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Roku - The next best thing to cable
All this and no cable
So I buy a $5 raffle ticket for a TV I'll never win and guess what? Ba-da-bing! Won it!
I am sooooooooooooooo cheap that I refuse to pay for cable. I've tried it several times over the last 10 years in many forms and have always came to the same conclusion: NOT WORTH IT! It aggravates me that of the three channels I watch during the time frame I'm available, they show the same shows every three hours. Really? This is what I get for around $60-75 per month?
While having a DVD player hooked up to my TV for free and borrowing DVDs from the library worked for a while, it just wasn't getting it.
Running out and buying a gaming system for $200 so that I could watch subscription television wasn't the answer either. So I waited...
Watching television on my computer was alright, but it just wasn't the same.
The beat all, end all?
My daughter told me about this and I just had to investigate. It sounded like exactly what I was looking for. Packed with loads of free viewing channels it was worth a shot. The players cost anywhere from $50 up and all satisfy different needs. While I would have totally been eligible for the lower cost models, I upgraded to mid-level because they are for HDTV.
What do you need for this?
A wireless internet connection, a television and electricity!
The down side: You'll need one Roku for each television.
What do you get for your money?
- 2 x AAA batteries
- A/V cable
- A/C Power adapter
- Getting Started guide
- 30-day money back guarantee
- 90-day hardware warranty
Adding subscriptions to your service
While you can watch all of the free tv you can find, you'll probably want to add paid subscriptions to your lineup. Two popular subscriptions cost me 7.99 per month each and are well worth the money. In doing the math, I've have my players (2 of them, about $125 investment) for about 3 months and it's still cheaper than my cable would have been. After my initial investment I am paying about $15 per month to watch exactly what I want and when I want to.
The only negative aspect is:
1. You're not watching shows in real time.
2. You don't have direct access to news. (I don't care, I get my news online)
Pretty sweet that I can only think of two!
If you watch tv on the fly and don't have any particular lineup that you watch on a regular basis, this is exactly what you need. I love it! After 3 months without cable, 2 Roku players have paid for themselves. Now it costs me about $14.98 per month to watch great shows. There is so much to watch I do not believe I'll ever see it all!