I’m not a big fan of network television; I watch sporting events and the occasional movie. I mainly wanted something to stream Netflix and open up some online viewing options. My original research pointed to a blu-ray player or a little device called a Roku. I hadn’t heard of the Roku before and this was just when the Roku 3 was coming out. I read a number of reviews of the 3 from various sites – everybody loved it.
I looked at various blu-ray players. They were good, but nothing really stood out. I also realized that I only needing something connecting me to the internet – I wasn’t going to watch a blu-ray video any other way.
The Roku was the way to go for me. I checked my two standard purchasing options – Costco and Amazon – but neither would be able to sell the Roku 3 for another month. Voila, off to the Roku website and a few days later it arrived.
Setup was easy and a short time later I was connected to Netflix. Investigating the device, I found I actually liked the Amazon Instant Video a lot better than Netflix. They frequently seemed to have better videos (at least they appealed to me more) than Netflix. There are also a lot of other channels that you can watch – okay, there are 61 just sports channels. Even I think that’s nuts.
Although I have a lot of good things to say about the Roku, I saw a preview of the Xbox one today. If I was a console gamer, that device looks pretty cool.