The other day, our smart TV got dumber. It stopped giving us channels like Amazon and Netflix. Using the “reset” command fixed it, but in the meantime, we had a chance to explore the $49 Roku Streaming Stick and we took it.

We never thought you needed a Roku player if your TV already has Hulu, Netflix and Amazon. But the extra channels turned out to be fun, even if some of them require a monthly fee. Joy is now hooked on “The Daily Burn” — unlimited exercise videos for $10 a month. The yoga channel is the best she’s seen, and she was sore for three days after the “inferno” squats with weight lifting.

The "Daily Burn" show on the Roku player

The “Daily Burn” show on the Roku player

We also tried out The Wall Street Journal channel, A&E movies, Redbox Instant and Pandora radio.  Blockbuster on Demand charges about $4 per movie. Roku has a search function that makes it easy to find movies and TV shows by title or the actor’s name. The Roku games include more than the usual Angry Birds and similar games. We had fun with “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy.” (In the old days, we paid $50 for a Wheel of Fortune game on a CD.)

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