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Opinions on Which streaming device to get

Postby kmwjdizlh » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:49 pm

I got laid off in October from my job of 11 years and honestly I'm trying to cut back unnecessary cost while still trying to please everyone... cable is one I'm trying to do away with by getting a streaming device - something I know very little about... we do not have any smart tv's but do have xfinity for internet, etc - Would you recommend Roku, Firestick, etc. I would like local news but was told I could get Hulu for that - do you know if that's true??? Any tips/suggestions are very much appreciated!!

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Re: Opinions on Which streaming device to get

Postby Shopper X » Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:57 am

If you are already in the Apple ecosystem, then the Apple TV might be the one to get because of how well it will work with your other devices. Otherwise, the other options will be less expensive for you.

I have an Apple TV and a smart DVD player with streaming capabilities, but I don't currently use any streaming services (Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Sling, DirecTV Now, Youtube TV, Playstation Vue), so I am unfamiliar with and cannot give advice on that aspect of things.

I assume you don't already own a game console like Playstation or Xbox. Those have streaming TV capabilities.

You didn't ask about it, but getting local TV via an antenna might be a possibility depending on where you live. I have one of those flat, amplified, indoor antennas, and I get all the local network affiliates: ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, FOX, CW, and also other stations. TV, absolutely for free! Please ask if you want more information on this.

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Re: Opinions on Which streaming device to get

Postby teknoge3k » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:39 am

I'd get a Fire Stick, and put Kodi on it but that's just my opinion.
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Re: Opinions on Which streaming device to get

Postby kmwjdizlh » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:57 am

My sons have a PS4 & an XBoxOne - I have an android phone & so does my fiancé, my sons have the iphones/ipad - so with the game systems my boys have I don't need to get them the firestick/Roku?? Is the firestick on sale anywhere on BF? I know the Roku is on sale at Walmart.

The antennae is that the same one you'd get if you didn't have HD TV or cable?? My mom has one because she preferred her old tv and never wished to have cable and she passed last month so I could always use hers.

Again I'm new to all of this - have always just paid like $250 for cable/phone/internet but I'm trying to save as much money as possible with me being out of work with limited funds :(

Thanks again for all of your help - I'm not very technology-savy.

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Re: Opinions on Which streaming device to get

Postby Shopper X » Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:01 am

2017 deals on streaming devices (updated Nov. 21):

  • best-buy
    • NVIDIA SHIELD TV 16 GB Streaming Media Player w/ Controller, $169.99, $199.99, link
    • Amazon Fire TV Stick Black w/ Alexa Voice Remote, $24.99, , link
    • Google Black Chromecast, $19.99, , link
    • Google Chromecast Ultra (Black), $54.00, , link
    • Roku Premiere + Streaming Black Media Player, $49.99, , link
    • Apple TV 4K 32GB, $179.99, , link
  • bjs-wholesale
    • Amazon Fire TV Stick w/ Alexa Voice Remote, $29.99, $39.99, link
  • fredmeyer
    • Google Chromecast, $25.00, , link
  • frys-electronics
    • Roku Streaming Stick + 4K UHD Streaming Player, $48.00, , link
    • Amazon Fire TV Stick, $24.98, , link
    • Roku 1080p Streaming Stick, $22.99, , link
    • Roku 4K Ultra Streaming Player, $78.00, , link
  • groupon
    • Google Chromecast Audio, $29.99, , link
    • Google Chromecast, $22.99, , link
    • Roku Express +, $29.99, , link
  • jetcom
    • Roku Express+ HD, $22.00, , link
  • meijer-thanksgiving
    • Amazon Fire TV Stick w/ Alexa Voice Remote, $24.99, , link
    • Apple TV + $50 Coupon, $149.99-$199.00, , link
    • Apple TV 4K + $50 Coupon, $149.99-$199.00, , link
    • Google Chromecast, $25.00, , link
    • Roku Streaming +, $49.99, , link
  • office-depot
    • Google Chromecast Audio, $25.00, $35.00, link
    • Google Chromecast Streaming Media Device, $25.00, $35.00, link
  • pc-richard-son
    • Amazon Fire TV Stick, $24.99, , link
  • staples
    • Fire TV Stick w/ Alexa Voice, $24.99, $39.99, link
    • Google Chromecast Audio, "25, 00", , link
    • Google Chromecast, $25.00, $35.00, link
  • target
    • Amazon Fire TV Stick, $24.99, , link
    • Google Chromecast, $25.00, , link
  • walmart
    • Google Chromecast (NC2-6A5) + $5 Vudu Credit, $20.00, $35.00, link
    • Roku 4K Streaming Stick (3810RW) + $5 Vudu Credit, $48.00, $69.99, link
    • Roku Express+ HD Streaming Media Player (3910RW) + $5 Vudu Credit, $22.00, $39.99, link
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Re: Opinions on Which streaming device to get

Postby Shopper X » Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:35 am

kmwjdizlh wrote:The antennae is that the same one you'd get if you didn't have HD TV or cable?? My mom has one because she preferred her old tv and never wished to have cable and she passed last month so I could always use hers.

Yes, the antenna is the same as the one your mother used and the same ones people have always used since the 1950s. Today they market ones with names like "HD Antenna" and "Digital Antenna", but that's just marketing. The new antennas are exactly the same as the old ones. Even antennas like the old "rabbit ears" and the one that is just a metal hoop will work, if you can plug them into your television. (Old antennas might need an adapter to attach to a coaxial cable. New antennas will come with the coaxial cable.)

I recommend that you use the TV Fool tool to check TV signal coverage for your address: http://www.tvfool.com/index.php?option= ... &Itemid=29 It will tell you which stations you should be able to get and where the TV broadcast towers are located to know where to place your antenna for the best reception.

Since you already own an antenna you should just hook it up to your TV and try it out first. Do a channel scan and see what you can get. If it is an indoor antenna, you can also experiment with placing it in different parts of the room or different areas of your house.

Like in the days before digital television, a bigger, outdoor antenna mounted on your roof will bring in a better signal than a smaller, indoor antenna. If you don't want a big antenna on your roof, you can mount one inside your attic. But, depending on where you live and how far you are from the broadcast towers, you might be fine with just an indoor antenna. Amplified antennas can bring in a better signal, again depending on where you live. (If you live too close to the broadcast towers, an amplified antenna can actually be worse.) If all the broadcast towers in your area are in the same general direction, a directional antenna pointed towards them will bring in a better signal. LIkewise, you will want to try locating your indoor antenna on the side of your house towards the towers.

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Re: Opinions on Which streaming device to get

Postby teknoge3k » Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:54 am

Don't forget you need the converter if you're going to get OTA TV using an antenna, if your TV doesn't have it built in.
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Re: Opinions on Which streaming device to get

Postby Shopper X » Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:16 am

teknoge3k wrote:Don't forget you need the converter if you're going to get OTA TV using an antenna, if your TV doesn't have it built in.

Yes, a few products are sold as "displays" instead of "televisions". Displays are like a giant computer monitor, with no tuner. But, most TVs are real televisions that have a digital tuner built-in. (It seems that Vizio might be the only manufacturer making these fake television "displays".)

kmwjdizlh wrote:My sons have a PS4 & an XBoxOne - I have an android phone & so does my fiancé, my sons have the iphones/ipad - so with the game systems my boys have I don't need to get them the firestick/Roku??

From looking around, having both a PS4 and Xbox One would cover most streaming TV services. The only exception seems to be DirecTV Now.

You might want to consider first determining what streaming TV services you want to get, then look at all the devices to see which ones fulfill your requirements.

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Re: Opinions on Which streaming device to get

Postby Shopper X » Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:21 am

Roku announced their 2018 Black Friday deals in a press release:
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181108005852/en/Roku-Announces-Black-Friday-Deals-Starting-20

  • Roku Ultra, $50 off $99.99 MSRP, at major retailers nationally, Nov. 22-26
  • Roku Streaming Stick, $20 off MSRP at major retailers, Nov. 18-26
  • Roku SE, a new product, $20, only available in-store at Walmart on Black Friday, November 23, while supplies last.

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Re: Opinions on Which streaming device to get

Postby Shopper X » Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:51 am

Updated Nov. 22, 2018.

2018 streaming devices deals:
  • abt-electronics
    • Roku Ultra Streaming Media Player, $49.00, , link
  • best-buy
    • Amazon Fire TV Cube 4k Streaming Media Player w/ Alexa, $59.99, $119.99, link
    • Roku Ultra Streaming Media Player, $49.99, $99.99, link
    • Roku Black Streaming Stick, $29.99, $49.99, link
    • Amazon Fire TV Stick w/ Alexa Voice Remote, $24.99, $39.99, link
    • Google Black Chromecast Ultra, $49.99, $69.99, link
    • Google Chromecast, $25.00, , link
    • Nvidia Shield TV 4K HDR Streaming Media Player Gaming Edition, $159.99, $199.99, link
    • Apple Black TV 4K 32GB, $179.99, , link
    • Amazon Fire 4K TV Stick w/ Alexa Voice Remote, $34.99, $49.99, link
  • bjs-wholesale
    • Amazon Fire TV Stick w/ Alexa Voice Remote, $24.99, , link
  • fredmeyer
    • Amazon Fire TV Stick, $24.99, , link
    • Google Chromecast, $25.00, , link
  • groupon
    • Chromecast, FROM $25, , link
    • Roku Express Streaming Player, $22.99, , link
  • jetcom
    • Google Home Mini & Chromecast Bundle, $45.00, , link
    • Google Chromecast, $25.00, , link
    • Roku HD Streaming Stick, $29.00, , link
  • meijer
    • Roku Ultra, $49.99, , link
    • Amazon Fire TV Cube, $59.99, , link
    • Amazon Fire Stick w/ Alexa Voice Remote, $24.99, , link
    • Apple TV, $149.00, , link
    • Google Chromecast, $25.00, , link
  • newegg
    • NVIDIA Shield TV Streaming Media Player w/ Remote & Game Controller, $159.99, $199.99, link
  • pc-richard-son
    • Amazon FireTV Stick, $24.99, , link
  • shopko
    • Google Chromecast V3 HDMI Streaming Media Player, $24.99, , link
    • ROKU Streaming Stick Player, $29.99, , link
  • staples
    • Google Chromecast Ultra, $49.00, , link
    • Amazon Fire TV Cube, $59.99, , link
    • Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, $34.99, , link
    • Amazon Fire TV Stick w/ Alexa Voice, $24.99, , link
    • Google 3rd Generation Chromecast, $25.00, , link
  • target
    • Amazon Fire TV Stick w/ Alexa Voice, $24.99, $39.99, link
    • Google Chromecast Ultra, $49.00, $69.00, link
    • Google Chromecast Video, $25.00, $35.00, link
    • Roku Streaming Stick w/ Enhanced Voice Remote, $29.99, $49.99, link
    • Roku Ultra Streaming Stick, $49.99, $99.99, link
  • walmart
    • Google Home Mini + Chromecast Bundle, $45.00, $74.00, link
    • Roku SE, $20.00, , link
    • Roku Ultra w/ JBL Headphones, $48.00, , link
    • $35.00 Sling Credit w/ Purchase of a Roku Player + Showtime For A Month, , , link
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Re: Opinions on Which streaming device to get

Postby Will1993 » Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:27 pm

Roku if you are looking for something cheap, or Nvidia if you want something fast with great gaming options! There are Black Friday discounts on the Nvidia Shield predicted too[/url], though unsure of how much as it is Nvidia after all and their equipment is premium stuff!


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