Do you use Roku to watch TV?

posted 3 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
Hostess
30313 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Mrs. Wallaby:  We haven’t been able to stream live sports through our Roku, and I’m not sure what device would do that.  Have you looked into AppleTV?

Post # 4
Hostess
24457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I use a Bluray player but it’s basically the same thing. We can’t stream sports games that I know of. For the sports stuff, we have a digital antenna that gets all the letter channels (ABC, CBS, FOX, CW, etc) so that gets most of the games.

I have Hulu Plus and Netflix that I use instead of cable and I love it!

Post # 5
Member
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Mrs. Wallaby:  I have a Roku, and it’s some of the best money I’ve ever spent! You can’t stream live games though. It streams Netflix, Hulu, Crackle etc. Radio, Pandora, Cooking shows and so many extra’s. When I had an apartment, I got my cable cut off, because I streamed through my Roku so much.

Post # 6
Member
8593 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@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.

Post # 9
Hostess
30313 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Mrs. Wallaby:  Don’t worry, I don’t have many apple items myself. I hear AppleTV is better than Roku, but I have no idea!  You know, come to think of it, I think DH has watched sports on his xbox before…

Post # 10
Member
8593 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Mrs. Wallaby:  Yep, I know TNT shows NBA games but I’ve never checked to see what percentage are on TNT versus ESPN.  Since I don’t regularly watch them I’ve never had the need.  I’ve had 4-5 different cable providers over the years and always been able to stream WatchESPN.com for free.  Technically it depends on your cable provider, but that’s easy to check if you already have cable service.  Just see if you can watch it on your computer!

Digital antenna is just like the older regular bunny-ear antennas, except all newer TVs require a digital antenna.  They just pick up all the free local channels (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS, etc).  There is no monthly cost since they’re all broadcast free, just need to buy an antenna (I paid $30 for mine) and all the new digital antennas broadcast in HDTV so the reception is great.

The antenna is on-air TV.  I believe with Roku you could stream ABC but that would only be things that are available on abc.com (you can watch all previously aired shows for free on their site).  For instance, http://watchabc.go.com/ will put up new episodes later that night or the next day for free.  I think you can stream for free on their site, but I’ve never tried it.  But the antenna is all live television, including sports.

Once the antenna is set up it’s just a matter of turning your TV to channel 4, 5, 9 ,etc.

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