Sideclick Remote Attachment
The Sideclick Universal Remote Attachment for Roku streaming player ($29.99) is a popular accessory that solves the problem of having too many remotes. The Sideclick is a universal remote attachment that attaches to the Roku remote and control the basic functions of the TV, receiver, sound bar, and Roku device. The Sideclick is programmed using IR learning technology, and is also compatible with some Roku TVs (see product description for compatibility information).
A Tablo DVR lets a cordcutter watch, pause, and record live antenna TV, as well as schedule and manage recordings, skip commercials, and fast-forward and rewind recordings. Just connect the Tablo to the same home WiFi network as your Roku, connect an over-the-air antenna, and stream live or recorded TV shows to your Roku. You can watch using the Tablo Roku channel, or use the Tablo app on mobile devices to watch anywhere - you can even access your recordings from outside your home network!
My selection is the Tablo DUAL OTA DVR with 64 GB storage ($199.99), although other options are available.
WiFi Range Extender
A range extender may lessen those annoying pauses for video buffering when a Roku is getting a weak WiFi signal due to distance from the router. I've gotten better Roku performance using the TP-Link AC750 Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, which is Amazon's #1 Best Seller in computer networking transceivers ($29.99).
A Roku mount (price varies) solves the problem of where to put the Roku device - mount it to the top or back of the TV, or on the wall. Strategic placement may also help with WiFi issues by elevating the Roku above furniture that may block the signal. The mount shown here is just one example; there are several available for various Roku models, and for other streaming devices as well.
Why not give the Roku user in your life another Roku? Even if every TV in the house has a Roku, the recipient may want to take a Roku to use in a hotel room or vacation home. The Roku Streaming Stick ($67.55) is especially portable.
If it's too late to have anything shipped, give Amazon Prime as a gift and you'll be giving the Roku user access to Prime Video, which is available on Roku. Amazon Prime members can watch all the popular Amazon Original series along with thousands of movies and TV shows. And, of course, your Amazon Prime gift includes free shipping, Amazon Music, and all the other perks of a Prime membership. A 12-month gift is $99, or give three months for only $33.
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