letmewatchthis is a treasure trove and currently has a lot of new stuff.
Those who have Roku, can you tell me your experience with it? I'm planning to gift it for someone who doesn't have cable. She watches streaming from a Sony dvd player built-in WiFi.
What I would like to do is be able to play content I download off the internet on my tv either by streaming or USB port. Anyone know of a smart box that will do this?
I have one R2 and I like it just fine. Sometimes it gets sluggish but all you have to do is unplug the wires and stick back in for a reboot.
If someone already has a (Sony) blu-ray wifi built-in, would gifting the Roku be redundant for her?
Have a Roku and first gen Apple TV.
I use Netflix streaming and Hulu and so far they give me more than enough to watch.
I dropped cable a couple of years ago when I was unemployed and never looked back.
Hulu gives me my fix of a decent amount of current things as well as the Criterion collection for movies. I have watched a lot of older TV series I never caught when I was working the swing shift.
I now pay $25 a month for Netflix streaming & DV and HULU vs $150+ for cable.
It's an adustment, but I find the savings worth it.
Netflix - Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, old Melrose Place, anything really, they have like every show on there. Watched The Artist last night. Too cute for my taste.
R3, I do that with my Xbox. I download torrents to my desktop in my bedroom, and then watch them on my TV in my living room. My Xbox is wirelessly connected to my PC.
That's also how I watch Netflix. Using my Xbox. Oddly enough I don't play video games.
Did you know you can add porn channels to your Roku?
Search Google for private Roku channels and you'll find stuff that they don't offer through their interface.
There are two real things we are talking about:
Legal sources of streaming video. A roku is a great investment for this. Netflix allows you to stream movies and many old seasons of TV shows. HuluPlus allows you to stream some shows that are currently airing along with an old repository of TV shows.
Amazon streaming has some free content and also allows you to purchase a lot of content that is not available elsewhere. Using Amazon you can buy shows like Mad Men/Walking Dead and watch them as they are airing. Roku also gives you access to a lot of other content in their Roku channels. I would highly recommend purchasing one.
There is also illegal streaming. You can hook up your computer to your television and stream lots of content that can't be procured legally. For instance, HBO and Showtime do not make their content available online legally. There are many websites such as watchseries.eu that allow you to find these and watch them.
I use legal when I can, illegal when I can't, and haven't had or missed cable in years.
[quote] There is also illegal streaming. You can hook up your computer to your television and stream lots of content that can't be procured legally. For instance, HBO and Showtime do not make their content available online legally.
R10, are saying you literally carry your computer to near your tv and connect it by HDMI or whatever to your tv and use the tv as a monitor?
Even though I do pay for HBO, I do sometimes download HBO series episodes so I can watch them at lunch on my Kindle fire.
R3 Most "smart" TVs and Blu-Ray players have this capability. However, they won't play all types of files. I have both a Sony Blu-Ray and a WDTV Live (Western Digital) box in my bedroom to stream stuff (downloaded or ripped files) from my desktop computer via wi-fi, but again, not all types of files are playable. If you have a laptop with HDMI output, you might want to consider a device that lets you wirelessly connect your laptop to your TV (in the same room) and get a remote for your laptop. Then you won't have any restrictions; anything that show up on your laptop will be on your TV screen.
I'm with r1. Letmewatchthis has fucking EVERYTHING, and shows are uploaded literally within minutes of broadcast. I don't need cable tv anymore. It also has every movie you can name. I believe it's out of China so the Feds can't shut it down.
Yep R11, though I have a laptop so it is easy to plug it in through vga/hdmi without any trouble. Obviously if you only have a desktop that might be more difficult, it is possible to do so wirelessly if you have a smart TV as R13 pointed out.
Amazon Instant Movies
Which at ALL in my Sony 3-D Blu-ray Player, and Apple TV for purchased digital films.
[quote]What I would like to do is be able to play content I download off the internet on my tv either by streaming or USB port. Anyone know of a smart box that will do this?
Apple TV if you have an Apple computer, iPad or iPhone running current operating systems.
Also, does it have to be a USB port? Why not just use the TV as a computer monitor via an HDMI or DVI connection?
Apple TV uses AirPlay.
Yes, and Apple TV/Airplay is the streaming device R3 is looking for, if he has the right hardware.
As I said above, you can connect your laptop to your TV wirelessly. And by that I don't mean via wi-fi, but via a device that transmits from your laptops HDMI port to your TV's HDMI input. You don't need a "smart TV" to do that, as long as your laptop can access the internet.
What device are you talking about, R13? Why not just use an HDMI cable?
I feel ever so Amish reading this thread.
There are web sites with streams but you can also play those same streams on your t.v.? Dang.
I am a nerd but this stuff is what I know nothing of at all.
R20, the devices I've seen are pretty expensive. How much did you pay for yours and what do you have?
See link. It's handy if you want to have your computer near you and don't want to have a cable running across the room to the TV. I have another similar device I use to watch cable on my kitchen TV. I don't have a cable outlet in the kitchen, so I attach one box via HDMI to my cable box in the living room and the other via HDMI to my TV. The two boxes communicate and then whatever the cable box is receving shows up on my kitchen TV.
Those prices are outrageous, R24. I was reading a site about other units and one of the problems was the ability for the signal to go through walls and doors. I definitely need to do that. I guess I'll hold off until the prices come down on these units. It's actually not that big a hassle to do the laptop/HDMI cable thing.
I have Roku, Netflix streaming and Amazon Prime, and love it. I've also added a bunch of other channels to my Roku as I find interesting things. Sometimes there are things I can only get on my laptop that I want to watch on a bigger screen.
R25 Here's the one I have; it was on sale for $99 on woot.com when I bought it.
I also have a Roku and it's great. Seriously.
My satellite bill was about $80/month with basic and I only watched two channels. So I bit the bullet and bought the Roku after a friend recommended it.
There are a lot of channels on the thing (like back in the early days of cable with bizarre shows) but I mostly watch Hulu Plus and PDubHub (which is OLD movies).
You can also stream Pandora, Netflix, Amazon video, news, games and a bunch of other stuff.
The Roku device cost $100 and my Hulu Plus subscription is $8/month so it's already paid for its self. (And it was easy to install for a non-geek).
Thanks to streaming, I've already watched season 3 of Downton Abbey, which doesn't even start airing in the US until next month.
I have a cousin in college and he told me nobody has a tv in their dorm rooms/apartments anymore. All those kids watch everything on their laptops or tablets.
Apple TV remains the best of the bunch: cheap, VERY easy to use and set up, and seamless operation. You can watch one of two ways:
1) AirPlay, if you have a Mac. You can download just about anything via torrent, stick it in iTunes and stream it straight to your TV with zero lag time. The *only* problem here is if a file you download isn't in MP4 format, but you can convert any video file to MP4 with a program called MKV.
2) Direct streaming. Netflix and YouTube are available on Apple TV, and I think Amazon might be as well.
Finally, the only HBO show I watch nowadays is "True Blood," and since it's only on for ten weeks a year, I just watch it on my iPad using the HBO GO app; it's free and you can use it as long as you have someone else's HBO account number (I borrowed my mom's).
[quote]Thanks to streaming, I've already watched season 3 of Downton Abbey, which doesn't even start airing in the US until next month.
Me too. I almost ran to Facebook in horror to complain after a certain tragedy unfolded somewhere around episode 7, but then I realized all my friends watch it on "Masterpiece Theatre," not to mention my mom, and they'd all kill me if I revealed such a huge spoiler!
I didn't answer the what do you watch question. I've gotten really spoiled with Netflix streaming because I'll sit down and watch several episodes of a show back to back, with no commercial interruptions. When one episode ends, all I have to do is hit the OK button on my Roku and it automatically takes me to the next episode. It really is the best way to watch TV.
This evening I watched Twelve O'Clock High, a great old war movie with Gregory Peck.
Last night I finished watching the last episode of Cracker.
I have a streaming box on my tv that is WiDi compatible, but my laptop is not WiDi. Is there a way to upgrade a laptop to WiDi?