April 13, 2014

Roku and Plex streaming

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Last November, I got fed up with Time Warner being inconsistent in their offering prices. I was told when I moved from the apartment to my house that I could keep my old plan. Great, that worked. Except when I got my first bill, i ended up with a total that was three times the amount I had been playing at the apartment. I called Time Warner several times and each time I was given a different story. Suffice it to say, that I canceled the cable subscription and kept only the high speed internet. (There isn’t another option for reliable high speed internet except DSL.)

I bought a Roku, subscribed to Netflix and Amazon Prime, and haven’t looked back.

A friend of mine gave me a video that I was watching on my little Windows laptop. An 11-inch screen isn’t exactly prime viewing. On a hunch, I figured that there had to be a way to stream from a PC to a Roku. There is a streaming media server software called Plex that allows me to stream the videos you gave me from my Windows PC to my Roku. I’m currently watching Game of Thrones on the TV by streaming it from my PC. How cool is that? There are free and subscription services. I’m only using the free service.

There is a version of Plex available for Mac, Linux, and Windows.

This is really cool.

I love the Roku.

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