Have you heard of this new fangled thing called a Roku?

Since we turned the page to the new year my house has been battling colds collectively, and while resting and staying hydrated Travel Man and I have gotten totally hooked on our new Roku device.   This is a video streaming device that allows you to stream tv shows and movies through services such as Netflix, Hulu plus, Amazon Prime, and a host of other “channels”.

This is beginning to change our tv viewing lifestyle immensely.  Of course this has been an ongoing process for the last few years.  What with the advent of being able to record tv shows, and then watch them without having to stop for the commercials.  We do our very best to avoid the commercials, but it’s funny because then when you’re watching a show with the commercials you get soooo impatient.

It’s been very eye-opening to come to the realization that we can be so very selective in our tv viewing, and movie watching.  Travel Man has said for a few years now that the cable companies need to sit up and pay attention.  It’s his opinion that the cable companies should allow their customers to pick the only the channels they want to pay for, and be billed accordingly.  Maybe he’s on to something.

Plus we keep getting hooked on certain tv series, of older show that we had never seen before.   We’re presently in the middle of watching Doc Martin.  A series on PBS for 5 seasons from 2004 to 2011.  Apparently there will be a sixth season in the near future.  Of course while Travel Man’s on the road I won’t watch anymore of this series, I will wait until he’s back home for a few days.  Since we have our Roku, and our streaming sources we can watch this whenever we want to, and commercial free I might add.

As far as I can see the  only drawback to the Roku is  I can’t watch my favorite baseball team on it.  Hmmm…. Give up my baseball games.  I cannot bring myself to do that.  Baseball games are part of my summer life.  So that means we will be keeping our cable service for a while longer.  I can see a point down the road where we could completely get rid of the cable though.

Travel Man’s a total gadget guy so he’s always reading up on the latest and greatest electronics.  I just follow his lead and learn about all the new fangled goodies from him and ask lots of questions.

What’s the newest electronics gadget in your household?

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5 Responses to Have you heard of this new fangled thing called a Roku?

  1. Joan Weise says:

    We totally love our Roku also! Very slick, speedy and so far reliable 🙂

  2. chebandbecky says:

    You’re way ahead of me; my latest gadget was my iPod, which I love. We did get rid of cable, and love Doc Martin. Cheryl

  3. lauraweise says:

    We’re behind the technology curve here in Montana, so our latest tech is the new Airport Express that Brother Jim bought us for Christmas. Unlike our (very) old Airport Extreme, the new Airport allows us to play iTunes through our stereo speakers from our computers and our iPods. For us, this is big! I don’t think we’ll ever be up-to-date, and I rely on you guys for technology lessons when I visit. 🙂

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