Cord Cutters: 3 Roku Tips & Tricks

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Do you have a Roku box, but only use it to watch Netflix or Hulu Plus on your TV? Well, you could be doing a whole lot more with the device. In this week’s episode of Cord Cutters, Janko shows you how you can watch YouTube, enjoy videos hosted on a USB drive and even stream video from your PC to the box itself.


In this episode, Janko notes that many video types won’t play on the Roku without being encoded in a supported format. But there are at least five different options for converting your files to MP4 and MOV, with a favorite among Roku users being Handbrake.

If you like these tips, you should also check out seven other things you might not know you can do with your Roku, including watch live TV and control the device with your phone.

We’re currently experimenting with the format of Cord Cutters, and would love to hear your thoughts about our new single-subject episodes, as well as any topics you’d like to see us cover down the line — so feel free to sound off in the comments.

And we’re always hungry for your stories of dropping cable, for potential inclusion in our Cord Cutters Survival Stories series. Get in touch via Twitter or email if you’re interested in sharing.

Previous episodes of Cord Cutters:

Ep. 01: Cord Cutters: NewTeeVee’s First Web Series!

Ep. 02: Is the Xbox 360 a Good Cord-Cutting Device?

Ep. 03: Logitech Revue: Not Cutting It For Cord Cutters

Ep. 04: Wanna Try Cord Cutting? Buy A $12 Antenna

Ep. 05: Cord Cutters: NewTeeVee Live Edition, Cord-Cutting Activism

Ep. 06: Cord Cutters: Is The Boxee Box the Solution for You?

Ep. 07: Cord Cutters: The Gift Guide for Cable-Free Holidays

Ep. 08: Cord Cutters: Is Hulu Plus Enough to Replace Cable?

Ep. 09: Cord Cutters: Turn Your PC Into a Media Center

Ep. 10: Cord Cutters: Can You Entertain Your Kids Sans Cable?

Ep. 11: Cord Cutters Confessions: Why We Canceled Cable

Ep. 12: Cord Cutters: The WD TV Live Plus

Ep. 13: Cord Cutters: How to Optimize Your Netflix Streaming

Ep. 14: Cord Cutters: 3 Boxee Box Tips and Tricks

Ep. 15: Cord Cutters: The iFanboy Edition

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