Next step was the near surgical removal of the DVR (“Sponge;” Slap. “Scalpel;” Slap. “Curses;” Slap.) Happily, the patient (elderly TV) lived and quickly recovered.
I really dreaded the next part – hooking up the Roku box. Silly me – worry is such a waste of time. Plugged it in – one wire to TV, one to an electrical outlet – and followed the easy on-screen and on-line directions. (When you’re ready to do this, I do recommend you sit where you can see the TV while typing on the computer. Otherwise, there is some annoying back-and-forth. But, if you value all exercise, go ahead and leave the computer in another room. Why not upstairs?)
Warning: A credit card is required (to be kept on file, in case you ever want to buy or rent shows/movies/music). And, there’s no way around that! Except . . . you could buy yourself a Visa Gift Card and declare it a credit card. I love this – for many reasons.
Hook-up took about 15 minutes. Then, I clicked “Video Mode” on our TV remote. Roku revealed itself on screen, a doorway into a whole ‘nother world. The Roku remote is small, lightweight and has very few buttons (YESS!). There are very few options on the first screen, but most important of these is the Channel Store – where the fun begins! It’s the go-to place for adding NBC News, TED, byutv, Amazon, Netflix, Pandora, Crackle, HuluPlus, XFactor, WeatherUnderground, AolHD, CNBC Real Time, WatchMoJo, Video Poker, Break, ComedyTime and an overwhelming amount of stuff we’d never heard of.
So far, we haven’t spent a dime online. Plenty of time for that, though . . . Later.