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Old 05-12-2020, 12:11 AM   #16
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Jim, thanks for the thread and thanks to all who replied, I'm on a small antenna and although I enjoy the savings for dumping the cable my selection is really poor.

Can you give me an idea what Roku costs?

Also, do many of the movies available have closed caption? I haven't researched it yet but other sound option would be a tv with a tel coil that would talk directly to my hearing aid.

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I think I paid $40 for my Roku but it's been several yrs. They have fancier models with voice control that I'd expect to cost more. I have watched some movies with closed caption automatically included [not sure if it could be turned off] I know you can turn the closed caption on [I haven't] I don't know if it works for all shows or not.


My main reason for keeping cable is NASCAR although I suspect my wife would throw a fit if I had the cable turned off. I do enjoy being able to watch a western any time I want to ..... and if it gets interrupted you can pause it or even back it up and continue watching later.
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Jim, thanks for the thread and thanks to all who replied, I'm on a small antenna and although I enjoy the savings for dumping the cable my selection is really poor.

Can you give me an idea what Roku costs?

Also, do many of the movies available have closed caption? I haven't researched it yet but other sound option would be a tv with a tel coil that would talk directly to my hearing aid.

Sorry drifting on your thread.

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Bud, the one we bought was $39 + tax at Walmart. It is well worth every penny to us, there are so many things to watch and when we want too it is unreal. Our cable was costing us right at $100 a month and we were only watching 5 maybe 6 channels because most was just reruns. Now we can watch programs that we like any time instead of having to wait until they come on. It does have closed caption, I have it set up on ours now. I have to have closed caption or I may as well not watch as I can't hear well at all. Jet fighters winding up under flying power did a number on my hearing.

Our TV is not a smart TV but is HD with an HDMI port and you will need that HDMI port. Our TV in the living room is a smart tv and it has all the same things this fire stick has made this non-smart tv. There are a couple of things we liked to watch that we would have to pay for like the Waltons, Building in Alaska, and a couple of others but we will just have to leave them off.

One thing we really miss and maybe there is a device that we can buy for this function. We liked very much the feature of being able to record a program but most of all is being able to make a replay or stop a program and resume. There are somethings we miss and would like to replay to see what someone said or to see what happened.

Bud, when I make a thread, feel free to jump in and say what ever you want, I am just like a mud flap, I am flexible, getting off topic or what ever it is called don't bother me at all. Oh one more thing, you will need Wifi as this is wireless except for the stick and the wire for power to the stick.

We do still have our antenna connected and use it to watch local news. Just hit the source button on the orignal remote and select antenna or TV that will put the TV back on antenna and you can watch local stuff. diyorpay explained how to do all this and man do I appreciate it. I am kinda thick sometimes and it takes simple instructions or I don't get it, old age ya know. lol I just thought of something, if your TV has an ethernet port you can run a wire straight from the router to the TV, I am not sure we have one on our TV.

By the way, we ordered a fire stick from Amazon and the order just set there for about three weeks and didn't ship so we canceled the order and ordered the one from Walmart and had the stick within 3 days, free shipping on top of that. We did have to pay local taxes though.
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Glad you are enjoying your Roku.

I have/had all generations of Roku devices and consider it superior to the competition. The Ultra version has ability to plug in Ethernet directly, has a USB IN port for watching your own content, can receive 4K content if your tv is 4K capable (no over the air content is 4K yet). Your down speed is excellent so wifi will not be a problem.

Try googling 'Roku hidden channels' on your PC or tablet. If you see a channel that's interesting, you can log in on PC with your Roku credentials and add the channel to your account. It will then appear on your tv.

A comment: If you want to 'fast forward' or 'rewind' a program, you can, using the arrow buttons on either side of play button. BUT it is not precise and it's tricky. It's not like a VCR. You have to be fast to rewind just a short bit as in when you missed what somebody said. And I think you have to hit the play button quick thereafter. If you miss some words and want to go back, first hit pause button, note timeline and 'where you are', then try to go back by hitting arrows pointing left and then play/pause button again.

The Waltons seems to be a tightly held franchise by owner. It's available in Amazon Prime but not included. That means after you pay a membership for Amazon (it includes free delivery of many items for a year), it still costs more $ to rent or buy. You can still browse the catalogs of some premium services without being a member. If you enter the Amazon channel, just hit 'just browsing' selection. Up top banner find search icon, key in Waltons and see results. It is not unheard of for family members to share an account (Amazon, Netflix, HBO etc).

Youtube also has free content that you may enjoy.
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Glad you are enjoying your Roku.

I have/had all generations of Roku devices and consider it superior to the competition. The Ultra version has ability to plug in Ethernet directly, has a USB IN port for watching your own content, can receive 4K content if your tv is 4K capable (no over the air content is 4K yet). Your down speed is excellent so wifi will not be a problem.

Try googling 'Roku hidden channels' on your PC or tablet. If you see a channel that's interesting, you can log in on PC with your Roku credentials and add the channel to your account. It will then appear on your tv.

A comment: If you want to 'fast forward' or 'rewind' a program, you can, using the arrow buttons on either side of play button. BUT it is not precise and it's tricky. It's not like a VCR. You have to be fast to rewind just a short bit as in when you missed what somebody said. And I think you have to hit the play button quick thereafter. If you miss some words and want to go back, first hit pause button, note timeline and 'where you are', then try to go back by hitting arrows pointing left and then play/pause button again.

The Waltons seems to be a tightly held franchise by owner. It's available in Amazon Prime but not included. That means after you pay a membership for Amazon (it includes free delivery of many items for a year), it still costs more $ to rent or buy. You can still browse the catalogs of some premium services without being a member. If you enter the Amazon channel, just hit 'just browsing' selection. Up top banner find search icon, key in Waltons and see results. It is not unheard of for family members to share an account (Amazon, Netflix, HBO etc).

Youtube also has free content that you may enjoy.
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Plug Roku stick or Roku device into an HDMI port on tv. Often on back of tv. Some HDMI ports on side of tv. Note which HDMI port it is. (HDMI1, HDMI2 etc).

Almost all modern TVs also provide the option in the setup menu for you to create a personal label for the HDMI ports so that you don't have to remember which one it is.


I infer that from what you posted that all is working now?
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Almost all modern TVs also provide the option in the setup menu for you to create a personal label for the HDMI ports so that you don't have to remember which one it is.


I infer that from what you posted that all is working now?
Colbyt, it is working now, thanks to all y'all's help. This TV we have the Roku hooked up too only has one HDMI port, it is an older TV. I am still discovering all kinds of things. Kinda like a kid at Christmas. lol
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We took the Roku off our small TV and put in on the big TV in the living room, the movies and programs are limitless, we love it.
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