Randomguru’s Guide to Roku and Streaming TV

What is Roku?

Roku is a streaming media player.

What does it do?

Simply put, Roku grabs media content from the Internet, and streams it to your HDTV.

In addition to Roku and your HDTV, you need a broadband internet connection and a wireless WI-FI router.

What is streaming?

Streaming is simply a way to transmit media content to your SmartTV or HDTV via a media streaming device like Roku.

How do you connect it to your TV?

Roku is connected to your HDTV with an HDMI cable (sold separately) going into the HDMI input located in the back of your TV.

What can Roku do?

Here’s a quick list of what Roku can do.

  • Watch a streaming service like Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime.
  • Watch YouTube videos on your TV
  • View your photo collection on your TV with a website like Flickr.
  • Add and watch over 2,500 channels, many of which are FREE.
  • Watch premium services like HBO GO.
  • Rent or buy movies and tv shows on-demand.
  • Search for movies, actors & actresses, tv shows, directors and documentaries via Roku’s powerful search tool.
  • For cord cutters, take back some favorite cable channels with Sling TV ($20 a month).
  • Binge watch back-to-back episodes of your favorite tv shows.

Some Random Benefits of Roku

  • Stream your favorite tv shows and movies with Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu Plus.
  • Rent movies and tv shows via Netflix, Amazon Prime and Fandango.
  • Roku has fast and intuitive user interface, superior to the streaming capabilities of most SmartTVs.
  • Roku allows you to search for your favorite actors and actresses, and find out all the movies they’ve been in. It’s search capabilities are very fast and intuitive. Many times you don’t need to type in the whole name.
  • Thousands of streaming channels, most of them are FREE, and it’s easy to add and delete streaming channels.

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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