Campus cable service often comes up short, meaning channel surfing options may be limited. Not to worry. Just bring on Roku's digital video player, which features connected streaming that automatically pulls free and subscription-based Internet entertainment content straight to your TV. With its vast instant view library of TV and film, Roku's most appealing feature is undoubtedly its Netflix connectivity, but the box is also compatible with Amazon's Video On Demand, Pandora and MLB TV, just to name a few. Though some require separate subscriptions, others, like the Roku Newscaster channel or Blip TV are accessible for free.
Better still, try freeloading on your parent's TV service with a Slingbox SOLO. Slingbox redirects your home television's content straight to your computer, no matter the distance. Attach the Slingbox to a lightly used home TV to channel surf remotely. You'll even be able to set and control your DVR from a distance just make sure your roommate doesn't discover your Real Housewives obsession.
Price: Starts at $70
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