Monday, January 7, 2013

Streaming Boxes Save $$$ On your Cable Bill

Roku vs Apple TV

If you are like me, you are looking at a monthly cable bill above $100 a month. Are you paying that monsterous monthly cable bill with ease in today's economy? Does it seem like the fight of paying additional movie or add-on fees never ends? Well, maybe you could unsubscribe to some of those expensive add-on movie channels and pick up a streaming media box. It lets you see channels from the internet for FREE! That's right. Plug in a box to your television and get more channels without an additional monthly charge. A web-based television experience is the way of the future.

I became a big fan of TheCoolTV on cable. It was a syndicated music video channel that decided to, in their own words, "take over where MTV left off." CoolTV played a great mix of everything music video, and took pride in an ONLY music video format with no reality tv or programs. When my local TimeWarner stopped carrying this “.1” channel, I thought it was gone forever. But I was wrong. I soon learned that I could see the coolness once again perhaps through streaming media boxes like Roku and Apple TV.

OTT (Over The Top) or Set-Top boxes like The Roku and AppleTV Box are devices that receive the “media broadcast” or content over the Internet by streaming. All you really do is plug a little wallet-shaped box into your HD television and your wireless router does the rest. They range from $60-$120 or so and offer loads of content without a monthly fee.

These little streaming media boxes warriors have subscription-based services like Netflix, HuluPlus, and Amazon along with other web-based media “channels” that provide audio and video content from the internet. Plugging one of these into your television’s HDMI connection brings to your screen an alternative platform to your cable provider that is similar to “On Demand” channels. Some of these channels you pay for, and some you don’t. Some channels have either live streaming programs, or an archived show library, or a combination of both.

There are a bunch of these boxes out there, but only two of them are really cornering the market; Apple TV and The Roku.

To read the rest of this blog.... and see if I recommend the Apple TV or The Roku, CLICK HERE

WHICH IS BETTER??? ROKU OR APPLE TV??? Click & read the above link from my web site and see why I recommend one over the other.

DJ Kenny Casanova

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