This past summer, I finally bought a Roku. Now that I have one, I’m not sure why I waited so long to take the plunge. After all, it’s only $42. Plus, it’s become so ubiquitous in my family, that it’s now the go-to device for most members of my family over the Xbox, Chromecast, Tivo and, most importantly, the cable remote.
Specific to soccer coverage, I’m finding myself using the Roku more than my Tivo and cable remote during the past few months for several different reasons.
First, I don’t have to worry about which games are on Premier League Extra Time and which ones are on NBCSN, NBC or CNBC. Every game is available to me via the NBC Sports App (through authenticating that I have a cable subscription to the network). For me, that’s a big deal. Previously, for any game that was only on Premier League Extra Time, I would fire up my laptop and watch the game on my computer. With the Roku, it’s made it easier for me to watch all of the Premier League games. Plus, just as important, the games are shown on the Roku without the banner ad sitting at the top of the screen, like they are when you watch matches on NBC Sports App via your computer.
Second, other than the first pre-roll video, there are no TV commercials when I watch the Premier League games on the Roku.
Third, if I’ve had a busy day away from home and I missed several of the matches, the NBC Sports App on Roku is now the first place I go to watch highlights of the games. The Premier League highlights are available soon after the game ends, and it allows me a quick and easy way to find out what happened in all of the games without having to plod through the NBC Sports website to find the highlights I’m interested in.
Fourth, in addition to the NBC Sports App, I have the fuboTV, WatchESPN, FOX Sports GO, PS Vue and Sling TV apps on Roku, so I can watch not only all of the games from the other leagues, but I can also watch some of my favorite TV shows such as Halt and Catch Fire and Mr Robot on Sling TV.
In addition to the above reasons, I’m also loving the Sky News app on Roku, which is free and provides 24/7 international news updates.