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QUESTION TV: DISH vs INTERNET ROKU
Mar 19, 2013 | Yosemiotest

Posted on 03/19/2013 5:50:23 PM PDT by Yosemitest



TOPICS: Computers/Internet; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: blazetv; directv; dish; dishtv; roku
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1 posted on 03/19/2013 5:50:23 PM PDT by Yosemitest
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Roku is basically an easy way to stream internet content to your tv. There are several internet based services that are free but there are also services that you pay for.

For movies, Netflix, Amazon and Vudu are good ones. Amazon requires a prime membership which is I think around 80 bucks a year but also gets you free 2 day shipping from amazon.com. Netflix is around 10 to 20 bucks a month (I think)depending on whether you want streaming and/or dvds. Vudu you only pay for what you watch. These services all usually offer various TV programs as well.

There are literally hundreds (maybe now thousands) of internet services that have sprung up and been ported to the roku platform.

2 posted on 03/19/2013 5:54:56 PM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: Yosemitest

lot of foreign TV series on ROKU ~


3 posted on 03/19/2013 5:55:46 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Yosemitest

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2932028/posts

An old thread on this topic


4 posted on 03/19/2013 5:58:47 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: Yosemitest
Roku doesn't charge a monthly fee. Your costs are for the initial cost of the device. Beck charges about $10 per month for access to his premium service.

I really like the Roku device. It has limitations as far as browsing the Internet that other devices like the Raspberry Pi doesn't have (but these are harder to setup using XBMC and etc).

You really need at least 6 - 10mb download speeds to properly view HD streaming. You can lower the video quality however.

5 posted on 03/19/2013 5:59:17 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Yosemitest

On Dish, you can easily select the channels you want on your personal list ( or lists). Ive had it for 13 years. Not sure what you found difficult.


6 posted on 03/19/2013 6:00:48 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: Yosemitest
Roku makes it easy to add/remove channels. Some channels are free, some not. Go to Roku.com/channels if you want to see what's available. Be aware that many channels (such as Fox News) will NOT be live streaming Fox. They'll be short on-demand clips of various shows. Picture quality and sound are good for me. Some of the games are pretty lame but their version of Angry Birds is pretty good. Overall I'm very satisfied with mine.
7 posted on 03/19/2013 6:03:56 PM PDT by PeevedPatriot
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To: DouglasKC
Thanks.
I have two fairly old TVs, neither is HD.
The Sony has great sound and picture.
I'm not sure about my Internet, but I'm 30 miles away from a city of any size, so I doubt it's over 5G.

I hate to change from Directv, but I really want the BlazeTV, and my parents like FDR, and I lik,e HBO and Starz.
But I'm tired of paying for liberal channels that I don't like.
8 posted on 03/19/2013 6:07:46 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: barmag25

Thanks for the link.


9 posted on 03/19/2013 6:08:08 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Errant
I live way out in the country, so how do I find out what my download speed is?
10 posted on 03/19/2013 6:09:46 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: SoothingDave
It was a long time ago, but my brother had it and he could weed out the channels he didn't like, like all those shopping networks.

11 posted on 03/19/2013 6:11:42 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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All we have in the house is internet and streaming services across the Roku.

We have Netflix and Hulu. Total cost is less than $20/month for both services. There is more content on there than we can possibly watch, but you have to be satisfied with giving up current programming.

You can also pull local network television off the airwaves with a digital antenna for free.

Netflix has enough series to keep me satisfied. Hulu has more current content and a wider variety of TV content. Netflix has movies and TV - a nice balance.

You will discover new shows to enjoy. You will discover the joy of “binge watching” television series (that is, watching a series from episode to episode without waiting a week between episodes, usually without watching other series in between). You will discover the joy of on-demand viewing without having to program the DVR.

Do it. I’m never going back to cable or dish.

My father-in-law - who is obsessed with TV - moved in with us a few months ago. He couldn’t believe we didn’t have cable. All he does is watch TV. He’s been as happy as a bug in a rug with the content on Netflix and Hulu.


12 posted on 03/19/2013 6:13:03 PM PDT by bolobaby
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To: PeevedPatriot
I'm not really into gaming, but I do watch a lot of the old AMC movies and like westerns for my dad.
History and science are an interest.
How much on average do you spend.
13 posted on 03/19/2013 6:14:05 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

www.speedtest.net


14 posted on 03/19/2013 6:14:30 PM PDT by bolobaby
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To: bolobaby

Sounds good. Thanks.


15 posted on 03/19/2013 6:15:46 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: bolobaby
I have one more question.
16 posted on 03/19/2013 6:18:48 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: bolobaby
1.26 mbps down, 0.31 mbps up, Thats not what I was promised by AT&T.
Disgusting, I think. Thanks.
17 posted on 03/19/2013 6:25:03 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

You need a Roku for each device unless you have a newer model Tv that is already internet enabled.

And your speeds won’t cut it. :-( Negotiate for something better!


18 posted on 03/19/2013 6:28:30 PM PDT by bolobaby
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To: Yosemitest
I've spent NOTHING since my original purchase :) I tried a free hulu trial but didn't use it so cancelled. If you like classics you'll find a lot of old movies on free movie channels. I just looked and they have a classic western channel for $1.99 a month. When I bought mine it had a 30 day money back guarantee for any reason. I wasn't too confident when I bought it and was actually surprised how well it worked.
19 posted on 03/19/2013 6:29:29 PM PDT by PeevedPatriot
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To: Yosemitest

My panties are all wet about devices like Equiso, Infinitec Pocket TV and others.

I just ordered an infinitec kickstart version from Ebay for $85. The production versions are the same but run twice as much. EQUISO is around $80 new and shipping now. There are several manufactures with similar devices with prices below $50 to over $200.

Basically I am talking Android on a stick. Plugs into an HDMI port and away you go.

Since we already use Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and more the monthly cost is nil.

One thing to note is our situation is unique. We live in an area where over the air broadcast is degraded by the landscape so for almost anything we need our Comcastic “ service.”

Also I enjoy live harness racing from the local track as well as QVC and a few other channels. Because of that we keep our cable but really we could blow it away and go with Roku -which we like- or just the sservices I mentioned.


20 posted on 03/19/2013 6:32:11 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: Yosemitest

I have about the same internet speed you do, for standard definition, it is usually fine.

I used to move my Roku from the Bedroom to the living room, I bought a second one a few months ago to make life more simple. If you want to run two TVs at the same time you will need two boxes, on the other hand with your internet speed, you will not be able to support two streams at the same time, so you could get by with one, moving it to where you want to watch.


21 posted on 03/19/2013 6:32:52 PM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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That’s the speed that I have. I gave up watching because of all the freezes. ATT will tell you you need to upgrade ($).


22 posted on 03/19/2013 6:34:58 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Yosemitest

one streaming device per screen.

My Roku and Netflix give me the most viewing enjoyment that I can remember.

I gave up television decades ago, since it simply didn’t interest me much.

Now I get Wallander, English and Swedish televison serials, for example. Lillyhammer was funny.

I get numerous British murder mystery/crime procedurals such as Foyle’s War, George Gently, Cracker, to name a few I’ve enjoyed.

If anybody worries that Netflix has raunchy stuff, forget about it. It has adult language, but it is in the films.


23 posted on 03/19/2013 6:39:04 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: Yosemitest; A. Morgan

Pinging you A.M because I think Roku would be a good solution here.


24 posted on 03/19/2013 6:40:53 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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Where do you get the Swedish content? I used to use websites like choose and watch for international broadcasts but they all seemed to gravitate to x rated stuff or didn’t update content.


25 posted on 03/19/2013 6:45:11 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: truth_seeker

I miss BBC shows like Monarch of the Glen and Glen Roe.


26 posted on 03/19/2013 6:47:22 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: prisoner6
I HATE Comcast!
While in the military, one of the FIRST questions I ask apartment complexes or rental agencies is< If they said yes, I said "Thank you" and walked out. If they tried to call me back, I'd tell them, without Directv and Fox News, I'm NOT interested.
Now I have a problem with Directv.
27 posted on 03/19/2013 6:49:50 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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Anything but left/liberal, PC, anti-conservative Dish.


28 posted on 03/19/2013 6:59:31 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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Charlie is a real regime supporter, isn’t he?

http://www.newsmeat.com/billionaire_political_donations/Charles_Ergen.php


29 posted on 03/19/2013 7:02:33 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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You do good work. ;-)


30 posted on 03/19/2013 7:12:56 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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But I'm tired of paying for liberal channels that I don't like.

Amen. Go Roku

31 posted on 03/19/2013 7:17:31 PM PDT by frogjerk (Obama: Government by Freakout)
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To: Yosemitest

Its called SCAMCAST. They really bite.


32 posted on 03/19/2013 7:18:39 PM PDT by frogjerk (Obama: Government by Freakout)
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I tried Roku. I was not impressed. The quality and features of using my DVD player with built in premium services is far superior. Some TV’s have these features built in as well. Roku seems to be very limited on cpu power and memory. Picture and sound quality was not so good. However- since you want Blaze TV then your options are limited.


33 posted on 03/19/2013 7:21:49 PM PDT by Revel
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...features of using my DVD player with built in premium services...

Could I trouble you to elaborate on that more, please?

34 posted on 03/19/2013 7:36:35 PM PDT by Utilizer
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To: Utilizer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRTBlhKNHdw


35 posted on 03/19/2013 8:11:16 PM PDT by Revel
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To: Yosemitest

what problems?


36 posted on 03/19/2013 8:18:55 PM PDT by Michigan Bowhunter (2014.....bring it on!!!!!)
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To: Revel

My thanks, that was quite informative.


37 posted on 03/19/2013 8:20:59 PM PDT by Utilizer
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To: Michigan Bowhunter

They’re bullheadedly refusing to put on the BlazeTV .


38 posted on 03/19/2013 8:26:13 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: prisoner6

Swedish includes several movies, Swedish version of Wallander tv, Animal Benkzton Crime Reporter, tv series.
Danish includes movies, tv series “Eagle,” “Protectors.”
Norway movies, Lillyhammer tv series.

On Netflix.


39 posted on 03/19/2013 8:38:12 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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We have had a Roku box for about a year and have really enjoyed the heck out of it. While there are many “channels” available through Roku, the one we use almost exclusively is Netflix.

However...just today the Roku started acting up and will not allow me to access any content. Have not tried a factory reset, but that might fix it. Anyone else encounter this?

Also, while I have a subscription to “The Blaze”, and can access it via computer, it will not play on Roku - although it did when I first signed up....Do I razz Roku or Beck?

And, as long as I am asking questions, what should I have for dinner tomorrow? Thanks, all!!


40 posted on 03/19/2013 10:51:40 PM PDT by Donkey Odious ( Adapt, improvise, and overcome - now a motto for us all.)
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Beef, it's whats for dinner, and a green salad.
I'm interested in “The Blaze” and Fox News, but as you sere, my internet connection is slow.
Hughes Net is a thought and then I can drop AT&T landline.
Can you watch or get HBO and Starz on ROKU or is it not available?
We watch RFD and Justified, and some other series.
I'm really fed up with paying for a bunch of crap I don't watch.
41 posted on 03/19/2013 11:13:19 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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“The Blaze” works fine in the Roku. Requires a subscription of about $10 a month. You can get some Fox News but it is limited. An HBO service called HBO-GO is available if you are an HBO subscriber, but it is also limited in content. There are many, many other services - news, radio, old movies - available. Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime - both about $10 a month each - are available. I have not tried either but you can test them out for 30 days for free.

All in all, Roku + Netflix is a winner.


42 posted on 03/20/2013 10:37:07 AM PDT by Donkey Odious ( Adapt, improvise, and overcome - now a motto for us all.)
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To: Yosemitest

We dumped DirecTV last August and went with Roku. Saved $100 a month by doing so. We subscribe to Hulu and Netflix for TV and movie content and never have a shortage of quality content to watch.

We also have an OTA antenna that picks up some 100 plus channels, I can turn it towards Springfield, Rockford, Milwaukee, Chicago, south Bend and other locations to pick up Networks and independent stations also.

The hidden secret about Roku are the “private channels” ... If you google Roku Private Channels you’ll see what I mean.

There ARE some shows we missed when we dropped DirecTV at first, but have found other LEGAL ways to watch them. Burn Notice being our favorite is available via USA Networks website the day after it airs. I have a home theatre PC for that purpose.

So if you’re willing to look for other ways to get the content you want or can live wiout one or two shows untol they come out on Netflix or Hulu next season, Roku is a great money saving way to go.


43 posted on 03/20/2013 10:56:58 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Donkey Odious

Thank you.


44 posted on 03/20/2013 11:09:28 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: prisoner6
I just ordered an infinitec kickstart version from Ebay for $85. The production versions are the same but run twice as much. EQUISO is around $80 new and shipping now. There are several manufactures with similar devices with prices below $50 to over $200.

Had to go look up Infinitec Kickstart and Equiso ... very interesting! If I had money to spend on ONE of these devices, which would you recommend?

45 posted on 03/20/2013 4:17:11 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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I am favoring Infinitec. I’ll get mine in a few days and I’ll let you know how it is.

BTW check out the videos of both and several others on YouTube.


46 posted on 03/20/2013 6:14:18 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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Thanks. I've watched about 10 of those video's already, the technology looks very promising. I wouldn't mind one just to have something "safer" to browse the web with in addition to turning my stupid 42" 10 year old LCD TV into a "smart device."

I'd also found one from Rikomagic on Amazon.Com ... it seems to get really good write ups.

47 posted on 03/20/2013 6:17:57 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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Thank you.
In my research, I've learned that Hughes Satellite Internet for $39.99 per month plus around $%200.00 in equipment might be in the longrun my cheapest way to go with ROKU.
But I'm still learning. What I might do is buy the ROKU 2 XD device for $79.99 and try it on my slow AT&T connection, then up my connection speed while I get the funds to buy Hughes Internet Service.
The only thing I worry about is having both my Internet and TV over the Satellite, because during times of bad weather I might lose them for 10 to 15 minutes and not be able to check the weather on the internet for tracking supercells.
48 posted on 03/22/2013 1:18:18 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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I just looked at the Hughes Satellite offering, don’t think that’ll work with Roku. The upload speed is capped at 1Mb and the monthly total downloads are capped at 20Gb. That’s not alot of data or streaming......


49 posted on 03/22/2013 2:40:20 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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Okay, thanks for the info, and what do you recommend?


50 posted on 03/22/2013 6:33:29 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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