What Is a Roku Box?


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A Roku box is a streaming TV device that provides an alternative to watching via antenna or a cable service. The box connects directly to the TV and a home's Internet-receiving computer network. It also works with or without cable TV networks.

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Roku devices are compatible with other streaming services, such as Netflix or Hulu Plus, and the players work with almost any broadband connection. At least 3.0Mbps is recommended to receive HDTV signals, or 1.5 Mbps for SD signals. The advantage a Roku player has over cable is that there is no monthly or recurring charge after the device is purchased. With the Roku, hundreds of free channels are available.

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