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Roku Streaming Stick Review | Prices, Features and Content
The Roku Stick is a pocket-sized device you can plug into a USB port that lets you stream the hottest channels and TV shows. It is portable, so you can take it anywhere for anytime streaming.
About older Roku devices
Please note that several older versions of the Roku stick may no longer be available. Please see our Roku page for more information on supported devices.
- Roku® 2
- Roku® 3
- Roku® 4
- Roku® Streaming Stick®
- Roku® TV
- Roku® Express
- Roku® Express+
- Roku® Premiere
- Roku® Premiere+
- Roku® Ultra
The pocket-sized Roku Stick is a powerful way to stream video, and can simply be plugged into your television. It has a quad-core processor, and eight times the processing power of the previous 2014 Streaming Stick model. Roku boasts that the new Roku Stick has stronger processing power than both the Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV stick.
With the Roku Stick, you can explore apps like Netflix and Youtube on your phone, and launch them directly to your TV.
The Hotel and Dorm Connect feature lets you stream away from home, using a wireless browser based login. To connect your streaming stick, you can use your login credentials. Then to get started, all you need is your Roku remote and smartphone, and a tablet or laptop with web browsing capabilities.
The Roku Stick fits perfectly in the back of most all wall mounted TVs.
Price and packages
The Roku Stick can be purchased directly from the Roku website with free shipping, or from a variety of retail stores like Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Radioshack, etc.
You can buy the Roku Stick for a one-time, upfront charge of $49.99, and there are no monthly fees to use the player. The small device is often referred to as the best value in streaming video. Though the Roku Stick offer thousands of free streaming channels, select channels do require on-demand fees and additional subscription charges.
If you are unsatisfied with your Roku Stick, you can return it with a risk-free, 30-day money-back guarantee.
Should the Roku Stick disfunction or break, it is protected under a one year warranty.
What device is the Roku Stick compatible with?
The Roku Stick requires an HDTV with HDMI input.
Top picks for the Roku Stick
The Roku Stick gives you access to over 3,000 channels and more than 300,000 movies and TV episodes. You can choose to freely stream channels, link up your existing cable subscriptions, subscribe directly to desired channels, or watch live TV.
The most popular streaming channels include:
The most popular TV shows include:
Pros and Cons of Roku Streaming StickHere are a few things you can expect from Roku Streaming Stick:
- The Hotel and Dorm Connect feature for streaming away from home
- Great for wall mounted TVs because of its compact size
- Private listening from your mobile device, with headphones
- Mobile app that lets you use your IOS or Android phone as a remote
- Voice search feature to explore titles by voice, using the mobile app on your phone
- You still have to pay to subscribe to some channels
- To stream Roku on multiple TVs at the same time, you need a Roku Stick for each TV
If you have an HDTV and are looking for a quick and easy way to stream the hottest channels right now, the Roku Stick could be the ideal solution. The Roku Stick is pocket-sized, and is affordable at only $49.99 per device. The included remote is convenient, though it is important to note that the remote does not work with voice search. You can, however, download the Roku app on your phone, and utilize voice search with your IOS or Android. Bottomline, the price tag along with all of the additional features make the Roku Stick a good value.
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