rljkeimig,

Roku just invented a way for me to never ever give them any of my money.

danc4498,

This is burying the lead. It’s not just about showing ads. It is tracking everything you on your TV, whether or not it a roku service

bdonvr,

Lmao they already do that. That’s not new. They’ve been snooping on your signals for a while. My parent’s TV sometimes shows a pop-up after watching certain things on antenna/satellite

chakan2,

So they break HDMI compliance in other words.

PassingThrough,

I wonder if it can be detected by the streaming apps. Some of them are really anal about ensuring you can’t record or whatever, and don’t work if it doesn’t get all the HDMI security stuff just right. I’ve had issues with bad cables and my portable projector(Anker) has to side load an alt version of Netflix because they couldn’t/wouldn’t get the device to pass Netflix “certification”.

I’m guessing this means new partnerships and money changing hands, or nobody on a Roku can watch Netflix anymore, or they put these ads at a higher level that bypasses whatever security/DRM Netflix uses. Probably the last one, but if Netflix thinks they will lost money to this they’ll probably just pull their certification anyway.

partial_accumen,

I wonder if it can be detected by the streaming apps. Some of them are really anal about ensuring you can’t record or whatever, and don’t work if it doesn’t get all the HDMI security stuff just right.

If I’m understanding what Roku has done, this has nothing to do with HDMI (HDCP) security. Roku is inserting the ads after the signals has left the HDMI subsystem, and before an image is displayed on the screen. They can do this because the Roku is inside the TV.

BearOfaTime,

Roku has patented a way to ensure I will never own one of their devices, and I’ll do my best to ensure no family or friends do either.

BassTurd,

I e already begun. At least 5 people around me will never buy Roku again. Fortunately, they’re tech smart, so it was easy to explain and didn’t actually require convincing.

cmnybo,

This is just another really good reason to never buy a Roku TV.

Chozo,

Roku is really just trying to sabotage their reputation at this point, it seems.

wise_pancake,

You know, this a good thing. Now nobody else can do it, so I just need to never buy a Roku.

Clusterfck,

I remember the first time I learned about patent licensing….

fin,
Dontsendfeetpics,

These companies will do anything to make line go up for just one more quarter

nightm4re,

How about no?

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