I 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.
#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.
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.
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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