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Old 11-27-2016, 03:13 PM
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Can you get Netflix on a regular tv using a Roku?


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Old 11-27-2016, 03:21 PM
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Yes. It is basically a little box with wi-fi. It streams Net-flix, Amazon, Hulu and others I'm sure (it has a bunch of other channels that I've never used). It is very easy to set up and use. It plugs into your TV like a DVD player.
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Old 11-27-2016, 03:23 PM
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Hmmm..I think I want one of those.

Any specific one people recommend?
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Old 11-27-2016, 03:29 PM
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They are such a good deal! We got ours for about $30 I think, and that was several years ago. We finally updated to a smart TV, but the little Roku is still going strong on our ancient tube TV upstairs.

$30 one time purchase + $8/month for Netflix and $8/month for Amazon Prime and we've never had to get cable.

We have an antenna for over the air TV.
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Old 11-27-2016, 03:29 PM
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Apparently I had one but parts are missing! Best buy on Friday


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Old 11-27-2016, 03:35 PM
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I'm contemplating it so I can watch Netflix on my tv and not my laptop. I wonder if I would be able to ditch dish with it.
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Old 11-27-2016, 03:52 PM
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Between Hulu and Netflix, I dumped cable. I have a little roku box and also a stick. Both are really easy to use. The box is just slightly quicker.
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Old 11-27-2016, 04:22 PM
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I have a Smart TV so get Netflix, Amazon and more. I only pay for Netflix and Amazon, though could pay for others. I also get some free on the Smart TV. I have an HD antenna and get 13 channels. Each of the 4 local stations has other (i.e. 13 has 13-1, 13-2, and 13-3). I do miss some of the DTV programming, but am happy to save over $100/month.
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Old 11-27-2016, 04:28 PM
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Roku connects to your TV with an HDMI cord. You don't need a fancy pants TV--just one that has an HDMI outlet.

Alternatively, you could connect your laptop to your TV the same way, via HDMI, and stream Netflix that way. It's clunkier, but it works.

We don't have cable and only pay for Netflix. Best thing ever.

We have digital antennas to pick up over the air channels (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, CW, and a slew of crappy ones).
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Old 11-27-2016, 05:06 PM
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Go for it, GreyhoundGirl.

I've been using a roku with just a subscription to Netflix. You can get several channels on the roku that will allow you to watch the latest episodes of CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, and FOX shows. There are other channels as well - many are free, some require a subscription.

I can get local tv with an antenna that I made. http://hubpages.com/art/make-this-po...t-of-cardboard

I'm about 50 miles from STL and get all of the channels from the city. I cut the cable over 2 years ago and seldom miss it.


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Old 11-27-2016, 05:25 PM
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Yep, I've been thinking about it too for a long time & finally decided to order the Premiere+, which is the latest model (it was $10 less when I got it 1-2 wks ago):

https://www.hsn.com/products/roku-pr...bundle/8299810

I was going to get that $35 stick, but decided to get the actual device.

You could also read here for more info from the thread I started:

http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...d.php?t=571205

I watch too many shows on various channels to probably ever ditch my cable, but at the very least, I'll watch the Gilmore Girls latest mini-series & some other stuff since Netflix has a 30-day free trial, then I will cancel Netflix & return the Roku device IF ALL ELSE FAILS.

Wait, WHY in this day & age does one still need the "old-fashioned" antenna with a Roku device? You'd think this is 1986, not 2016.

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Old 11-27-2016, 06:45 PM
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That's the way we do it at my house!
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