MUST WATCH TV : Recommended shows available on-demand this Week on Roku AMAZON PRIME!!!
The Roku is a streaming media device, perfect for people like myself who do not want to be enslaved to a cable company or satellite company, and locked into their (in many cases) 2 year plans.
Instead if you already have 3G or 4G broadband service, adding the Roku allows you to get streaming on-demand stations via that connection. For one low price for the hardware, and no monthly fee, With a quick setup the Roku wirelessly connects to your broadband connection and away you go.
And for those who don’t have a Roku, but would like one. I suggest the following two models:
Now to get the most out of your Roku, you’ll need to supplement your free Roku channels (some recommended ones being PBS, POPCORN FLIX, CRUNCHY ROLL, SMITHSONIAN, MIDNIGHT PULP and ON to name a few) with one of the paid services such as AMAZON PRIME or NETFLIX. You can get a year membership to either service for far less than a typical month of cable/satellite service.
Get your Amazon Prime service here:
And finally supplement your on-demand, Roku service with a quality Digital antenna to bring in the free over the air channels:
With this one, two, three punch your up front cost is more, but you’ll actually save over the cost of a year, in getting tons of content with a miniscule monthly fee when compared to cable. And the great part is you are not locked into an onerous contract as with a cable company.
Try it yourself today!!
Recommended list of on-demand movies/programs to catch on Roku today:
THE PACT- this for most of its running time is far more interesting and compelling than your typical jump-scare ghost movie. I think the film would have been better without the cheap last shot it tacks on, but that acknowledged it is still an intriguing view up to that point. Grade C+.
VALHALLA RISING- Lyric and Brutal
THE BAY- Starts off intriguing, loses its way and ends up in bad parody territory. But still worth a look.
RECYCLE- A fantasy film, with horror trappings, wonderful visuals elevate this tale that is equal parts Alice in Wonderland and Dante’s Inferno by way of Thai Mythology
Go back and see previous lists for more great recommendations.
Okay onto today’s list:
Review of movies/programs to catch on the on-demand Roku channel CRACKLE today:
CRACKLE the premier channel for free on-demand movies is showing the following flicks:
The ‘it will do if you have nothing better to watch’ pile:
EMPIRE OF THE WOLVES- a horrific premise, graphic scenes, and an intriguing if convoluted and dubious premise makes this french thriller worth a cursory look
THE CUTTER- This 2007 flick shows Chuck Norris still capable of mixing it up. The premise of this film about Nazis and diamonds doesn’t really hold one’s attention nor do the performances, but there are a couple decent and surprising fight scenes that are worth a look.
WIND CHILL- Starts off generally very effective and intriguing, but comes apart completely in the 3rd act.
The ‘Awful or trust me you really should avoid’ pile:
THE DEVILS TOMB
SCREAMERS:THE HUNTING- Starts off intriguing, but once we get to the obligatory Noble Black who has to buy it in the first act of the movie, we’re in complete hack mode. Couldn’t finish it. Awful.
The Great or Very Good:
HERO WANTED- This 2008 flick is yet another fantastic Cuba Gooding Jr film (something that I thought for a long time was an oxymoron). Following up on my recent watch of HIT LIST. This and HIT LIST both are good enough that you’ll probably want to add them to your DVD collection.
LEGENDARY ASSASSIN- An action/martial arts movie, but what sells this one is really the touching story at its heart. Tender performances enliven what otherwise would be a routine actioner.
RUSSIAN SPECIALIST- An example of a great Dolph Lundgren film
SILENT RAGE- An example of a great Chuck Norris Film
HARRY BROWN- Michael Caine is mesmerizing in this tale of generational warfare and geriatric vengeance
Recommend list of movies/programs to catch on Roku today:
CRACKLE the premier channel for free on-demand movies is showing the following recommended flicks:
PUNISHER WAR ZONE Exceedingly violent straight to the point action flick. Good if not overly memorable.
KIDNAPPED is a fantastic, but short lived series, but you can watch the whole series for free here. It’s highly recommended. Once you start watching you’ll want to pick up the DVD set to have.
ANGEL OF DEATH- A modern day serial by Ed Brubaker(Comic Book/Graphic Novel writer) starring Zoe Bell, as a female assassin on the wrong side of her profession. Good and enjoyable.
ASSASSINATION GAMES – Just plain great. One of Van Dammes best movies in years.
BLOOD AND BONE- I’ve raved about this film before. One of my favorite martial arts films (I’ll put it right up there with Jet Li’s FIST OF LEGEND), because it has great martial arts, and great performances, and a great story (the last two you don’t often get in a martial arts film). An easy A+.
GAME OF DEATH- see my previous review, in short, definitely recommended Action film/thriller.
HIT LIST- Good direct to video movies and Cuba Gooding Jr don’t often go together in a sentence, however it does this time. THE HIT LIST on the surface is nothing more than a take-off on Michael Mann’s COLLATERAL, under the surface turns out to be a very good movie in its own right with solid performances by all involved. Cuba Gooding is surprisingly good here. Strongly Recommended.
After probably a decade without having a cable bill, and no issues doing so, I’m happy to still be cable bill free, but… you knew there was a but coming. 🙂
I was quite satisfied for 10 years doing without Television as a medium, and doing DVD rentals (typically for no or low cost at the library) or DVD purchases. But more often than not just spending far more time consuming books, and audio programs, and traveling.
So I’m happy to say I am still cable bill free, however of late I’ve become aware and become a dabbler in this… Roku thing.
Most of you are probably long time adopters of Roku, but for those of you who aren’t, Roku is both a company and a product. Roku is an American based company that produces a device, not much larger than a pack of cards, that allows you to stream channels, internet based stations, offering streaming TV shows, movies, documentaries, virtually everything you can find on cable, and much you cannot, in an on demand model to make traditional cable green with envy.
In a sentence, Roku is a wi-fi device that allows you to bring internet based channels and programming, content optimized for your computer, easily to your TV.
Internet access to your favorite TV/cable show is nothing new, however the Roku’s ease in consolidating all that content in one location and bringing it all to your TV, without the need of a cable bill is nothing short of amazing.
Of course utilizing your internet bandwidth there are obvious drawbacks, such as that as a whole the quality and speed is reliant on your broadband connection, and does not match the quality of cable.
But that given, Roku picture and sound quality is surprisingly good, and far better than the embarrassment and rip-off that is free digital TV in the United States. The garbage the FCC left us with when they stole the analog waves from the American people and gave it to big business and the military.
The 2nd problem is the Roku device upon first use/registration looks to collect your credit card and personal info by default in order to activate/use the Roku device.
That is a major problem. Especially if you only intend to use the free channels it is a huge potential and unnecessary privacy and security issue, particularly in this day of rampant hacking and identity theft.
Thankfully you can bypass the requirement to give your credit card number by calling customer service direct, but it is a hassle.
But those major problems acknowledged and bypassed, for between $60 and $100 depending on model (I recommend the Roku 2 XS, I’ll give a detailed breakdown of why next column), this wireless consolidator of online digital channels that streams easily to your tv, and easily lets you add and remove channels yourself, is (as long as the free channels last) nothing short of a marvel.
So yeah, until such time as the Roku concept stops being as awesome as it currently is, I’m going to enjoy having 1000s of hours of movies and television and music at my fingertips, for $0 a month.(Just like conventional cable you can add pay premium channels if you choose, but there is so much impressive free content out there that you definitely do not have to)
So if you are currently paying over $100 for cable or direct TV and locked into a contract, as most people are, and are looking not to do that anymore, I highly recommend taking the Roku for a spin. All you need is high-speed broadband internet to make use of it.
Well hope this article helps some of you who may have been seeking more info on Roku and alternatives to conventional cable. Come back next TECH TIPS as I provide you my favorite Roku channels as well as a weekly recommendation list for this week on Roku!
See you then, and feel free to leave comments if you are already a Roku convert. I’d love to hear a list of some of your favorite things about the Roku.
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