We don’t post many higher priced items, except when we really think it matters and if there is a “thrifty” reason for it! A Roku streaming device is one of them.
We personally do not have a television service of any type from an outside company. In fact, we can’t get even local stations as we don’t have the digital connection needed to even connect locally. This all means that we literally monthly save $30, $40, $50 or whatever cable costs these days!
So what do we do? We have honestly not missed a television service. Why? Because we can watch our favorite shows with a Roku device! We can even watch some news as well!
We wanted to share this idea with you because you can literally save hundreds per year! It is a Roku HD streaming TV system. We own one of these and the initial smaller investment (less than the cost of 1 month of cable television) yields an unlimited amount of entertainment and eliminates the need for cable and many other entertainment expenses.
Roku streams internet tv on your tv. You have channels like Hulu, Amazon Prime (the ability to stream over 40,000 movies and TV shows from Amazon’s Instant video – many of which are FREE or for the same cost of a rental!). There are 600+ channels that you can add (like how you add apps on your smart phones) and many of those channels are free to add. They even have game apps like the ones for smart phones and tablets such as Angry Birds that you play on your TV with your Roku remote.
We love our Roku for these main reasons:
#1. Sermon Audio Channel which allows us to stream the video or audio of our favorite sermons and lectures as they are added each day, and tune into live webcasts by using the Roku device.
#2. Our Amazon Channel and the ability to stream 40,000+ movies or tv shows, many of which are free for Amazon Prime members. We have enjoyed many movie classics and this Christmas season many seasonal movies and shows – plus tons of family and animated movies and shows.
#3. Pandora – we love to play music on our TV and Pandora is one of our favorites as we can get a customized “radio” station with the genre of songs we love. The Classical music while kids are doing their school, the fun music while we do our 20-minute quick cleans, the Christmas music, Psalms, Hymns or the classics music from our younger days. And the Pandora channel is FREE too!
#4 – Hulu – This is another way (like Amazon) to avoid paying for cable, even if there are shows that you like to watch on TV that need cable, with this you don’t! You can access the TV shows on Hulu just a short time after their actual airing time! There is a free Hulu service which has limitations on what you can watch, but then you can pay around $8 a month for Hulu Plus which is pretty much a full-scale television programming options! You can find out more about it and even sign up for a 2-week trial here.
#5 – Netflix – you can also stream Netflix on your Roku, whether you are a $7 monthly member or higher, you can access the streaming shows just on your television!
#6 – Kids Free Disney Channel
#7 – Kids Free PBS Channel – which is already free on your television too, but you can choose what show to watch when and not on the PBS schedule.
#8 – News channels
#9 – Game channels – our whole family gathers around and plays an online virtual game! Our favorite is Wheel of Fortune! It’s also a great game for kids because it really gets them thinking!
And many more of our favorite channels!
With this little device, we have eliminated many household expenses: cable television, movie rentals, subscriptions to other digital media. Plus it is all much simpler to have it all in one place too!
Like we mentioned above, they have 600+ channels on Roku (you shop for channels on the channel store like you would an app store and add those channels to your Roku homepage).
Anyway, once you make the initial purchase of the Roku console, then you can have all of this affordable entertainment and replace many of your other options that you pay for monthly!
Amazon is a great place to get a discount price and free shipping on a Roku Streaming player. Head to Amazon HERE to see the options for the device starting at $35.
Plus if you plan to purchase one of these streaming devices, make sure to check whether you have an HDMI cable as this will give you the best output to your TV. Here’s one amazing deals you can find on them now:
- Amazon: 10-Foot HDMI Cable Deal Only $4.24 Shipped (4.5 star rating)
- Amazon: 15-Foot HDMI Cable Deal Only $4.89 Shipped (4.5 star rating)
So here’s an example of how you can save, even with paying for many additional options that will literally give you everything:
Average cost of cable television basic: $50 per month plus the taxes and fees (usually about $60 total) = $720 per year or $840 if you have a premium channel added.
- Roku device = $50
- Monthly Hulu Plus = $8 ($96)
- Monthly Netflix = $8 ($96) (equal to some of the premium channels that you pay $10 a month for, but you get way more options!)
- Annual Amazon Prime Membership (this is how you can get thousands of movies and television shows for free) = $49- $99 (or free on promotions like this)
At the most…. you will pay $341 the first year ($50 towards your device) and then $291 each additional if you pay for these extra options…. but please note, Roku has over 600 channels, most of which are free! We are just including the most popular paid options. The Amazon channel is totally free to download and use with your Roku, and then you can pay for rentals at .99 and up, or get 40,000 for free if you are a prime member.
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