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Reader Question: I want to get rid of cable and just use Netflix and Hulu to watch TV. I was thinking of getting a Roku. How much does one of those usually run?
Answer: A Roku is an excellent choice for streaming services. It includes streaming TV shows and movies from a wide range of streaming services, like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, Amazon Instant Video, PBS, Redbox Instant and more. It also connects to your TV seamlessly and easily, even for non-technical folks. Here’s a breakdown of the 4 different Roku options, so you can choose the right one for you.
Roku Express: This is the cheapest of the Roku streaming options. It can connect to almost any television and comes with Roku’s more than 1,000 channels, which aggregate from streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go and more. It also comes with built-in wireless, a search function across all of its channels and channel shortcut buttons. Cost: $29.99.
Roku Premiere: This box comes with all of the features of the Roku Express, but also allows for 1080p HD viewing. So if you want to get the highest quality HD without a ton of extra features, this is the option for you. Cost: $39.99.
Roku Streaming Stick: The Roku Streaming Stick is the most portable of the streaming options Roku offers. It includes all the channels that the other Roku’s includes, as well as the 1080p HD streaming that comes with the Roku Premier, but it also offers dual-band wireless. Cost: $49.99.
Roku Ultra: This is the most advanced Roku, and can only be used with HD TVs. It comes with all the channels and features of the other three Rokus, but also includes a processor that is five times faster than the other Rokus, a motion control remote for playing video games on your Roku, and a Ethernet, USB & microSD slot. Cost: $99.99.
Keep in mind that you must have signed up for the individual services (like Netflix) before you can access them via Roku. If you want to find out more about Roku, you can check it out here.