Because of the New Roku® Streaming Stick™ announcement, a compact wireless streaming media player (HDMI version), shaped a bit like a USB memory stick and Google's Chromecast stick (launched mid 2013) we'll have a first impressions look at the features and also mention Google's streaming player Chromecast.
Features and considerations of the new Roku Streaming Stick.
A USB memory stick-like design.
You can select a variety of channels such as Netflix, YouTube, Conde´ Nast Entertainment, SHOWTIME ANYTIME, WATCH ESPN, WATCH Disney Channel, Amazon Instant Video.
Altogether 1,000+ entertainments channels to choose from - a feature other brands don't offer, says Roku.
With the Roku Stick comes with a RF remote control (Radio Frequency), so you don't have to point to the TV (like TV remotes). The Roku's remote enables you to choose movies, shows etc via the on-screen interface.
It also features shortcut buttons to jump straight to your favorite channels with the push of a button.
Control from Mobile:
Instead of using the remote, you can also use your mobile device (with the free Roku apps) to browse and choosing channels to stream to your TV.
Roku says it will add more features like options to cast content from a computer to your TV.
Easily find favorite movies/shows from top channels with Roku Search
VIdeo: streaming up to 1080p HD, Audio: Digital over HDMI (7.1 and 5.1 surround pass through)
Wireless Tech, Speed, Networking:
802.11 Dual-band wireless N - a/b/g/n compatible - with WEP, WPA, and WPA2 support.
Extended-range wireless connection seamlessly streams video with ease and speed.
According to Roku, the power input is 5V – 1A power adapter or TV USB power port. Power consumption is less than 2W (typical) when streaming HD video.
Dimensions & Weight:
3.1 x 1.1 x .5 inches. Weight is 0.64 ounces.
Roku standard remote with channel shortcut buttons, 2 AA batteries (for remote), USB power cable + wall adapter, Get started guide.
iOS and Adroid apps are available.
HDTV with HDMI port, HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface high-speed Internet (like cable or DSL),
Wireless router, Minimum speed: 1.5 Mbps for standard definition and 3.0 Mbps for HD content.
Roku HDMI Stick (2014):
In favor of Roku HDMI Streaming Stick (2014) are the On-Screen Interface + Roku Search option and 1,000+ TV channels to choose from. And you don't need a tablet or smartphone.
In favor of Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player is its lower price and if you're a Google Play user, then Chromecast is a pretty good way to get that content on your TV.
Maybe navigating, but can't tell yet.
Screen-mirroring feature may not work as well as it should.
No remote, so you always need a tablet, smartphone or PC.
Limited choice of channels.
This new Roku stick - having many of the features the Roku 3 box has - will have a good overall rating if we assume that it will be as good as the Roku 3 box.
Online customer reviews indicate that 1 on 5 users of the Roku 3 box is not satisfied with it.
Chromecast was and still is very popular.
It strikes most that in proportion alot of Chromecast users are negative about their device. Roughly 1 on 4 users is not happy with the Chromecast.
Roku HDMI Streaming Stick: $50
If you want the option to choose from alot of TV channels and preferring a remote control rather than
controlling through your smartphone, tablet or PC then you might opt for the Roku Streaming Stick. Available: April 2014.
If you're focused on Google Play you'll have a good device for streaming to your TV.
Check Amazon for best pricing of:
Roku HDMI Streaming Stick (2014)
Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player
More Streaming Media Players:
- Roku 3 Streaming Media Player
- WD TV Live Media Player
- Roku LT Streaming Media Player (Purple) (2700R) (2013 Version)
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