Cancelled My Cable Thinking Of Getting A Roku Streaming Player

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    Cancelled my cable yesterday and returned the equipment today, still have my Internet of course but I'm "sans tv" for while until I figger something else out. Didn't watch any Bowl Games or the Rose Parade either, didn't miss em. :D

    Anyone have one of these?
    Roku Streaming Player | Watch Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle and More on Roku Player

    My wife and I downloaded and watched both seasons of the BBC Drama "Downton Abbey" in about 5 days. It was so much better than waiting for a new episode every week.

    I was amazed to discover that BluRay devices have internet streaming as well!

    Any thoughts or opinions appreciated! :D
     
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    CNet Editors review:

    The good: The Roku 2 XS is an ultrasmall Wi-Fi streaming-media box that offers dozens of Internet video and audio services, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, Pandora, NHL, NBA, and MLB, among many others. It works with HD and standard TVs, and it includes a Wii-like motion controller for casual gaming (Angry Birds is included).

    The bad: The best streaming channels require paid subscriptions or pay-per-view fees. The Roku 2 XS doesn't currently support DLNA access (streaming media from networked PCs), and USB file support is very limited. Don't expect a full-blown Wii-like gaming experience; Angry Birds is currently the only game available.

    The bottom line: Thanks to a varied range of content offerings--including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Pandora--that beats the Apple TV, the Roku 2 XS is the best all-around streaming-media box you can get for less than $100.

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    Roku 2 XS Review & Rating | PCMag.com
     
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    Kicked the pay television can down the road a few months ago myself.
    Even though I can afford to pay the $$$ for 300 channels....I just couldn't hack knowing that we were only watching maybe 10 tops.

    Get yourself an HDMI video output card for your computer...then you can hook up your computer to your flatscreen TV and see it in full HD in full resolution. You will be amazed at how much you watched is provided free on the internet and legal. Then....THEN...you will be further amazed how much is provided on the internet...not so legal.

    I suggest getting one of these...ZaReason, Inc. Your Linux hardware builder! a cheap and fantastic media PC.
    Everything you need right out of the box.
     
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    I also looked at Roku...but don't like that I have no control over it's content.
    It's best feature is that it only cost $90...but it is after all really just a conduit for pay tv sites.
    To me you are better off getting an HDMI output card for your computer (assuming you have a flatscreen with HDMI support) - you have the same access as with Roku...but also access to the billion other places to get video and play DVD's and games all on your flatscreen
     
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    Some of this is new news to me!
    When I first moved into this apartment, 3 years ago, I got a Triple Bundle Deal.....(so they say)
    It was cable, internet and home phone.....it started out at about $115. per month, but every month the cost kept going up.
    It was finally at $178...and I ordered NO movies during the month....when I would call, I got the usual..."this went up- the cost of this went up"....etc.etc.
    Bullshit.
    I stopped everything...I didn't need a home phone anyway, that's why we have cell phones....I have internet on my cell phone.....but the television part was a bummer.
    I couldn't stand not having SOMETHING to work the Tv, and I sure didn't want to DVD always.
    So I ended up going with AT&T to get my internet back up.......because besides the cell phone, I have a desktop computer and a laptop....and then I added satellite....went with DirecTV.
    For both I pay $86 per month....much better than what I was paying.
    I honestly have not heard of this Roku...........
     
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    If you don't have an HDMI ready TV - then your wasting your money.
    You will need a solid internet connection with good speed.
    However, like I say above...there is nothing you can do with Roku that you can't with any computer with an HDMI output card installed...plus with a computer you have access to a billion more sites than Roku.
     
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    Agree fully on this. Making your own "box" is far better than buying ready made stuff. But of course requires some computer knowledge to do..
     
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