 2021 05:35:02   #
chrissybabe Loc: New Zealand
 
TriX wrote:
An HDMI switcher is a passive device, so I’d suspect dirty contacts or reflections caused by impedance mismatches at the connectors, internal switch or connecting cables.

I would agree. One of the frequent problems I have had is with HDMI ports requiring a 'wiggle' to restore the signal (on a large variety of devices). It could be dirt or corrosion, whatever, but partly to blame are manufacturers who have chosen to use poor materials in their HDMI plugs (or the manufacturer of the socket itself has chosen to do so). I suspect the material used in the actual contacts is either weak, or faulty plating, or a dimensional error in parts.

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Oct 12, 2021 07:53:43   #
Soul Dr. Loc: Beautiful Shenandoah Valley
 
Bought a flat-screen TV with Roku built-in. Netflix, Amazon Prime and all other apps on it work great.

will

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Oct 12, 2021 09:51:30   #
vj62 Loc: Fairfax, VA
 
I've been using Roku for years without your problem.
Perhaps a change/update missing.

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Oct 12, 2021 10:05:50   #
Indi Loc: Long Island, NY
 
jerryc41 wrote:
I tend to watch Roku, but it had begun pausing to reload every few minutes. I prefer Roku to the smart TV menu because the remote is slower to respond when I'm on Roku.

With both Amazon Prime and Roku and not enough HDMI ports, I got a splitter from Amazon. Using the remote, I could switch from Prime to Roku. When I removed that splitter, the pausing of TV stopped. When I got this device months ago, it worked fine, so it's something that developed over time. So, if you are having any kind of TV problems, connect directly to the HDMI on your TV.
I tend to watch Roku, but it had begun pausing to ... (show quote)


Every once in a while, one of my Amazon Firestick TVs does that. Try re-setting your device. Just unplug the power cord and plug it back in. You may be able to do that with your remote.
On my Firestick TV I go to Settings, My Firestick, and choose restart.

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Oct 12, 2021 10:18:18   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Robg wrote:
I don't understand why you need two devices. I have a Roku and one of the choices in the main menu is Amazon Prime.


I need two devices because electronics are unreliable. Roku will stop working, so I switch to Amazon, and vice versa.

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Oct 12, 2021 10:19:09   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Soul Dr. wrote:
Bought a flat-screen TV with Roku built-in. Netflix, Amazon Prime and all other apps on it work great.

will


Right, but it takes longer to load, and the remote is slow to respond when I use the menu on the smart TV.

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Oct 12, 2021 10:19:43   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
DWU2 wrote:
Robg is correct. Maybe you meant to say Amazon Firestick?


Yes, I did.

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Oct 12, 2021 10:23:22   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
jerryc41 wrote:
I need two devices because electronics are unreliable. Roku will stop working, so I switch to Amazon, and vice versa.


My Roku is unreliable as well Jerry. I have 4 in the house - 2 USB versions and 2 HDMI output, and the USB that I used the most has intermittent failures. It’s been replaced once, and this one is flakey as well. My guess is it’s a heat issue - once it’s unplugged and cools down, it usually returns to normal.

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Oct 12, 2021 11:05:08   #
EdJ0307 Loc: out west someplace
 
I signed up with Acorn TV so I can watch the Murdoch Mysteries series. However, I found out that Acorn won't work on Samsung TVs for some reason. So I had to resurrect my Roku and us it with Acorn TV on my Samsung television. I did use Acorn to rewatch I, Claudius. I don't have any issues with Roku reliability but it is kind of slow to load.

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Oct 12, 2021 12:13:58   #
Soul Dr. Loc: Beautiful Shenandoah Valley
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Right, but it takes longer to load, and the remote is slow to respond when I use the menu on the smart TV.


Things load up pretty quickly on our TV.
The speed of things loading may have a lot to do with your internet speed. Ours is pretty fast.

Will

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Oct 12, 2021 15:07:44   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
EdJ0307 wrote:
I signed up with Acorn TV so I can watch the Murdoch Mysteries series. However, I found out that Acorn won't work on Samsung TVs for some reason. So I had to resurrect my Roku and us it with Acorn TV on my Samsung television. I did use Acorn to rewatch I, Claudius. I don't have any issues with Roku reliability but it is kind of slow to load.


Now that's funny because Acorn worked on my Samsung.

Let's face it: electronics are finicky. What works for one person doesn't work for another. Fast for one, slow for another.

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