The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 13 of 13
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug. 1, 2002
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    6,170

    Question Any Roku owners out there?

    I bought my 10 year old a Roku for Christmas, but I'm a little lost as to which channels are free, and which ones are not. We do have Netflix, and I have that set up, but are there any good streaming channels that are free?



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar. 30, 2007
    Location
    Hollowed out volcano in the South Pacific.
    Posts
    11,125

    Default

    Crackle is good. Lots to watch there.

    Most of these are free.
    Thus do we growl that our big toes have,
    at this moment, been thrown up from below!



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun. 23, 2004
    Location
    horse country, usa
    Posts
    699

    Default

    I only use netflix and amazon prime, but i love it! I have watched some on crackle but they seem to be older movies. I think you can get hulu on it too.
    For things to do in Loudoun County, visit: www.365thingstodoloudoun.com



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb. 23, 2009
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    1,233

    Default

    I've heard things here and there about the Roku and when we move in the spring I'm thinking of nixing cable. For someone who knows almost nothing about it, how does it work? I get that it uses the internet to stream online channels like A Prime, Hulu, Netflix etc, but is there a monthly fee to Roku? It sounds like a lot of other channels come with it. Enlighten me!
    If it were easy, everybody would do it.

    Equi-Sport Services



  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar. 30, 2007
    Location
    Hollowed out volcano in the South Pacific.
    Posts
    11,125

    Default

    You buy a Roku box, hook it into your home network, subscribe to the premium channels you want like Hulu Plus and Netflix, and then off you go. If you have DSL or sat, don't bother, because it will eat through your data allotment and barely work with the available bandwidth. You may have to upgrade your home router to a premium one to handle the streaming video as many older routers do not have the muscle to deal with a large amount of incoming data.
    Thus do we growl that our big toes have,
    at this moment, been thrown up from below!



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar. 29, 2007
    Posts
    311

    Default

    So if I get a Roku box, do I then give up cable totally or do I have to subscribe to at least basic cable? All I really want to do is just turn on the tv and watch something!! Ugh....



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar. 30, 2007
    Location
    Hollowed out volcano in the South Pacific.
    Posts
    11,125

    Default

    Well, you'll have to figure that out with your cable company but I would suggest keeping basic cable unless you have an antenna and good reception for local stuff. It may also be more expensive to not have basic cable while keeping cable internet service. It varies.
    Thus do we growl that our big toes have,
    at this moment, been thrown up from below!



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep. 2, 2008
    Location
    Greeley, Colorado
    Posts
    3,803

    Default

    I use Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime. I don't have cable in my bedroom but thanks to the Roku I can watch tv before bed
    **Friend of bar.ka**

    Fils Du Reverdy (Revy)- 1993 Selle Francais Gelding
    My equine soulmate



  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec. 29, 2007
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    144

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by LexInVA View Post
    If you have DSL or sat, don't bother, because it will eat through your data allotment and barely work with the available bandwidth.
    Not necessarily true. I have DSL with unlimited data and I have no problems streaming Netflix thru my Roku. Only rarely will it have to rebuffer or whatever. It takes about a minute or so to download a typical 2 hour HD movie. I think it depends on how congested the area you live in is....I think you are in competition with your neighbors for bandwidth on DSL. I'm in a somewhat rural area and most of my neighbors have satellite or cable. I have my Roku and an antenna in the attic and am quite happy.



  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul. 19, 2008
    Location
    Vermont
    Posts
    313

    Default

    We swapped cable for Roku months ago - from $100/mo in fees to about $20. We get Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime (paid) and Crackle, etc for free. We like it - I order the programs I like to watch - only two a year, right now - saving loads of money. We do intend to get the HD antenna and take advantage of the free local channels, just so we have the news, but honestly, I haven't missed it...


    1 members found this post helpful.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Aug. 1, 2002
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    6,170

    Default

    I have DSL and it works fine. . We watch Metflix all the time.



  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jul. 14, 2003
    Location
    MA
    Posts
    6,184

    Default

    "Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain" ~Friedrich Schiller



  13. #13
    Join Date
    Feb. 23, 2009
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    1,233

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy's Girl View Post
    We swapped cable for Roku months ago - from $100/mo in fees to about $20. We get Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime (paid) and Crackle, etc for free. We like it - I order the programs I like to watch - only two a year, right now - saving loads of money. We do intend to get the HD antenna and take advantage of the free local channels, just so we have the news, but honestly, I haven't missed it...
    THIS is exactly what I want. Right now we pay $45/month for basic cable and internet, but the only thing I watch on the tv is the news in the morning. If we could pay the same or less (I already have Amazon Prime/Amazon Student) and get better selection of movies with fewer commercials DH would be in heaven.
    If it were easy, everybody would do it.

    Equi-Sport Services



Similar Threads

  1. Roku versus Wii for netflix
    By thatmoody in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: May. 28, 2012, 08:58 PM
  2. A good laugh for Stallion Owners AND Mare Owners! ;)
    By Daventry in forum Sport Horse Breeding
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: Aug. 16, 2011, 07:27 AM
  3. Replies: 5
    Last Post: May. 31, 2011, 09:22 PM
  4. Roku Anyone?
    By knightrider in forum Off Topic
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: Dec. 26, 2010, 08:49 AM
  5. Replies: 15
    Last Post: Jan. 7, 2009, 02:59 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
randomness