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.
No longer do you need a Cable Subscription to stream Showtime’s Premium Content
Last year the tech world was rocked when HBO announced that it would launch a streaming service that would be accessible without a cable TV subscription. Launched just in time for the newest season of Game of Thrones, HBO Now has been well received by cord cutters and general streaming enthusiasts alike. Continue reading Showtime Streaming Now Available for Cord Cutters→
As the List of Channels Grows, Sling TV Keeps Getting Better and Better
And by adding just one more device, we may have the Complete Solution we have been waiting for
The one topic the cord cutting community cannot stop talking about is Sling TV. An over-the-top service produced by Dish Network that offers 24 live television channels (and growing) for $20 a month; with the option of adding on additional channel packages for $5 each. Launched February 9th 2015.
Sling TV is an almost perfect Cable TV Alternative. By just adding one or two more devices / services, there is no doubt that you can successfully rid yourself of that expensive cable TV bill, while retaining the shows and sporting events that you love.
To many, this is the service that cord cutters have been waiting for; a cable TV alternative that makes companies like Comcast obsolete.
But is it really?
Don’t get me wrong, I think Sling TV is amazing, and it will definitely help change the way we view television; but I don’t think Sling represent the end all cable TV alternative we’ve all been waiting for. But with one or two companion devices – it could be. Allow me to explain.
Sling TV Makes Headlines, But What Else Did We Learn?
Technology from CES 2015 that will help us Cut the Cord but keep the shows we love
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the most prestigious and famous technology trade shows in the world. Thousands of tech-geeks come together to see, experience, and showcase upcoming technology.
For years the CES has served to set the stage for the coming year in the tech industry; and in keeping with that tradition, CES this year set the stage for 2015 to be the year of the cord cutter. Let’s take a look at some of the amazing technology revealed at CES 2015 that’s going to change television, and cord cutting, as we know it.
One of the hardest parts about cutting the cord is the convenience of cable. You don’t have to go around to different websites, download patches and plug-ins, or switch between devices; all you have to do is sit down and turn on the TV. That’s a huge sticking point for a lot of people out there; and in spite of poor customer service and expensive packages, many people stick with the cable companies because of that convenience.
Out with the Old – In with the New
However in recent years it has become a lot easier to access content online, and even easier to consolidate all of your media devices. When Roku (What is Roku?) came on the scene in 2010, it was a huge relief for people who wanted to watch Netflix and Hulu but didn’t have a gaming console or a computer to hook up to their television. Four years later, it seems that every tech company wants to get in on the home-streaming market; especially tech-giant Google. In recent years, Google has been looking to diversify its portfolio and the home-streaming market seems like a perfect fit.