The economy being what it is, I have tried to cut my communications expenses to the bone. I'm 60 YO, and when I was young, we had 4 channels of rabbit ear TV and one phone on the wall. People today can easily top $400 a month in total communications costs, with cable or dish tv, smartphones, dvd rentals, high speed internet etc. I've cut it down to the following:
High speed internet $45 (Charter)
VOIP landline phone $10 (PhonePower)
Netflix $8 streaming only
Hulu Plus $8 helps us watch shows on our time, with a lot fewer commercials. 60 minutes in say 43 minutes.
Smartphone Samsung android 2.1 Virgin Mobile $25 a month 300 mins, unlimited web, text, email etc
Dumb cell phone Boost Mobile $3 a month
Local channels high def thru antenna
Total communications cost $99 a month
Yes I miss CNN, CNBC etc. but there are workarounds with my work and home computers..
Hulu Plus is worth the $8 a month to me, because we can keep up with most of the shows we enjoy, on our own schedule.
Yes I am disappointed that more shows are NOT available, but that's not Roku's fault, and enough are available and in highdef that it's still worth the cost to me. I am certain that this will be built up over time. I had a Tivo, it was just too expensive at $12.95 a month for the "service".
I love the highdef of Hulu Plus. I wouldn't mind watching the free Hulu in lowdef, since that comes to my PC and laptop for free, I just don't understand why I can't get it streaming on my PC, and have Roku pick up the streaming content across the wireless network from my PC. THAT private channel would be welcomed by MANY of us!