Roku 2 Firmware 4.3.1057 Updates Netflix Channel

March 20, 2012

This past weekend, Roku announced and pushed out a new firmware update, version 4.3 build 1057, to all Roku 2 and Roku LT boxes. The update primarily focused on the Netflix channel. Audio-video sync issues for Dolby Digital Plus titles were fixed. There were also performance enhancements to screen navigation and the time it takes to start streaming a title. The update also included updates to HLS, the live streaming protocol.

One of my gripes about the Roku’s Netflix channel was having to manually select the Dolby Digital Plus soundtrack each time. The firmware update fixes that. Once you choose Dolby Digital Plus, the Roku remembers the choice. So, if you exit Netflix or even reboot the box, you will no longer need to select the surround soundtrack each time. Kudos to Roku for fixing this. Now, if the Roku could auto-detect the frame rate of streaming content and break up TV episodes by season, the Roku 2 could reclaim its title as the overall¬†“Best Netflix Player”. While there is a new Roku in the works, I’ll be anxiously awaiting for what the next firmware update has in store for us.

Netflix Audio and Subtitles on Roku 2

Netflix surround sound settings are now persistant on Roku 2

via Engadget HD

Tags: Dolby, Netflix, Roku, streaming

4 Responses to Roku 2 Firmware 4.3.1057 Updates Netflix Channel

  1. FIL on March 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I’m interested in the performance upgrades to my RokuLT. How does this upgrade install?

  2. FIL on March 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Ignore last comment. I went to the Roku webpage. I can install it directly from Roku. I’ll call you if it doesn’t work. There were several negative responses on the Roku page but it seems they were from users with iphone apps. My system is pretty basic-no Dolby, no Kid zone in netflix so I don’t anticipate problems. Thanks for the heads up. I should be hearing from Roku anyway.

    • Gabe Gagliano on March 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm


      It should automatically install. To check that it has, just go to the Settings channel, select “Software Update”. The version should be 4.3 Build 1057. If it isn’t, select software update and it will install.

  3. Roku2 NOT HLS Compliant on May 25, 2012 at 3:37 am

    They fixed the HLS problem for Netflix and Hulu but not for the rest of us. Roku2 is NOT HLS compliant as of 5/25/2012.

    Apparently HLS will be fixed for big clients for Roku but not the little guy. Roku1 works perfectly with HLS…. I am beginning to wonder if they made it more difficult for Roku2 so that you can’t compete with with quality of Netflix, Hulu, Crackle etc.

    The only way this will get fixed is if more people speak out about the nagging HLS issues with Roku2.

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