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Cable Cutter Alert: New Live Sports And News Options Available On ROKU

April 2, 2015

On this episode of the podcast Jim Paris and Bob Yetman discuss a new service that provides live sports and news and a host of TV channels through the Internet (no cable TV required). Also, how to optimize your student loans, how the Internet is affecting the elderly, and the future of high paying jobs in law enforcement.

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Another Option – Combine Basic Cable With Roku

Most cable providers are required (as part of their agreement with the local city) to offer a stripped down basic cable package. This is mostly the local channels, but in some cases it offers quite a bit more than that. In my community this package sells for about $25 per month and while it is mostly the local channels, there are others like WGN, C-SPAN,  and Brighthouse Sports Network included.

The idea here is that if you don’t want to get a digital antenna to pick up your local stations (or you are too far out of range for that to work), you can drop down to the most basic cable package and then supplement it with ROKU. This will still save you probably more than 50% from what you are likely paying now. For sports fans, this also gives you a means of picking up many of your local sports events.

Make the phone call and get the list of channels for the most basic package and you will be able to quickly determine if this resolves any programming dilemmas for your family.

James L. Paris
ChristianMoneyPlus Co-Founder

Can The Sports Fanatic Finally Drop Cable?

I get several e mails each week (usually from wives) wanting to implement my strategy on dropping cable/satellite. They love the idea, and it can mean a huge savings of $1,000 or more per year for an average family. If you want to drop cable/satellite, don’t miss our comprehensive special report on this topic. I watch my favorite shows on Fox News, my wife watches all of her favorites like Dancing With The Stars, all without cable or satellite.

There is one huge problem: sports programming. This is a major deal breaker, and is the number one reason that so many people stay plugged in to cable and satellite. There was some very big news this summer that may be a game changer for sports fans that want to unplug. The NFL Sunday Ticket, long associated exclusively with a required subscription to DirecTV, is now available a la carte (depending on where you live).


A new option will allow individuals to buy the NFL Sunday Ticket (without a DirecTV subscription) if they live at an address that can not accommodate a satellite dish. An example of this would be an apartment building or a college dormitory, but there would be other scenarios (such as a residence with an obstruction that prevents the use of a dish). This will be nearly impossible to police, and I believe will quickly lead to anyone being able to access this package a la carte. How many people can simply use the address of a friend that lives in an apartment (or their kids dorm address)? What about an office address? In my own case, I could use the address of the marina where I keep my boat.

No Roku Yet, But There Are Other Options

There are a number of compatible computer, phone, and tablet devices; if you want to get the game on your big screen TV, you will be able to do so using a Playstation 3/4 or an Xbox 360/One. As far as we know at this point, Chromecast and Apple AirPlay are not compatible (it is widely expected, however, that compatibility will be soon expanded to include these and a wide array of other devices).

Keep in mind that the NFL Sunday Ticket provides access only to ‘out of market games.’ This is ideal if you live in Florida and follow the Chicago Bears, but not if you do the same and live in Chicago. Broadcasting of local NFL games will vary by city. In most locations, you can simply grab an inexpensive digital antenna and get your games over the air for free.

Roku Sports Subscription Packages

Major League Baseball

National Hockey League NHL

Other Sports Channels On Roku

I am not a big sports fan, but I see an ever-increasing number of Roku channels in the category of sports. It is important to read the fine print as some channels require a subscription. Other channels are free but can only be accessed if you have an existing account with a major cable provider, etc.. In many cases, a sports viewing package will exclude home games. One nice development to mention is the recent addition of NFL Now on Roku for just $1.99 monthly. You can follow up to three teams and gain access to the largest archive of NFL videos available anywhere.


There are so many variables here, my best advice is to personally research what is possible based on the sports teams you want to follow. I am convinced that within three to five years all of this nonsense will be resolved and people will be able to pick and choose what they want to subscribe to without all of these archaic restrictions.

James L. Paris
ChristianMoneyPlus Co-Founder

Watching The Super Bowl Without Cable

Although it honestly would not have been a tragedy to miss it, my wife and I wanted to watch the Super Bowl just for the halftime show and the commercials. The game was of little interest to us. Since I dropped cable TV several months ago, I was scrambling to find a way to watch the big game. Of course, those that have followed my overall strategy on dropping cable would likely have access to a local Fox channel with an over-the-air antenna. In my own case, we have had issues with getting a consistently good signal with an antenna. This is due to the fact that Palm Coast, FL is not really in close proximity to a major city.

One other option to get regular network TV is the $8 per month option through Aereo TV.  Bad news again for me again, as Aereo is not available in my area.  It is coming soon to Orlando and I will be among the first to sign up. I did learn that the Super Bowl would be streamed over the Internet; there may have been a Roku channel that was streaming it, but I could not find one.

Chromecast To The Rescue

I purchased a Chromecast device for $35 about a month ago as a supplement to my Roku.  I have gotten plenty of use out of my Chromecast so far, and it allowed me to take the Internet stream of the Super Bowl and move it to my large screen TV in HD. So, that is how I watched the Super Bowl without cable.  Where there’s a will there’s a way.

Honestly, I don’t think it will be much longer until we will see a robust TV option that literally represents a knockout blow to cable.  In fact, one rumor swirling right now is that Amazon has such a service in development for release later this year.  I think the Chromecast device is an excellent supplement, however, for Roku users who, like me, have dumped cable.

James L. Paris
ChristianMoneyPlus Co-Founder

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CNN International On Roku

The CNN International Channel on Roku seems to be having some technical issues these days. You can grab the channel at this link.  About two weeks ago it stopped working, and I have tried it on 3 different devices (including a Roku at my daughter’s home) and still no luck, so I am pretty much convinced that it is the channel itself and nothing on my end. A great resolution to this problem that I found is Nowhere TV (which is free). This is a great plug-in and includes CNN International and quite a lot of other channels as well.  The good news is that CNN International is working fine from within Nowhere TV.

James L. Paris
Co-Founder ChristianMoneyPlus



Why I Dumped The PlayOn Plug-In For My Roku

playonI recently discovered an add-on service for my Roku called PlayOn.  The service, as described, appeared to offer a robust set of new channels I could add to my Roku for only $25 per year or $49 lifetime.  The problem is that most of the channels require subscriptions or for me to already be a cable TV subscriber (which I am not).  In the end, I decided to cancel the service and request a refund.

I was most disappointed with the weak customer service response when I inquired if I was missing something on my perception about their channel line up.  I get two boilerplate e mail replies that appeared to be computer generated.

The bottom line is that PlayOn does not really add much if anything to what you can get without it from other free sources.  My advice; save your money.

James L. Paris
ChristianMoneyPlus Co-Founder