Roku Explained: Supports Netflix, DirecTV Now, Hulu, Sling TV and More
If you’ve been thinking about cutting the cord or just want to be able to stream Netflix and other apps on your TV, you may have heard about a product called Roku. You also may be wondering “What is a Roku?”
Most of us know Roku as a small black box that allows you to instantly stream your favorite TV shows and movies to your TV, but most are unaware of how much content is really available, and that there is now a Roku TV, Roku Stick and new Roku boxes available. Not only can you stream tens of thousands of movies and TV shows from services like Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, DirecTV Now & Amazon Video On Demand (VOD), but you can also stream sports without cable and music from Pandora, iTunes, and MOG.
Roku offers seven types of streaming devices and is widely used by people looking for cost-effective alternatives to Cable Television. Their product suite includes a line of streaming players, a streaming stick, and TVs with built-in Roku streaming technology.
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A Hulu Plus Review
Hulu is the Cable TV Alternative you’ve been looking for
Hulu is an online video service that provides on-demand streaming video of television shows, movies, and documentaries. As a result, the service is considered a popular Cable TV Alternative, since much of its content comes courtesy of cable and broadcast networks. The service was founded in 2007 as a joint venture of NBCUniversal, Disney-ABC Television Group, and Fox Entertainment Group, with Providence Equity Partners holding an equity investment and minority stake.
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“History has shown that incumbents tend to fight trends that challenge established ways and, in the process, lose focus on what matters most: customers. Hulu is not burdened by that legacy.” – Jason Kilar, Hulu CEO
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Whats on Hulu?
The online video service features a wide variety of television shows, movies, webisodes and other media content. Users can find current and back episodes of their favorite television shows such as Jersey Shore, The Office, Family Guy and others. Hulu also features original video productions and classic television shows. Additional content can be found through their premium service – Hulu Plus.
A research firm called One Touch studied Hulu from August 12 to 17 in 2010, and then put together a handy chart showing what you get for your ten bucks a month from ABC, FOX, NBC –