New tech toy..

This blog can hardly be called a “Tech Blog”  Maybe I would fall into the “Travel Blog” or the “Walk a mile in my shoes” blog.  Writers are supposed to write about what they know, right?  I like my electronic toys.  I try not to follow the current trends, but when I do, I try to run to the head of that trend’s pack.

About a month ago I bought a Roku 3 for our family’s Samsung HD TV. Back when we bought the TV, money was real tight and the cost difference between the Smart and non-Smart TV was enough that we bought the “dumb” TV. Smart vs. Dumb, what does that mean? A Smart TV can go on the Internet and view content that might only be available on-line.

An example of that would be ESPN 3. This Internet only channel broadcasts some of the second market or smaller colleges men’s lacrosse games. I can watch ESPN 3 on my phone or laptop. Neither of them have a real HDMI output. The phone has one, but the picture does not come out well when plugged into the 55 inch HD TV. And not just lacrosse, ESPN 3 covers a HUGE range of sports from all over the world.

The ROKU 3 (purchased from Amazon with free delivery) delivers HD content from the Internet. That assumes that the content is HD to start. We have also watched via Livestream other college lacrosse games.  Since we also own a VIZO  Smart TV (for the kids), we have a Netflix account.  The Roku and Netflix play well together.

Are you a tech (geek) with a HD “dumb” TV? Buy a Roku 3 with confidence. The Roku people have thousands of channels available. Some are free, some are subscription based. They even have an “adult” section that they don’t advertise but a quick Google search will show you how to find you way there (if that is your thing).  And you can play games like Angry Birds on the Roku 3!

Thanks for reading and enjoy having 1000’s of channels to watch with nothing on!

Namaste

 

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. schroederjf
    Mar 21, 2014 @ 16:39:01

    We recently bought a second Apple TV box so that Ben could watch on his own TV instead of the living room – a great sanity saver for the family. It doesn’t have the selection that Roku does, but is Apple sleek and easy, and works _very_ well. I’ve put my whole music collection in iTunes, so can listen to everything through our living room system. I mostly use Netflix on it, occasionally YouTube (there’s actually worthwhile stuff there!). They don’t have an app for Vudu, which is the UltraViolet provider used by Target/Best Buy Cinemanow and Flixster, and they also don’t support Amazon Instant Video. For those, I use the apps on the Vizio.

    By the way, I look forward to the possibility of you moving south. You should come to Charleston, especially now that it’s starting to warm up.

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