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It was about 2 years ago when we realized we were paying nearly $100 a month for our television selection and using very little of what was being offered. We cancelled our Dish services and came up with a new solution that currently costs us about $16 a month. Talk about a savings.

After cancelling our dish, we put out a little up front money for a Roku box. This allowed us to not only continue watching Netflix which we love, but we now subscribed to HULU Plus which gave us most of our network shows the day after they aired. We often did not get to them until at least the next day anyway. So, this was not a big deal. My husband and I determined that we would give it a few months and if it became a real bother for us, we could go back to the Dish programming, but we haven't.

We never lack for things to watch in addition to the $16 in subscriptions we put out, there are some free offerings on the ROKU that we occasionally tune into and have found interesting things to watch from those selections. Not once have we regretted this change. If there is something we want to watch that won't be on the box, most of the time we can hook up our laptop with an HDMI cable to the television and find the show/game online to watch.

Any other ROKU users out there?


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maxeen wrote on February 18, 2015, 4:37 PM

I just watch the news and mostly background unless cesar Millan is on.

kcmaice wrote on February 18, 2015, 4:42 PM

I do not have Roku, though I gave up on the expensive cable services as well and have Netflix. If our finances improve enough, I would like to get one more service though am not sure if I want Hulu or Amazon Prime.

SuperCyclone wrote on February 18, 2015, 5:17 PM

I think both are good for their own reasons, but if you want the network series, I'd try HULU. I think sometimes they do free trials...Maybe even call and ask for one. Good luck!

JeanC wrote on February 18, 2015, 5:26 PM

Not Roku, we ditched satellite and picked up basic cable for our local stations (can't get them over the air where we live, just out of range in a bad spot) and run it and a computer thru the AV reciever so we get Netflix, and Amazon Prime. Haven't missed the upper channels (except during NASCAR season when they show the race on a premium channel emoticon :sad: ) and have been a lot happier with the options we have and are saving money to boot .

We've tried Hulu, but their interface drives us totally nuts and we give up on it after a week or two. I can wait the 6 months to a year to get my shows, I am overwhelmed with what I have as is.

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 18, 2015, 6:17 PM

I have roku in one room and a smart bluray player in another. We are antenna t.v and watch it a lot of the time. I am only paying for netflix at this time. but I love it.

AliCanary wrote on February 18, 2015, 6:33 PM

I pay about $140 a month, but that covers my internet service as well, which I could not possibly be without. As my husband could not possibly be without his telly, I guess it's probably money well spent, for us.

ViperGirl85 wrote on February 18, 2015, 9:34 PM

Awesome! We bought a Roku box for the WWE Network, and we can also get Netflix, Amazon Prime and Pandora one. I would like to get a second one for the house, so I can watch my WWE Network in another room, but I need to save up.

Vitta wrote on February 18, 2015, 11:28 PM

I do wish we had such alternatives here in Malaysia. i do spend quite a bit on the paid TV channels and sometimes we hardly watch.

cheri wrote on February 19, 2015, 1:56 AM

We need to cut our cost and must have at least save something.

crowntower wrote on February 19, 2015, 5:49 AM

We never really avail for that, because we have so many bills to pay and our earnings will not be enough for the monthly bills for television hehehehe... but soon I hope we will be able to afford it.

CoralLevang wrote on February 19, 2015, 1:01 PM

I have been looking for possible solutions to the cost of cable. My internet, TV and landline are costing me $150 a month. The first year, it was a 2/3 of that as a special for more service than what I have now. I'm thinking of shutting it all off, and finding other ways to go.

scheng1 wrote on February 20, 2015, 1:38 AM

The money is very substantial if you think about it in term of 10 years or 20 years.

SuperCyclone wrote on February 20, 2015, 6:51 PM

I would definitely look into a Roku option. We have been very pleased!! Let me know if you have questions as I'd be happy to assist you.

Colibry21 wrote on February 20, 2015, 8:19 PM

There are very few shows that we really do watch. There's not really a whole lot that we really find all that interesting. It's good that you guys are able to save some money. That must certainly help you guys out a lot.

WordChazer wrote on February 21, 2015, 5:51 AM

Your idea sounds similar to the smart TV with Android box that we have. That means we can stream on-demand things through the TV. Here in the UK we have to pay a flat licence fee to own a TV, but there's not much I watch anyway apart from streaming from digital arts events, Remembrance Day commemorations, the Olympic Games and World Championship athletics. Most of what I would like to see is on Sky so I don't bother as I refuse to pay anything to Rupert Murdoch's empire on principle. I prefer to listen to internet radio stations instead, as they play the kind of music I like, which is more than I can say for terrestrial outlets these days.

allen0187 wrote on February 26, 2015, 10:46 PM

We don't have Roku here in Manila but we do have basic cable service for all three tv sets in the house. What the cable company doesn't show, I view it online.