ROKU STREAMING DEVICES and MODELS
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BACKGROUND - ROKU DEVICESRoku revamps entire line, adds 4K HDR models, stick-on form factor, $30 Express - 9/26/2016
Roku - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
TV Wars: Inside Roku's Plan To Beat Apple, Amazon, And Google ... - AD
To Survive, Roku Will Jump Out of Its Box and Into Your TV - WIRED
Sling TV - Watch Live US Entertainment TV on a Roku 3!
Roku - Android Apps on Google Play
9 Roku tricks you should try right now - CNET
ROKU STREAMING STICKRoku Streaming Stick 2016 review - CNET
"The Good The $50 Roku Streaming Stick is one of the least expensive devices
to stream video from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, Sling TV and other online
services. It's just as responsive as other devices -- meaning it's lightning
-fast -- and an updated app lets you listen via your phone's headphone jack.
Roku's ecosystem offers more apps, better search and more customization than
The Bad No Ethernet port means it only works via Wi-Fi, not a wired connection.
Some app interfaces are less polished than on rival devices. Private listening
feature loses lip-sync with some Bluetooth headphones.
The Bottom Line The new Roku Streaming Stick is the best value in streaming
-video hardware, period." - C/NET
ROKU No longer covered - too old
ROKU 2ROKU 2 - MONOPRICE.com
"Roku 2 Streaming Media Player (4210R) with Faster Processor (2015 model)
TV The Way You Want It
You choose from the biggest selection of streaming channels, you can even follow
movies coming soon. There are hundreds of free channels, easy ways to buy or
watch films from top providers, and no additional charges to watch streaming
services like Netlfix or Hulu Plus if you already subscribe. And if you have
cable, Roku players bring new ways to watch based on your cable subscription.
With our most powerful processor, the Roku 2 makes streaming look easy.
Features Ethernet, USB connection for personal media and microSD card slot
to expand internal storage.
Access more than 2,000 streaming channels
Including Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, Amazon Instant Video, Disney, Crackle,
NHL, NBA and MLB and enjoy your favorite shows, movies, music and sports,
whenever you want.
Device remote capability
Enables you to use compatible mobile devices as remotes and browse and add
new channels or send video, music and photos to your TV from your compatible
phone or tablet.
Up to 1080p high-definition resolution
Delivers vibrant, rich images for an enhanced entertainment experience.
Support for select surround sound technology (via HDMI pass-through)
provides quality sound.
2x2 dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
Combines with efficient processing to ensure smooth performance. Ethernet
port offers quick and easy wired network connection.
Amit Kale, , 4/4/2016 12:45:49 PM
1) Easy to setup.
2) Supports variety of streaming sources without favoring one over the other
3) Includes Remote
4) A search feature allows you to search across all available content providers
for a particular title.
5) Supports 5GHz WiFi networks (whereas the Chromecast supports only 2.4GHz)
1) HDMI cable not included in the box
2) Requires to enter credit card details while registering. You don't need
to pay anything at the time of registering the device, so this step could
have been avoided
I previously owned a Google Chromecast. I found $20 discount on Roku 2 here
at monoprice. I had heard good reviews of Roku and decided to jump on the deal.
I am extremely pleased I made the switch." - MONOPRICE.com
ROKU 3Roku 3 is 5x faster and has a motion controller for games.
Roku 3 (2015) review - C/NET
"The Good The Roku 3 has an updated remote with voice search, which works very well;
as well as the unique headphone jack for private listening. The Roku platform
delivers more apps than competitors, constant updates and doesn't favor one
content provider over others. Its interface is lightning-quick, fully customizable
and dead simple to use. Search is the best on the market, hitting numerous services
and arranging results by price.
The Bad The cheaper Streaming Stick is just as fast as Roku 3 and offers all of
Roku's platform advantages, and you can add the voice-search and headphone jack
remote for $30 more. The Fire TV offers a wider list of games.
The Bottom Line Voice search makes the Roku 3 the best video streamer in its price
class, but it's no longer as good a value as the Streaming Stick.
Then in 2016 it released a new Streaming Stick, which costs just $50.
The Stick is our new number one recommendation because it's just as fast and
the others and offers all of the basic Roku goodness. But if you don't mind
spending more, the Roku 3's voice search and headphone jack for private
listening might be worth it. Both of those extras are available on the Stick
too, but you have to use Roku's phone or tablet app instead of the remote.
And if you really want to use a dedicated remote instead of an app for those
features, you can actually buy one from Roku's site (currently $30), pair it
with the Stick and it works perfectly. It's actually cheaper to do that than
buy a Roku 3.
The Roku 3 does offer one extra not found on the Stick--a wired Ethernet
connection--so if your Wi-Fi is spotty, you might need to get the box anyway.
That said, most Wi-Fi networks should be fine for streaming." - C/NET
ROKU 4Roku 4 review - CNET - The Roku 4 is the best way to get the most 4K video today,
but isn't worth the extra money for most buyers.
"The Good The Roku 4 delivers 4K video, promising the best-quality video streams
available today. It has more 4K-capable apps than other devices and makes 4K TV
shows and movies easy to find. The remote has voice search, a unique headphone
jack for private listening, and a finder function in case it goes missing in
the couch cushions. Roku's platform is the best, with the most apps,
comprehensive search results arranged by price, and a simple interface that
doesn't favor one service over others.
The Bad Other devices like Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV offer more capable
voice interactions beyond keyword search, and more robust gaming. Most 4K TVs
have similar 4K apps already built-in, 4K content is still scarce, new 4K
movies are expensive, and image quality with 4K streaming isn't a big
improvement over standard HD streams.
If you don't want 4K, other Rokus are a better value.
The Bottom Line The Roku 4 is the best way to get the most 4K video today,
but isn't worth the extra money for most buyers." - C/NET
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