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Registered: ‎01-13-2012

Fire Stick or Roku?

I am not so tech savy and prefer simple.  Would Amazon Fire stick or Roku be best?  No games...just watch tv and not that much.

Getting rid of my Spectrum.

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Re: Fire Stick or Roku?

I want to get Roku because it has the Hallmark channels.

You can look up what channels each has.

 

I was thinking the other day that I am glad so many are getting rid of these high price cable companies.

It will serve them right if they no longer have any customers, esp. because with their stupid bundles you have to pay for 100's of channels you don't want to get the several you do want! 

 

I didn't know this until a few days ago (still not really up on so much of this), that some what they call "smart tvs" have these streaming devices already built in. At least roku does. That is pretty neat. But I don't really need to get a new tv so I'll just get the roku device.

 

I'm glad you asked this question. I'll be interested to see what others say. There are so many here who really are knowledgable

about this stuff.

 

I think Sling tv is good, plus a roku device.

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Re: Fire Stick or Roku?

We just got the Roku Ultra for our TV in our sunroom. I love it. Tons of free movies. Also, I watch a lot of things on YouTube, and you can’t get YouTube on an Amazon Firestick....feud between Amazon and Google. 

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Re: Fire Stick or Roku?

@onlyshopsonline-

I didn't know that about youtube.

Another good reason for roku. I watch a lot of music on youtube.

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Re: Fire Stick or Roku?

@on the bay, YouTube has amazing content.  Search and enjoy!  LM

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Re: Fire Stick or Roku?


@onlyshopsonline wrote:

We just got the Roku Ultra for our TV in our sunroom. I love it. Tons of free movies. Also, I watch a lot of things on YouTube, and you can’t get YouTube on an Amazon Firestick....feud between Amazon and Google. 


You can easily get YouTube on a Fire Stick. I have both a Fire Stick and a Fire TV and watch YouTube on both. The YouTube app for Fire accesses YouTube through a web browser, but works fine. I use it everyday. It's fast, easy, and no trouble at all. You just click on the YouTube app and up comes YouTube.

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Re: Fire Stick or Roku?

I had both 

I like the firestick better

but my Roku was an older one 

 

you do need good internet/router in your house for both of these 

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Registered: ‎04-13-2010

Re: Fire Stick or Roku?

and your tv has to have a place to plug it in...one of my older (not ancient) tv's..does not.

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Re: Fire Stick or Roku?


@sophiamaria2 wrote:

and your tv has to have a place to plug it in...one of my older (not ancient) tv's..does not.


 

 

For those with older TVs that have composite A/V ports (red, white, and yellow) there is a Roku that will work for you. It's called the "Roku Express +"  

 

It comes with everything you need for your older TV to access all the same streaming channels as the newer TVs that have HDMI ports.

 

I just checked Walmart online and saw one for $35. I'd link it but I think it's against the rules and it's easy to find. Just be sure that if your TV is older you get the right one...Roku Express +

 

It has to be the + Smiley Happy

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Registered: ‎07-22-2010

Re: Fire Stick or Roku?

I would definitely get Roku, it is considered the best.