Hello. I just want an opinion on how far Roku can go to eliminate the need for cable / FIOS. I don't see me coming here a ton as I am on too many forums.
Basically we watch like 8 channels, and the important ones are HBO, Food Network, and USA. We also get local TV that way. My kids watch Nicklelodeon. Maybe I watch some UFC once in awhile... that's about it.
If I were to get the top Roku box, and add an antennae for local, how close would I be to getting rid of cable. I'm tired of paying $100 a month for TV.
You may want to jump to my summary...
As stated earlier, HBO requires a service like cable or satellite, unless you are willing to wait for content to become available via Netflix or Amazon.com.
Most USA content is available via Hulu or Hulu Plus. Note that Hulu is available only via browser or via Hulu Desktop (Windows, Mac, Linux). Hulu Plus is available via same, plus via Roku, iPad/iTunes, Android/Market, TiVo (Premiere box), and Xbox/Live Gold.
Amazon Video On Demand is available streaming on Roku or through a browser. App is Windows only and requires content be downloaded. Downloads are also required for TiVo viewing.
Netflix Streaming is on just about every kind of device you can imagine.
You didn't ask about sports via ESPN3, but others might be curious. You need either a browser or Xbox Live Gold and an affiliated Internet Service Provider (big list, but not all ISPs).
There is no one device that can replace all of your cable. However, Roku is one of the cheapest ways to get a lot of content. Next cheapest would probably be Xbox 360 with a Live Gold account, then TiVo (Premiere or later box) service.
Roku: $59 - $99 one time; Netflix: $96/year; Hulu Plus: $96/year. Total $16/month for services.
Xbox 360: $199 - $399 one time; Live Gold: $60/year; Netflix: $96/year; Hulu Plus: $96/year. Total $21/month for services.
TiVo Premier: $99 - $299 one time; TiVo service: $240/year, $500/life of device; Netflix: $96/year; Hulu Plus: $96/year. Total $36/month for services.Summary
For me, it came down to adding up the yearly cost of cable, vs Netlix monthly, Hulu Plus monthly, and à la carte via Amazon or iTunes. I couldn't replace all shows, but it helped me determine how much extra I was paying for those few shows. So, I cut the cord and bought Roku devices.