I've been debating the merits of switching from cable/satellite to streaming video from the web. The Roku box is designed to do this (click here for Roku site). For a one time fee, you hook up this box and can stream or access TV on demand. The Roku site advertises many free stations, but their website is terrible in terms of giving actual information.
What would I get for free stations that have actual value?
My biggest fear is that I will miss many Michigan games. I do not see the BTN To Go listed on their channels. I do see ESPN listed as a free channel. Has anyone here braved the risk of missing large swaths of the football season to save $80 a month in TV utilities? Though at $80 a month, I could theoretically go to the bar for 12 games and still save money by not paying subscription fees to DirecTV.
It does not seem like most network channels have jumped into this for live broadcasting. I'd like to know if anyone out there has a Roku box, and how it actually works.
I've lived in NYC for the last 13 years and have been cobbling together my Michigan football viewing via going to bars, ESPN3 on my computer, bootleg JustinTV watching, etc.
I actually haven't even had a TV for several years, but I'm about to change that, and being able to watch Michigan is pretty high on my list of requirements for what kind of TV/what sort of cable to get.
I'm thinking of getting one of the computer/TV hybrids, i.e. Google TV or a plug in for a big iMac to be able to access ESPN3 and the other computer options for watching UM.
Or maybe it's the case that Michigan is on ABC or one of the basic ESPN options often enough here in NYC that just having cable would suffice. I'm not really clear how often they are the featured game here.
Are there any east coasters out there who have advice on what to do?
I just moved to northwest Georgia and the cable companies don't offer the Big Ten Network even in sports packages. The DirectTV guy came today and confirmed my suspicions that all the trees will block satellite service.
Anyone on here know of any sports bars that would be good to go to? Going to Atlanta would be fine, but ideally I'd like to stay a little closer so that I can watch as much of the other games as possible. Chattanooga would be good. Ringgold, Dalton, Calhoun?
Edit: I know that I probably won't find anything outside of Atlanta but I can hope for that first. So Atlanta people I would love to hear your suggestions.
Cox Cable, New Orleans' cable provider does not offer the Big 10 Network. Most people down here are SEC fans obviously/unfortunately, but the local sports bars draw big crowds for Big 10 games and I've seen enough posters on this board mentioning they are from this area to know we're well represented. I don't think adding Nebraska will heighten the probability of getting BTN added but I wondered if any of you have or would be interested in trying to lobby to get BTN added to Cox (whether you live down here or not).
BTN provides a form that automatically sends a request to Cox, I've filled this thing out annually but so far no luck. I encourage others to help out and fill out this form, even if you don't live in Louisiana (though, someone with more computer knowledge might be able to tell me if they track where you're sending the request from and therefore disqualify anything out of the area).
I realize that this may not make one damn bit of difference but I thought it might be worth a shot:
If you're asked for a zip code add 70118 or 70115 (others from the area, feel free to add your local zip) and select Cox as the cable provider. If this catches on maybe we can help lobby for other areas without BTN.