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yes...the next one down can use a HDMI cable at 720...about 95% of what's on Roku is 720 or much less.
By Lyle Franklin Lee on January 7, 2013
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It doesn't receive "channels" like cable. It is just a way of connecting the TV to the internet through your wireless router. This does not mean you can use your TV as a computer. The Roku "channels" are actually collections/libraries of content you download through an internet connection. You can access 'free channe… see more It doesn't receive "channels" like cable. It is just a way of connecting the TV to the internet through your wireless router. This does not mean you can use your TV as a computer. The Roku "channels" are actually collections/libraries of content you download through an internet connection. You can access 'free channels' that are collections of movies, music, videos, etc. However, keep in mind that 'free' often means YOU MUST WATCH COMMERCIALS. (For example, Crackle interrupts its movies periodically to show full length commercials and there is no way to skip them... and they repeat the same 3-4 commercials over and over during the length of your movie so that you are really sick of them! Keep your TV remote handy so you can hit MUTE quickly!)
Most of these channels do not have a Programming Schedule when they air certain programs Tuesday at 8pm, Friday at 9:30 am, etc; instead they house a collection of titles which you can search and select, like they are DVDs on a shelf. There are thousands of these 'free channels' you can watch and they can be really unique: Channels that only play Rat Pack type music continuously, or have a library of only crazy old Kung Fu movies or westerns or cooking shows or yoga exercise videos or old football/soccer/etc games... ETC! And some of these 'channels' are free to start up and watch basic videos, but you have to pay to watch nicer/newer programs.
You can also subscribe to a monthly service like Netflix or a yearly signup with Amazon Prime. For this type of "channel" you can stream movies and TV instantly with no commercials. You can watch episodes of TV shows -- everything from The Dick Van Dyke show to 30 Rock or Justified. (However, Amazon Prime is kind of frustrating because they require you to pay an additional rental fee for a lot of the newer movies/TV shows.)
I hope this helps! I am very pleased with my Roku and would never go back to cable. see less
It doesn't receive "channels" like cable. It is just a way of connecting the TV to the internet through your wireless router. This does not mean you can use your TV as a computer. The Roku "channels" are actually collections/libraries of content you download through an internet connection. You can access 'free channels' that are collections of movies, music, videos, etc. However, keep in mind that 'free' often means YOU MUST WATCH COMMERCIALS. (For example, Crackle interrupts its movies periodically to show full length commercials and there is no way to skip them... and they repeat the same 3-4 commercials over and over during the length of your movie so that you are really sick of them! Keep your TV remote handy so you can hit MUTE quickly!)
Most of these channels do not have a Programming Schedule when they air certain programs Tuesday at 8pm, Friday at 9:30 am, etc; instead they house a collection of titles which you can search and select, like they are DVDs on a shelf. There are thousands of these 'free channels' you can watch and they can be really unique: Channels that only play Rat Pack type music continuously, or have a library of only crazy old Kung Fu movies or westerns or cooking shows or yoga exercise videos or old football/soccer/etc games... ETC! And some of these 'channels' are free to start up and watch basic videos, but you have to pay to watch nicer/newer programs.
You can also subscribe to a monthly service like Netflix or a yearly signup with Amazon Prime. For this type of "channel" you can stream movies and TV instantly with no commercials. You can watch episodes of TV shows -- everything from The Dick Van Dyke show to 30 Rock or Justified. (However, Amazon Prime is kind of frustrating because they require you to pay an additional rental fee for a lot of the newer movies/TV shows.)
I hope this helps! I am very pleased with my Roku and would never go back to cable.

By Just plain ole me on November 28, 2013
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I am running Roku LT standalone. It grabs my wifi, and audio/video comes out the jack. No additional computer* or video game required.
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*Having a computer with internet browser will speed up your registration, and selecting movies from services like Netflix and Amazon Prime is a lot easier with a browser, but it is… see more
I am running Roku LT standalone. It grabs my wifi, and audio/video comes out the jack. No additional computer* or video game required.
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*Having a computer with internet browser will speed up your registration, and selecting movies from services like Netflix and Amazon Prime is a lot easier with a browser, but it isn't necessary for day-to-day operations or even adding channels....
But then you already have a computer with browser, or else you wouldn't asking this question on Amazon.com. see less
I am running Roku LT standalone. It grabs my wifi, and audio/video comes out the jack. No additional computer* or video game required.
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*Having a computer with internet browser will speed up your registration, and selecting movies from services like Netflix and Amazon Prime is a lot easier with a browser, but it isn't necessary for day-to-day operations or even adding channels....
But then you already have a computer with browser, or else you wouldn't asking this question on Amazon.com.

By Jay Rose on January 20, 2013
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No, there's no need to shut it off.
By T. Balistreri on March 14, 2015
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No, sorry.
By Just plain ole me on November 28, 2013
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I purchased it in 2010 and yet work fine.
No problem ever.
I recommend

By Pepe Barrascout Ortiz on January 2, 2016
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I think you have the wrong idea or I am misunderstanding, the unit is a receiver. The access point sends out the signal and the Roku receives that signal and the speed depends on your internet provider. I hope this helps.
By Jeffinfla on July 2, 2014
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I have never been able to stream with the Roku I purchased from Amazon a couple of years ago. It is just sitting by my television. I do have a smart TV now by Samsung so I really do not need the devise anymore. Sorry I cannot answer this question.
By Veronique N. Hariram on January 29, 2014
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You don't pay subscription to Roku at all. However, when you use Roku it is used to steam movies, tv, ect. I signed up and pay for Netflix and I also pay for Amazon Prime. You can access Amazon with Roku, but have to pay for what you watch, prime is a year subscription that allows some free movies and free shipping … see more You don't pay subscription to Roku at all. However, when you use Roku it is used to steam movies, tv, ect. I signed up and pay for Netflix and I also pay for Amazon Prime. You can access Amazon with Roku, but have to pay for what you watch, prime is a year subscription that allows some free movies and free shipping on most items purchased through Amazon. I have already got my moneys worth on Amazon, because of the shipping :-) Just a note - if you have a Wii you can use it as a streaming device and it works like Roku. However, I do believe Roku has better access to purchase other steaming channels Ex: Amazon and Hulu - not positive if Wii does those, however it does access Netflix. If you have kids its GREAT !!!! I have three Roku's and love having them and one Wii. I find Roku an easier device to use. I am a grandma, so anything easy I like - lol. So bottom line - You do have to pay for Netflix, Hulu or other channels - but
not Roku (it is the device that allows you to connect ). Hope this helps :-) see less
You don't pay subscription to Roku at all. However, when you use Roku it is used to steam movies, tv, ect. I signed up and pay for Netflix and I also pay for Amazon Prime. You can access Amazon with Roku, but have to pay for what you watch, prime is a year subscription that allows some free movies and free shipping on most items purchased through Amazon. I have already got my moneys worth on Amazon, because of the shipping :-) Just a note - if you have a Wii you can use it as a streaming device and it works like Roku. However, I do believe Roku has better access to purchase other steaming channels Ex: Amazon and Hulu - not positive if Wii does those, however it does access Netflix. If you have kids its GREAT !!!! I have three Roku's and love having them and one Wii. I find Roku an easier device to use. I am a grandma, so anything easy I like - lol. So bottom line - You do have to pay for Netflix, Hulu or other channels - but
not Roku (it is the device that allows you to connect ). Hope this helps :-)

By Older now on October 27, 2013
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Yes, you must have wireless internet to use Roku LT.
By bit_welder on November 24, 2013