Roku

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  1. Beemer Bob

    Beemer Bob Long timer

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    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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  2. tcs06

    tcs06 The Clueless Wonder

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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.:norton
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  3. Buccleuch

    Buccleuch Resistance is futile.

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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.

    W.A.
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  4. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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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 :lol3
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  5. AerialCameras

    AerialCameras Awkward Boner

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    Heading to Best Buy.
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  6. ohgood

    ohgood Long timer

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    2nd that!
    f u c k y a!
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  7. Camper292000

    Camper292000 Adventurer

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    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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  8. jstcrashnthru

    jstcrashnthru Livin' the dream

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    I dropped cable about 2 years ago and went to a Roku. I have never looked back. I have Netflix and Hulu for $7 each, Amazon (I'm an Amazon Prime member anyway), and an antenna to pull in local stations.

    One of the happiest days in recent memory was walking in to the cable company "store" and dropping off my cable box.

    I do tell people that it's not for everyone. You have to do your homework and decide if it's right for you. For me, it's been well worth it. Not paying $110 a month for a lot of shitty TV that I never watch anyway is awesome! :D
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  9. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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    Explain to me in simple English what this Roku thing is and what it does....please.

    I looked at their website..but not very informative.
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  10. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    This^
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  11. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    basically it is a user friendly interface for streaming internet to your TV..much like Apple TV

    Main reason I got it was to make it EZ for the wife to stream Netflix and Hulu plus to the big screen
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  12. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    Hold the damn phone one minute. FREE PORN???????
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  13. CA_Strom

    CA_Strom Cunning Linguist

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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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  14. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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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. :lol3
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  15. Buccleuch

    Buccleuch Resistance is futile.

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    Some channels are subscription-based (MLB TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and such) and quite a few are free. You just have to choose what you want to watch, and what you don't mind paying for.

    Amazon Prime subscription gives you free streaming of every Star Trek ever made, Firefly, a ton of PBS content (Nova, cooking shows, etc.), and many series of UK Top Gear.

    W.A.
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  16. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    And you probably need continuous access to the web to use it, right?
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  17. pacman1

    pacman1 Long timer

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    Dammit, I so need to get Roku. I've been contemplating it for over a year now, but one the thing holding me back is baseball.

    Yes, there's MLB TV, but the fine print seems to say that all games will be blacked out in the teams local market area. This sounds mind-bogglingly stupid to me, but that seems to be the deal. Using MLB TV, I can watch all the Rangers games I want, as long as I'm traveling outside of the Fox Sports Southwest market area. Other than Friday night games, which are broadcast on a local OTA station, and the odd game picked up here and there by the national Fox network, I have to have a cable package that includes Fox Sport Southwest.

    Still, the thought that I'm paying over $100 a month to watch baseball is driving me bonkers. I'll probably give it the ax here pretty soon.
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  18. Buccleuch

    Buccleuch Resistance is futile.

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    Yep. MLB TV does not have broadcast rights in the home market of home games. MLB won't compete for ad revenue with the local stations that are paying a TON for broadcast rights to carry those games. No, for the Rangers, it's probably not that big a deal - local broadcast and FSSW. But when you're talking about the Yankees and the YES network, you're talking about some serious muscle.

    It does seem stupid on its face, but when you think of it that way, it makes sense. And that's what keeps me from picking up MLB TV. At least, until spring training starts. :lol3

    W.A.
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  19. timsgs

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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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  20. tdvt

    tdvt Been here awhile

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    This is a good explanation, less power consumption too plus they're only around $60.

    I've used a computer for watching stuff but prefer to watch things on an actual TV & always seem to have resolution issues when I've tried to feed to a TV. The Roku seemed to provide a much better picture to the same TV, when I've compared them using the same content.

    Our kids bought us a Roku a few of years ago when they first came out. We ditched the satellite (no cable here in the sticks), put up a digital antenna for local networks & watch stuff through Netflix ($9 a month?) & occasionally Amazon-on-Demand. WAY cheaper than the dish (which generally had nothing on anyway) We have since bought a second for our upstairs.

    When we first had the Roku, Neflix was the ONLY thing offered, but streaming video was included in your Netflix acct. It's now a separate charge but there is ALOT of other content. We also have the box hooked up the the stereo & use it to listen to our Pandora stations as well as the zillion internet radio stations that are out there.

    I don't know why everyone doesn't have them.
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