Perhaps like you, my husband and I were fed up with the high cost of satellite and cable that filled our TV with advertisements and programs we did not want. We complained, but their solutions were more packages filled with even less of what we wanted. A friend alerted us to some fantastic solutions which I will share with you here.
- We purchased the Roku 2 XD from Best Buy, but later discovered it was available from Amazon for less. Roku 2 XD Streaming Player 1080p. The directions were very easy, and we were able to install it without paying for a professional installation.
Note: What you will need with the Roku 2 XD is a high-speed internet (like DSL or cable), a wireless router, HDMI cable (for high-definition video. If you prefer to use a wired Ethernet connection, choose the Roku 2 XS 1080p Streaming Player instead.
With this device you have several options such as Amazon movies, Netflix , Hulu (see comparisons & costs), Disney (which is free) and much more. We took all the free stuff, and added Netflix for $6.67 per month… far less for so many more choices than $86.39 per month we were paying with satellite. We are excited…How about you?
If you have an analogue TV, you will also need a Supersonic SC-55 Digital Converter Box.
We later learned that there is a Roku 3 Streaming Player available that Best Buy did not inform us about. Since we did not install this one, I can not giving a review.
- We also installed the Clearstream 4 HDTV Antenna, and purchased it from Best Buy. But later discovered we could have purchased it from Amazon for less: Antennas Direct ClearStream4 HDTV Antenna
We are excited about this choice as well. This Antenna has a 65 mile+ range. We are able to pick up 28 channels on our TV for FREE. That could result in more or less channels for you depending on your location.
Installation was easy, so we did not need professional assistance. If you also choose this option, be sure to visit Antenna Points website so that you get the best reception possible.
In Conclusion, we are highly excited about the Roku 2 XD and the Ultra Long Range HDTV antenna. With the Roku, there are no advertisements unless we request them. It is like walking into a video store with a large variety of choices, but within the convenience of your own home. The streaming player keeps track of what we have watched, so we can return to it, or watch the next series. The antenna has the advertisement interruptions, but it is free. We highly recommend them both.