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A Present That I Used to Save Me Money

For Chanukah, I asked for and received a RokuRoku is like a cable box for the internet.  My box brings in unlimited Netflix streaming videos (20,000 available) and music from Pandora.  It can be setup to do much more.

I decided, upon getting the gift, to cut my Netflix subscription from 2 DVDs at a time for $13.99 per month to 1 DVD at a time for $8.99 per month.  Sure it is only $5 per month, but that is $60 per year.  I can do a lot with $60.  The cheapest Roku costs $80, so this is a 16 month break even point for what I look at as an entertainment investment.

For now, I am sticking with cable as well, but it definitely makes me think.  If I could Hulu through the box as well, and have a digital antenna, it would make me think a lot harder.

So far, I have not used the box a lot but I like it.  It works just like a cable box.  It was easy to setup and has its own remote.  I started watching season one of Dexter on my Roku.  It is just like watching it on TV, but I can pause and leave and come back.  I guess it is like a cable box and DVR in one.

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