@Mrs. Wallaby: I don’t have a Roku, but I’m able to watch all of the sporting events I want to without cable. What sports is he wanting to watch? College football/basketball or professional?
I guess I don’t see the point of the Roku (for me) because I just plug my laptop into my tv screen and navigate to the internet sites, but I think the Roku just basically streams the internet right?
I watch college football and basketball the most. I will watch NFL but all we really care about is just the local team so we don’t have a huge desire to watch all the games. I do have a digital antenna ($30) so I pick up Fox, CBS, ABC, and NBC and can watch all the games that they stream. Local NFL games are always on these local channels. Fox, CBS, and NBC regularly stream NFL games and CBS will do some college football and basketball, ABC does both college football and basketball.
The majority of all college football and basketball games are on ESPN channels, ABC, CBS, Fox, or NBC. There are some outliers on things like Big Ten Network, Longhorn Network, etc that you would need cable for. So it depends which teams you’re following. Since I follow a very popular program, it gets a lot of TV time. I also watch a lot of Top 25 teams and teams in our conference, Top 25 matchups are almost ALWAYS being broadcast on ESPN, ABC, CBS, or Fox. There’s no way you’d be missing those.
Otherwise, I mostly use WatchESPN which is free with most internet providers. Once and awhile there will be a game of ours that is blacked out in our area and I find another way to watch it, usually Justin.tv or something similar to that, where someone is streaming their personal tv broadcast. Generally this only happens to me for college basketball and it occurs most often in the early nonconference season, with a few games later in the year.
There were only a few things I missed that I would have watched, and they were on the Big 10 network. I wouldn’t have paid extra on cable for that anyway though, so I’d be missing it with cable too.
I don’t really follow NBA or any other sports so I’ve never looked for them online.
I use Netflix and HboGo for other programs.
If you’re interested, just get on your laptop/desktop at home and navigate to WatchESPN.com or some of the local channels on TV to see what is typically broadcast. You can try it out through these sites using your computer before you purchase Roku or decide to cut cable.