Summer is a great time to catch up on the shows you weren't able to watch during the regular TV season -- or weren't sure would survive the year.
For example, Mrs. Cheapskate and I are planning to check out "Revenge," "Scandal," "Once Upon a Time," and perhaps "Grimm." Unfortunately, these freshman series have yet to show up on Netflix, so the only viable option for watching them on the cheap is Hulu Plus.
And for my money, there's no better way to pair Hulu Plus with your TV than with a Roku box. Which brings us to this mighty sweet deal: you can get a Roku HD, an HDMI cable, and six months of Hulu Plus for $79.99 shipped.
Normally that collection of goodies would run you nearly $50 more.
For those of you who haven't yet experienced the joy of Roku, the boxes plug into your TV and serve up streaming-media services like Hulu Plus (natch), Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go, and Pandora.
Once you buy the box, the only additional costs are what you pay for any given service (and your Internet service, of course). Netflix, for example, costs $7.99 per month, as does Hulu Plus.
I have a couple Roku boxes, and they're all kinds of awesome. They offer plug-and-play operation, simple and straightforward menus, and even freeand apps that can take the place of the bundled remote.
Hulu Plus, of course, is the subscription-based version of Hulu; it gives you access to more content on more devices, and delivers HD quality when available. Unfortunately, you have to sit through the occasional commercial, but I still think it's a great option for cord-cutters.
And here's your chance to test-drive it practically for free for the next six months. Roku is offering the bundle through June 16, though there's always the possibility they'll sell out. (The slightly cheaper Roku LT box, for example, is currently sold out.)
Given that I'm in the market for one more Roku box and have a lot of TV to catch up on, I'm in.