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Why I Bought My Parents a Roku Player


roku-ultraI often get emails about what streaming player I would recommend for a variety of reasons. The truth is they all have their pluses and minuses, but I do recommend one player more often than the others. In this post I explain why that player is the Roku. Now let me be clear other players can be a great fit for many but hopefully this post answers many emails I get.

So here are the following reasons are why I bought a Roku for my parents and recommend them to many new cord cutters:

#1 Ease of use

I recommend the Roku player for one reason: ease of use. Yes, many would argue that the interface is not the most beautiful, but its simplicity is the reason I recommend it.

This stripped down simple grid user interface is super simple to use. Add in the quick button on the remote, which makes it super simple to find the content you want.

roku_express-right_turn_2#2 The Remote

Look at the big three players—Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV. I find the Roku remote to be one of the easiest to use. The simple dpad interface rather than a touchpad or circle is a simple and easy interface. All the buttons are clearly marked, and even the action key has a big OK on it.

Although I would love the ability to program the quick buttons to do what I want them to they are a great feature. The fact that Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, or Sling are on most of the Roku remotes makes the remotes easy to use, especially if all your parents want are services such as Netflix.

#3 The Price

The last reason I recommend the Roku player for many is the price. I often get asked what is the best bang for my buck when it comes to a streaming player. With Roku players starting at $29.99 for a 1080p player and $79.99 for a 4K player my recommendation for the budget player is a Roku.

Roku-Home-MyFeed-v7#4 Content

For now no other player offers more streaming content that the Roku. Others may have more weather apps, but for now the Roku offers more cord cutting services and video streaming apps. From a wide selection of content stores to a large catalog of free and subscription streaming services Roku stands out with the most content.

Conclusion

Not one player is right for everyone. Get the player that is right for you after you do your own research. But if you ask what player I would get my parents and what player I think is easiest to use I suggest the Roku line of players.

It may not be the most powerful player—that honor goes to the Nvidia Shield. It may not be the most beautiful player—many would say they prefer the look of the Apple TV or the Fire TV—but the Roku is super simple to use at a good price.

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  • bobinc

    I would have thought you could just say because they paid you, I just assume since the site is always so heavy Roku.

  • Jeff McLean

    I have had firetv stick, apple tv, and roku. The roku is just very simple to use, I have 3 of them and they perform great. My kids can use them without issues. If my parents wanted a streamer the roku is what I would buy for them also.

  • mwsasser

    It works well because first and foremost, Roku is a set-top-box company. They aren’t a computer & cell phone maker or warehouse sales company. They focused on doing one thing well and it shows.

    • Agree on this one. Clearly, being the best on just this one platform is what they’re focused on.

  • RowMan

    I mainly use Fire TV, but I started my parents on an old Roku of mine just to revitalize an older TV they had in a spare bedroom that was not connected to their Dish Network. It didn’t even have an antenna. Just a DVD/VCR combo. I chose Roku for them mainly as they are technophobes and the Roku had the simplest interface and remote. I installed slew of channels that had all free movies, TV shows, and music (and still install channels remotely when I find something of value to them). It took them a few months for them to even start playing around with it, but it was my mother (the BIGGEST technophobe) who one day mentioned to me that she kind of liked it. That was huge.

    That was over a year ago. Today, they have since cut off their almost 10 year, $50 per month, relationship with Dish Network and have gone full Roku in all three TVs in their house. Along with a rooftop antenna, they now have no trouble finding something to watch or listen to. They have a ton more content to choose from that they actually enjoy over what they ever got from their basic Dish Network package. Their TV bill (that I paid) is now ZERO.Thank you, Roku. It is a great fit for them and now they have finally hit the 21st century for their home entertainment.

  • Curtice Morris

    I currently use mostly Roku, have 3 Roku TVs, have a Fire Stick in the living room. Prefer Roku’s UI because of the simplicity and the remote responds well. The Fire Stick’s UI is kind of messy from having Amazon Prime Video built into it, as compared to being just an app and the remote tends to lag so it takes a few seconds to respond, which gets frustrating.

  • beentheredonethat2

    I have a Roku in the bedroom and Apple TV in the living room. I like the fact that the Apple remote controls my tv and did so from day one without me having to do any kind of setup. I also like the fact that I can mirror my IPad to the tv. The Roku was only 1/3 the price and works fine.