Roku Ultra Streaming Media Player Black 4660R netflix free account 2020
I bought 2 of these Roku Ultra players for my mother. I’m the live in caretaker and last year we cut the cord – got rid of a bundle of cable + net + home phone service to cut the cost in more than half by just going with Net service. Home phone was nearly obsolete and seemed to serve only as a receiver for telemarketers and the cost of cable – for what we watch – made much more sense going with a streaming service (at the moment Hulu Live TV, but thinking about trying YouTube or the DirecTV NOW app). I’m an Apple guy (never thought I’d say that), and on my television I use Apple TV. However, my elderly mother is not tech savvy – I recall back to when we had a VCR, someone always had to do the “be kind, rewind” duty because even the simplest electronics were enough to confuse her. That being said, the AppleTV remote proved quite challenging – the swipes etc were something that proved to a hurdle that kept her too afraid to learn how to use it, so we tried Roku Ultra. I now have a Roku Ultra in the living room, and in her bedroom and she has a much easier time using it than AppleTV. If I am to be honest, the Roku tends to buffer more frequently and experiences skipping / clipping in playback of the Hulu LiveTV app more frequently than the AppleTV does. However, it is ONLY when watching Live TV on that app. This occurs on the AppleTV also, though not as frequently. When watching Hulu programming that is not Live TV, or Netflix, Youtube etc, this device streams seamlessly without issue. I think it’s more of a Hulu Live issue than a streaming device issue to be honest. One thing that I did notice is that the Roku devices seem to stream much more data than AppleTV. We were using the AppleTV substantially – my mother being mostly homebound and without much in the way of hobbies, the TV goes on in the morning and barring any doctors’ appointments, stays on most all days morning till night. Our data use jumped from around 500-600 gb data / month to in this current billing cycle, we’re on pace for roughly 1.2 tb data. For the last couple weeks of last month, I had the AppleTV disconnected and we used one Roku and the data use skyrocketed at the end of the month compared to the first part of the month. That is the only complaint that I can find, but like the AppleTV, I’m looking for workarounds – I know with AppleTV you can turn of auto updating, change the screen saver settings etc. If I’m able to find some way to alter the data use of Roku Ultra, I would then put it on par with AppleTV. In the interim, I would put it just behind the AppleTV, but only because of the huge uptick in data use. For those not tech savvy, or can’t seem to get a handle on the gestures / swipes of an AppleTV remote and prefers buttons, this player should more than suffice. If you have data limits, you may want to keep a close eye on data use as you move through your billing period. Great product!