Welcome back to My Early Retirement Journey. This is my summer of listicles (and catchy title challenge). Why, you ask? Because it’s summer! Who has time to be cooped up in the house reading blogs when there is so much life to enjoy! So to you, readers, I promise to keep these summer posts short, sweet, and engaging.
I am always a day late and a dollar short to technology. Because of my side hustle in Spring 2018, I got rid of cable a little earlier than usual. Usually I get a seasonal suspension for the summer, but I had no time even in spring with a second job so I cancelled cable in February instead of May. Then my Aunty MERJ came to visit. I knew she wouldn’t have anything to do all day while I was at work, so I did a 2 month trial of Sling and it came with a free Roku (no affiliate). Really I paid for the Roku, because that’s what I had my eye on, and got 2 months of Sling free but tomatoes, tomahtoes.
If you don’t know me well enough yet, I love TV and takeout. It’s my favorite pastime. Without the cable, I had been falling asleep to reruns on Netflix on an old iPad mini or my even older laptop (both provided by my college). I wasn’t sure what this Roku thing was; I just knew I needed something that would show up on the TV for Aunty MERJ to watch. Well, it came, and it’s awesome!
Why I Love Roku So Much!
- It was so easy to set-up. My TV is mounted but luckily there was an HDMI coming out of it. I just plugged that in to the Roku and then plugged the power cable into a socket. Beware though, you will have to set up a few log-ins…groan. However I was able to set up everything 20 to 30 minutes before work.
- Sound quality is awesome. You don’t have to rely on the puny sound of your tablet or laptop. My laptop’s sound only works when it feels like it, so that was a bonus!
- HD video quality! I was concerned Roku would just project the grainy videos from my laptop on a larger screen. It’s not like that at all! I have shared internet with my whole apartment complex and I have superb video quality. It is crisp and clear! There’s no buffering! I take that back, I think once or twice in the 3 weeks I’ve had it, when I rewind a video, it pauses for a second to find the place. A SECOND! With my laptop, I’d have to restart my whole system and take pauses every 5 minutes for the video to buffer. It’s not like that all with Roku!
- No crashes. With my laptop, I could never really binge watch much. It would freeze, get too slow, or too hot or get stuck buffering. With the apps on my iPad, there were a lot of random app crashes. So far so good on Roku!
- You can use your TV’s timer. One of the downsides of falling asleep to watching stream video is it keeps running. With the Roku streaming on my TV, I can use the TV’s sleep function to shut the TV off in 90 minutes (or whatever time you choose) when I’m ready to sleep.
- Easy to use. The Roku remote has only a few buttons and no words which was a turn-off initially. Like I said, I’m a bit of a technophobe. But after pushing a few arrows, it was easy to navigate. On the home screen are all the apps. For example, I have Netflix, Sling, ABC, ID, and the NBC app. Some are pre-loaded on the home screen. Some you can add from the home screen. So each time I want to switch between apps, you just go to the home screen and choose. Then you begin watching shows within that app. There are quite a few apps- some free, some paid. I even got to watch the Royal Wedding live with one of the apps. You can even rent movies! Even Aunty MERJ figured out how to use it.
If you stream video and are a cable cutter, I highly recommend it! It’s been awesome!