After doing some research, my sisters and I purchased ST a Roku 2 XS for his birthday recently. I hate spending money to save money and ST and I had discussed purchasing a Roku so it all worked out. I like giving practical gifts that mutually benefit me… hehe.
I think it would be fair to say that ST and I are addicted to TV. Our idea of a perfect evening is pizza and clicking through our DVR. So, we definitely did not cancel cable just because we bought a Roku. We’ve used the Roku for about two weeks now and have compiled a list of pros and cons.
- No monthly cost. Currently we pay $92 per month for a bundled package and that price is locked for two years. That’s a savings of $1,104 per year!
- Lots of free channels. Here and here.
- Very kid friendly. Tons of cartoons on Hulu Plus, which we use for free courtesy of my little sister.
- It’s fun discovering new shows. For example, I found “Once Upon a Time” and watched all ten episodes with Mel this past week. It’s a pretty cute concept and made for fun sister times.
- No live TV channels. We’d have to purchase an additional HD antenna for basic channels. This one costs $38. I really despise spending money to save money.
- Poor viewing quality. Most channels have very poor viewing quality. For example, we have the Justin TV and CNN channels and it’s so pixelated at times we just have to change it.
- No sports. This is the crux of the issue. ST is a sports FANATIC. Oftentimes he will watch soccer on the TV, stream another game online, and be reading game highlights all at the same time. Anyway, there are no sports no Hulu, Netflix, or anything else you can purchase.
- More stuff to buy. Like I said, I despise spending money to save money. We have two TVs, so we’d have to purchase an additional Roku and two HD antennas, bringing our investment costs to $210, plus the cost of Internet. I understand the cost of the equipment is a fraction of what it would cost us in the long run but we can’t pull the trigger until we’re 100% sure that this will be the right decision for us.
While the Roku is a nifty little gadget, we are still waiting for the development of better channels and hopefully, a sports viewing option. Perhaps warmer weather will lure us off the couch and inspire us to cut cable. For now, we are still weighing our options.