Our tribal network started out IPv6, but soon learned we had to
somehow support IPv4 only traffic. It took almost 11 months in
order to get a small amount of IPv4 addresses allocated for this
use. In fact there were only enough addresses to cover maybe 1% of
population. So we were forced to create a very expensive
proxy/translation server in order to support this traffic.
We learned a very expensive lesson. 71% of the IPv4 traffic we
were supporting was from Roku devices. 9% coming from DishNetwork
& DirectTV satellite tuners, 11% from HomeSecurity cameras and
systems, and remaining 9% we replaced extremely outdated Point of
Sale (POS) equipment. So we cut Roku some slack three years ago by
spending a little over $300k just to support their devices.
First off I despise both Apple and that other evil empire (house
of mouse) I want nothing to do with either of them. Now with that
said I am one of four individuals that suggested and lobbied 15
other tribal nations to offer a new AppleTV device in exchange for
active Roku devices. Other nations are facing the same dilemma.
Spend an exorbitant amount of money to support a small amount of
antiquated devices or replace the problem devices at fraction of
Now if Roku cannot be proactive at keeping up with connectivity
standards they are going to be wiped out by their own complacency.
Judging by the growing number of offers to replace their devices
for free their competitors are already proactively exploiting that
complacency. When we approached Apple to see about a discount to
purchase a large number of their devices, for the exchange, they
eagerly offered to supply their devices for free.
Seems weird to say you despise a company that supplied a Native American tribe with a slew of free Apple TVs, but the fact that he’s not an Apple fan makes it all the more telling that they went with Apple TVs as their solution. I wonder what the deal is with Roku not supporting IPv6? Is it just something they haven’t gotten to, or have they somehow engineered a tech stack that only works on IPv4?