Hubby bought a Roku over the Thanksgiving holiday and we've been loving it. This looks like a good replacement for our media center, tho we will be losing a bit of some of the things on the media center we like.
There are tons of channels on it, the best being Amazon, Netflix and AcornTV, which we already subscribe too. It comes with a remote, so that makes it so much easier to use than the tiny media center keyboard and the interfaces for the sites is SOOO much nicer.
We have been checking out the various channels. There are tons of really crappy ones. Mostly old movies that are now in public domain and the quality of them suck. We quickly deleted those from our lineup.
There are several that are cool, but there is no schedule, you don't really know what is playing or when. It is pure streaming, so you get what is showing then. Which can be cool. Was watching one animation channel that showed the 1939 Gulliver's Travels in its entirety with no commercial breaks (a bit on commercials in a bit). There was also Pink Panther cartoons and Tennessee Tuxedo.
PBS has a station, but it is pretty much all clips of shows, so that also got removed from our lists. I want to see shows. If I wanted clips I can go look at them on the website.
Now to commericals. Most of the channels have a tendency to break for commercials at the weirdest times in the show. But they then tell you how many commercials there will be and then let you know when your show will start again. These are of course on the channels that are free, so I will live with the commercials. Problem is you end up seeing the same 3 commercials for however long you are watching that particular channel. Sometimes they do add the new odd one here and there are times when you luck out and only get one commercial. Just so glad for a mute button.
We were watching one channel ( Crackle ) that has a section of movies you won't find on Netflix LOL! Crackle was bought by Sony, so they have a fairly decent repertoire of shows. Currently watching 3rd season of Barney Miller . They so don't make TV comedies like that anymore.
We have a friend who had gotten a Roku and decided it wasn't for him. So he gave it to us. It is now installed on the bedroom TV and will be really nice for when I am sick and don't feel like hanging out in the living room.
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