Not so, this week. The storm got my Roku.
I've had a Roku device for some time. Not the same device. I've upgraded over the years. In October, I bought a new Roku Ultra. It replaced a Roku Premiere that I got free with a Sling TV subscription. The Ultra is a better device, and has a wireless remote. The Premiere (since discontinued), is a good device, but doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the Ultra, plus, it has an IR-only remote.
Anyway, I got an Ultra in October, and it's been a great device. Until this week, when the storm got it.
I was off work, and sitting there watching, I don't know, maybe something on The YouTube. The rain had started, and there was thunder and lightning, though not too close. Then, it was close.
There was a loud crash and flash, followed immediately by a loud "pop" from behind the direction of the TV and the screen suddenly going dark.
As I was thinking the lightning had taken out my TV, a "no signal" message came up. Okay, the screen was working at least. Maybe an input? Maybe the Roku?
I looked at the Roku carefully, and noticed there was no light. So, at least the Roku was dead.
I checked the other devices. I've got an Apple TV, a Fire TV Stick, and an Android TV box (MiBox), plus a TiVo connected to the TV. They were all working. Just the Roku was affected.
I pulled my older Roku Premiere out and hooked it up. It worked. That meant the HDMI input on the TV was fine.
Now, I needed to find out if it was the Roku Ultra, or simply the power supply to the Roku Ultra. Replacing the power supply is $10. Replacing the Ultra is $99.
So now you might be asking why didn't I use the power supply for the Premiere on the Ultra?
No, really. Go ahead and ask. I'll wait.
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Well, since you asked, there's a simple reason: they don't fit.
For a while, all the Roku boxes -- first and second generation devices -- all used the same power supply, model number PW-01 for those keeping score.
Roku changed that beginning with the third generation boxes. They used the new PW-09 power supply, which had a different connector.
The Sticks had a different power supply, the PW-03, and the new Ultra (model 4660) had a still different power supply, the PW-11.
My current inventory? Roku Ultra model 4660 (PW-11); Roku Premiere (PW-09); Roku 2 XS (PW-01), and Roku Stick (PW-03). These different devices use different power supplies.
After some thought, I decided to not immediately replace the Roku Ultra. But thinking long term, I decided to move my Stick from the guest TV to the main TV, and put the Premiere in the guest room. After doing that, I was back up and running.
I did order a spare power supply for the Ultra. It was $10, but if that fixes the Ultra, I'll get off cheap. If not, I'll eventually buy a new Ultra and have a spare power supply for it.
[Edit: The new power supply arrived, and the Roku Ultra doesn't work. *sigh*]
For now, I'm using the Roku Stick on my primary TV. That means I can waste my time again with my Roku.
Speaking of which, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is calling.