I saw a Roku ad and wondered if any of you know what it is and, if you have experience with it, how you like it? What info can you tell me to give me a "real user" opinion?
XWH#1 (serial cheater, 12+ OW) - Legally married 18yrs
DD(21), DS(19, PDD-NOS)
5 Furkids - 3 dogs, 2 cats
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In addition, we also have set up both a Netflix streaming and a Hulu Plus account through our DVD player to see which service we like best. Even with paying for all three, it's still cheaper than what we paid for cable. We also considered Amazon Prime streaming, since it does have a fair amount of things free and individual episodes fairly cheap, but it didn't jive up with what we watch.
You can get other on line services on it too, but it am not a TV person, so this works for me.
[This message edited by GabyBaby at 5:05 PM, November 22nd (Friday)]
As far as I know, it is only streaming. But there may be alternatives. I just don't watch enough TV to know what those might be.
@NG - I love my Netflix too!
What's the deal with sports? Can you watch them in real time? My fWH would die without a steady stream of sports.
It's connected wirelessly to SO's computer and anything that he downloads can be streamed through the Roku to the tv. We also use it to watch on Netflix.
Now, there are some channels that allow you to stream without having to download. I'm not a tech person, but I think the way SO described it was that if they offer it on their website, it can be streamed for free (and legally) through the Roku. Like I said, I'm not sure of the details. All I know is that it gets me the Food Network.
All in all, we're happy with it.
1)Roku for each TV. (5 total including my mom's inlaw)
2) Local access via Areo. This is in lieu of getting a digital antenna to get the local channels. It is subscription and you get all the local programming. It also has an app and is supported by Roku.
3) Getting subscriptions to Netflix/HULUPlus/HBOplus etc.
We are huge Boston Bruins and Boston Redsox fans. New England Sports Network (NESN) doesn't broadcast via streaming. So we are kind of hosed there.
You can cut your TV and Landline phone (wont Comcast be Sooooo happy) and save lots of money during the year. The cost savings will pay for themselves.
1) Test your internet connection by going to www.speedtest.net. Make sure you get at least 10 MB/second download. Most home connections via Comcast will yield around 15-20 MB/sec.
2)Get a wireless signal booster for your router. It will connect to your wireless router and you will get a better connection to your internet for your wireless connectivity and your Roku (not to be confused with 3G/4G cellular).
But I did read online that you could set up a channel on your computer and have the Roku latch on to that....? That would mean what you can stream on the computer you could stream on the roku...
8/4/06 Stopped another before it got out of the phone call stage.
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Dadof4- thanks for the extra level of detail.
I tested our speed and we would be good to go.
I also like that we would be able to get our local channels via a subscription supported by Roku.
Sports would be the tough one, but I do see that they have an ESPN channel, so all may not be lost.