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  1. Clementine_3

    Clementine_3 Extreme Android User
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    I'm thinking of ditching cable and getting Roku. I'd get Netflix but what else?

    I have an older TV, no HDMI/USB nuttin' so all of my TV watching needs have to be met through Roku. The only things I really watch are NCIS and Criminal Minds. I also watch hockey and baseball, I'd probably get MLB.tv premium and NHL GameCenter (not sure about that due to blackouts, may not be worth it).

    What is free and what is paid/subscription and what do you cable-free folks recommend?

    Pro's and con's please :)


  2. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice

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  3. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.

    Netflix for sure, Hulu Plus if you want more current stuff.

    Crackle is free and has many movies.
    Amazon Instant.
    Vudu if you want to rent new movies
    Like music? Pandora and Vevo are on Roku.
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  4. Clementine_3

    Clementine_3 Extreme Android User
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    I have Netflix, Amazon Prime and MLB.com and it's fine so far :)
    Called TWC today and went down to basic broadcast for local channels. I also bought the season of Duck Dynasty (amazon), love my ducks!
    Haven't really checked Crackle or Hulu yet.
  5. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    If you can use Crackle and (free) Hulu along w/Netflix and Amazon Prime, that's a lot right there.

    You can also use the TV Portal app (not in playstore) on your Android device and mirror to your TV.
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  6. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.

    Unfortunately you can't use free Hulu with the Roku. You have to pay $8 for Hulu Plus.
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  7. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique

    I've posted in both the links Kelmar listed, but I'll just reiterate, we cut the cord a few years ago and have been fine ever since. We first started out with a Blu-ray that could stream Netflix and even that was fine. Now we have a Roku and it's even better.
    We usually just use it for Netflix and Amazon, but there's loads of shows on there. My wife likes it for the Korean soaps. :)
    Also picked up a Chromecast for fun, so now we have Youtube since it's not on Roku.
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  8. HanSolo

    HanSolo Android Expert

    I know this is an old thread, but I just picked up a Roku 3 and it's awesome! I put in Hulu+, Netflix, and thinking about Amazon Prime (any advantage over Hulu+?).
  9. Clementine_3

    Clementine_3 Extreme Android User
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    I have Amazon Prime and Netflix, never did try Hulu but honestly have plenty to watch. I do get nhl and mlb too. I also get basic broadcast cable. Between everything it's working out pretty well.
  10. MacFett

    MacFett Android Expert

    I have youtube on my roku II and have since I got it right after it was released.

    I've been looking and can not find the YouTube app I have. But it looks like there is a new one around the web.
  11. bjacks12

    bjacks12 Android Expert

    My folks have a Roku. We watch Netflix and Hulu on it. We're not into sports at all so I can't comment on the sports channels. The Chromecast is nice because of the ease of use with my phone. I use it for Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube.

    I don't know if the Roku has an output except for HEMI.
  12. MacFett

    MacFett Android Expert

    The Roku and Roku II both have SD video out. Unsure about the III.
  13. unnamedny

    unnamedny Android Expert

    Just build Home Theater PC. Building that pc could be around $250, but it pays off in no time.
  14. MacFett

    MacFett Android Expert

    My Roku was $75.
  15. unnamedny

    unnamedny Android Expert

    and its capable of what? no mouse or keyboard, can't play games, property browse internet. I dumped cable more than 3 years ago and until they start offering channels unbundled, I'm not going back to it. Roku does not replace cable, HTPC does more or less. My system cost me $500, but it paid itself off.
  16. JohnLaird

    JohnLaird Well-Known Member

    I have a Roku 3 and I'm very happy with it (Netflix). Only downer is that it has to run on HDMI which means I can't take it just anywhere and plug it in like I would have been able to do with the Roku 2.
  17. unnamedny

    unnamedny Android Expert

    You can run any video service on HTPC without any restrictions, and its much easier to navigate. Home Theater PC is more practical in every way possible. Roku has zero advantages over HTPC.
  18. Brian706

    Brian706 I like turtles!
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    Thread cleaned up. Please keep it civil and on topic. Thanks!
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