... Our current cable bill with mid range internet a month is $260 😳 So today, he changed our service to the bare basic cable and mid range internet ... and it's down to $109 thankfully!).
Is $109 the total bill? Have you actually received a bill where that is the bottom line? Or might you end up with a higher amount, due to device rental (router, TV boxes, etc), broadcast fees (local channels, sports channels), and other fees (they love fees)?
Depending on what the final monthly bill amount is, you may have a good setup already. Of course, it may be for a limited time if the cable service gave you a 6-month or 12-month special after which your cost goes up $20, $40, $60, etc, monthly.
So, depending on all that -- which is a lot -- you may have a good deal already, and a Roku device might not bring much to the table.
... I have been asking my husband REPEATEDLY about looking into getting Roku but he hasn't had time to actually sit down and do the research. ...
If he didn't think it important enough to do the research, he may be inclines to think it is not necessary. However, he may like the Roku and be thankful that you did the research yourself. You would know better which extreme would be more likely.
... My mother is 82 years old and has finally been able to master all the buttons on our cable remote (we have a TV upstairs to watch and she has a TV downstairs to watch) after 6 months ...
Keeping cable, at least for the short term, is probably a good idea, as she would likely be the last one to adapt to using a Roku device. Of course, you wouldn't need to put a Roku on her TV initially, until you were ready to begin to transition her, if at all.
... If we decide on getting a Roku for the upstairs TV, can she keep her basic TV/cable downstairs? ...
Yes, each TV would need a Roku device in order to use a Roku. Roku only replaces cable if you cancel cable. And you would only use Roku on each TV to which you added a Roku device.
... We can't get rid of the cable because the cheapest route to keep the internet is to bundle with our cable company ...
I, too, have run across situations such as that. Sometimes, that is the cheapest way to go.
... IF... she can keep her normal TV remote with her cable... what speed of the internet does the Roku need?...
50 Mbps should be plenty fast. If you're only using one stream, 25 Mbps may be plenty fast. Unless someone is into Internet gaming, which can eat up bandwidth.
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