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The Hidden Downsides To Rokus
Users Data Sharing
Like other streaming devices, Roku collects personal information from its customers, some of which may be shared or sold to
its partners and law enforcement agencies. To minimize the data that is shared, users can disable Automatic Content Recognition and microphone access, limit ad sharing in privacy settings, and avoid signing up
for any third-party accounts.
Lots Of Ads
Advertising is one of Roku's main sources of income, so users should expect to see a lot of ads, both while watching videos and on the home screen. The data collected by Roku and its partners is used to deliver targeted advertisements that apply to the user; however, it can unsettle some users to see their recent searches pop up as an ad.
Remote Could Be Better
Roku's Voice Remote Pro lets users change the content from several feet away using voice controls and comes with an integrated headphone jack that allows them to watch TV without disturbing others. However, the voice control features only work for turning to live TV channels if users are on the Roku Channel and can't use it to scroll up, down, left, or right.
Outdated Micro-USB Port
Voice Remote Pro, Roku's top-of-the-line remote, has a rechargeable battery that can be charged using the micro-USB cable that comes with it. However, micro-USB is a less preferred technology than the more recent and widely-used USB-C, which offers faster charging and is easier to plug in.
Requires Good Connection
If the internet connection is unstable, users should expect several interruptions and longer loading times. In such cases, Roku will display messages suggesting ways to improve the signal; besides, users can try restarting the router, disconnecting other devices from the internet, or upgrading their internet plan.