Anybody have it, and is it any good?
Any and all opinions are appreciated.
Any and all opinions are appreciated.
Please explain how Roku is lame?Roku is actually pretty lame compared to some of the other boxes out there in the same price range.
I'm rocking a jailbroken Apple TV2 which I love because it gives you all the capabilities to watch pretty much anything you want. Problem is, you can't get the ATV2 cheaply anymore, and the ATV3 isn't jail breakable yet. That said, if you're looking for functionality and you have other Apple products, a non-jailbroken ATV is pretty awesome too. (Note: I am not an Apple fanboy, in fact I run everything PC/Android and this is the only Apple device I own)
I've read some good things about the Google thing and it all honesty, looks decent for the price.
Just remember you get what you pay for...:hideNever heard of it. What kind of TV shows and other capabilities does it have?
Yes, I know I can google it, but I trust SBN members opinions much more.
They work fine in Ensenada. I'm on 6mbit, and if I want the US versions I run a VPN service that has endpoints there. I use Netflix, Amazon Video, NBA League Pass, and the NFL Sunday Ticket, no problem.Here none of the streaming services work, and considering I'm on 6mbit DSL it's not like if I could use them either.
I was browsing the ruckus site after reading your post, and I wasnt aware that they have so many channnels (for this type of service). What are the prices per channel?Just remember you get what you pay for...:hide
I use hulu, netflix, amazon, and hbogo for 99% of my programming. It supports all of those, and it does it well. The interface is smooth, fast, and rarely crashes (Roku has improved a lot with the most recent software release). There are tons of other "channels" Roku Channel List
My daughter watches PBS kids and netflix, which has all of the kids shows that come on PBS (makes sense right).
I use hulu for broadcast networks (NBC, ABC, Fox, CBS) and primetime programming. Hulu is usually only delayed about a day or so for most networks.
I use Netflix for kids shows and series that don't come on hulu like Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, etc.
I Amazon for Prime series not on Netflix, or if I want to pay per episode for things that netflix does not have, or does not have yet. I also rent movies from Amazon.
Then I use HBOGO for HBO content. You have to subscribe to HBO to use it on the Roku and you can only subscribe to HBO if you have cable, so I use my parents subscription. I'm a criminal, I know.
I really wish that the premium channels would get with the program and offer their programming a la carte, but they don't yet. I would gladly pay for HBO and Showtime, but I don't have that choice right now.
All in all, I pay 7.99 for hulu, 7.99 for netflix, and then I already have amazon prime because I buy a metric ton of shit from Amazon already. I buy probably $10 per month of episodes from Amazon. So on average I spend around $26 per month for TV, versus $100+ from the cable company. I get to buy what I want, and don't get a bunch of shit I don't. It is the future of TV, and the selection has only gotten better since I first started streaming TV 4 years ago.
My only complaint is that Netflix on the Roku does not support the Profile function that they have on the website. I would really appreciate my history and recommendations not being available to my 6yo, as I have been known to watch some sketchy shit.
Channels are free to download as far as I know. You might have to pay for the content, but a lot of it is free. Then again, a lot of it is free because it is garbage, or only clips, etc.I was browsing the ruckus site after reading your post, and I wasnt aware that they have so many channnels (for this type of service). What are the prices per channel?
think you hit on most of it in your own posts. You have to pay to make it work. With the AppleTV, you only pay for what you want (netflix, hulu plus, etc) It still crashes regularly. They aren't exactly compatible with all TVs, although you won't see too many complaints about it. My mom's TV, which is one of those smart tvs with all the apps and wifi and junk (don't ask me, she got it on sale) was crashing 10-15 minutes into anything when using the roku to stream. Once I disconnected it and figure out how to get the netflix app on the TV working, she hasn't had a single issue.Please explain how Roku is lame?
I'm pretty sure I'm right about most of it, but since you didn't elaborate what I'm wrong on, I can't argue any of it. I honestly don't use any of it except for netflix and the streaming radio or home sharing for my music collection. Both of mine are cracked and I use XBMC to watch movies and TV. Even the netflix is only used for my son to watch cartoons. Think I've had them for 5 years now, it's been awhile for sure.You don't have to pay to make a Roku work. That's just incorrect. It works exactly as does an ATV or a ChromeCast; a lot of crappy media streams are free, and the premium ones you pay for. I pay for Netflix, I can get it on my Roku, my ATV, my tablet, my computer.
I prefer ATV, but it's not for the reasons you state - mainly because they are wrong.