I was recently given a Roku LT by a generous colleague (who reminded me that I was on my own for the HDMI cable, which I picked up Sunday). The price of these things has fallen so far that, yes, it's not all that off the chart; it was still a very nice thing for him to do.
If you're an Amazon Prime member -- and we of Roseholme most certainly are -- the sheer number of free (free!) films is staggering. (And per-episode TV shows are priced at e-book rates).
This thing may get me back to looking at TV on the big living-room screen more than casually and rarely. Video quality is as good as the source, and it tracks films in my Kindle Fire (Hogfather was already in "My Library" as soon as I had the Roku linked to my Amazon account and it asked if I wanted to start up where I'd left off! Totally trying to get Tam to sit down and watch it.) Setup isn't especially tricky, either.
You might remember this gadget for those hard-to-gift relatives; all they need is wi-fi and a little computer savvy. But be warned: it could be highly addictive!
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