Many of you have heard of the Google Chromecast (in fact we gave one away a few months ago). The Google Chromecast is a device that allows you to “cast” digital media from certain apps from your tablet, smartphone, laptop to your HDTV (the dongle has an HDMI connector). At an affordable price, the Chromecast has been a success.
But there are those loyal to their Roku TV boxes. They have proven to be reliable and have much more content to stream. And now Roku has an answer to the Chromecast; the Roku Streaming Stick – HDMI version.
What does the Roku Streaming Stick HDMI do?
” … a tiny Roku player that gives consumers the easiest way to enjoy the best selection of streaming entertainment on TV. The Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI version) features the compact stick design pioneered by Roku and plugs discreetly into an HDMI port for a streamlined look that’s ideal for wall-mounted TVs.
For the best TV experience, the entire household can use the included remote control to access the sleek Roku user interface with shortcuts* to movies, TV shows, news, the Roku Channel Store, Roku Search* and more. Those who desire a mobile experience can use their smartphone or tablet (along with the free Roku apps for Android™ and iOS® devices) to browse and select channels to stream. They can also cast Netflix, YouTube and personal media from their devices to their TVs.
Over time Roku will add additional mobile features such as the ability to cast content from a computer to the TV.”
Pricing and Availability
With the HDMI Roku Streaming Stick, users can access more than 1,200 channels. These channels include many different genres. Sports channels, news, kids, Disney and ESPN to name a few. The price for the Roku Streaming Stick is $49.99 (US). You can preorder it from major retailers such as Amazon.com, Bestbuy.com, Target.com and Walmart.com.
What do you think about this new streaming dongle? Let us know!