I'm so glad I found this forum as I have some questions before I buy a Roku.
First, a little about me... I live in Central, Mass with my parents and we currently have DirecTV for our TV service provider. It's okay but when it rains, snows, or the winds seems to blow just a little, it seems like we always have signal issues (distortion/loss of signal). Due to the economy I have been unemployed for 3 years and things are tough. My Mother is also unemployed and my Father has been retired for 3 years as well. Thus, I'm looking to cuts costs anyway that I can for all of us!
Right now we use a Wii to watch Netflix for movies but are getting tired of there dismal choices. We tried Hulu+ and didn't like that as it was mostly TV shows (old ones) and no movies. Before I shell out for a Roku here are the questions that I have:
1. Our internet connection speed is 1.54 Mbps, is this good enough for streaming content?
2. We watch TV in our den which is on the other side of the wall where our wireless router is located. Is it better to hook the Roku player up directly to the router via a wire, or will it work okay via wireless?
3. If we get the Roku wouldwe be able to get local channels out of Boston? (i.e. WCVB, Fox 25 News, WHDH, etc.) I've heard a few people have used an inside antenna for this purpose. We are Red Sox & Pats fans so we wouldn't want to miss any games!
4. We do not play games on the Wii so would not need a "high end" Roku. What model Roku is best? I would also want to get one for my room upstairs as well possibly.
5. Finally, I know that there are free and private channels for Roku from what I've been reading. Is there a list of these channels available anywhere? I like to watch Deadliest Catch and want to see if the Discovery Channel is available.
Thank you for taking the time to read this! It seems as though the Roku player is a really good product
I've also looked into another product called the Boxee but I DON'T want to pay $100 for the Boxee and then another $50 on top of it for an antenna just to watch live TV!
Hoping to be a Roku owner soon!