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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 3:23 PM, November 22nd (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hubby and I don't watch a lot of cable tv. Since my last kidlet is nearly up and out of the house, I'm looking harder at cable alternatives that would be a lot less expensive than a monthly cable bill.

I saw a Roku ad and wondered if any of you know what it is and, if you have experience with it, how you like it? What info can you tell me to give me a "real user" opinion?

Thanks!


Me - 42
SorryInSac (WH#2) - 47. DDay 7/12/14
Married 4, together 7yrs total
Status - Stick a fork in me...

DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
6 Furkids - 4 dogs, 2 cats

WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW) - Legally married 18yrs

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jrc1963
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Default  Posted: 3:25 PM, November 22nd (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'll be watch this thread for answer too...


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Him: FWSO - 69
DS - 13
D-Day - 12-11-09,
R - he finally came home
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hathnofury
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Default  Posted: 3:54 PM, November 22nd (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I don't know a thing about Roku, but we recently cut cable and got a digital antenna to get the local network channels, which is just a $50-150 investment depending on what you get. The only times we have had trouble with it is when the weather has been really bad, and even then we can usually catch whatever we missed through the network website on a computer. But we live in a large metro area, and there is not much to block a signal here.

In addition, we also have set up both a Netflix streaming and a Hulu Plus account through our DVD player to see which service we like best. Even with paying for all three, it's still cheaper than what we paid for cable. We also considered Amazon Prime streaming, since it does have a fair amount of things free and individual episodes fairly cheap, but it didn't jive up with what we watch.


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Three kids under age 11.

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hathnofury
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Default  Posted: 3:54 PM, November 22nd (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I don't know a thing about Roku, but we recently cut cable and got a digital antenna to get the local network channels, which is just a $50-150 investment depending on what you get. The only times we have had trouble with it is when the weather has been really bad, and even then we can usually catch whatever we missed through the network website on a computer. But we live in a large metro area, and there is not much to block a signal here.

In addition, we also have set up both a Netflix streaming and a Hulu Plus account through our DVD player to see which service we like best. Even with paying for all three, it's still cheaper than what we paid for cable. We also considered Amazon Prime streaming, since it does have a fair amount of things free and individual episodes fairly cheap, but it didn't jive up with what we watch.


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Three kids under age 11.

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Catwoman
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Default  Posted: 4:49 PM, November 22nd (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I have one. For $60 and my monthly netflix subscription, it is totally worth it.

You can get other on line services on it too, but it am not a TV person, so this works for me.

Cat


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 5:05 PM, November 22nd (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks for the feedback!
Do you need a unit for each television?
I'm assuming you can't record things like Tivo, correct? It is only for streaming shows?

[This message edited by GabyBaby at 5:05 PM, November 22nd (Friday)]


Me - 42
SorryInSac (WH#2) - 47. DDay 7/12/14
Married 4, together 7yrs total
Status - Stick a fork in me...

DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
6 Furkids - 4 dogs, 2 cats

WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW) - Legally married 18yrs

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Nature_Girl
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Default  Posted: 5:23 PM, November 22nd (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Got rid of cable long ago. Thank goodness for Netflix streaming!


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Him = EX-d out (abusive troglodyte NPD SA)
3 tween-aged kids
Together 20 years
D-Day: Memorial Weekend 2011
2013 - I DIVORCED HIM, I'M FREE!
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Catwoman
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Default  Posted: 5:33 PM, November 22nd (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

You would need a unit for each TV. It runs on your wireless network, FYI.

As far as I know, it is only streaming. But there may be alternatives. I just don't watch enough TV to know what those might be.

Cat


FBS: Married 20 years, 2 daughters 25 and 22. Divorced by the grace of GOD.
D-Days: 2/23/93; 10/11/97; 3/5/03
Ex & OW Broke up 12-10
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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 5:36 PM, November 22nd (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks!
From the prices I'm seeing at the moment, I can outfit 3 tvs for the price of my monthly cable bill. I think I'll try one unit and see how it goes, then either cancel cable after the trial run and buy a couple more Roku units or just keep cable and whine about the cost until something better comes along.

@NG - I love my Netflix too!


Me - 42
SorryInSac (WH#2) - 47. DDay 7/12/14
Married 4, together 7yrs total
Status - Stick a fork in me...

DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
6 Furkids - 4 dogs, 2 cats

WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW) - Legally married 18yrs

I edit often for clarity.


Posts: 6541 | Registered: Dec 2009 | From: California
sunsetslost
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Default  Posted: 5:42 PM, November 22nd (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Huge endorsement for the Roku. The only reason I kept cable is for the live sports. Also, check into the internet provider's online content. I watch current shows a day late on my iPad through the Comcast ap


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scaredyKat
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Default  Posted: 5:52 PM, November 22nd (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My cable (satellite actually) isn't that pricey but I'd love to lose it. But the Roku site isn't very informative. What's the deal with sports? Can you watch them in real time? My fWH would die without a steady stream of sports.


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Damn autocorrect is responsible for the silly errors, sorry!

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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 5:55 PM, November 22nd (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

What's the deal with sports? Can you watch them in real time? My fWH would die without a steady stream of sports.
This is something DS would want as well (though he'll be leaving home soon). He loves football, NASCAR, and basketball.
I've actually come through to see him watching 2 games on tv (split screen) and a race on his laptop.
The kid is diehard!


Me - 42
SorryInSac (WH#2) - 47. DDay 7/12/14
Married 4, together 7yrs total
Status - Stick a fork in me...

DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
6 Furkids - 4 dogs, 2 cats

WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW) - Legally married 18yrs

I edit often for clarity.


Posts: 6541 | Registered: Dec 2009 | From: California
Take2
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Default  Posted: 6:02 PM, November 22nd (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The Roku suits my needs, netflix mostly. But I did read online that you could set up a channel on your computer and have the Roku latch on to that....? That would mean what you can stream on the computer you could stream on the roku... but it was too complicated for my tech know-how. Doubt that will satisfy the sports fans, though.


"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." Joseph Campbell...So, If fear was not a factor - what would you do?

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bluelady
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Default  Posted: 7:10 PM, November 22nd (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

We have a Roku and it suits us, as well.

It's connected wirelessly to SO's computer and anything that he downloads can be streamed through the Roku to the tv. We also use it to watch on Netflix.

Now, there are some channels that allow you to stream without having to download. I'm not a tech person, but I think the way SO described it was that if they offer it on their website, it can be streamed for free (and legally) through the Roku. Like I said, I'm not sure of the details. All I know is that it gets me the Food Network.

All in all, we're happy with it.


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dadof4
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Default  Posted: 7:50 PM, November 22nd (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I looked at Roku and continue to evaluate it. The things I think we would need to cut cable:

1)Roku for each TV. (5 total including my mom's inlaw)
2) Local access via Areo. This is in lieu of getting a digital antenna to get the local channels. It is subscription and you get all the local programming. It also has an app and is supported by Roku.
3) Getting subscriptions to Netflix/HULUPlus/HBOplus etc.

Downside.
We are huge Boston Bruins and Boston Redsox fans. New England Sports Network (NESN) doesn't broadcast via streaming. So we are kind of hosed there.


Summary:

You can cut your TV and Landline phone (wont Comcast be Sooooo happy) and save lots of money during the year. The cost savings will pay for themselves.

Caveats:

1) Test your internet connection by going to www.speedtest.net. Make sure you get at least 10 MB/second download. Most home connections via Comcast will yield around 15-20 MB/sec.

2)Get a wireless signal booster for your router. It will connect to your wireless router and you will get a better connection to your internet for your wireless connectivity and your Roku (not to be confused with 3G/4G cellular).


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Her 46 (FWW)
Kids-24,22,18,15
Married 25 years.
D-Day Sept 12 2009
LTA=4 years

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epiphany2006
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Default  Posted: 8:38 PM, November 22nd (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

But I did read online that you could set up a channel on your computer and have the Roku latch on to that....? That would mean what you can stream on the computer you could stream on the roku...

Don't bother with this, it worked while it worked but now it doesn't anymore. Otherwise I love my Roku.


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Him:45 (WH)
Married 9 years,3 boys, (2-me,1-him)
D-Day 2/14/06 Valentines Day
OW-ONS with someone he met on sexsearch dot com

8/4/06 Stopped another before it got out of the phone call stage.


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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 11:30 PM, November 22nd (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks again!

Dadof4- thanks for the extra level of detail.
I tested our speed and we would be good to go.
I also like that we would be able to get our local channels via a subscription supported by Roku.

Sports would be the tough one, but I do see that they have an ESPN channel, so all may not be lost.


Me - 42
SorryInSac (WH#2) - 47. DDay 7/12/14
Married 4, together 7yrs total
Status - Stick a fork in me...

DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
6 Furkids - 4 dogs, 2 cats

WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW) - Legally married 18yrs

I edit often for clarity.


Posts: 6541 | Registered: Dec 2009 | From: California
solus sto
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Default  Posted: 12:17 AM, November 23rd (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My kids gave me Roku for Christmas last year--best present ever. Seriously.


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multiple d-days
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GabyBaby
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Default  Posted: 8:12 AM, November 23rd (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Awesome! You good folks have convinced me to try it.


Me - 42
SorryInSac (WH#2) - 47. DDay 7/12/14
Married 4, together 7yrs total
Status - Stick a fork in me...

DD(21), DS(18, PDD-NOS)
6 Furkids - 4 dogs, 2 cats

WXH (serial cheater, 12+ OW) - Legally married 18yrs

I edit often for clarity.


Posts: 6541 | Registered: Dec 2009 | From: California
Amazonia
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Default  Posted: 8:28 AM, November 23rd (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

look into Chromecast too - similar product, cheaper price


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