Internet TV .... Roku or other

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Internet TV .... Roku or other

Postby joewithaboat » Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:22 pm

Anyone here use an unconventional method to view TV? Not cable or satellite.
I was looking at Roku after being angry about cable price increases. Maybe adding in Netflix and Amazon Prime.
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Postby dancaravelle267 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:34 am

We just have AT&T uverse. It sucks, rarely works correctly, and we gripe about the nearly $200 a month cost but have not tried anything else. We used to shave sat but it quits every time it rains heavily. What is ruko?
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Postby joewithaboat » Sun Feb 12, 2012 1:47 pm

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Postby Muncie6spd » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:20 pm

I've been looking at Apple TV or the Sony Bravia streaming video unit although I haven't got one yet; the Apple TV is out of stock everywhere. I had not considered the Roku unit but I will take a look at it as well.
I'm using Comcast now for TV, Internet, and phone and not happy with their service; actually lack of service when I have a problem. I had Sat TV for 8 years and changed to get the high speed internet in a package deal. Comcast's newest DVR is an antique in features compared to the 8 year old DishNet DVR I got rid of for it. It fails constantly and Comcast is not interested in taking care of their customers; they keep sending old junky DVR's to replace the one I have. If the streaming video doesn't work out I will go back to Satellite TV.

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Postby joewithaboat » Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:28 pm

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Postby Dshow » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:47 pm

I got fed up with my ATT phone and Internet so I have Comcast for Internet and cable and Vonage for home phone. Our Sony bluray player has WIFI so we had Netflix for a month, but unsubscribed because we couldn't find anything worth watching. We have used Amazon prime a couple of time,but a HD movie costs $5 which is a same as Comcast OnDemand. Right now we pay ~$85 for cable and 10MB download speed Internet and $18 for Vonage. I've found nothing on the Internet that will replace the network shows.
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Postby X S IVE » Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:55 pm

We get about 100 channels on the cable TV service that is available here in Kazakhstan. The cost is about $35 per month. The problem is that we only get about 6 channels that are in English. CNN International is the only worth watching! Once in awhile, the Discovery Channel is not dubbed in Russain so it is OK. BBC Prime is OK, Fox Crime is a couple of years behind the rest of the world. The French Fashion Channel is broadcast in English but it would be just as bad if it was in French.

Needless to say, we are jealous of good TV and we watch alot of DVDs that we have to bring from home!
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Postby BlewByU » Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:59 am

use both Roku and Apple TV. Neither one of them really take the place of having cable TV. Prefer the APPLE TV over the Roku.
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Postby Jax » Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:08 pm

I know this is really late, sorry, but a friend just told me about un-avertised basic cable. Kind of like lifeline phone service, which is dirt cheap. It varies by cable company, but it can be as low as $10 a month, usually around $20.

Sometimes you can also get this, for free, with Internet access. If you have a cable modem for Internet, you probably also get this ultra-basic cable included. If the weather gets really bad (windy), we can get TV off our cable modem if we have to.

Last option is free over-the-air TV. My sister uses this in Dallas (over a 1960 model antenna left in her attic) and she gets uncompressed HDTV and a ton of channels. But NO ESPN. We got OTA HDTV here in San Antonio before most people had an HDTV. Completely free.

We use an AppleTV just so we can show vids, play music, etc. off our other Apple devices. Had a friend with Roku, and it worked better than NetFlix online.
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