Thank you for your reply. I am unfamiliar with how Amazon Plus, Hulu Plus and Netflix works. I'm unfamiliar with CrackleTV. I'm guessing that I would use Roku 2 to connect to the service which stores these recordings on their side
This is correct.
I'm just not use to the idea of not tuning into a numbered station and viewing a scheduled show. I would have to look into these services to see how they work.
At this point in time, set top streamers are not a substitute for cable, satellite, or broadcast television. For the most part, they do not stream the same content. These devices stream media files off servers on the internet. The Fox News Channel, for instance, is not the Fox News Channel. It is the videos stored at a web site called foxnews.com. There is a live stream at times, but it is not what is on the tv station and there are clips from shows on the Fox News Channel, but these are only available after they are posted to the web site. This is not necessarily a bad thing. When I turn on the TV, I only get to watch what's on. With a streamer, I can generally choose from a collection of clips.
What is missing is the programming, local news, and live anything. You cannot click a Roku channel and watch TV all day. You can watch your local news IF they post videos to the internet AND someone creates a channel that makes it available on your favorite streamer. Similar situation with live programming. Unless something is streaming live on the internet somewhere, it won't be available on your streamer.
If you live in New York, there is a service called Aereo
that steams broadcast television via the internet. You get a 'virtual' DVR with Aereo. That service is expanding this summer, so it may be coming to your market. Skitter
also streams live TV. Time Warner is promising to make their product available via roku. Of course, none of this is free. There's always broadcast and that can be delivered to a roku via a device called Simple
which also provides DVR function.
Your original post said you wanted to drop FiOS and use your cell phone as an access point. I suggest that you benchmark your 4g service before terminating your FiOS account. In my experience, 4g is not up to task, but your experience will be determined to your proximity to a tower. Please post a follow-up with your experience as I have a friend who is interested in doing the same thing.