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Can someone explain to me again how the ROKU stick works?

Asked by JLeslie (59036points) 1 month ago

I just buy one and put it in my TV and that’s? Do I also need to buy a box of some sort? Do I need a subscription? Can I record programs? Can I see networks like ABC, CBS, and NBC? What about CNN and MSNBC?

What about Hulu? Is it the same?

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canidmajor's avatar

You just stick the Roku stick in the back of your TV, and go to the website and follow directions. You can access the streaming through the stick, as well as Roku’s own channel. I’ve had mine for about 3 years now, the instructions are suitable for an idiot (that would be me) and very easy to access.
I would recommend the Roku highly, check out their site.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Some local stations have now made themselves available on Roku and other streaming services. Most not streaming services are free.

SEKA's avatar

I love my Roku and have had it for nearly 10 years. If you buy the stick, you don’t need to buy the box. There’s not a whole lot difference in the price of the 2. My last TV has a stick installed inside it. You will need access to WiFi in order to get a connection. There’s very little difference between Hulu on the stick and on my computer. Roku doesn’t replace your TV like cable does. I watch my local channels on my TV and when I’m bored, I turn on my Roku to watch movies, TV shows, original series from various sources. Some of the channels must be paid for such as Netflix, Hulu, CBS All Access, Showtime, HBO, Starz, Boomerang (cartoons). One channel is cartoons from back in my mom’s day but it only costs $2.99/yr. Hallmark or Dove costs $35/yr. The Roku channel is free but there are some ads throughout the show. The ads are maybe 30sec each and you watch maybe 3 during a 1–½ hr movie. Hulu has a version with ads that runs $8.99/mon. If you can’t stand the ads, you can pay $11.99/mon to be completely ad free. Roku is more of an ala cart cable option. You can ad or cancel channels at will. When I’m not watching Hulu that often, I cancel until I know they’re going to show something that I want to see and I sign up again. Same with Netflix. My Amazon Prime includes many free or discounted movies that I can watch on Roku. With Amazon timing is the key to some of the movies that I want to see. When they first come out, you’re going to pay $19.99 to watch right away. After a week or two, the price will drop drastically. Then depending on how popular it is, the price will either go up or down accordingly.

If you’re thinking that you’ll be watching free TV, you won’t; but you’ll have total control over what you are paying and when you’re paying it.

mazingerz88's avatar

Interesting. I had no idea Roku comes in stick these days. I used to have one years ago but gave it to a friend after switching to a PS3 player which not only play games, it also plays Blu-rays and streams channel and movie apps.

SEKA's avatar

I hesitated at buying the stick because I was spoiled to the box and I couldn’t see how it would work properly. My husband takes it with him when he’s traveling and plugs it into the TV in his hotel room. He says it beats the local lineup

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