Watching Local TV on a Roku – plus more

Notes from Testing – what I’ve observed is that my Roku 3 with wired Ethernet connection has a MUCH better connection and picture. My Streaming Stick with wireless frequently stops working and I get a buffering circle. I can be watching Spectrum TV fine on my Roku 3, but no signal on my Streaming Stick. Another advantage of the Roku 3 is that I can use my headphones and watch regular TV shows without disturbing my wife who is reading.

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If you don’t appreciate Charter Spectrum charging you for each cable box in your house, there is another option to get most of those digital channels – Roku!

If you’re a cord cutter, you may still want to check this out as it will allow you to get some TV channels for around $20.00/month.

Gail Pennington gave me this tech tip on how you can use a standard Roku 3 to receive not only local TV channels, but also many other cable channels. You can use other Roku devices, but I prefer the Roku 3 – do your research on what might be right for you. I have also tested the Roku Streaming Stick on my kitchen TV and it only works intermittently. I have remove the Streaming Stick from my kitchen TV.

You first need to download and install the Spectrum app from the Roku store.

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Once it is installed, just start it up. It takes a minute to check some things, but then starts fairly quickly.

There are places in my house, like the basement) where it’s difficult to get a TV OTA signal. This is where having a ROKU 3 might help. If you can either run an Ethernet cable to your Roku or if you have a good wifi signal, then you can access all the cable channels you would probably need.

The only negative point I could find is that without a regular TV remote, it takes a bit more scrolling to find the channel you want. The Roku app makes it a bit easier to move around the screen.

After talking to a friend who has cut the cord and does have a Roku, he told me that the Spectrum app does not give him any free TV, but instead they offer him the local channels and one premium channel for around $20.00/month.  He mentioned that he uses Sling.com as a way to get other channels for around $20/month, but it doesn’t include local major channels.

So the summation is this, if you are paying Charter $6/month for every cable box you have in your house to watch regular TV, the Spectrum app will save you that monthly fee. You will have to buy a Roku for every TV, but that’s a one time expense. I have noticed that the picture is not quite as sharp at times and the audio volume is lower, but overall, it’s acceptable if you use the Roku 3.

Below is a very short clip talking about the new app.

 

 

 

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