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Best Media Streaming Stick from Roku Box

Updated on April 26, 2012

Introducing the Roku Streaming Stick

Roku has been around since 2008 when it introduced its media box designed to stream Netflix onto your TV. Since thenthey have improved upon itheir box and recently released the Roku LT in November of 2011. The LT is an affordable way to stream media from Netflix, Hulu and Vimeo to your TV through a simple interface. Now, Roku has pushed its media boxes to the next level by announcing an even smaller streaming solution called the Roku Streaming Stick. This small stick that looks similar to a USB flash drive will be able to turn your TV into a smart tv, simply by pluging it into your HDMI port.

Smart TV's are the new trend,but thousands of people already own TVs that do not have that functionality, so that is where Roku steps in. They are providing an affordable option to those who want the smart TV functionality, but don't want to buy an expensive new TV. Here is what Anthony Wood, the CEO of Roku, had to say about their new product.

“We think there are some fundamental issues that are preventing the current breed of Smart TVs from gaining mass adoption... We’ve found that it just takes a lot of work to keep the experience current and performing at its best...We issue software updates almost every month, and add about one new channel per day. It used to be sufficient enough to have a few key channels (remember we launched with just Netflix) but those days are rapidly fading.”

What is Roku?

Are you interested in the new Streaming Stick, but not sure what Roku is? Take a look at the other products that they offer by checking out my review of their media boxes.

How Does it Work?

The Roku Streaming Stick will plug into the back of your TV directly, using your TV's HDMI port. It will then use its built in WiFi to send HD video to your TV. One of the greatest benefits to the stick is that it eliminates the need for wires. The strea,omg stick is still very new so their isn't too many details out there at the current moment.

Overview

The Roku Streaming Stick will have all the functionality of standard media boxes like the Boxee Box. The Roku Stick will include WiFi, a user friendly interface and built in flash memory. The Streaming Stick will provide access to the Roku Channel Store which currently offers over 350 channels. Roku channels are what allow you to connect your device to your Netflix, Hulu and other media accounts. The Roku Streaming Stick should be available within 6 months and will likely start between $50 and $100. Best Buy has also partnered with Roku and has decided to bundle the Stick with many of their Best Buy Brand Insignia televisions.

Top 5 Channels

Channels are the base of the Roku product line. These are what allow you to connect your online media to your TV. Here are 5 channels that you must have and here are a few free channels to check out.

Roku Streaming Sticks Future?

What do you think about the new Roku Streaming Stick? Are you thinking about updating your standard Roku box by purchasing the new Streaming Stick? Do you think the stick will beat out the compition like the Boxee Box?

Will you buy the new Roku Stick?

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