Spot's Meow wrote:
J. Allen wrote:
Hulu Plus ($9 a month) allows you to watch network television shows the day after they air, and Hulu Plus is an option on the Roku box. So for the price of a Roku Box, and about $17 (Hulu and Netflix combined) a month, you can pretty effectively cut the cord to your cable TV.
Regarding Hulu Plus, why can't those shows just be watched for free on the Network websites? I am trying to figure out the advantage that Hulu Plus has over watching the shows for free on, say, NBC.com. There must be some advantage or else people wouldn't purchase it, I just can't figure out what it is yet.
The short answer is that the big broadcast networks have been trying to protect their infrastructure-their distribution of content thru their local affiliates. They have been loathe to do anything that may damage relations with their partners, and lower profits. They have not created apps that permit watching their networks on set top boxes such as Roku, in fact, ABC is the first of the big 4 to finally create an app that they are rolling out this summer.
I don't know if it will be available for the Roku though...
If you want to save a little , you can get a refurbished Roku at their site. The new Roku 3s that are now sold, are HDMI only-no a/v output for using on an older television. The older Roku 2 XS has Ethernet and a/v output-check the specs to make sure you get the model that best suits your needs.