If you have a ROKU streamer, there are tons of free movie and tv show channels available to watch. I bought one and it is the best investment I ever made. netflix, hbo, amazon, acornonline, pbs so many many channels, most of them free, some with a subscription. (usually like 2.99 per year)
We like Netflix a lot. I know you said free but the base plan is so cheap...under $10 a month for streaming very current movies and programs. We had the original Hulu, subscribed to Netflix and later tried a free month of the subscriber Hulu. We didn't care for the Hulu interface and found navigating cumbersome compared to Netflix. I keep a variety of programs qued, using my laptop as a portable entertainment system while doing chores around the house. The documentary library is huge.
okay but I not very technical. it is a small device that you connect directly to your tv. You do have to have internet in your house somewhere with a wireless router. you just connect it, one set of cables to tv and one wire to a plug, both come with the roku. then you go online to roku.com and open an account (free) and start chosing the channels you want. you can also add the channels right on your tv. some are free, some have a monthly fee(like netflix) some have a one time charge (usually very nominal from 99cents to 4.99) it always tells you before you add if the channel is free or has a fee. if you have cable or fios on your tv, you can also get a lot of those channels to your roku, like espn, disney, pbs, hbogo, fox, syfy,
I suggest you go to roku.com and browse the channels to see if there are things you would be interested in.
the box can cost anywhere from 49.00 to 79.00, but I bought the least expensive one and am very happy with it. you can also get them on ebay for even less.
hope this helps
and I hope I didnt sound like a commercial, but I am so happy with mine.
We have to have cable for reception but canceled all the extras once we put roku boxes in the houses. If you subscribe to a channel like, lets say Netflix, you can watch on your computer while doing tasks and then stop and turn on the TV, then go to your subscription channel for a larger screen. If I go to a place in the house without a roku, and want to watch something other than basic cable, I bring along the laptop.
Many new TVs are "smart" TVs and have the equivalent of a roku built into the unit. If you are looking at new TVs check into that.
We have a cottage in the country and paid for satellite for years. We are not there for months so it was an expensive luxury to pay for that there and cable in Atlanta. Now we have a roku box up there and two in Atlanta and pay for only one subscription...Netflix. I can watch Netflix wherever we are that has internet. We also enjoy Pandora music (free), where you can set up your own music profile, PBS, (free) and many other free venues. Hope this helps.
Our home in Atlanta is far from the street and on several acres.Though it's in the city proper, we are buried in deep woods. Cable is the price we pay for privacy and sustaining a small wildlife preserve in the midst of six million people.
The following is from the ROKU website:
"In general, the faster your Internet connection, the better the video quality. For the best viewing results, we recommend a minimum of 1.5 Mbps for standard definition and 3.0 Mbps for HD content. To test your network speed, visit either one of the following (free) websites".
I am dropping my Comcast tv. my internet speed will be 25 mega bits.
We have had ROKU for 6 months. I have watched movies via Blockbuster channel. Is there another movie channel or method where I can 'pause' a movie? I was in the middle of a movie last night and the phone rang. I did not answer as I could not pause it and had pd $ for the movie.
Not free per se but HBO is included in our current package which expires in February. We had not used it until SO began watching Boardwalk Empire last month. He recommended the series to me and I've been trying to catch up but I'm very unhappy navigating the site compared to Netflix. In addition, the series is not streaming well on my tablet. It drops and leaves me starting at the beginning, loses audio or visual and pauses then restarts. Amazon is much better but Netflix is still best, IMO. None are free.