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Old 12-13-2023, 03:17 PM
 
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I'm a TV junkie, but my Directv cable bill is way too high, so I think I'm going to cancel it and get a streaming device. But I'm totally clueless about tech stuff and how to set it up. Apparently the two most popular streaming devices are the Roku stick 4K and the Apple TV 4K. Which one of those is better?
FWIW, I already have an Apple iPhone, so I'm not sure if that makes me more of an Apple TV type of person, rather than Roku, or if that even makes any difference.
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Old 12-13-2023, 03:20 PM
 
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Also, I have two TVs, so I wonder if I could do Roku for one and Apple for the other? Or would I be better off just picking one?
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Old 12-14-2023, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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I'm a TV junkie, but my Directv cable bill is way too high, so I think I'm going to cancel it and get a streaming device. But I'm totally clueless about tech stuff and how to set it up. Apparently the two most popular streaming devices are the Roku stick 4K and the Apple TV 4K. Which one of those is better?
FWIW, I already have an Apple iPhone, so I'm not sure if that makes me more of an Apple TV type of person, rather than Roku, or if that even makes any difference.
I prefer Roku. You buy the device for 30.00, and if you want a better remote you get the the one that costs 20.00. You can subscribe to channels like Netflix and Hulu, Or Choose Disney+ and Hulu as a bundle. The cost is not much. I have Hulu, Disney+ & Britbox, each for about 8.90 a month. Roku has a lot of free channels and you can sign up for other free channels. There is currently a HULU Disney + bundle available for about 11.00 amonth.

Apple TV is like Amazon Prime, you get shows that are not on any other device but it costs a lot, and with Amazon Prime you have to pay additional costs to "rent" or "buy" the current stuff.

P.S. you would be surprised at how many companies Disney owns so that Disney + gives you almost anything you would want to watch.
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Old 12-14-2023, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Encino, CA
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I'm a TV junkie, but my Directv cable bill is way too high, so I think I'm going to cancel it and get a streaming device. But I'm totally clueless about tech stuff and how to set it up. Apparently the two most popular streaming devices are the Roku stick 4K and the Apple TV 4K. Which one of those is better?
FWIW, I already have an Apple iPhone, so I'm not sure if that makes me more of an Apple TV type of person, rather than Roku, or if that even makes any difference.
Honestly, I looked at them both and ended up going with YouTube TV and am completely satisfied. I get all of my local channels and pretty much everything else I or anyone else in the household would want to watch.
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Old 12-15-2023, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Roku is the simplest. If you have a very high end TV you may want to get the more expensive Roku's.

The top 2 even have "Remote Finders". Pretty neat.

Apple TV is great too. There's also Chromecast and Fire Stick.
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Old 12-15-2023, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Encino, CA
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Apple TV is great too. There's also Chromecast and Fire Stick.
I misunderstood the thread topic. I meant to say I have Fire Cubes and they are fantastic.
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Old 12-15-2023, 09:49 PM
 
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The Roku is probably the better value. I had one, and just loved it. Most people seem to be buying the Rokus, they're very much under priced. You can get a sorta, kinda browser for them, but I just mirrored mine off the laptop. Loved all the free channels they offered w/ old movies and old TV programs.

When I moved, Comcast/Xfinity found it impossible to come out and get my cable going. I even had to go to their store to get the modem for my internet that they promised had been shipped week after week. So I took my TV back to Walmart and have just been streaming everything on the computer, it is LOTS better than TV! You have total control over what you watch that way, no commercials, and I can always find free sites to stream things on. I'll probably never buy another TV again, it isn't worth the serious downgrade.
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Old 12-16-2023, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I have an Apple TV, but don't watch the Apple shows. I watch Netflix and Rakuten Viki, not because streaming from Apple isn''t any worst than the rest. Also, if you have a smart TV you can download and install all the apps you want (Netflix, Apple, YouTube, and so on). Another note: if you have a new receiver (Yamaha, Denon, etc.) that is Airplay compatible, you can play your music from any of the computers or table or phone through the receiver.

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Old 12-16-2023, 06:04 AM
 
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We happen to run both the Roku and Amazon streaming devices on two different TVs. They are both fine. Buying and installing the device is just the tip of the iceberg. It's all about which streaming services you want/need.
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Old 12-16-2023, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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To be honest, I really don’t watch neither. For me, it’s either college football or news. Because I am a strong conservative, I really don’t watch entertainment shows anymore.

I am otherwise preoccupied with work and my kids.
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