My friends (like everyone in the world) have eschewed cable in favour of Netflix and Apple TV. I, however, still watch TV on the TV, and have cable. My computer isn’t even hooked up to my TV. I watch movies on my laptop the old fashioned way–downloading.
When I was given the chance to try a Roku, I thought, why not? Although the Roku 3 is out, I am reviewing a Roku 1 ($59.99) because my TV doesn’t have an HDMI port. (I SAID I WAS OLD SCHOOL, OKAY?)
The Roku 1 lets you connect to Standard Definition audio/video via the red/white/yellow RCA connection, but it also supports 1080p HD via HDMI. It was incredibly easy to set up, and to add channels. I added Netflix and YouTube right away, but the Roku can access 1400+ channels! Including Crackle, Cineplex Store, Google Play Store, MLB.tv and more. I downloaded the Roku app to my Android and binge watched away.
How have I survived without this? The Roku is AMAZING. I’ve been hanging out on the couch and watching The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and playing funny YouTube videos for my sister. I also like connecting my Android and sharing videos and photos from my travels. Who knows what’s next? I may even upgrade my TV.