Roku Streaming Stick
As is inevitable with any technology, Roku has managed to make their already small streaming players even smaller. The hockey puck size of the streaming player apparently wasn’t small enough for Roku, so they squeezed all the same functionality into a USB thumb drive sized device. The Roku Streaming Stick plugs directly into your TV, instantly transforming it into a Smart TV.
The Roku Streaming Stick will provide all the Roku2 functionality integrated directly with your TV. The Stick allows you to utilize your TV’s remote for a truly integrated experience. When the current technology in the Roku Stick becomes outdated, instead of having to upgrade your whole TV (which you would have to do with an integrated solution such as Google TV), you simply toss the dongle and buy a new one.
The Roku Stream brings you all the same channels available on any of their Streaming Players. The Roku Streaming Stick includes and on board processor, along with memory and WiFi. The Stick supports over 400 channels, including Netflix, Amazon Instant, Pandora, MLB.TV, HBO Go, MOG, and Rdio.
One sticking point (pun intended!) to be aware of, is that the Roku Streaming Stick only works with HDMI ports that are MHL-enabled. And as it currently stands, this is a new standard and hasn’t been included in very many of the models currently on the market. The good news is that more and more new TVs are compliant, but that doesn’t much help if you’re not in the market for a new TV.
The Roku Streaming Stick isn’t yet on sale, but it is expected to sell in the $50-$100 price range. In the meantime, check out Amazon’s best Roku2 deals.
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