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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Free movies with Roku Channel/Free TV with Locast

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    modalsystem
    • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

    I have used Roku for years,including several different models.The best new thing of note is Roku has recently released The Roku Channel,which has hundreds of free movies.It is ad supported.And now Locast.org app gives you free local broadcast stations CBS,NBC,FOX,ABC and PBS.Locast now offers local TV network broadcasts for New York,Boston,Chicago,Houston,Dallas,Denver areas and plans to add many more cities.This means many folks will no longer need antennas to watch local networks for free. Roku has just about every app you can imagine (YouTube/Pandora/Netflix/Amazon/Hulu/HBO Now) plus tons of more apps in many different categories.Roku Premiere 2018 works fine,but you need to point the remote at the device,unlike other Roku models.Here are some points to consider when deciding on which model of Roku to buy: 1)If you need to connect by WiFi in a room far away from your WiFi router,I would recommend the Roku Streaming Stick PLUS or Roku Ultra. 2)If you have a 4K TV,I would recommend the Roku Ultra or Roku Streaming Stick PLUS. 3)To search for content using your voice,go with either the Streaming Stick,Streaming Stick PLUS or Ultra.All 3 of these models also have a remote that can control the power and volume on your TV. There is also a Roku app for Android & iPhone/iPad that lets you use your smartphone/tablet to control any Roku device and use your phone/tablet on-screen keyboard or voice for searches. 4)If you want a wired ethernet connection,go with the Roku Ultra. 5)If you want to connect to an old TV with RCA/Composite audio/video jacks,you will need the Express PLUS 6)The Express and 2018 Premiere models have a remote where it has to be pointed at the device,unlike the other Roku models. 7)If you are only going to buy one Roku device,I would recommend the Roku Ultra.The Ultra has many unique features that the other Roku models don't such as: -Gaming buttons to play video games -Remote finder to find a lost remote control -Ethernet port for a wired connection -Micro SD card slot -USB Port -Night listening mode (this lowers the volume of loud,explosive sounds and raises the volume of soft sounds like whispers.Very useful!!) -Headphone jack on the remote for listening without disturbing others For those who have not used a Roku before,here are some tips that might be helpful: 1)There is no monthly fee to use a Roku.There are many free channels/apps with free movies,music and TV programs and some people use Roku only for the free channels and do not pay any fees. You do NOT have to enter credit card info if you only wish to view free content and you can always add credit card info to your account later for paid channels/apps.If you plan on viewing free content only,I suggest setting up a Roku account before you activate the device.When you reach the page to enter credit card info,some browsers will show a "Skip,I'll add later" option at the bottom.If you do not see this option,simply log out of your account,then log back in.You may have to then enter a different activation code for your device if you skip entering credit card info during device set up,but you do NOT have to enter credit card info if you only want to view free content. 2)Some of the most popular free channels/apps are: YouTube,Pandora radio,The Roku Channel,Pluto TV,Tubi TV,Crackle,CBS News,NBC News,ABC,PBS, PBS KIds and many more.You can also find a free live stream of FOX News on YouTube by searching "Fox News Live" on YouTube. 3)Some of the most popular paid channels/apps are Netflix,Hulu,Amazon video,HBO Now,Vudu,Sling TV,Spectrum TV and Direct TV Now. 4)If you are looking for a bundle of channels of live TV to replace cable TV,check out Sling TV,YouTube TV,Spectrum TV,Direct TV Now,Hulu,Pluto TV and Playstation Vue.All of these are paid services except for Pluto TV,which is free. 5)To find and add new channels on Roku,just press the Home button on the remote control,scroll down and select "Streaming Channels".There you will find thousands of channels/apps in many different categories and many of them are free. My one gripe about Roku (and other streaming devices) is the lack of a fully functional web browser and I hope Roku will include web browsing on models in the near future.I have been surfing the web on the big screen for years and find it ridiculous when an internet connected TV device does not allow you to surf the internet and forces one to switch to yet another internet connected device to do so. I am aware of screen mirroring function from smartphone/PC/tablet but find that a poor excuse to not include a web browser.Many people who type a lot of messages and/or emails like myself prefer typing on a wireless keyboard rather than a phone/tablet/remote control. Bottom Line:You can now get a Roku device to to replace your cable TV box & service or to replace an antenna for free local network TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple and Easy to Use

    Posted
    XZero319
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    My cable bill had been increasing significantly over the years, so in about March of 2018, I decided to do a Hulu + Live TV trial since it is compatible with the Nintendo Switch. After using Hulu + Live TV for all of 2 days, my wife and I decided that it offered significantly more than our cable package did, and for less than half the price, so we cancelled our cable subscription and switched to Hulu. The problem was that the only Hulu + Live TV-compatible device we had that worked with our television was the Switch, which is easy to use but our families, who often come over to help out with babysitting, found it pretty obtuse to use. I recently got a Roku after doing some research and I love it. The Roku works well, and it's quick. It's comparable to the Switch's speed for streaming. I also noticed that apps on it seem to work much better than their counterparts on other gaming devices, such as the PS4 (the Funimation app in particular is a nightmare on PS4, but it's buttery smooth on Roku). The most important thing about Roku, for our needs, is that the grandparents can use it with ease. Pick up the classic-style remote, press the Hulu button, and you're watching some Disney Junior in seconds. No phone apps, no video game controllers, nothing other than a classic remote control. Roku is unnecessary for a lot of people. Smart TVs often will have a similar string of apps and compatibility. Game consoles offer similar experiences. However, I'm satisfied with my purchase because as the tech-savvy member of a largely non-tech savvy family, it offers a quick and easy solution for everyone else. If you or your loved ones fall into the category of non-tech savvy and you're looking for something basic, easy, and very functional to use for streaming, I would urge you to strongly consider Roku. It works well, there are plenty of options to choose from (other reviews here lay those out really nicely), and it makes streaming a breeze for the generation used to flipping through channels using a remote.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    More than I expected

    Posted
    FrankD
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is probably my 6th or 7th roku device, not counting the integrated Roku on one of our TVs. This is my second "Roku Premiere". I bought the first one a little over 2 years ago back when it only offered 4K with no HDR and the unit was shaped much like the current Roku Ultra is now. I bought this Premiere to go with a 55 inch 4K tv that I use in our basement when I work out. I had the original Premiere device up on my 65 inch 4k TV in the living room. After using it for the first time though I have now moved it up into our living room on the bigger TV. Here is why..... When I initially started using it on the 55 inch in the basement I ran some Youtube videos that demonstrated 4k HDR from one of the TCL tv's. I was shocked by the increase in color saturation, brightness and dark levels. Now I have never had any complaints with the image quality of either of my two 4K Tvs but neither is HDR compatible (8-bit + FRC panel) according to the manufacturer. That is what made me so surprised by the performance on both tv sets with this new Roku Premiere. It most definitely added something to the image quality in those key areas. I have attached two demo images to illustrate what I am referring to with the HDR performance level. In every other area I have zero complaints with the Roku platform and with this particular version of it. I will continue to use Roku as my choice for streaming. P.S. I am going to buy another Premiere...the HDR image looks that good. ;-)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Smooth streaming when compared to my other sticks!

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    Ozzieof
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    A Best Buy rep recommended the Roku after I explained that I wanted to watch my cable channels on three other TVs, but I did not want to add extra boxes, pay extra install fees, or change my current Xfinity subscription. I have a great price plan that includes HD local channels and I did not want to change or upgrade. The service is for one box that is connected to our main TV. I was contemplating installing a couple of HD roof antennas but it required a professional install due to the total number of TVs (4) that I wanted to watch local channels in HD. The Best Buy rep said the Xfinity streaming app is only available on the Roku and recommended I try it before drilling and installing the roof antennas. So I scooped up the 4K premier Roku and I've had it for about a month now. No problems at all and I love it. I plan on buying two more Roku sticks. I'm still paying less than if I would have subscribed to the Xfinity X1 service. All the apps stream very clear with no problems in buffering. The Roku streams better than my 2nd generation Firestick and my Google Chrome cast stick. I prefer the Roku 4K which seem to stream smoother and faster than my other two sticks. I noticed that the other two have buffering speed problems and will distort video at times. Perhaps because the other sticks are older generations. Nonetheless, I use the Roku exclusively for all my family's viewing needs. Thanks so much Best Buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Why Get this over the Streaming Stick+?

    Posted
    JJ07
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I have a Streaming Stick+ for another tv in my house. Great product and most reviews say get that on over this Premiere because you get the 5GHZ WiFi and you can control the tv volume and power the tv off. The advantage to this Premiere in my opinion is that you can connect your own HDMI cord to it and since it is a basic IR Roku, you can control it via your universal remote like a Logitech Harmony remote where you can't do that if you bought the Streaming Stick+. So my tv and soundbar is mounted over my fireplace and the ports on the tv are hard to get to. It's 4k and the soundbar has 4K pass through and I had my TV guy run 3 HDMI cords to the nearby cabinet so I can hook up future stuff. If I were to go with the Roku Streaming stick+ I would have to connect it to the TV, power it with the tv USB and then the sound would be sent to my soundbar via HDMI ARC. The problem is HDMI ARC isn't 100% reliable so at times it would output just the tv sound and I would have to restart the system to get it to output to the soundbar. With the Premiere I can hook it straight up to the HDMI that is connected to my soundbar bar and then it goes from there to the HDMI ARC on the tv. This is more reliable in that if the ARC messes up the sound still outputs out of the soundbar and I don't have to restart the whole system to get the sound to work again. Also, I can connect my harmony remote to it so I can just have 1 remote and I can bounce between this and my apple tv, blueray player etc. The WiFi isn't as good on this, but my router is right beside where it will sit so it's a mute point for me. Hope this helps!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup, works great!

    Posted
    DancingSkeleton
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The device is very easy to install and works great. I was surprised by the amount of free programming on the Roku Channel itself. This particular model does not come as a "stick" like most of the others, instead it is a small box with an HDMI cord that plugs into the TV, and a power cord that plugs into an outlet. The remote works by IR so the box must be in line-of-sight for reception. These restraints did not concern me, but if you want a 'stick' version with Bluetooth control you'll have to spend $10-20 more on the newer Streaming Stick or Streaming Stick+ models. Although the streaming functions are the same as the newer models, which are excellent, I only give this model 4 stars because the remote control does not include TV power and volume control, although I knew that going in. If you are willing to spend more for the Streaming Stick models, I would go with the 'plus' version which incorporates a better antenna than any of the others; they both include the newer WIFI 802.ac standard, TV power and volume controls on the remote (along with some supposed voice control features). I only purchased this cheaper model because it's for a secondary older TV and the WIFI reception worked well enough. I preferred any of the Roku models over Chromecast because I want to have an actual remote control and not have to rely on a smartphone!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Poor Remote Makes Using It a Chore

    Posted
    GeorgeTheNub
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    We have had a number of Roku devices over the years, this one was to replace a very old one that had expired. I thought I could save $10 and get the Premiere instead of the Premiere+ because the device sits out in the open and pointing the remote at it shouldn't be much of a problem....wow was I wrong. This remote's IR is soooo poor that you have to aim it spot on to the device making it nearly impossible to enter things like passwords or long usernames without a lot of work. I'm very sad at the quality of the remote and device in general. I guess it was cheap, and I got what I paid for (not much). As for its streaming abilities, it seems to do fine. It is fairly close to my wifi router and I have not experienced any trouble with signal or buffering. The interface is plenty fast and crisp...but I could not recommend this version of the device just because of the remote.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Alternative to Cable

    Posted
    Bruno
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I am not a fan of satellite TV and got tired of the high cable bills. I looked into the fiber optic cable alternative, but could not get the price/installation quality I wanted. Roku turned out to be the best option. I use my providers internet application option. I don't pay rent on any boxes. I am limited to a certain mix of channels, but all I need is available. In addition, Roku provides many free programming options for movies and older TV shows you can watch on demand. You can also add many of the pay services like CBS All Access if you like. I got the Roku units on sale for 25% off. The cost of the Roku units will be paid back after just 3 months with this new arrangement. After that I save $80 every month. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that the on demand service from Roku sometimes hangs up or buffers frequently. This has happened 3 times in 2 weeks for about 10 minutes each time. It is not caused my internet service because I monitor that and there is plenty of bandwidth.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Roku

    Posted
    Carol
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I have Apple TV, Fire tv, Chromecast, and streaming apps through my Samsung tv. All have been glitchy as far a streaming content and I am connected via an Ethernet cable directly into each device and continue to have problems with content cutting in and out or stalling. Best Buy staff stated that Roku is the best streaming device. I figured I would give it a try and I was impressed. I do not have any problems with streaming cutting out or freezing. I use the Spectrum tv app and it connects very fast and works as if I had a spectrum cable box. I would highly recommend buying a Roku device. The Roku device I bought is strictly connected via WiFi and preforms better than the other device hard wired into the modem.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Out performs Fire Stick

    Posted
    dpencek
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I bought this streaming media player as a replacement for my first stick. I've been having some issues with Sling TV app rebooting on the fire stick quite a few times while watching TV and even though I followed the recommendation of "clearing the cache" on the fire stick daily, it was just becoming a PITA to keep doing it. Moving to the Roku player I have not had this issue nearly as much. Don't get me wrong, the Sling TV app still reboots on the Roku, but no where near as much as on the fire stick. Not to mention, the Roku player is faster than the fire stick restarting, as well as when changing channels, changing apps, loading content, etc. Overall the Roku seems to out performs my fire stick in many ways.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice Picture for Apps

    Posted
    Bill
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Switched to Xfinity and purchased the Roku Premiere instead of Xfinity set top box for office TV. The Roku displays the same channels as the set top box, BUT falls quite short when watching recorded shows. When watching live TV, the Roku works great....but when watching recorded shows from the Xfinity DVR, the picture is not always HD and when fast forwarding you cannot see how far you have fast forwarded so you do not know where to stop. I watch a lot of recorded golf and sports in my office so it just didn't work for me. I ended up getting another set top box for the office and moved the Roku to the loft. When streaming Netflix or Prime Video or other Apps, the Roku works great. It just didn't work out as an Xfinity set top box replacement.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Lack of support for 5G Wi-Fi unacceptable

    Posted
    Lawrence
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    There are multiple options of Roku devices and the packaging does not make it clear that this Premiere device does not recognize or connect to 5G Wi-Fi networks...which are the faster frequency of any Wi-Fi network. I tried calling Roku and the answer they gave me the first time was that it was an issue with my internet provider blocking certain device types. So I called Comcast and they said they are not blocking and told me that the Roku Premiere does not support 5G. So Comcast knew this but the Roku customer service person did not and I had to call Roku again. This time the Roku agent new that the premiere does not support 5G so 3 weeks later I have finally got an answer and returned the premier device because the streaming experience is unacceptable.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Streaming Device

    Posted
    rahrah12
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    My original reason for purchasing was for the Xfinity app. I wanted to get rid of any extra cable boxes. The Xfinity app works pretty well. Lose some of the cable search features and things but this being on a secondary TV is not a big deal at all. Have not had any issue streaming cable (or anything else). Roku was easy to set up and connect all of my accounts - Netflix, Hulu, Prime. My only real knock on it is the remote. It's not great. There is an app that allows the use of cell phone for remote which is an upgrade. I also had a universal remote that I wasn't using that I connected and it works well with the Roku. Remote that come standard is my only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 but I guess I could've paid more for one of the better packages.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for seniors

    Posted
    Cidiji
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    After seeing how easy the GUI was in my Ultra version, I decided to purchase the Premiere version for my tech-challenged senior mother. Both the menu and the remote control are easily navigable for her and it only took ten minutes for her to start watching on her own. Another plus for her was the Spectrum TV app, which allowed her to stream her cable package. As a result, she returned her cable box and will no longer pay a rental fee. A few days later, she decided to purchase three more Roku Premieres to replace all of her set top boxes, lowering her cable bill even more. The Roku Premiere is simple, will save you some money, and it allows more bonding time for mothers and sons. :-)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for the cost Wish sales was more knowledgeabl

    Posted
    Stuart
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Own two Ultras and extremely happy on two different occasions I ask what the Pemier would not have that my Ultra do. I was told no earphones, no voice commands, and not as god for a gamer. None of this bothered me. What they didn’t tell me there was no power button and no volume. I do miss both these features. I feel like I’m always juggling remotes. I would only recommend for someone that is not aware what other Roku’s offer. I did not want to spend a lot of money, but had I known I was missing the power and volume, I possibly would have found a higher price Roku that had these functions (more expensive than the Premier but less than the Ultra). The picture quality appears to be the same.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well with one issue

    Posted
    Dshan
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    For years I had a Roku 3 which had a Dual Band Wi-Fi antenna so I could hook it up to my 5G Wireless network. I recently upgraded to the Roku premiere and noticed but it only sees 2G broadcast. So far it's not been an issue with the speed is fast enough for it to display without any buffering. These make excellent TV boxes for your bedroom or office. If you are planning to hook it up to a primary entertainment system with a 4K television I would recommend either the premiere Plus or the Roku Ultra because it contains an ethernet port. I actually have an Nvidia Shield on my primary entertainment system because of its Superior performance. But I like the roku's for the bedrooms because they are relatively inexpensive and function quite well

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for non smart TV

    Posted
    Chas1962
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I just got rid of all my regular cable and boxes and was told about streaming service with spectrum using the app that’s included on a Samsung TV or the Roku media device.I found this worked even better for me then my remote and I got just the basic plain express stick on sale for $24.00. Plus there even a roku channel where there’s so many shows that are `Free to watch with no fees.....all you need is a good router and internet service ,and no cable or wires. I’m very please with my purchase I even brought two more to use because it’s so much easy for me and my family then the samsung tv remote

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Everything You Need to Cut the Cord

    Posted
    madcheddar
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I will admit that I primarily stream through Apple TVs, but for the spare bedrooms and Gym TV I decided to save a bundle and get this Roku. In some ways it's actually far easier to set up and navigate than an ATV and really delivers all you need. The ATVs have more connectivity options and are great for whole-house audio, screen-mirroring, etc. . . but at less than 1/4 the price, the Roku does a lot. Every app I want is available, it maintains connectivity and a big bonus, you can actually stream from your iTunes (and probably other) library on your phone so if you want to stream through a soundbar or whatever from your phone, it's easy-peasy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Streaming with ease.

    Posted
    SalRod
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I just picked this up because our 6 year old Roku device is finally having hiccups. It's not dead yet, but it's old enough to finally replace. I felt like my original Roku purchase was so well worth it that here I go again, purchasing another one. Once you've got everything dialed in on it, it's a streamers delight! My favorite feature is that you have full function of the Roku app on the new one, unlike my older version that was not able to use all functions of the Roku mobile app. Maybe I'm mis-remembering but it also seems like the prices are going down on these! A great value for all of the work this thing does at our house! Roku is a winner!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Roku is awesome for streaming content

    Posted
    Brian
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    This is my second Roku, the other an Ultra. It was so easy to register the device to my Roku account, and all my selected apps were added automatically to the home page. I had to log in again to Plex, Netflix, Amazon, Pandora, etc. on the new Roku, a minor hassle. Having good WiFi and Roku I can have all my Plex recorded shows and streaming services on my "dumb" 1080p TV without needing Antenna or Cable connected. I probably should have gotten another Ultra, as I miss the volume control on the Roku remote, but otherwise the remote and Roku are very easy to use.

    I would recommend this to a friend