Streamin’ TV in da RV

Streamin’ TV in da RV

November 21, 2014 by ·

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One of our favorite methods of watching TV in our RV is by using our Roku box ( What is a Roku? It’s an Internet streaming video device that delivers 1000+ different channels of video content. In recent years, Roku has added more and more channels and now boasts everything from ESPN to YouTube.

The Roku box is tiny, which makes it ideal for use in an RV. (Click the pic for more info.) The Roku box is tiny, which makes it ideal for use in an RV. (Click the pic for more info.)

You simply plug the Roku into your TV, connect to a wifi network, and start adding channels of interest. If you are paying for cable TV, switching to Roku can save you a lot of money. Content is “free” in that there’s no subscription to Roku (of course there may be a subscription for certain premium channels like HBO).

The only subscription channels we use are Netflix and Amazon Prime. (Amazon Prime is a fantastic service for Amazon shoppers that offers free 2-day shipping on all purchases, a free Kindle lending library, as well as other benefits. For example, if you are a current subscriber to Amazon Prime, you get access to a huge library of free quality video content on Roku. If you want more info about Amazon Prime click here.)

The free channels on Roku range from the weird (there’s an RV news channel?) to the fascinating (I personally enjoy the TED talks channel which is loaded with great public speaking presentations).

As for the Roku itself, I admire its design simplicity.

We velcro this sucker to the wall. (Click the pic for more info.)

First of all, it’s extremely small and lightweight. The size works well in an RV.

It’s not as small as a Google Chromecast, but it’s tiny– about the size of a pack of cigarettes. (Please don’t try to smoke the Roku, kids.)

The remote is also small – it fits neatly in the hand. We have a strip on velcro on the back and stick it to the wall.

Roku interface and menus are user friendly and easy to navigate.

The actual video streaming function works well. I notice that with the Roku, when we lose wifi bandwidth the player does a pretty good job of throttling down the displayed visuals accordingly so that the stream is not interrupted.

In many ways a Roku is comparable to a Google Chromecast. However, with its dedicated remote and simple menus the Roku is easier to use and offers more channels.

We own both a Chromecast and a Roku. The Roku is really the more traditional of the two experiences. You have a box that plugs into your TV, and you use a remote to control it. This old fashioned arrangement works well with my feeble brain (no tablets, smartphones, or apps necessary).

All Roku boxes offer 1000+ channels of HD streaming. (Click the pic to see your options.) All Roku boxes but the most basic offer 1000+ channels of HD streaming. (Click the pic to see your options.)

If you are in the market for a streaming Internet video player, the Roku is an excellent choice. There are a number (too many?) of models available. These differ with regard to a few minor features. If you want to simply get the latest and greatest, go for a Roku 3. If you want to save a few bucks, look further down the food chain.

We have a Roku 2. The 2 and 3 offer a few upgrades over the 1, such as the ability to plug headphones directly into the Roku remote (an excellent feature for late night TV watchers). Personally I’d stick with one of the HD models – all except the most entry level unit offer HD.

Last year, my only complaint with Roku was the lack of a YouTube channel. But that was fixed this year! All Roku models now have YouTube.

About smokeycamping

Well let's see have lived in NY for my whole life, have always loved the outdoors (as long as it is warm out) have always hated the cold, and like a dummy have stayed in NY. But now with my second try my wife, we have been camping now for well over 25 yrs. We currently own a 2010 Cedar creek silverback 35TS and can not wait to get out on the highways and see this great country we all call home. Hope to see every National park before my medical issue becomes too bad to travel. I love my African gray parrot (she is my baby) and have two dogs at the time brother and sister mutts, but love them all the same. Have always been a big Nascar fan, love computers (have a number of certificates to build and work on them) am trying to learn photography, enjoy light hiking, being with good friends and folks. country music, pop music and just being outdoors. So I hope someday to meet some of the great people who like what I like and post out there in some great campground somewhere in the country, till then I will keep posting and I hope you keep liking.

Posted on November 21, 2014, in The world as i see it as a camper and who loves his country and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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