Times are tough – getting better, but tough. Let’s continue to look at saving money on home theater and consider a little gem called Roku and an awesome provider known as Netflix. You’ll feel frugal as all get out, have all the TV you can consume, and spend less than ten buck per month. Ready?
Ten ways to save money with Roku and Netflix:
- Learn about what’s out there in antennas for FREE TV.
- Install a digital TV antenna – cost is about $80, time to install – maybe an hour.
- Read about the Roku set-top box for TV programming and movies.
- Purchase a Roku box for under $100 – a one-time cost.
- Get to know your Roku – it installs in under one minute
- Out of the box Roku receives Amazon On Demand – a pay service that allows you to pay-as-you-go to download as little as one TV episode, or a full length movie instantly. They get new releases about the same time as video stores. HD is available. Quality is outstanding.
- Explore the new channels available free through Roku – many are experimental. All are worth a look. It’s expected that Roku will add up to fifty more “channels” or services by 2011.
- Open a Netflix account and activate it on your Roku box. You have access, for about $9 a month to hundreds of TV series that you can download right to your TV, instantly. Not in ten minutes, right now, in seconds. Additional cost? Zero.
- Download movies – new releases, older films, classics, to your TV instantly. No additional charge. Still at nine bucks.
- Receive as many DVDs as you can watch, through the mail, keep them as long as you like, no late fees. The $9 account allows one DVD out at a time – as soon as you return it, you get another in about one day.
Draw backs of using Roku and Netflix
- Once in a while you’ll get a funky download wherein the audio or video is not good. Rare occurrence.
- You might return a video and find it gets lost in the mail. Customer service is the most responsive I have ever experienced – call them and they’ll help you.
- New releases from Netflix are not as timely as videophiles might hope for. It takes about 28 days for them to become available. Did I tell you you’re paying $9 a month for all you can watch?
- Amazon On Demand can be as pricey as a video store – but for something you simply have to see right now, it’s worth it. You can rent a lot of titles from Amazon for the cost of pay TV services.
I gave Roku boxes to several people for Christmas gifts. This month, a few of them asked me to help them choose a digital antenna–they’re dumping their pay TV services. My son’s wife threatened him with a frying pan because he installed the Roku and couldn’t stop watching. At last count he had listed more than 500 programs in his Netflix queue.
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