I did most of my initial investigation on CNET.com. CNET is a great source site if you want to check out a product, unsure of what to buy, or just to stay on top of the technology wave. I love CNET .
talked to hubby to see what he thought -he trust me so he didn't mind. So here is how I made the decision to switch our cable to a more cost effective and entertaining method.
I researched Chromecast and Roku devices inside and out. When I say, I researched - I checked everything from Youtube videos to CNET and I listened to what people were saying. You should pay attention to the reviews because it will give you a good sense of what works and what doesn't, and if it's a piece of crap. (I do this with hotel searches as well if I am unfamiliar with the area I'm traveling to).
So, after my research, I made a decision that Roku was the best one because it offers so many FREE channels, as well as your regular TV Show. Now, if you are the type of TV watcher who wants to see a show when it airs; then this is not for you. For instance, I love Scandal. We all know that it airs on Thursday nights. Well, I will have to watch it on Friday (the next day). Does one day really matter? It could be a nice kick-off to the weekend. Yes, they do have SPORTS channels - they have it ALL!!
Here's a list of what you will need to do:
- First thing - order Roku which is around $60.00 for the Roku Stick which I like better. they have other devices and that is up to you - they all work the same. You can get it from Tiger.com or Walmart. Don't go to Best Buy - everything is more expensive at that Big Box store.
- Oh, and I liked Roku because it came with a REMOTE CONTROL.
- You will still need to keep the internet - which is around $15.00 depending on the speed you select. (Tip - if you are renting a router from your provider - return it and buy your own for about 30.00- 40.00 bucks). Why pay them monthly for something you can purchase yourself.
- When you receive your Roku device - hook it up...it's simple and easy. It took me less than 20 minutes.
- The next day, unplug your cable box and take your happy self to Time Warner, Dish or wherever you need to return the equipment.
- You will only spend $7.99 for Netflix and $7.99 for HuluPlus that's around $15.00 bucks.
If you want to order more channels - that's up to you - but you don't have to because Roku gives you enough. Plus, if you have HULUplus - you are all set.
- Then, get an Antenna from Walmart for about $10.00- and hook it up so you can get the channels we used to watched way back in the day. You can watch up to 27 channels in some areas. Keep in mind the ABC, CBS and some others channels are still on the regular circuit - you do not have to have cable to watch these. So you are still one step ahead!!!
60.00 one time fee for the device
15.00 for Netflix and HuluPlus Accounts monthly (7.99 each)
15.00 for the internet service (plus a few dollars for taxes and fees they may charge) monthly
10.00 - Antenna - optional one time fee
100.00 to get started and your monthly charges will be - ready for it?
BAM!!!! $30.00 a month plus the fees for the internet taxes - so let's say $40-$45 dollars. I would pay this over a $80.00 - $90.00 a month bill any day!!!
Any questions - inbox me at the email address above!!
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