The word of the day is ROKU. Yep – we finally got on board the Roku train, and have been kicking the tires for a few days. Part of what triggered our interest was Gregg’s review several months ago, and as he noted, it’s a game-changer.
In a nutshell: Roku is a little box (between $60 and $100, depending on model) that plugs into your TV on one end, and into your internet connection (wired or wireless) on the other. It then offers you dozens of “channels” – most of them free, some of them offering subscriptions and/or pay-per-view.
Hooking it up wasn’t quite as simple as we had hoped, because it turns out that our Bresnan/Optimum network was fritzy (now fixed, BTW)…so instead we just plugged our BridgeMaxx box right into it – and then it was magic.
The choices are remarkable: the obvious ones, of course, such as movies and TV shows on Hulu and Amazon; channels dedicated to news, sports, etc; offbeat channels, including ones devoted solely to “drive in” movies (vampires, robots, etc), environmental issues, religion, cooking channels, etc; and dozens more. You can also sync your Facebook account and check out your stream on your TV – kind of weird seeing your friends’ pictures on a 45-inch TV!
The remote control is small and limited, but perfectly functional. No keyboard – relies solely on up/down/left/right, enter, back, and a couple other buttons.
The highlight of our Roku experience so far: last night we stumbled across the entire “Ally McBeal” series, and immediately went searching for The Episode. You know – the one where BARRY WHITE appears at John Cage’s birthday party and sings – absolutely mesmerizing. It aired on April 19, 1999.
Here’s a YouTube video of it:
I love that scene SO MUCH. The presence and voice of Barry White…the acting…the actors…the song…the reactions…magical.