An Easy Way to Ditch Your Cable

Roku 1 BoxWell let me tell you how I came to terms with the fact that I had to ditch my cable and get me a Roku 1. Well it happened on a Saturday, a nice and sunny Saturday. I went to get my mail, and there I found it.

My cable bill, see I had previously switched from satellite to cable because they where offering some really good deals, but on this day as I looked at this bill I thought, man there’s got to be a cheaper way to watch TV. I had just found out that my cable company decided to raise the price on my bill, OK. It wasn’t a whole lot, but it was gonna conflict with my budget, yes my budget.

And I’m sure a lot of you has heard of or even has a budget. That was it for me, because besides the price increase I had been dealing with cable blackouts when it snowed and bad customer service, just to mention some of the cons. So I did the same thing I always do. I googled for alternatives to satellite and cable, and I came across the Roku 1 box. For me this was the best choice among other streamers.

I got it, set it up and tested it. And of course here’s my Roku 1 review. But don’t get me wrong, There are plenty of good offers for satellite and cable services that you might be able to benefit from, the intention of this review is not to put any service or product down, the intention here is to give you more options and primarily save you some mula.

As a matter of fact, some of my friends use those services in combination with the Roku or other devices that have internet access, like the Wii and the Xbox 360 . For instance, my friend got him basic internet service from AT&T U-Verse for $19.99 a month plus tax and then he got a Roku 1 and a Netflix account, so for about $30.00 a month in total, he’s got a pretty good deal.  Bottom line is, you’ve got plenty of choices.

What comes with the Roku 1 streaming player

What comes in the box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROS

The setup is so easy, and when I say so easy, I mean it. Just plug it up to your TV, and on the main screen enter your network name and password and that’s it. Now, if you have an old-style TV (CRT). All you will need to get the Roku 1 hooked up to your TV. Is, the included RCA connector(Yellow, Red and White cables) You’ll also need a wireless internet connection.

Or if you don’t have a wireless router, you can connect the Roku 1 straight to your internet modem through a LAN connection using an Ethernet cable. You will need a computer to create an account at Roku and associate it with your new box. If you happen to have a newer model flat screen (LCD) TV., Then you’ll need an HDMI cable (Not Included) to hook up the Roku 1 box to your LCD TV. Because most newer generation TVs do not have any RCA connections, they come with an HDMI connection instead.

The Roku box is HDMI ready, but you’ll have to buy the HDMI cable separately, but don’t worry you can find some very inexpensive HDMI cables here. The Roku 1 gives you, hundreds of free channels from all over the world. The set up its the same whether you’re using an RCA connection or an HDMI connection, very easy. Pay for the Roku once, you only make a one time payment. All you need to enjoy the Roku 1 is a TV and an Internet connection you’ll have free television shows and movies.. A boat load of free stuff.

Even if your TV is old like mine. The Roku box it’s really tiny and takes up almost no space at all. This little black box, has High-definition streaming up to 1080p HD. Comes with built-in wireless, so it will pick up your WiFi signal, so you don’t need to worry about adding any more cables to the back of your TV. It consumes very little power, very energy efficient. Menorah TV is also on Roku.

And more recreational and fitness programming is arriving. Great content, increasing all the time… You can watch HBO GO now, SyFy, A&E, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, VUDU, and MGo, news and sport channels as well. The weather channel I watch is now Roku’s feed from Weather Underground, so it’s complete with and updated very frequently with satellite and radar images.

That’s some of the stuff I watch, I have Netflix on my Roku programming. You’ll pay the same as Netflix on your computer (if you already have Netflix service, you don’t pay anything extra, all you do is link your existing Netflix subscription to your new Roku box), and you can also add things like Hulu Plus and Amazon’s streaming programming. They have a free 30 days trial. And there’s other great paid movie services like, Find $5 Monthly Deals now at VUDU! where you can watch HD new release movies. Lots of free content or low cost content for the best streaming player for Netflix. But, except for Netflix, everything else I watch is free.

That means, after buying the Roku box, by the way the price of the Roku 1 was less than what I was paying every month for satellite service, before I switch to cable. I pay nothing extra for my TV service. It’s saving me over $60 a month in cable bills, with far better programming and clearer images. The channels don’t bombard you with a bunch of commercials and some channels have none. The most recent service that can be used with the Roku is, the Amazon Instant Video.

It’s a great service offered by Amazon and it also lets you watch thousands of movies and TV shows, instantly, and you can try them out for free for a whole month. I can also access my Facebook account, Picasa, and Pandora via Roku. Lots and lots of options! It has great customer service. It all depends on your internet service, and the channel you want to watch for a great picture quality. After hearing all this, do you still want to keep paying those high cable or satellite bills?.

I have no idea how cable TV will compete with things like Roku. Between the price (free) or less than $10.00 a month. (If you want a movie channel like Netflix) and the range of great programs I can watch, I will never go back to satellite TV or the Red Box. Oh and there’s no need to be a geek to get the Roku 1 hooked up and going.
CONS

It wouldn’t be an honest review, without any cons. So here they are. One of the negatives to this — and I don’t think this will be for long, is that even though the menu system is easy.

My only complaint is the alphanumeric entry, you do need to enter credit card information, even if you don’t plan to buy anything. I don’t think it’s a big deal, but that’s my opinion. The HDMI cable is not included. So if your TV doesn’t have an RCA connection but has an HDMI connection instead, then you’ll have to buy the HDMI cable separately.

You need to create a pin, which means there won’t be any accidental purchases. You DO need a computer even though it says you don’t on the box. It’s only for streaming, and doesn’t have any storage, so you should be aware of that. It also doesn’t have an off switch. It just stays on for a while and then if it’s not being used it goes into stand-by mode. It uses very little power Some of my friends say the Roku XS model is way better than the Roku 1 model which I’m reviewing here. After all the cons, I still believe Roku 1 is a great choice for internet TV.

Free programing, no monthly fee, great picture quality, great channel selection, affordable one time payment, easy to set up and easy to use.

Now after all this, if you are still paying for cable or satellite, it’s on you. I chose not to ever again pay for a cable bill and I ditch my cable. Thanks to this little box roku 1 streaming from the internet, is the best thing that ever happened to TV. And I love it!! I give it thumbs up.

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One Response to An Easy Way to Ditch Your Cable

  1. Yagmur says:

    The Roku HD-XR is fantastic. Even if you only have Wirless-G, what you see on ersecn still looks like a million bucks, and is truly HD, even if you have na HD TV or not. It’s only actually 720P, and not 1080p, but unless you’re using a large TV over 32 , you’d never even notice anyway. Regardless, it still looks fantastic. Before I gush over the features, however, I MUST tell you about the experience I had with getting it connected: First, it took less than 5 minutes to pull it out of the box to watching movies on NetFlix. It’s astonishingly no-brainer, and I’m dead serious when I say that. If you also have an internet-connected wireless laptop sitting in your lap during setup, drop the out-of-the-box-to-watching-movies time to 3 minutes. Now this is where this little device knocked my socks off: I’m a computer network engineer, and I do not have a simple wireless internet setup in my house. I have a very complex enterprise network set up, consisting of servers and workstations, cabled and wireless, and connecting wirelessly to my network insfrastructure is required to make use of my internet proxy server. This is just like the same setup you find in corporate offices. So to make a long story short, I was worried that the Roku would not be able to make use of my complex internet proxy server for internet access and that I’d have to return it. I thought the box would be to dumb , or would not have the required configuration menus to make use of such complex networking architecture. If you know what internet proxy servers are, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Imagine my surprise when I entered my network wireless security information (so it could connect to SOMETHING at least), when it also automatically found my proxy server and AUTOMATICALLY CONFIGURED ITSELF to make use of it. All 3 of the Roku’s on-screen indicators all lit up green and BAM! I was punching right into our NetFlix queue, our queued movies already waiting to be watched. WOW! And I mean WOW!!! This little gizmo has the ability to hunt down proxy servers on local area networks and make use of them AUTOMATICALLY without further configuration! Did I say WOW!!!!??? Oh, and by the way: My wireless network is pumped through a Wireless-G LinkSys Access Point (WAP), which is what the Roku is talking to for connection t my network. And it works GREAT. So for the reviewer who said that it won’t talk through LinkSys hardware sorry, not true. VERY happy with this device. Embarrassingly close to euphoric, in fact, simply because of it’s configuration and connectivity capabilities alone! The fact that it connected so quickly and so incredibly on my network is reason enough for me to own this thing. Let alone how cool it is to actually use, watch and enjoy, the very reason you get one in the first place! However, I simply must also add these additional review details: The box itself is very small, the size of a small jewelry box, and blended right in with my home theater system. It’s even pleasing to the eye to some degree, not the typical mess of cables you’d expect. It takes up virtually no shelf space and only has two cables connected to it if you’re using wireless and HDMI: the HDMI cable itself and the power cord. That’s it. The remote control itself is VERY small, be careful, it will slip down between couch cusions VERY easily. But it’s very nice looking and very stupid-simple to operate, having only a few buttons for menu and playback control. The simplicity of the thing is so beautiful compared to the typical slap a million buttons on it for cool factor we’re inundated with these days that I’m darned close to taking the thing out to dinner and a movie. The device is extremely simple to use, no tech savvy-ness required. You will absolutely LOVE the simplicity of it. It is so amazingly simple that I’m going to risk sounding like an idiot by calling it an engineering masterpiece. And trust me when I say that I know technology. As much as I like to go full-blown geek on most things, this device is so refreshingly simple that I’m surprised at such a device can be so simple. I’m also surprised at myself for being so thrilled with it. The included directions that come with it are incredibly simple. However, the device is so simple to hook up and use, I’d offer that the included quick-start instructions aren’t even necessary. My Roku is hooked up to a 52 Samsung HDTV at 1080p. The picture quality of the streamed content over the Roku is very impressive for a 720P device streaming compressed internet media content. Please understand that compression is required for internet streaming, and that you will notice some fuzz in the picture, especially if you have a big HDTV. That’s the nature of internt streaming, and is not because of any shortcoming

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