A New Way to Stream – Roku Streaming Stick

March 10, 2014 •

Roku Streaming StickRoku offers streaming players that deliver channels like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO GO and more. Their streaming players come in the form of a box that you connect to your TV. Last week Roku announced the Roku Streaming Stick, which casts channels and movies from your mobile devices to your TV – much like Google’s Chromecast.

The stick plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. It works with any HDTV that has an HDMI port. As Roku points out, this is great for those who mount their TV to the wall.

You control the channels from your mobile device or from the included remote, which features channel shortcut buttons. The stick is powered by a Micro-USB port that can be connected to your TV’s USB port or using the included power adapter.

Roku TV Plugin

ChromecastRoku vs Chromecast
This is very similar to Google’s Chromecast released last year. Chromecast gets the upper-hand on price, running for $35, whereas the Roku Streaming Stick is currently on pre-order at $49.99. However, the Roku Streaming Stick comes with a remote and gives you access to all 1,200 of Roku’s channels (apps), which is more than Chromecast currently offers.

Roku Mobile App
CNET spoke with Roku directly and reports an April update to their mobile app, which will include cross-platform search. You’ll be able to search for a specific show or movie across multiple channels and compare costs.

Availability
The Roku Streaming Stick is set for an April release, with pre-orders now available from Roku, Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.