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Why I’m loving the Roku Streaming Stick for soccer coverage


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.

The Roku Streaming Stick plugs into my HDMI port on my TV. It’s so easy to use that it’s now my go-to device for my television.

If you have a Roku, which channels are your favorites? Let us know in the comments section below. If you don’t have a Roku, let me know what questions you have if any about the streaming stick, etc.

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  1. Nosferatu

    September 27, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    I’m a big fan of the Roku as well, especially as a baseball and hockey fan. and work great on it, especially for replays (or catching up if you start a game a little late and then fast-forward through the commercials).

    With the NBC Sports app, I only wish NBC would be more consistent with what games they put up on replay and how long it takes to get them up there. I don’t understand why, but several times this season I’ve found replays up to watch on my iPad, but they either never show up for replay on the Roku app or take several hours to show up on there.

    Also a good trick I’ve found as a Time Warner Cable subscriber who has to watch FS2 in standard definition: if you watch through the TWCTV app on Roku, FS2 is actually in HD on there!

    • Brian

      November 18, 2016 at 11:08 am

      It’s incredibly frustrating not knowing when a game will be put on replay or even if it will be available at all. I don’t mind getting up early to watch the games, but this season has a ton of 4:30 am (MST) games and that is a bridge too far.

      Any explanation from NBC of which games will be on replay or when those games should be available would be great.

      • Christopher Harris

        November 21, 2016 at 2:26 pm

        Hi Brian, unfortunately the Premier League prevents NBC Sports from making all 10 games available on replay. What I have noticed lately is that the NBC Sports App Twitter account has been posting when and which replays are added. See an example here:

        Looking at the tweet, they must make a judgment call each weekend after the games are played to determine which are the best matches to make available on replay (hence the reason why they didn’t make one of the matches available in order to comply with Premier League rules. Southampton-Liverpool was not made available on replay).

  2. Kirby Grimes

    September 27, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    I’ve considered this but wonder what speed WiFi you need? I have 25 mpbs.

    • Vssssqz

      September 27, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      That is enough speed, you shouldn’t have any issues, I had max 18 a couple years ago and no problems at all.

  3. Captain Obvious

    September 27, 2016 at 1:14 am

    But the NBC Sports App, Sling TV, and PS Vue work on Chromecast as well? What makes the Roku better than a Chromecast then? It is more expensive after all…

    • Christopher Harris

      September 27, 2016 at 7:50 am

      With the Roku Streaming Stick, you can install apps on it such as NBC Sports App, Sling TV and PS Vue. With Chromecast, it’s a way of ‘casting’ your stream from your computer, phone or tablet to your TV set.

      Here’s a walkthrough video with more info:

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