Bill Rogers (Moderator)
I find it inconvenient. Won’t watch for the most part, and certainly won’t pay extra for it. So what’s your opinion?
Nope,, not my thing.
I like it and I don't pay more for it, at least not monthly.
I got a Roku about a year ago and have enjoyed it so much, especially in the summer when the local cable/satellite stations are nothing but reruns over and over for about 6 months.
I've been watching older programs that I missed years ago and am really enjoying them. Then there are new series that are on different stations that you can watch ..... FREE.
If you missed some of the usual TV programs for whatever reason during the season, you can usually find them somewhere on Roku.
I have downloaded a dozen or more FREE stations/channels. So far, I have not signed up for anything that costs by the month. I'll wait and it'll eventually either be on cable/satellite or free on Roku.
So yes, I like streaming TV as long as it's free.
Oh, the Roku only cost me $35. That's a one time cost, not a monthly.
Lived for years with just an antenna and got several stations (currently public TV (4 options) CBS (4 options), NBC (4 options) and Fox (3 options). So a total of 15 channels altogether.
Grandchildren expressed an interest in streaming while here, so I took the leap and got Netflix and a Google dongle. Then I got a Roku dongle as a Christmas gift. Lots of free content, but still do Netflix. Price of Netflix goes up about every six months, so that is not good, but I assume they are adding new programs. Although I am retired, and can now watch a lot more TV than I did when I worked, I really don't watch a lot of TV and what I get without streaming is pretty much all I need. I guess it depends on your interests.
I do not have cable, but been a streamer since the beginning. We use about as much as over the air. Amazon Prime, Netflix, Roku package, and att package. att stuff comes with our internet service, Roku stuff free, Amazon a by-product originally for shipping of purchased stuff, Netflix a later by-product of when we subscribed to the DVD by mail service. Netflix better provide more desirable content for the cost-or it will get cut!
I had amazon prime for my business and have kept is as I buy a lot from them, and Prime TV is included. And I love it, some of the best series that I have seen on TV. The interface is clunky and sometimes frustrating and you can't channel surf like regular TV, but I have really enjoyed their programming. Open Range, Night Sky, Reacher, Jack Ryan, Bosch, Billions, Marvelous Mrs. Masel, imo some of the best programming available. We had a free trial of Netflix and really like The Lincoln Lawyer, too, but did not want any more payments.
So if you don't mind paying for content, there is some quality content available to stream.
We got Roku stick on both TVs. Granddaughter likes Netflix cartoons and wife and myself like to binge watch old crime series shows from the 90s. Only current TV programming we watch is news, weather (is that an oxymoron?) and sports broadcasts.
I have learned not to attempt a hijack of the remote(s) on Sunday Eve and Monday eve. That is where my wife invokes full power of the purse, and more with the remote. PBS, all evening both nights. So over the air on those nights. I often go down to my jewelry making area in the basement, or upstairs and catch up on some pickin. Brad
Streaming is great.
I saved a lot of money by dumping the cable boxes (and monthly equipment charges) and streaming cable TV.
Streaming services are pretty cheap when you can share subscriptions with friends and family. There are also a lot of promotions offering free 6 or 12 month subscriptions to various services.
I currently have Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, Paramount+, Hulu, Apple TV+, and some free apps (There's a lot of nice older movies on free apps.) Netflix was recently kicked to the curb because they have very little worth watching. Disney+ has the highest quality streaming service. Disney+ shows and movies have Dolby Atmos. The other streaming services have very limited Dolby Atmos movies/shows or none at all.
As far as streaming devices go... I own an Apple TV 4K 64G box, Roku Premiere, and a couple Amazon Firesticks. The Apple TV box is superior to all of the others (Dolby Atmos was a necessity,) and the Roku is better than the Firesticks.
If I travel somewhere I take the Roku (it's smaller than the Apple) and a pair of portable rechargeable speakers with me. I can plug it into the TV of a cabin or hotel room (if I can't cast to TV from my phone) and have movies & a little home theater system.
Another great thing about the Apple TV box is that it has a really nice (and free) metronome app I run through the home theater system for practicing banjo.
Geez... reading much of the preceding is almost like the responses I typically get to my banjo questions. A b-i-g whack of it in language that is far removed from the rock under which I normally take shelter.... more questions than answers.
Brad, I'm gonna hafta get my eyes checked.... first came up as your wife being a fan of Professional Bull Riding, and I'm thinking "Well, that's different."
Edited by - Owen on 07/21/2022 06:31:45
WE cut the cord last fall (Spectrum) and went with Youtube TV and also bought a Firestick. We save almost $100 a month and love the service. The learning curve is not steep at all. I am catching up on many of the same series that bill-e mentioned and do not watch much network programs, except sports, anymore. I can also watch these same programs on my computer or Ipad when I am out of town.
For what we pay for satellite TV I buy nothing extra.....besides with movies......they eventually come around free after no one wants to view them anymore anyway.
And with garbage productions and woke events no way would I pay for anything. Standard viewing stuff is fine with me....I cant even watch so called comedians anymore.....some commercials are more interesting entertainment todays world.
The most useful streaming I find is to access my own DVR while travelling. International restrictions block most of Amazon, all of Hulu, and much of Netflix, but my DVR lets me watch everything.
I bought a Roku once. Now I have five, one in each room. Three are Hisense Roku TV's. You can buy a Roku device for under $35 and sometimes on sale for less. I already have wireless internet, so the streaming doesn't cost anything extra. There are plenty of channels that unlike cable you can individually subscribe to, and packaged channels like cable. But there is no need for it. The Pluto Channel has plenty of free ad supported programs on it's own, and so does the Roku channel. There are others that stream in groups of channels or you like from the Channel store. Comet is good for Sci fi, and there are many others. My local news channels broadcast over Roku. I have 297 channels loaded, video groups so to speak, and I do not pay for anything but my regular internet service and nothing else. You can also check out ad supported recent movies on the Freevee channel and several others. Yo can always search to see if any show, series, movie, etc. is available systemwide, and most channels have their own search features. I'm a happy camper.
(Edit) The Roku is a one-time cost. You only pay if you subscribe to anything. But 297 free channels are good enough for me.
Edited by - Elmo_Smiley on 07/24/2022 16:36:44
I stream what little TV I watch. I cut the cable and got YouTube TV for a quarter of the price including many of the premium channels I didn’t get with cable. Once it’s set up it’s no more difficult to use than the cable was.
I bet most of us are old enough to remember when we got our phone service through hard wires and our TV wirelessly. How times have changed.
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