I am good at finding stuff online to read and view and listen to. It can be time consuming to do so I am also good at finding sites to help me out too. Some of it can be bootleg and that usually means the sites move around a bit.
But I noticed that the web keeps improving as more needs arise. One need for me arose during the Olympics to see some of the events live. NBC did ok, but withheld things to air taped on prime time. Yeah, actually, NBC failed at times.
So I was lucky to learn about how to use VPN to see live events from other countries streams. Ended up paying for a VPN service. Now I see some stuff in other nations. And I have a ton of news channels to see.
Some of what I like doing is really never going to be sanctioned by Roku, Chromecast or the rest. Maybe a few things like The Blaze TV or C-Span or things like that.
But having said that I also legit sites too. Namely Hulu Plus and the Rhapsody Service. But I can say that because of this I was unhappy to learn those services like Chromecast, Roku and the others are not for me. Though I am glad to see Roku improving and about to sell a Dongle stick like Chromecast.
So instead I sometimes connect my desktop tower to my tv. I also invested in doing the opposite and getting a tuner card and a capture card to see tv on my tower. Yes, I have cable without a DVR. But I do it because not everything is reliable online.
The day pay tv is online by a major company then the game changes. There is no guarantee of anything remaining online as it stands unless you pay for the big boys like Netflix and even then they delete or lose rights to content.
Youtube bans videos from time to time, Hulu loses rights as well, sites move, feeds die or get blocked, and so on it happens. But I do the best I can.