One of the biggest Chromecast rivals, Roku streaming stick, is officially available un the U.S.
Roku vs Chromecast
Roku stick is only about $15 dollars more than Google Chromecast dongle, but the company’s newest HDMI model – Roku 3500R – has a couple features which the Chromecast player doesn’t have. The Roku’s HDMI stick comes with a remote control that allows you to control streaming and adjust the selections right on the TV screen rather than having to look down on your tablet or phone to do it. The remote control also features built-in RF technology, so you don’t even have to point the remote directly at the TV set. But maybe the most important is that Roku has already built up the media store that counts about 1,200 TV apps.
Channels available with Roku
Among the popular TV channels available with Roku are Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Showtime Anytime, MLB.TV and VUDU. With the Roku apps, you can also cast your own videos along with YouTube, Netflix and other video content direct from your tablet, smartphone or computer to any TV set with a HDMI port.
The Roku stick plugs into the HDMI port of the TV set and provides up to 1080p Full HD video quality. The player also supports dual-band wireless N which means you don’t have to run Ethernet cable for the internet connection.
Roku stick – A content-rich, portable and easy to use media player at a great price
Actually, the Roku streaming media player is more a new way to enjoy all the advantages that the company’s previous models offer in a more portable design and intuitive interface. Thus, if you are thinking about buying a compact media streaming device or you are already tired of all those set-top boxes attached to your TV set, at only $49.90 on Amazon.com the Roku stick is that right way to go.