Cutting the Cord from Cable TV
Almost a year ago, I installed a Roku media streaming device for our television. This required an internet connection and a Wi-Fi router for the box to work. We ordered both the Roku and the router from Walmart.com using site to store. This was amazingly convenient for us.
After setting up the Wi-Fi connection to your device, you also must add and activate the channels on your computer Roku Account. Many channels are free, but some of them require a subscription either through Roku itself or a third party. Netflix and Hulu are some of the excellent third party providers, and are much cheaper than cable, and provide much of the same content. For kids content, I've found that Netflix is better.
I've been using RateRix as a supplement to the usual programming that we have, and have been able to enjoy music videos, learning content for my children, and even helpful videos for my math class. There was even documentaries from PBS available there. Sometime in September the RateRix stopped being fully supported.
I've been researching alternatives to RateRix and one that keeps showing up is the Plex channel. Plex is a customizable solution and requires software to be installed to your computer, unlike most Roku channels.
I've not downloaded Plex Media Server yet. It seems to have two important values as a Roku channel, it's free and it can do what you need it to, if you can only figure out how. Its disadvantage is that it is only as good as the third party plugin channels that you install to it. I'll comment on this when I actually install and try the Plex Server.
Information about Plex Media Server link below:
Information about the Roku link below: