Best Answer gcw07 , 05 December 2013 - 09:13 PM
For the most part yes it can do the same things. It really depends upon your Roku and your setup. One thing that a full HTPC running MBC/MBT can do is they playback directly all file types. Meaning they access the file as if it was actually sitting on the machine itself. Roku can't do this. The Roku can only directly play mp4 and mkv files (assuming you are running the latest version of the Roku software).
The other thing is that the Roku is limited on bitrate playback for direct play files. A Roku 3 for instance that is brand new can't really handle much over 20 mbps files. I have blu-ray rips that are over 30 mbps, so for those it would have to transcode the files. Not saying that trancoding is bad and it isn't, just something to be aware of.
Overall I would just say it depends upon your setup and the contents your watching. It can be a very good replacement for an HTPC if it meets all your needs.Go to the full post