Roku thoughts

By , January 1, 2012 5:18 pm

Roku 2 XD

Roku 2 XD

I just bought a Roku 2 XD. It is a set top box that gives you content over the Internet – movies, TV, news, etc. There are a ton of channels – I’m still going through them all. I expect that there are some free gems – but to really make use of the device you need to pay for premium content from Netflix and/or Amazon and/or Hulu Plus. I got all three so I can see what combination gives me reasonable content. The device is tiny, cheap, and setup was a breeze.

Initially I was going to get a Blue Ray DVD player since they also include Internet content. I figured I could replace my DVD player and avoid having an extra device in the chain. As it turned out, the Roku was too cheap to pass up and seemed to have far superior content to Blue Ray and other set top boxes I looked at.

I know a couple/few people that have owned Roku devices and would welcome advice, tips, channel recommendations etc. I’d love nothing more than to ditch cable completely. The last time I checked I think we were paying something like $80 per month – about the same as the Roku cost. I could buy one for every TV and spend about $28/month for Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon and have more stuff than I could possibly ever watch. There would certainly be some holes but it is tempting all the same.

I’d like to hear people’s thoughts on the Roku and similar devices: What do you think of the content, what would you recommend, other devices, etc.

5 Responses to “Roku thoughts”

  1. BolshoiBob says:

    Please keep up posted on how it works out.

  2. I just plug my TV in as my monitor and access any movies or TV I ever wanted to watch…LOL.

  3. Sharon says:

    I don’t honestly know much about it but Ryun bought one so he could stream Netflix in is man cave (aka the basement). He has no complaints and it seems to work well for Netflix.

  4. BolshoiBob says:

    How is it working out?

  5. bumpkin says:

    I can’t say what value the free channels have – there are many and I’ve been focusing on the premium channels – Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon. The device itself is great. Solid, simple to use …. it just works. I think it is well worth $79.

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