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i am learning to love my roku but at this time it has some drawbacks. one, a ton of the free movies are ones i never heard of and probably never saw the inside of a theater. two, lots of subscription channels if you want access to better stuff. on the plus side is that there is some excellent content and it certainly is great if there are tv series that you love and want to see at your leisure as well as things like cookbooks and other small treasures. i just wouldn't cancel my cable or dish. roku does seem to have a big future at my house and my grandchildren love the one at theirs.


@oslofan, Roko fans win the award for enthusiasm. Unfortunately, most of the rest of us are disappointed when we figure out exactly what a Roku is. I suspect the chasm between the promise of Roku and the reality of Roku is the reason for all the refurbs. I say that as a person who owns five of the boxes.

This thing ends up being $45 if you start at Returns are easy if you purchase at your local Wal-Mart. This may be the best way to see what all the buzz is about.

Roku isn't a substitute for cable, satellite, or even broadcast television. There is little live content, minimal sport, almost no local programming, and you cannot simply turn the thing on and watch tv all day. Mostly, it aggregates content from the web for a tv with a ten foot interface and a remote.

Aereo and Skitter may being broadcast TV to your Roku later this year. Short comments. Follow link to more...



If you link a Netflix account, it becomes a great place for movies.


the ONLY thing stopping me from dumping cable tv , is the lack of local channels on the roku , if they had that, cable would be gone in a heartbeat


Where do you live? Maybe you can get local broadcasts with an antenna. Have you checked out Even if that is not an option, Aereal is expanding to 22 markets this summer and there is skitter.


We have a Roku combined with an antenna to get free local HD channels. Downloaded Plex to play almost anything from my PC and ditched the $150+ monthly cable bill. It is a little disappointing about the lack of free channels on the device itself, but no regrets here.


For us with Comcast it was actually cheaper to keep our basic local cable channels with internet rather than dump the cable altogether. We have Amazon Prime for videos and PlayOn and it's great if you don't care about half the crap channels on TV anyway. The biggest thing you lose by cutting cable to me is live sports. I figure if you can live without that you could buy a couple TV series a month on DVD/Bluray and own them for forever for a lower price.


@leonardotmnt: What's your experience with PlayOn been like? Lots of lovers or haters--many complaints about service and I know about the membership fiasco a few years back...


I have playon and plex. plex has more channels and they play at a higher resolution, but I've had problems with the channels I most want to watch -- Hulu, for instance. Playon just works. With Playon, you pay for the server but the clients are free. With plex, the server is free, but some of the clients are not. I found the playon lifetime subscription/roku bundle a good value and I love that I can stream to my Kindle Fires as well...


I picked up one of these for $39 on Amazon a couple of months ago. The lack of local programming is one of the things preventing me from cutting cable all together.

Has anyone experience with the Boxee device? From the product description it looks like it gives the best of both worlds (online content and local network channels). Any thoughts on the Boxee?


I use a Roku with Netflix and Amazon Prime for all my movies and TV shows, plus a small $30 antenna for local TV, news and sports. Haven't had cable in over a year now and don't miss it in the least. I'd already have Amazon Prime anyway, so the video is a bonus. Internet only through Brighthouse is a flat $50 a month.

So you figure $600 a year for internet plus $160 a year for Amazon and Netflix (80 of that I'd spend anyway on Prime) is still half the price of the $1,600 a year for cable (129/month plus taxes).

The only thing I miss out on is the brand new episodes of Walking Dead on AMC and there are ways around that.


For you guys that complain about the lack of local channels, who don't want to shell out $30 (or more) for a digital TV antenna, go Google how to make your own. There's plans out there on PDF, for free, that will allow you to take:
a 1x4 board (~30" long)
some screws
two pieces of wire (no more than 5' combined length)
4 wire hangers (dry cleaner's hangers would work fine, or buy 10 @ Walmart for $2)
and a piece of old technology, the cable TV converter (to hook up to old TV's, to make them capable of inputting cable)

and make your own! Takes maybe a half hour, tops, if you have any skills whatsoever. I've made two of them for my house, and they both pick up the dozen or so local channels available, with no problems. They're not as pretty as a "store bought" antenna, but I made both of them with scrap materials, for the most part, and only had to spend $10, total, for the antenna converters.


"There is little live content, minimal sport, almost no local programming".

Sounds great, what's the downside?


I own 2 Rokus, will soon be buying a 3rd. If you know what you are doing, they are a replacement for cable TV and even your bluray/dvd player. All of my movies are streamed from my media center PC to my Rokus using the free Plex software, which allows you to share your digital movies to the Rokus using a Netflix like interface. We also have Netflix and Amazon Prime. There are also several scripts you can get from the Roku forums to use with Playon to allow you to watch live TV (again all for free). For those not educated it might seem like a waste, the rest of us who know how to use them get our money's worth plus more.


I have found the 'live' scripts to be low quality and unreliable -- generally, they are illegal as well. For people who get up and go to bed with local news, watch local sports teams, and occasionally zone out on the couch in front of the tv, these boxes are not a replacement for cable tv -- even if you know what you are doing.

Some people who watch TV do not even own a computer -- never mind running one 7x24 to stream movies...assuming they own DVDs and are capable of decrypting and encoding them properly (because it's illegal to download movies you do not own).

Also, Netflix is $8/mo, Prime is $70/yr, and some of the scripts are not free.

The Roku is a cool box (I own five of them), Playon and Plex are a good way to stream videos to a Roku (I use both). None of this is a substitute for cable/satellite/broadcast. In my home, 80% of what we watch is broadcast television. We have a DTVPal DVR on every tv. We enjoy Netflix a lot and we like the Roku. But Roku is not television.


Right now this is the only way to stream from the new Warner Bros. web site 4 classic films!


If you have cable TV and internet and drop the TV portion, you may still get some channels on a cable-ready(tuner inside) TV.