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Freeper Input: Ok, I Bought the TV. Amazon Prime? Netflix? Roku? Others?
12/18/13 | Chickensoup

Posted on 12/18/2013 4:37:02 PM PST by Chickensoup

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Ok I finally bought a Tv. Bought it through Amazon and took out Amazon Prime. So far not impressed, difficult to navigate through the DVD player with no way to input what I want. Not impressive films that I can see and the new films are charged to my account. I am on their free thirty day trial.

Input folks?

What do you use for streaming? I do plan on getting Netflix mailed to me, but what else is there out there. So far I have a Blue Ray HD player, a sound system and tv. Do I need to hook up computer too?

Your thoughts?


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Ok I finally bought a Tv. Bought it through Amazon and took out Amazon Prime. So far not impressed, difficult to navigate through the DVD player with no way to input what I want. Not impressive films that I can see and the new films are charged to my account. I am on their free thirty day trial.

Input folks?

What do you use for streaming? I do plan on getting Netflix mailed to me, but what else is there out there. So far I have a Blue Ray HD player, a sound system and tv. Do I need to hook up computer too?

Your thoughts?

As you can tell, I am not prone to quick decisions. No impulse buyer me.

1 posted on 12/18/2013 4:37:02 PM PST by Chickensoup
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To: Chickensoup

as I read through the thread I am not impressed with the Amazon Prime. The TV makes me very happy.


2 posted on 12/18/2013 4:38:17 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Chickensoup

You sound like an impulse buyer.


3 posted on 12/18/2013 4:39:14 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Chickensoup

Netflix is ok but their selection is limited.


4 posted on 12/18/2013 4:39:24 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Chickensoup

I like netflix. Look through their offerings and see if you see enough to enjoy. TRue of any service - look and see if enough programming is present.


5 posted on 12/18/2013 4:40:07 PM PST by ransomnote
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To: ransomnote

Thanks to Netflix, I discovered the greatness of “Sherlock.”


6 posted on 12/18/2013 4:41:37 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Chickensoup

For his birthday I got hubby a Sony DVD/BluRay with WiFi and ‘smart’ stuff even though he’s got a smart tv anyway and “Crackle” came with it.

Even though we use NetFlix, Crackle has a lot of good old stuff netFlix doesn’t carry and it’s free.

Every 15 minutes you watch a commercial but I love the old obscure shows.

I’ve rented a few movies from Amazon.

Hulu Plus is supposed to be good but I don’t watch enough movies to justify 2 accounts.


7 posted on 12/18/2013 4:41:52 PM PST by Salamander (Hey, Jack the Ripper, won't you come on over... hook me up to the power lines of your love...)
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To: Chickensoup

Hulu plus?

Are you logged in?


8 posted on 12/18/2013 4:42:09 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Chickensoup

I like Amazon Prime, I watch old TV series.


9 posted on 12/18/2013 4:42:30 PM PST by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: Chickensoup
We got Netflix when we got a DVD player with wireless connection capability. Still get bothe mail DVDs and the streaming.

Wife finds far more streaming stuff she wants to watch than I do. Seems the few things Netflix has that interested me were only on DVD.

10 posted on 12/18/2013 4:42:44 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: Chickensoup

I wonder if you can get subtitled foreign programming on your TV like through DramaFever and Viki?


11 posted on 12/18/2013 4:42:47 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: driftdiver

That and they keep yanking the good movies I like to re-watch.


12 posted on 12/18/2013 4:42:54 PM PST by Salamander (Hey, Jack the Ripper, won't you come on over... hook me up to the power lines of your love...)
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To: Salamander

How much stuff comes with free Hulu these days?


13 posted on 12/18/2013 4:43:32 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Chickensoup

I don’t watch TV. But I can highly recommend Netflix’s mail service. Been using it for several years. Their customer service is outstanding.

I’m on the two-at-a-time plan. I can watch all the movies I want for about $13/month. But I can’t have more than two movies at a time.

Turnaround for me is one day: Mail movie to them on Monday, get next movie on Wed. They send an email when they receive a movie from you and when they mail a movie to you.

Absolutely no complaints. Excellent value!


14 posted on 12/18/2013 4:43:56 PM PST by upchuck (I can't stand people that don't know the difference between 'than' and 'then.' Their so stupid...)
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To: Chickensoup
Prime rotates their "free" selection quite a bit, although I haven't see anything that was pulled out of free get put back into the "free" column just yet.

One bit of warning, however, as you get into the "streaming television" world, be it Amazon or Netflix or whoever. Even if you buy it, you don't "own" it. As website The Digital Bits reported earlier this month:

“Purchased Digital Content will generally continue to be available to you for download or streaming from the Service, as applicable, but may become unavailable due to potential content provider licensing restrictions and for other reasons, and Amazon will not be liable to you if Purchased Digital Content becomes unavailable for further download or streaming.”

Bottom line: When you “buy” digital content, you’re not really buying anything concrete and your access can be denied at any time, for any number of reasons. This kind of thing has been a problem before and it will absolutely be a problem again. Caveat emptor.


15 posted on 12/18/2013 4:44:40 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Chickensoup

Get a Roku for Netflix streaming and I Heart Radio. You can also get Beck TV for $10/mo. and a bunch of other “channels.”


16 posted on 12/18/2013 4:44:41 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Chickensoup

Get a machine with WiDi, NetGear P2TV, then the world will be your oyster.


17 posted on 12/18/2013 4:44:51 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Chickensoup
I am a big fan of the $50 Roku for streaming netflix and Amazon prime movies and shows. I canceled my cable.
18 posted on 12/18/2013 4:45:20 PM PST by HogsBreath
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To: smokingfrog

Hulu plus?

Are you logged in?
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No am I supposed to be?


19 posted on 12/18/2013 4:46:29 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Chickensoup

I have Netflix and Amazon Prime streaming. I like them both.

No, they aren’t going to have everything you would like to watch, but they have a nice selection and the two services somewhat compliment one another — what one doesn’t have, the other one sometimes will.

Both interfaces could be improved to make searching for movies easier, but I have noted that both are steadily improving.

Having the BluRay player and/or TV connected to your home network opens a lot of possibilities for streaming. I would do that right away.


20 posted on 12/18/2013 4:47:21 PM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: HogsBreath

I am a big fan of the $50 Roku for streaming netflix and Amazon prime movies and shows. I canceled my cable.

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I think my TV and my DVD player both stream. So I guess that means I don’t need Roku? I guess it is a streamer machine not a place to get movies.


21 posted on 12/18/2013 4:49:38 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Chickensoup
I have Netflix, HuluPlus and Amazon Prime. You will find that Netflix and Amazon Prime have a lot of the same content. I have a Smart Bluray player made by Samsung and am not impressed by the speed of the interface.

I bought a Roku player and really like it.

The best thing to do is to use a different laptop, computer, etc to create a watch list of content on Amazon Prime so it is easy to find on your Smart TV. If you have a home network, it is really fun setting up a Plex Media Server (free software) and stream any content you have on computers on your home network. I have a PC with a large hard drive devoted to content and stream to my Roku from it.

22 posted on 12/18/2013 4:50:21 PM PST by The Iceman Cometh (Proud Teabagging Barbarian Terrorist Hobbit Crazy Cracker Son-of-a-Bitch!)
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To: GeronL

I’ve only watched TV shows I’d missed because some sporting event overran and my DVR didn’t compensate.

Try Crackle.

http://www.crackle.com/

Same idea as Hulu but *lots* of good stuff.

Where else can you find the terrifying 70’s ‘evil devil worshiping adults/talking killer dolls’ horror movie Brotherhood Of Satan” with Strother Martin?

Nowhere, that’s where....:D

NetFlix no longer has American Psycho but they ^ do.


23 posted on 12/18/2013 4:50:26 PM PST by Salamander (Hey, Jack the Ripper, won't you come on over... hook me up to the power lines of your love...)
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To: Chickensoup

We have Netflix, Vudu for new movies (about $5), Amazon Prime and Redbox.

While there are some streaming services on Roku that we have never gotten into, we use Roku to stream the others, so it isn’t really different.

Combining Netflix and Amazon Prime is probably the way we use streaming services the most. If something isn’t on Netflix, I check to see if Amazon Prime has it. There are so many things on Netflix now that I won’t have time to ever get through them.

I have recently been watching Murdoch Mysteries (late 1900s crime drama out of Canada). Netflix had seasons 1-3, Amazon has 4 and 5.

Just read today that Roku can support Youtube now, also. Lots of content on Youtube (tv shows, documentaries).


24 posted on 12/18/2013 4:52:14 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit
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To: dfwgator

Me too! Raised the quality of life for me!


25 posted on 12/18/2013 4:52:36 PM PST by ransomnote
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To: Chickensoup

I bought ROKU. Am disappointed and rarely watch it.


26 posted on 12/18/2013 4:55:22 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (I grew up in America. I now live in the United States..)
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To: Skooz

Skooz I have to agree. I subscribe to both Netflix and Amazon Prime and enjoy both and besides if you buy anything from Amazon you get free two day shipping. The selections are such that I disconnected my satellite TV and went streaming only and don’t miss a thing about the high Direct TV bills (140 bucks a month). I am a reader so I must say I am not the perfect judge on what service to get, however my wife is a TV junkie and she loves both services and does not miss regular TV at all.


27 posted on 12/18/2013 4:55:39 PM PST by St.Mark
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To: Salamander

I like the foreign shows on DramaFever and Viki


28 posted on 12/18/2013 4:58:32 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: The Iceman Cometh

HuluPlus also has a lot of foreign shows I like, Korean ones in particular


29 posted on 12/18/2013 5:00:19 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Chickensoup

We’re happy with our Roku. We do watch Netflix via the Roku, but we watch a lot of other “channels”, too. We’re not Mormon, but there’s a show on the BYU channel called “Story Trek” that we like a lot. Beats the heck out of the garbage showing on network/cable t.v.


30 posted on 12/18/2013 5:00:51 PM PST by TennesseeGirl (Learn history and REMEMBER)
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To: St.Mark

I have been reading Phineas Finn online, I think it was published in the 1850’s or something


31 posted on 12/18/2013 5:01:37 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Chickensoup

I have Netflix and Amazon Prime. Also Redbox is a good source of current films. And, if you know how, rentals can be added to your library. And, check your local library for movies.


32 posted on 12/18/2013 5:04:11 PM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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The text size on Amazon prime is horrible. Even standing at the tv you struggle to read details such as pricing and movie description.
Netflix is good (streaming) but selection is limited.
I pay $10 per month for netflix. Get my news and information from the web.


33 posted on 12/18/2013 5:05:54 PM PST by 9422WMR (: " Tolerance is the virtue of a man who has no convictions".)
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To: Chickensoup

did you buy a smart tv? If so, or if your BluRay has WiFi you don’t need to hook up your PC. However, many BD’s have the capability of accessing movies and files on your PC. Samsung has a system called “All Share” and I can watch movies on PC through my BD player on my TV.


34 posted on 12/18/2013 5:07:53 PM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: Skooz

If you have Amazon Prime, Netflix, and most networks are now putting episodes directly on the web, you can watch most things now on cable. I still have cable but it really isn’t necessary anymore unless the programming comes from a premium channel (HBO, SHOWTIME, etc).


35 posted on 12/18/2013 5:09:11 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededicaton to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution...)
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bfl


36 posted on 12/18/2013 5:10:34 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: raybbr

The TV is smart and the Blue Ray is smart.

both smarter than me she said ruefully.


37 posted on 12/18/2013 5:11:50 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: 9422WMR

You must have a small TV? No problem reading the Prime text on our 55 inch TV.


38 posted on 12/18/2013 5:22:38 PM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: Chickensoup

I don’t pay for anything. If you have Internet access on the tv check out project free tv and solarmovies.


39 posted on 12/18/2013 5:47:23 PM PST by sheana
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To: Chickensoup

I bought Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus all for different reasons…..Very cheap (about less then 30 dollars a month). MUCH LESS THEN CABLE! You see current TV shows on Hulu the next day. It is so worth it.


40 posted on 12/18/2013 6:06:08 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: 9422WMR

The text size on Amazon prime is horrible.

You are not lying. It is horrible! And what is even worse is if you buy some movies and TV shows, you cannot make folders to keep them separated into categories….you have to go through the entire purchase titles to find the one you want. They definitely have some kinks to fix, but it is still nice to have.


41 posted on 12/18/2013 6:13:25 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: HogsBreath

Yeah, we kicked cable to the curb. Roku, Netflix and hulu. Having the computer hooked up via HDMI allows for free streaming of sports.


42 posted on 12/18/2013 6:14:46 PM PST by onona (The Earth is the insane asylum for the universe (yup, I belong))
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To: TruthWillWin

You must have a small TV? No problem reading the Prime text on our 55 inch TV.

Mine is 36 Flatscreen….I guess I will upgrade for sure at some point so I can read the Amazon easier….lol.


43 posted on 12/18/2013 6:14:49 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: Chickensoup

Roku 3 for streaming. It is easy to navigate.


44 posted on 12/18/2013 6:15:58 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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I will, thank you


45 posted on 12/18/2013 6:23:44 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Chickensoup

I have Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus and Netflix. I use Amazon mostly. The others should be cancelled.


46 posted on 12/18/2013 6:31:18 PM PST by rbbeachkid (Get out of its way and small business can fix the economy.)
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To: Chickensoup

I like apple TV


47 posted on 12/18/2013 6:32:42 PM PST by wardaddy (choctaw bingo)
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To: reed13

Keep for later


48 posted on 12/18/2013 6:36:41 PM PST by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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To: wardaddy

I didn’t know apple had tv. Thank you.


49 posted on 12/18/2013 6:43:06 PM PST by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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I’ve looked through Netflix a couple of times but haven’t seen anything that I hadn’t already seen or never wanted to see. Besides, you can watch that on your computer.


50 posted on 12/18/2013 6:52:46 PM PST by bgill
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