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Old 03-21-2015, 07:32 PM   #1
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I never saw a definitive Roku thread on here... This thread is open to any discussion of Roku devices and channels. Feel free to share what channels you enjoy, why/how you utilize Roku, and for questions or help.

I have officially cut the cord. My wife and I picked up the Roku 3 when we bought a laptop recently and decided that we would turn off the cable box for a few days to see if we would miss it. We didn't.

Some information from our experience:

We do not subscribe to anything such as Netflix/Amazon instant video. Free channels or we signed into channels using a family members cable account information.

We were using charter cable getting the top tier package with everything.

We did however keep the internet, which is 60mbps down /4up... speed tests usually show average at 64 ish down and 4.4 up. Actual download speeds top out at 10mb/s although it usually averages about 6 or 7mb/s. If I ever see a slowdown with all devices running I may upgrade to their ultra package which is 100mbps down with a measly 4mbps up.

We are running into our first letdown tonight with starz and Black Sails... everything else we have been able to watch thus far...
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:19 PM   #2
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Default Re: Roku and Roku Channel Discussion.

Add the ustvnow channel if you don't have an antenna. Have to add the channel on your roku account online then run a system update. Also need to sign up for a free ustvnow account.

You really outta get Netflix. It's so cheap with mucho content.
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Old 03-22-2015, 12:39 AM   #3
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another roku channel you can check out is Nowhere TV. It is a private channel so you will have to manually add it.

http://www.rokuprivatechannels.com/
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Old 03-22-2015, 01:24 PM   #4
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Gotta decline on the Netflix for right now, I've been a subscriber before and while the content is indeed nice, we just don't have the time to watch enough tv with our day to day schedules. Will definately check out nowheretv to see what its about.

Getting rid of the cable bill has been a refreshing experience. I wouldn't express it as dramatically as some, but with another child on the way (was gonna post a thread for that, too late now) we need all the savings we can get.
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i am going to give the 3 a wack

are most of the channels free?
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Old 03-22-2015, 03:07 PM   #6
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Default Re: Roku and Roku Channel Discussion.

SlingTV works well on it as well. $25 a month for TNT, TBS, AMC, CNN, Disney, ABC Family, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC network, Food, Travel, etc
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are most of the channels free?
Depends on what you are looking for I suppose. Ton of free channels with decent content. Crackle gives you free movies, they change them out periodically. Hbo and your typical "premium cable channels" make you sign in to your network provider. If you do not subscribe to cable or satellite, you can bypass this by asking a family member to let you sign in using their account; they won't be charged extra and its a one time thing, don't have to sign in multiple times.

Got the nowheretv channel today, it has nice content. I wish I had a cool channel I could recommend to everyone, but I'm a newbie myself.
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Old 03-22-2015, 10:26 PM   #8
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I just bought one, we still have cable... popcorn, crackle, netflix, SEC Digital Network, and just about ever kids one I could find were on my list.
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Old 03-23-2015, 03:50 PM   #9
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Default Re: Roku and Roku Channel Discussion.

Plex, plex, and plex if you already have media stored on your computer. Since you are saving on cable, get Amazon Prime (best thing ever) and you'll get the video service "free".

Also, 4Mbps up is pathetic and honestly confusing with 60mbps down. We have 50/50 and I think worst package offered is 15/15. Down is more important obviously, but I thought that was bizarre.
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I have a roku and I love it. I use it mainly when I take my television outside to the fireplace for games. I can have an HD feed with no wires (except power of course). I liked it so much, I gave it to all of my friends for Christmas this past year.
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Old 03-23-2015, 07:13 PM   #11
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Thanks for posting this. I have Roku and Chromecast and will have to try that.

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Old 03-23-2015, 08:53 PM   #12
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Plex, plex, and plex if you already have media stored on your computer. Since you are saving on cable, get Amazon Prime (best thing ever) and you'll get the video service "free".

Also, 4Mbps up is pathetic and honestly confusing with 60mbps down. We have 50/50 and I think worst package offered is 15/15. Down is more important obviously, but I thought that was bizarre.
Glad i'm not the only one who sees how crazy that is. I've called before and the best I think they do is 10 up but the extra cost for that is prohibitive in my opinion. And in my location, they are the only game in town that offers what I consider decent download speeds.

Tell me more about Plex... I've been known to download movies here and there although none are saved on the new laptop. Now, it doesn't matter to me if I download and continue to keep the content after I watch it. If I am not going to keep the content, would you still recommend Plex over downloading directly to usb drive and deleting accordingly?
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i am looking to get sling tv. just like to know if it is in HD or not.
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i am looking to get sling tv. just like to know if it is in HD or not.
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i am looking to get sling tv. just like to know if it is in HD or not.
It will depend on your connection. Kind of like Netflix or WatchESPN, the espn app on my Xbox goes between HD and non from time to time, but Netflix seems to always be in HD, 720P at minimum. The great thing about Sling is there is no contract, so if it isn't working out, just cancel it with no penalty.

They also have a 7 day trial going now, so it is literally risk free.
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It will depend on your connection. Kind of like Netflix or WatchESPN, the espn app on my Xbox goes between HD and non from time to time, but Netflix seems to always be in HD, 720P at minimum. The great thing about Sling is there is no contract, so if it isn't working out, just cancel it with no penalty.

They also have a 7 day trial going now, so it is literally risk free.
I'm really interested in Sling TV as my $70+ Dish bill is eating a hole through my wallet. When Justified and March Madness is over with in a month, I'm going to put my Dish account on hold and try Sling. The one thing I will miss is being able to record shows. I very seldom watch a show live anymore; I slap that puppy on the DVR and watch it the next day where I can fast-forward through commercials. But we'll see.

I've had the Roku 3 since it came out because I wanted to move my PS3 from my living room back to my bedroom. I use the Youtube, Pandora, Amazon Prime and Crunchyroll apps the most. If that ustvnow will give me good quality "local" channels and Sling TV is legit, I'd just do away with Dish.
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got me a 3, just rocking the free stuff, will take weeks to search through all the stuff available

if you want to sign up without a credit card, you can use this and skip over the payment method

https://my.roku.com/signup/nocc
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i just got a amazon fire tv and love it. XBMC?KODI is running great on it and during football season, i will pay for sling tv and then cancel when over.
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Hey all,

I run Netflix through my Roku 3. I've Googled a few things to learn the ropes on it and I've discovered the hidden channels, etc. I am wanting to totally customize my Roku experience and cannot seem to locate any real free theme 'vaults'.

Any idea or guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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So I've thought about all of these. How do the local channels work? I watch a lot of PBS and still want access to that.
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