Can Roku replace cable or satellite providers like dish network or direct TV? Only you can answer that because no one knows your need. It really depends on how much programming you watch, and what type of programming you need. As an owner of a rokubox, I can tell you that after terminating my cable, I haven’t looked back.
There are some channels that Time Warner has that I miss watching, but I don’t miss the monthly bill that came along with it. The only drawback is that I have to wait a day or two to watch the latest television shows on HuluPlus, but for $7.99 a month it’s worth it. We like watching New Girl on Hulu and it’s usually only a couple of days behind.
The two day wait is better than paying a high monthly bill to watch it on the night it airs. The Roku box uses an internet connection to stream content and most cable companies will bundle the high speed internet special with cable to make it more appealing, but you still must weigh it all out because that special or introductory bundle usually comes with a 1 or 2 year agreement.
If you cancel that agreement, you will owe hundreds of dollars. This alone is just not worth it to me. If something came up where you just couldn’t afford to no longer pay the bill, you could possibly be in debt by a few hundred dollars where as the Roku would only cost you $79.00 – one time. But, you still need a fast internet connection.
Don’t get me wrong, there are tons of more options and programming available from the cable company and once again it comes down to personal preference. There are free Roku channels out there but don’t expect HBO or Showtime type content.
Although they do have some great free movie channels. The solution is subscribe to premium content like Netflix and Hulu. Roku can’t replace cable just yet, but they have big plans for the future. There are talks that cable channels like HBO will soon be able to be streamed through devices like the rokubox. Roku has replaced cable in my home, and I don’t regret it.