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We wanted a new tv for either my shop or one of the bedrooms,etc and my wife came home with a Roku TV. We are old and don't really know what it is.

Looks like we can stream Netflix, youtube, over the net? Is that basically it? With a credit card of course.

Anyone?

edit..for now I bypassed all that setup and its just a tv.

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So I would have to subscribe to each service individually, correct?

Its weird for us to see our DVD players and think they are old technology. I used to like to browse Block Buster, etc, for a movie I felt like watching. Not anymore. It looks like all the browsing is done online now.

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Streaming has made me very lazy.... I actually bought a movie on amazon for $7.99 that I had on DVD because I didn't feel like looking for it (it was in a box somewhere after we moved) and I didn't want to get the DVD remote out from the drawer. Basically I wanted to watch this movie NOW and not have to get up out of my seat. By the time I found it I would have found something else to do.

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Streaming has made me very lazy.... I actually bought a movie on amazon for $7.99 that I had on DVD because I didn't feel like looking for it (it was in a box somewhere after we moved) and I didn't want to get the DVD remote out from the drawer. Basically I wanted to watch this movie NOW and not have to get up out of my seat. By the time I found it I would have found something else to do.

First world approach!

I do the same.

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Disney screwed up, I think, with the pricing of their digital Star Wars offerings. I have the VHS copies, the new VHS copies, the DVD's, the updated DVD's, and also Blu Rays.

Naturally when they announced they were available on digital I clicked the ad on Roku to watch the trailers and clicked one step further see the price.... if it were 20% cheaper I may have bit on it.

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Thanks Antrat.

So I would have to subscribe to each service individually, correct?

Its weird for us to see our DVD players and think they are old technology. I used to like to browse Block Buster, etc, for a movie I felt like watching. Not anymore. It looks like all the browsing is done online now.

Yes, those are primarily subscription based services. Your Roku enabled TV gives you access to those content providers from the convenience of your TV, but you still need to have the subscription/account with those providers to get the content.

Though with our Roku box, we do get some amount of free content, but nothing very interesting or that I'd spend my time watching. I presume your TV might be the same, but not sure.

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It is amazing about how I don't even want to watch anything now if it isn't in high def.

As if I am too good for it.

same here. My wife doesn't even notice the difference (she claims) but I'm insta-pissed when I see those stoopid black bars on the screen, or it's all distorted b/c of the aspect ratio

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Streaming has made me very lazy.... I actually bought a movie on amazon for $7.99 that I had on DVD because I didn't feel like looking for it (it was in a box somewhere after we moved) and I didn't want to get the DVD remote out from the drawer. Basically I wanted to watch this movie NOW and not have to get up out of my seat. By the time I found it I would have found something else to do.

Can the movies be paused?

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Yes, those are primarily subscription based services. Your Roku enabled TV gives you access to those content providers from the convenience of your TV, but you still need to have the subscription/account with those providers to get the content.

Though with our Roku box, we do get some amount of free content, but nothing very interesting or that I'd spend my time watching. I presume your TV might be the same, but not sure.

Thanks.

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We wanted a new tv for either my shop or one of the bedrooms,etc and my wife came home with a Roku TV. We are old and don't really know what it is.

Looks like we can stream Netflix, youtube, over the net? Is that basically it? With a credit card of course.

Anyone?

edit..for now I bypassed all that setup and its just a tv.

We have the fire TV and most of the YouTube stuff is free. My husband watches old concert videos all the time. We also buy episodes we missed of shows he follows, or even some of them can be streamed for free from the station websiteor Hulu. I can't say the gadget gets heavy use, but if you have it might as well set it up and enjoy the free stuff you can access.

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Thanks Antrat.

So I would have to subscribe to each service individually, correct?

Its weird for us to see our DVD players and think they are old technology. I used to like to browse Block Buster, etc, for a movie I felt like watching. Not anymore. It looks like all the browsing is done online now.

It probably streams Amazon Prime video too, if you have Prime.

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Can the movies be paused?

Yes, you can pause movies, just like a DVD player. The interface on how you do it with your remote might be slightly different than your DVD player, but definitely you can pause, stop, skip forward similarly. Streaming movies is actually pretty convenient. But as you have mentioned, the browsing experience is quite different, particularly if you were keen on walking the aisles at Blockbuster.

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I wish the cable/satellite providers could configure their guide in such a way to not show SD channels if it has an HD channel... makes it redundant.

I went to comcast's site one day to pay my bill and they asked me if I wanted a free voice remote. It's pretty cool and works well. I didn't get it for the voice, I got it because I enlarged the picture to see if it had a TV Input button on it, it did. The regular remotes they gave me didn't have one. They want you to buy one for $20.

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I wish the cable/satellite providers could configure their guide in such a way to not show SD channels if it has an HD channel... makes it redundant.

I went to comcast's site one day to pay my bill and they asked me if I wanted a free voice remote. It's pretty cool and works well. I didn't get it for the voice, I got it because I enlarged the picture to see if it had a TV Input button on it, it did. The regular remotes they gave me didn't have one. They want you to buy one for $20.

woah woah woah

They got an input button?!?!?! That's the greatest news I've heard today. What a crock that they don't have one on the X1 remote.

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I remember when the guy was installing it.... I asked him and he quickly said "The only thing that one does with the TV is the volume".... I could tell he got asked that a lot. I looked on their website and you could order another one with it for $20.

Go on their site and log in.... they might give you the same thing. It's a little different but as far as I can tell it does everything the regular one does.

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I wish the cable/satellite providers could configure their guide in such a way to not show SD channels if it has an HD channel... makes it redundant.

I went to comcast's site one day to pay my bill and they asked me if I wanted a free voice remote. It's pretty cool and works well. I didn't get it for the voice, I got it because I enlarged the picture to see if it had a TV Input button on it, it did. The regular remotes they gave me didn't have one. They want you to buy one for $20.

My X1 guide can be set up to only show HD channels.

My normal X1 remote also has an input button.

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