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TV 101

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TV 101

I watched several episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in French while in Lyon. I also got to experience Friends in Turkish in Istanbul. 

Neither of these were because I was smart enough to figure out you could learn new languages through TV. As evidenced by the fact that I spent several hours watching The Beverly Hillbillies in English. In Reno. 

Roku Streaming Stick 4K box with photo of roku remote and stick on it

I realize this makes me sound my age, but do you remember when you used to be able to walk into anybody’s house and watch their TV? Just like sit down, pick up the remote and turn on the TV to whatever channel you wanted? 

That was nice. 

While it’s also nice to have a million channels to choose from, one of our (mostly my) biggest challenges with bouncing around and living in different homes has been trying to figure out how to watch their TV. While we have subscriptions to Hulu and Netflix, we would have to watch them on our computers, which are normally in use at the same time. 

Then the magic happened. We ended up in a home with a Roku set-up. There are just a few buttons on the remote, so I can find the channels I want easily and without drama. The same remote also controls the volume, so you only need one! This timing was very convenient, as it happened at the home we spent most of December in, which is also when our schedules lightened up a bit.

When we get to our new flat in Portugal, this is the set-up we’ll have. It’ll make it easier on me as well as (I’m assuming) our guests. I also think this would be great for any Airbnb or guest room situation. 

Honestly, I feel like this would be so good for anybody who doesn’t want to spend time figuring out how their TV works. 

Jackie Shelton, APR, is a strategic communications veteran who, after 30 years still has a hard time focusing on one particular aspect, so she has stopped trying.


  • Lynette
    December 27, 2023

    Love your comments always! I may convert to Roku myself here at home. I like simple. Best wishes in SF and cant wait to hear about your new adventures and life in Portugal. Wishing you health and many blessings!


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