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Roku - The next best thing to cable

Updated on June 5, 2012

42" Flatscreen

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!

The problem?

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?

The answer?

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?

  • remote
  • 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!

In conclusion

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!


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      Matias 2 years ago

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      Open 2 years ago

      Beryl , what an Beryl , what an amazing ricpee, I followed your directions to the T and it was amazing my wife and 2 children 3 & 5 yrs old all ate it up. AMAZING , That night the kids slept wit my wife & I because they do that some nights and all 4 of us were in our king size bed and Laughing because those beans gave us some wonderful anal artillary. I will check out some of your other video's as wellBlessings and Grace,Warren Tibbs , KC Missouri

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      mybestadvice 5 years ago from Canton, Ohio

      I've had it for months now and still LOVE IT!

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      dragonflyfla 5 years ago from South Florida

      I have been without cable for years now. I went back to it recently for less than a year. Still not worth it. I have explored the Roku and am encourgaged by your article. I just wasn't sure if it work right.

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      mybestadvice 5 years ago from Canton, Ohio

      Checked out your hub, Mary. Great stuff. Feel free to link to mine. Glad to be of assistance howiemunkey, hope you enjoy it as much as lamaudraleigh and myself do. I won't ever pay another cable bill. Loving it and the savings!

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      My boyfriend and I love Roku! We watch shows you cannot watch on cable from all over the world! I am glad you told your readers about this!

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      Jeff Boettner 5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      I'm checking out ROKU immediately, Thanks for the HUB!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi, I totally agree! I divorced my cable company and I am glad I did! I wrote a Hub about that. I mention the Roku box in my Hub. They are great. This is a good Hub with good info on the Roku. We just move ours around from TV to TV, but I'm thinking I'll invest in another one. May I link this Hub into mine. Check out mine when you have some time. Thanks in advance.