Amazon Review by Kitchen Barbarian
Not the greatest, but better than buying an actual computer to serve as a streaming server to your TV
The Roku service itself kind of sucks, but it was much cheaper than replacing the dead computer I used to use as a dedicated streaming device for my TV.
One of the reasons Roku sucks is that the setup makes it look like you have to provide a credit card to get a Roku account (which is how you enable the device).
I absolutely WILL NOT put credit card information on an account that just anybody can then pick up my Roku remote and order away to their hearts content - and my financial detriment.
You CAN bypass this and its fairly simple. Just google “how to get a Roku account without giving a credit card” - Amazon won’t let me post an actual link in the review but you can find some articles for yourself so as to bypass this totally unnecessary and potentially dangerous option.
Another reason for moderate suckage on the part of the Roku is that there are a lot of channels on it that purport to be free but when you actually sign in, they try to sell you other services. There are a bunch that never play at all. And the vast majority of the “channels” they purport to offer are just worthless crap.
However at least I can watch Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime on the Big Screen again.