Hi Everyone, i need some help please... i have an older model Sony Bravia KDL-55HX800 which I purchased in 2010. I'm looking into purchasing a roku streaming device to watch Netflix, Amazon prime, etc.... which roku streaming device is best and compatible with my model tv? There are so many....
@Naturequeen, they should all be compatible with your TV. It's really about what features you want. Only the Ultra model has an Ethernet port; all the others only support Wi-Fi. The least expensive model comes with a "simple" remote that has to have a clear line of sight to the front of Roku device. The others have a Voice Remote or Voice Remote Pro (the difference being the Pro is rechargeable) which are point anywhere remotes and support voice commands. They also have controls to turn the TV on/off and adjust the volume. The simple remote can't do that.
While I have a stick that's been reliable and hasn't given me any problems I still recommend against them. My preference has always been the Ultra, but it's also the most expensive. As far as streaming goes you really won't notice a difference with any of them.
@renojim thank you for your reply. I can not seem to find the roku ultra on the website. I do see the roku streambar. I do have one more question and I apologize for my ignorance, can I also stream tv channels and maybe cancel my cable subscription in the near futur? Is there an extra charge to stream tv channels? I hope I'm clear.
The streaming experience is very different than what you're used to if you've been using cable TV most of your life. The savings comes from picking only what you want, but nothing comes without some cost. With streaming, most people watch things "on demand" from some service - Netflix, Peacock, Paramount, HBOMax, etc. Those all cost money. To get your local channels it may be as simple as just connecting an antenna to your TV and watching them live for free. This blog post gives a good overview of how to watch local channels:
Whether you can get rid of cable completely depends on your viewing habits and how easily you can adapt to the streaming experience. There are channels (as Roku calls them, most people would call them apps) that are similar to the cable experience, but are also similar to the cable model with different tiers with different channels and pricing. Hulu, YoutubeTV, fubuTV, and Philo come to mind. They have multiple traditional TV/cable channels within the channel/app and may provide your local channels.
Some things from your cable subscription are also available via a Roku device, but they're only available if you have a cable subscription. I know that doesn't make sense, but that's how it is. If there's channels you're getting via your cable subscription that you just can't live without list them here and someone may be able to tell you whether there's a way to get them via one of the other providers (Hulu, etc.) or some other way.
There's plenty of material available via a Roku device that is absolutely free, but you may have to put up with commercials/ads (sometimes way too many). Streaming is a different experience, so you may want to get one of the lower priced devices just to give it a try. I'd say it's not for everyone, but I think if most people gave it a chance they would dump cable and never look back.
As for no Ultra, are you in the US? Different regions have different devices available and different channels/apps available, so that could be important to know.
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@renojim I just read "4K on Roku players and Roku TV requires 4K content" yeah I don't think my tv is compatible. I don't see anything in the manual that my tv is 4k. My tv display is 1,920 dots x 1,080 lines. 😔