Cable Alternatives (Shrink Your Cable Bill) Part 2-Roku


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Roku as a Cable Alternatives

Roku cable alternatives

Roku-A digital video player. A neat little box that allows you to stream TV shows, music, photos, games, and movies whenever you want-otherwise known as “on demand.” The Roku streaming player gives you so many choices! If you are already a Netflix subscriber you can go ahead and watch movies from your queue whenever it’s convenient for you. (Requires an internet connection) The newer models come with wifi built in.

Roku Says:

You can do it

“Roku was designed to be amazingly easy to use. With the simple remote, you select what you want to watch, and it starts instantly. That’s all there is to it.”

No PC needed

“Roku connects easily to your TV and wireless (Wi-Fi) network at home. You’ll be up and streaming in minutes.”

No extra monthly bills for cable alternatives

“Roku doesn’t charge a monthly fee, so you choose what you pay for.  Access your existing subscriptions like Netflix, Hulu Plus or MLB. Or enjoy the tons of free entertainment available.”

Always getting better

“We’re constantly adding new entertainment choices and features to Roku. So you’ll always find something new to watch,hear and enjoy.”

Channels for Cable Alternatives Like Roku

Wowzers! With Roku, you can explore over 750 channels and hundreds of thousands of movies AND shows. Some popular channels available through Roku are:

  • Netflix
  • Hulu Plus
  • Amazon Instant Video
  • HBO GO
  • Angry Birds
  • NBA Game Time
  • Pandora

Easy To Set-Up

I remember when I was little, watching my Mother try and hook up our cable while my Dad was at work. It didn’t go so well! Back then it was like pulling teeth to hook your cable up. What was worse -trying to hook your TV up to the internet.

The Roku Streaming Player is so simple to hook up: You plug it in, you hook it into your network, you login to your channels, you start watching TV. Yes, it’s that simple. I even think my Mom could do this!

Once you have it connected, all you have to do is pick the shows/channels that you want to watch. You can use the supplied remote or the Android or Apple iOS remote software. The Roku on-screen display is both easy to view and to use.

“The free Roku app for iPhone® and Android™ devices turns your phone into the ultimate Roku command center. Start a show, replay a favorite movie moment, browse through all those channels in the Channel Store, or add new channels to your lineup – all from the palm of your hand. There’s even a useful virtual keyboard for when you prefer to type instead of swipe.”

The Choice Is Yours-Roku Options

Roku LT-The Purple Box:Regular Retail Price:$49.99

  • TV compatibility on virtually any television
  • Built-in wireless (Wi-Fi b/g/n compatible)
  • New on-screen experience with one-stop search
  • Plays 720p HD video
  • Instant replay control on remote

Roku HD-HD Quality:Regular Retail Price:$59.99

  • TV compatibility on virtually any television
  • Built-in wireless (Wi-Fi b/g/n compatible)
  • New on-screen experience with one-stop search
  • Plays 720p HD video
  • Instant replay control on remote
  • Instant replay control on remote

Roku 2 XD-Up to 1080p HD-Regular Retail Price:$79.99

  • TV compatibility on virtually any television
  • Built-in wireless (Wi-Fi b/g/n compatible)
  • New on-screen experience with one-stop search
  • Plays 720p HD video
  • Instant replay control on remote
  • Instant replay control on remote
  • Plays 1080p HD video

Roku 3-Fully Loaded:Regular Retail Price:$99.99

  • TV compatibility on HD TV’s only
  • Built-in wireless (Wi-Fi b/g/n compatible)
  • New on-screen experience with one-stop search
  • Plays 720p HD video
  • Instant replay control on remote
  • Instant replay control on remote
  • Plays 1080p HD video
  • Remote with headphone jack (includes earbuds)
  • Motion control for games (Angry Birds Space included)
  • Dual-band wireless, Ethernet port & USB port

Roku 3 Feature Highlights

One of the most popular devices is the Roku 3. Here are some of it’s amazing features:

Live Sports

“Any time you want it. Roku streams the action with the biggest selection of live streaming sports packages out there, including MLB.TV, NBA League Pass Broadband, NHL GameCenter, MLS LIVE, UFC and more. International sports offerings on Dishworld include Indian Premier League cricket and Brazilian pro soccer. Depending on the league and your subscription, you enjoy live and on-demand out-of-market games on your TV in HD.”

Listen to YOUR Music

“With Roku, play your music, any time. Let unlimited music from Spotify, Pandora and MOG take you in new directions — or to the exact tune you’re looking for. Access your entire MP3 collection instantly with Amazon Cloud Player. Crank up all your favorite music videos from the 80’s to today with VEVO. From TuneIn to Live365 and everything in between, Roku gets your fingers snapping and feet tapping.”

Find What You Want To Watch

“It’s never been easier. Find your favorite on-demand movies and TV shows all from one place – from top movie and TV services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, VUDU, Amazon Instant Video and Crackle. Search by title, actor or director. Once you find what you’re interested in, all you have to do is select a channel it’s on, and you’re ready to start watching.”

With Roku, you have over 150,000 movies and shows instantly available!

You can watch TV shows, classics, and even new releases, many of them available in full HD. PLUS, if you’re a Netflix subscriber, you can watch movies from your instant queue when it’s convenient for you, directly on your TV.

Get Your “Game” On with Cable Alternatives

“Need a break from the movies? The Roku 3 enhanced remote features motion-sensing technology that lets you play games with a simple flick of your wrist – plus game-ready buttons for furious button mashing. Top titles available include Angry Birds Space and Jeopardy.”

Customize Your Own Channel

“Wouldn’t it be great to get all the photos, songs and videos you keep on your phone instantly on your TV—without reading an instruction manual? Ah, great minds think alike. Our free Roku app for iOS and Android lets you post that vacation slide show or your favorite album right on the big screen for everyone to enjoy, and even choose music to play along with your photo slideshow. With the iOS app, you can even share personal videos stored on your phone.”

The Little Box That Does So Much!

Each of the Roku streaming players come with the cables to connect to your TV and a remote control which for me is a must with cable alternatives! Setting it up is simple too. Just connect it to the TV and then connect to your internet. It only takes about 5 minutes!

There are four different Roku Streaming Players and each one comes with it’s own features. Pick the one that is right for you and enjoy streaming all your subscriptions like Hulu Plus, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Disney and so much more! Roku player is very simple to use, affordable, and streams effortlessly from just about any TV and your in-home wireless network.

Keep up with my other articles in this series on cable alternatives:

Cable Alternatives Part One-What’s Available?




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