I suppose you could, but, if you have a smart tv, with apps of it's own... why would you need a ROKU?
answered 5 months, 3 weeks ago
It works on a separate HDMI input. As long as you have internet connection in your home you can use it. If you don't have wireless. I suggest getting a router it makes it really convenient.
Absolutely. That is what I have, HD antenna ($60) for free TV, and Roku to stream my Netflix, Amazon Prime, Vudu collection and some other streaming channels.
Monthly cost for Netflix and Hulu under $20. Amazon Prime I consider free since I save so much on shipping purchases that the video I don't have to pay for.
You must have an HDMI input. Roku 3 ONLY has an HDMI output. You TV probably has an HDMI input socket. It would worthwhile.
If you do not have an HDMI socket on your TV, buy a Roku 2 that has RCA plugs and maybe an S-video plug.
yes, I do that. They use different inputs so you have no conflicts.
Yes, so long as you have an available HDMI input and internet of 1.5MBPS or better a Roku 3 will work. The Roku 3 will also connect to the internet via hardwired Ethernet connection or Wi-Fi, but really Wi-Fi is far more convenient. The faster the internet service the better. If you do not have Wi-Fi available you can hardwire the Roku 3 or a legacy model Roku 2 XS as those are the only 2 models with an Ethernet jack.
All Roku 2 models have both HDMI out and Component Video outputs. The Roku 3 has HDMI out ONLY. Only the component video cable is included with Roku 2 models. If you have an HDTV you'll also need an HDMI cable which is not included with any Roku as the component video input on a Roku 2 is low definition.
A Roku will augment your local antenna channels nicely and open up channel options you don't have on a typical smart HDTV as many are Roku exclusives. Whether or not those additional channels are of enough value to justify purchasing a ROKU is a question only you can answer. I have at least 200 channels installed on my Roku but watch the same 4 channels at least 95% of the time. Netflix, Amazon for free Amazon Prime Member videos, Movie Vault and Pub-D-Hub are my most watched and I use the Weather Underground screensaver to check the weather when first turning on the TV. Sometimes I put on one of the music channels for background or listen to a talk radio program. There are dozens of free music and radio audio channels.
Yes there are 750+ channels on Roku, but how many of those you find of value will vary from user to user. If you don't like religious channels that knocks at least 150 channels out right there. At least 3 to 5 religious channels come online every week it seems. HOWEVER some of them are not all 100% religion. For example FAMILY TV and VICTORY TELEVISION are listed in the RELIGIOUS category yet both have a good mix of all types of shows free with no commercials. FAMILY TV has a hilarious redneck type outdoor show that is a low rent "Duck Dynasty" type show that to me is a hoot for a quick view now and then. Victory Television has a great KIDS programming category and if Roku lacks anything, it is good free channels for children. Roku is full of hidden gems like these two channels but it takes time to plunder around and find them and most will never find those two channels as they are listed in the Religion category. Both are good finds.
Two sources for available ROKU channels are ROKU DOT COM and an independent site called ROKU GUIDE DOT COM which not only lists the channels but also has reviews for each channel plus details any associated fees. Most Roku channels are free but some are not. Some channels you'd expect to be good like the SY FY and Disney Roku channels are worthless while there are some unexpected keepers like VANGUARD CINEMA and TED which I never heard of before getting my Roku. Your mileage may vary on whether or not you like those channels. Most of the free movie and tv channels are ad supported, so don't be surprised when commercials precede and break into the show on the free shows.
ROKU GUIDE DOT COM also lists some PRIVATE CHANNELS not listed in the ROKU Channel Store. Don't skip looking at the Private Channel list, some of them are good finds. Private Channels often are new channels in the beta testing phase that eventually will be Public Channels in the Roku Channel Store. Private Channels I'm using right now are 360 MUSIC TELEVISION (beta testing and really cool), Nowhere TV, BBC World News, The Inferno Radio, What's On, Topic: UFO and Weather Graphics among others. By the time you read this all these may be public channels listed in the Channel Store.
Channels are added often! Subscribing to Roku Guide Dot Com's newsletter which is free is a good idea for Roku users. It comes out every weekend listing all the newly added channels. I look forward to it every week.