64Last week I explained the benefits of Amazon Prime – huge savings on shipping costs as well as access to hundreds of thousands of electronic books as well as over 41,000 movies and TV shows. If you missed that issue, click here to read it in the RCW archives.

You can watch any of those movies and TV shows right on your computer, tablet or smart phone. As cool as that sounds, most of us would prefer to instead watch on our large screen, HD, TV sets, right? To do that, you need to invest in an electronic device called Roku.

Connect the Roku to your TV – it’s easy and comes with instructions. Then select Amazon Prime from the menu and start watching. As Ron Popeil used to say in his commercials, “but wait, there’s more!” The Roku device also lets you use your TV to get LOTS of other content from the internet – from popular premium services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, Spotify and MLB.TV to many free entertainment options like Crackle, Pandora, Disney and VEVO. You get access to over 750 channels featuring movies, TV shows, live sports, music, photo and video sharing, games,and more.

What’s the catch? None. Once you own a Roku there are no on-going monthly fees – unless you decide to subscribe to other premium services like Netflix. There’s a lot of free content, and of course, the 41,000 movies and TV shows that come with Amazon Prime. There are four Roku models that range in price from $50 to $100. I suggest the full featured Roku 3 for $100 with free shipping. Read more about Roku at their website where you can also order one – click here.