Internet Killed the Cable Box, Star

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Internet Killed the Cable Box, Star

#1 Post by Toasty » 08 Jul 2015, 11:09

Aaaayo....
I am about ready to cut the chord. Which service do you all prefer?
Amazon Fire, Roku, Chromecast... others?

All I really watch on TV is the occasional binge series like GoT, The Wire or Breaking Bad and sports. Though my son watches more network stuff, but I am sure that is no issue with the right cocktail of accounts, right?
I just need to be sure to be able to watch streaming video of rugby matches too, so the better internet ready system the better, right?
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#2 Post by Scruluce » 08 Jul 2015, 11:18

I haven't cut the cord yet, but if I did, I'd probably keep a Hulu account active, and maybe Amazon Prime.
I'm fairly sure that you could keep current on any TV series using one, or both, of these.

I do use Chromecast, but it isn't a streaming service. It is an HDMI dongle that allows you to broadcast video/images/etc. from a phone or tablet to the TV.

Roku is a physical device that is closer to Chromecast. You pay for the device, not for a service. Instead of using a wireless link to another device, the Roku holds apps (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Vudu, etc.) internally. As a perk/drawback, it comes with its own remote.

Hope this helps.
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#3 Post by Toasty » 08 Jul 2015, 11:23

Scruluce wrote:I haven't cut the cord yet, but if I did, I'd probably keep a Hulu account active, and maybe Amazon Prime.
I'm fairly sure that you could keep current on any TV series using one, or both, of these.

I do use Chromecast, but it isn't a streaming service. It is an HDMI dongle that allows you to broadcast video/images/etc. from a phone or tablet to the TV.

Roku is a physical device that is closer to Chromecast. You pay for the device, not for a service. Instead of using a wireless link to another device, the Roku holds apps (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Vudu, etc.) internally. As a perk/drawback, it comes with its own remote.

Hope this helps.
But Roku can stream from the internet too, right? I imagine the chromecast dongle can too, if you link it to the computer/tablet that you use for the internet connection.
Right?
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#4 Post by sldawgs » 08 Jul 2015, 11:44

Toasty wrote:
Scruluce wrote:I haven't cut the cord yet, but if I did, I'd probably keep a Hulu account active, and maybe Amazon Prime.
I'm fairly sure that you could keep current on any TV series using one, or both, of these.

I do use Chromecast, but it isn't a streaming service. It is an HDMI dongle that allows you to broadcast video/images/etc. from a phone or tablet to the TV.

Roku is a physical device that is closer to Chromecast. You pay for the device, not for a service. Instead of using a wireless link to another device, the Roku holds apps (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Vudu, etc.) internally. As a perk/drawback, it comes with its own remote.

Hope this helps.
But Roku can stream from the internet too, right? I imagine the chromecast dongle can too, if you link it to the computer/tablet that you use for the internet connection.
Right?
My Roku can't but on the other hand it is several generations old. The new ones may. I think you can get most of what you want on pretty much any platform, you just have to figure out which one you like using best. The problem you will have is the streaming. If you can get that service the rest should be fine.

On Roku you select channels that you want. Most are free some are not. And some of the channels will allow you access only if you have a cable service. Like for example, National Geographic has a channel on Apple TV, and I think, Roku, Hulu etc. But to "activate" the channel, you have to tell them what cable service you have and if you don't have access to the channel from that cable company, it won't let you watch.
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#5 Post by Dawson » 08 Jul 2015, 11:45

I've got Virgin TV.
Then Netflix.
Then Amazon.
Nowtv.

I watch like 1 show on each thing lol
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#6 Post by sldawgs » 08 Jul 2015, 11:50

Dawson wrote:I've got Virgin TV.
Then Netflix.
Then Amazon.
Nowtv.

I watch like 1 show on each thing lol
I have an Apple TV and Roku. I don't really use Roku much but Sheila does to get to Amazon Prime because you can't get Amazon Prime on an Apple TV. Otherwise I use Apple TV for my own video library, Netflix, HBO Now, WWE, and sometimes the other channels. It can get Hulu Plus I think, but I don't use that.
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