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14 cheap alternatives to cable and satellite TV – DSTV and Co dont want you to see this

12. Roku

When it comes to pure video streaming hardware, there probably isn’t much better than the Roku3. RokuHD is still fun. I read a lot of the reviews about the Roku3 and either they paid a lot of people to give them favorable reviews or people really do love it. They seem to rate it above AppleTV and way above Samsung Blu-ray players. We can watch Hulu+, Netflix, other paid services and free channels. I don’t think they have a WatchESPN channel on the Roku last time I checked, which is disappointing. I doubt it is their fault. You can watch your league subscriptions I believe. One channel, Plex, allows you to watch home videos and pictures on your television. I believe there are four main devices.
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The Roku Streaming Stick is the size of a USB drive that works with certain TVs and devices to provide the Roku experience. Then there are their four traditional boxes: Roku LTRoku HDRoku 2/XD, and Roku 3. I’ll focus on the Roku 3. It is for HDTVs only which means you will need to have sufficient Internet speed and the right TV to use it. It comes with some features that I think are really cool, mostly having to do with the remote. However, the reviews sound like the layout and navigation are a breeze. The remote connects to the small Roku box through Wifi, I believe, so that you can listen to the sound through a headphone jack in the remote, play games with the remote as your controller (it has motion control kind of like a Wii remote), and traditional pause-and-play functions that you can use without pointing at the box.
Pricing:

  • Streaming Stick – $49.99
  • LT – $49.99
  • HD – $59.99
  • 2/XD – $69.99
  • 3 – $99.99
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