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Markalot

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Streaming stuff....
« on: November 23, 2011, 10:40:06 AM »

So We've had 3 Roku's for over a year now, mostly used for Netflix, Pandora, and Crackle ...

New house (cheaper house) and a new movie room with a bigger TV and our first Bluray player with streaming services built in.  I pay for the 30MB cable connection due to other things I use bandwidth for, which means movie streaming is generally fast and painless.

I have comments ...

- Netflix streaming seems to be rapidly declining in value.

- Netflix disc service is starting to become a questionable value as well.  Was thinking if upgrading to the blueray service but have since discovered Vudu...

- Our Bluray player came not only with Netflix and Pandora but also a Vudu, which looks to be a damn fine service, especially the HDX rentals.  Really the only thing missing that we use is Crackle for the occasional free (with commercials) movie.

- I also upped our cable subscription from lifeline (yea, we never watch TV) to HD DVR so I could compare availability, quality, etc.

Cable will be downgraded.  I now have over 100 channels, some in HD, of crap.  I just can't stand TV and on the channels I want to watch nothing is on when I can watch, I can't be bothered to spend time setting up the DVR to record shows, and the On Demand selection is complete crap.  This is Insight cable, NKY.  The only On Demand show I found worth watching was Lenny Kravitz live somewhere in England, and the sound recording was sub par.

Roku seems less and less like a good idea.  Yea, it has Crackle, but that's the least used service for us.  Good for movies on Netflix IF they have it, but frankly the Netflix interface on the Blueray player is better than Roku, so why not buy a player with Netflix built in?

Finally, renting or buying digital copies of movies.  How many do we watch versus how many would we get via the Netflix disc subscription ... and then, can we get those in HD quality?

So anyone else pondering these questions?  Any opinions?

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Re: Streaming stuff....
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2011, 10:48:36 AM »

We had a thread about this before if you want to check it out.  I still don't know what to do, but would love to tell Time Warner to kiss my arse.

http://www.randomville.com/Daily/index.php/topic,105510.0.html
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Re: Streaming stuff....
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2011, 10:52:25 AM »

I satisfied with the streamed offerings on Netflix via our Roku. There's so much on there I want to watch it'll keep me amused for many months.

DVD's I get from our local library. Free.

If there's something I really want to see in a hurry - there rarely is - we have three Redbox stations within walking distance.

I would probably cut our cable if it wasn't for FoxSoccerChannel providing me with my fix of proper football. We are DVRing less and less each week, slowly shifting allegiance to older material on Netflix.

There is also plentiful porn on the Roku.

However, there is also so many hours in the week we can dedicate to watching anything.
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Re: Streaming stuff....
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2012, 10:08:14 AM »

Are the roku folks around here still in love with them?  Amazon is having a pretty good sale today on the LT model and we're thinking about picking one up.  We have a Sony Blu-Ray and it has quite a few services that it will connect to including Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant but the interface is horrible.  Also, the Roku has so many more channels (including Rdio).
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Re: Streaming stuff....
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2012, 11:27:03 AM »

I still really like mine- and would like it more if I had a Hulu plus account. Don't use it a whole lot right now, mostly because I am just not interested in watching anything.

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Re: Streaming stuff....
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2012, 12:01:28 PM »

We use the heck outta our Roku. Mostly we use it for streaming Netflix, but we watch stuff via Amazon Prime too, and there are tons of weird channels to scroll through. You can also watch YouTube and Vimeo on it. The only thing that I don't care for about Roku is the menu. It takes some getting used to.
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Re: Streaming stuff....
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2012, 02:46:30 PM »

We actually enjoy HBO Go and Max Go on the Roku quite a bit... but that only works if you have a cable subscription to HBO.
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Re: Streaming stuff....
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2012, 02:48:57 PM »

I went ahead and ordered one.  We'll see if we like it/think we'll use it.  If not, we'll just return it.  It's worth $40 to find out, I think.
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Re: Streaming stuff....
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2013, 12:39:13 PM »

http://readwrite.com/2013/01/08/roku-meets-time-warner-baby-steps-towards-a-new-kind-of-tv

Not really sure what the point of this is, if you already have a cable box why do you need to stream cable from a Roku?
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