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Old 04-17-2015, 11:28 PM   #1
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We are about fed up with charter cable.

What do I need and how do I stream TV & movies?

We have wifi, Amazon Prime, and a dumb TV.

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Old 04-17-2015, 11:36 PM   #2
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Roku device, Netflix and Hulu should cover you.

EDIT: along with your Amazon Prime.

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Roku device, Netflix and Hulu should cover you.

EDIT: along with your Amazon Prime.
Thanks Rob,

Googled Roku, do I need a stick or a player & which one?
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Googled Roku, do I need a stick or a player & which one?

The difference is just in features. The stick is the most basic and I think the player includes the ability to jump back 30 seconds and a headphone port in the remote. Go for the player if you'll be watching sports or watching TV in bed while Mrs. Griz sleeps.

In either case you won't be disappointed. Right now we have cable and the Roku but will be stopping our cable at the end of the month.
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I have the Roku 2.

The Roku 3 is supposedly much quicker in the menus, but I see no problem with the 2.
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I like the Chromecast. It's an HDMI dongle like the Roku Stick or Amazon Fire Stick. It's cheaper than both but instead of using a physical remote, you use a smartphone or tablet to control. If you watch, you can usually find a decent deal with it too...either discounted price or freebies with purchase.

It's simple to use and you can stream a lot from it. Maybe not as much as the Roku or Fire but you said simple and I think it's very simple.
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I use a combo of devices.

Theater room is boxee box
Every TV has chrome cast
Main TV has roku 3

If I was you though I would go roku 2/3

You can do almost everything then. If you have movies on your PC you can stream them with plex on the roku and you have Netflix, Hulu, Amazon prime video as well as thousands of other apps that can run to stream content. But mainly you would use Netflix or Hulu as your main and plex and prime as your secondary.

Plex is free too.

I cut my cable last month and they still ain't shut it down. I have heard they will leave it on because it keeps their numbers up for total viewers or advertisers would pull from them. My mates has been on still after more than 2 years after he cut it.

Still hardly turn it in though.
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The roku 3 is very fast too. Biggest issue I have had with these media players in past is lag after you press the button and content loads. The 3 is about the best I ever used upto yet. It's almost instant. Angry birds comes pre installed and it's sweet playing it with the controller. Also controller is radio type not IR type which is sweet.
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Roku 3 all day. It's the slow processing of the older units of streaming media that will bother you the most. The 3 is very nice. The smart tv's are the worst as far as speed go.
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Smart TV's are more sizzle than steak IMO. I think the Roku is a very solid device. Pick up a HD antenna at Radio Shack and see if you get some worthwhile stations in your area for local news or sports.

I don't think Griz is going to have the patience for Boxee, Plex, XBMC or even Chromecast. I personally have been running with a custom HTPC and XBMC for the past 7 years. It becomes second nature.
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I like the Chromecast. It's an HDMI dongle like the Roku Stick or Amazon Fire Stick. It's cheaper than both but instead of using a physical remote, you use a smartphone or tablet to control. If you watch, you can usually find a decent deal with it too...either discounted price or freebies with purchase.

It's simple to use and you can stream a lot from it. Maybe not as much as the Roku or Fire but you said simple and I think it's very simple.
You can use your phone or tablet to control roku.
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The apps **** though.
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I bought an xbox one, but dont use it for gaming much, we use it for netflix, amazon, youtube, ect. We love it, tell it xbox watch fox news and it changes the channel. We do play some monopoly on it though lol. It has a little remote for 28 bucks or so that is similar to what the others are doing.

Our smart tv is not bad, has a bajillion aps, but we prefer the xbox.

We looked into cutting cable, would need an antena plus a TiVo of some sort. We never watch a commercial for the most part.
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How so? It does what the remote does. That's all I need.
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How so? It does what the remote does. That's all I need.

That's why it's **** as it does almost exactly what the remote does but harder work.

I ain't used the roku2 so perhaps it's more like the roku2 and that's why I prefer the remote over the app on the 3.
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You can use your phone or tablet to control roku.
I mentioned that because the Chromecast doesn't have a remote option like the other two do.
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That's why it's **** as it does almost exactly what the remote does but harder work.

I ain't used the roku2 so perhaps it's more like the roku2 and that's why I prefer the remote over the app on the 3.
I like the remote app simply for searching, instead of the tedious typing with the roku remote, I use the keypad on the phone.
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I like the remote app simply for searching, instead of the tedious typing with the roku remote, I use the keypad on the phone.

Yeah for that it's handy. I use the same thing for PS4. I have 99% of the shows I need though but the typing is annoying in the remotes. Boxee remote has full keyboard on back which is sweet.
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We would cut or dtv if we had unlimited internet. Satellite Internet sucks balls. We were able to bump up to 150 gigs which makes it tolerable, but we pay 100 bucks a month.
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We would cut or dtv if we had unlimited internet. Satellite Internet sucks balls. We were able to bump up to 150 gigs which makes it tolerable, but we pay 100 bucks a month.
That is an issue. The file compression on Netflix is pretty crappy. I don't entirely understand why as it's possible to get a decent 720p stream as low as 600MB per hour when Netflix is using 1GB per hour for a standard def show.

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