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Old 11-14-2012, 04:33 AM   #1
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Roku

Any of you FF's have one. I have seen a couple go by in the fleamarket. I got one off eBay and am so far impressed. Lot's of free stuff, most with short commercials. So far so good.
Am I missing something?
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:44 AM   #2
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I've got one and I use it all the time. Mostly to stream music but often for movies or watching the TED channel. A lot of stuff on there available for free. Highly recommended.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:07 AM   #3
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Got a Roku 2 HD, and use it with Amazon Prime. There is a lot of "free" content with Prime, and a lot of other free streaming channels you can access with the Roku.

We like it.

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Old 11-14-2012, 06:05 AM   #4
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I got the Roku 2 HD when I dropped my cable..I love it. I dopay for netflix and hulu plus .. like $7 each a month and that is it


My wife got a little mad when I installed the free porn channel and there is now a big XXX icon on the main screen
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:42 AM   #5
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My wife got a little mad when I installed the free porn channel
Heading to Best Buy.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:29 PM   #6
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free porn channel
Hold the damn phone one minute. FREE PORN???????
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:40 PM   #7
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I have three Roku's running at my house with no issues. I bought them refurbed on Woot.com for about $49 each. I nixed my ATT U-verse Tv and now use Roku and HD off air antenna's to save $100/month. I use Netflix, Hulu-Plus, and Amazon. I don't miss having 300 Uverse channels at all. The roku is dead simple and it works.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:58 PM   #8
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What channels can I watch with this contraption?

Do I have to buy each channel I can watch?

Whats the difference between a ROKU and just plugging my laptop into the tv?

GRRRRRR! I hate technology.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:19 PM   #9
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Whats the difference between a ROKU and just plugging my laptop into the tv?

It has it's own remote control, it turns itself off after 10 min. when not in use, there is no off/on switch, I have the 1080 version. It does what the laptop does just so much easier to control, no cables. it's wireless, works off your router.

I dumped my cable bill and could not be happier, i only have Netflix, my Cox internet and an outside TV antenna. I get about 30 channels over the air. Check out........http://www.antennaweb.org/
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:51 AM   #10
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Heading to Best Buy.

2nd that!
f u c k y a!
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:45 AM   #11
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Roku is great!

Bye bye AT&T Uverse and your $100. tv bill and all the commercials. Really? I'm PAYING to watch commercials.

For us:
#1 is netflix - many many shows
#2 amazon - has a few. You can also find current shows for $2.
#3 nowheretv is pretty good. has a big mess of channels, wife likes law and order
#4 just added hulu plus. haven't found a good show there (they have a LOT, but the current stupid shows just don't do it for me).
#5 Lastly I have to mention PLEX. This let's you stream shows from your computer to your TV. Install plex media server on the PC. Log into getplexapp or plex or something online. ALSO, when you find a video online you can hit the PLEX IT! button to queue it to your Plex account and watch later at home. (add the button to your browser!)

And make sure you google ROKU PRIVATE CHANNELS as there are many that aren't official.

I got mine at radio shack.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:23 PM   #12
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#5 Lastly I have to mention PLEX. This let's you stream shows from your computer to your TV. Install plex media server on the PC. Log into getplexapp or plex or something online. ALSO, when you find a video online you can hit the PLEX IT! button to queue it to your Plex account and watch later at home. (add the button to your browser!)
+1000 for plex!

I have a drobo with 700+ movies and a few TV shows, but all the seasons of them.

http://www.plexapp.com

for content, I set this up:

http://www.totalhtpc.com/ultimate-usenet-guide.html

very very slick. I don't care much for sports, and live out in the boonies, so OTA antenna setup won't get me much, if I am VERY lucky, one channel maybe.

The nice thing about the TV shows off Usenet is they already have the commercials stripped out

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Old 05-15-2013, 11:43 PM   #13
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Bumping up an older thread here, but our Roku arrives tomorrow.

Discowife decided that we needn't be paying the outrageous Comcast bill any longer (plus this was due in part to a massive meltdown I had with Comcast on Sunday - long story). We will be stuck with Comcast for broadband - the only other choice is CenturyLink DSL, but the speeds are 20x slower, and I am not willing to downgrade to that extent, but we will be dropping cable and phone next week, for a savings of somewhere around $150/month. I HATE Comcast, but they are really the only option here for decent internet.

We have two very nice TV's, and we currently stream Amazon Prime through the PS3 on the basement TV, but we needed something for upstairs (first world problems, I know), so she wanted to get the Roku, and an HD antenna for local stations.

Any issues with it? How is the picture quality? I've been surprised at how good some of the streaming is through the PS3 - also wondering about sound quality for movies and the like.

Other than a few shows I watch religiously, and most of those can be watched via Amazon, Netflix or Hulu, even if not immediately, the real kicker for me, is sports. I am a huge hockey fan - I probably watch about 80-90% of the Minnesota Wild games, and I am not willing to part with that. That means come fall, we will probably be turning on whatever the most basic cable package I can get with Fox Sports North, or else getting one of the new customer deals with Dish or Direct which will still be considerably cheaper than what we are currently paying. NHL Gamecenter is available, but they blackout in-market games, meaning no Wild for me. I know there are VPN options but that seems like a lot of rinky-dink screwing around that at this point I don't feel like dealing with.

I'm convinced that sports broadcast rights are the only reason that the current cable/sat model continues to exist. I'd be ecstatic to drop cable if I could even PPV for an entire NHL season streaming local games...
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:50 AM   #14
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Are you sure you can't? For example, the only reason I have comcast is to watch our local NBA team, the trailblazers, play. But I can buy a subscription to the entire season streaming on the web for $99.

I am getting ready to do exactly what you are doing. Please post up a review of your roku.
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:58 PM   #15
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Just pony up for the NHL Gamecenter and watch the local blacked-out games by connecting via a proxy so you trick NHL into thinking your IP address is actually out of market.
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