Price (RRP) £39.99
The Roku Streaming Stick provides over 2,000 streaming channels, culminating in over 100,000 films and TV episodes. The service also provides music, news and sports. Like many streaming devices, not all channels included are free. Some require payment, and availability varies depending on country.
Included in the box is the Stick itself, an enhanced remote control with channel shortcut buttons, 2x AA batteries, a USB power cable and wall adapter. A ‘Get Started’ guide and special content offers are also included.
With a maximum 1080p output and Digital stereo over HDMI, the Roku Stick rivals the Amazon Fire TV Stick in quality and audio capability. The Roku Stick allows for Dolby Digital Plus surround sound and a ‘point anywhere’ remote control. This means that no line of sight is needed.
Prospective buyers may want to visit the Roku website in order to make use of its ‘compare devices’ section, which shows the benefits of the Roku Stick and both subsequent players, the Roku 2 and 3.
The Stick does not come with motion control for games, ethernet connection or a microSD card slot, which can be found in the more expensive boxes. Unlike the Fire TV Stick, it does not provide voice recognition with its remote, which many would consider to be a premium addition in any case.
Setup and portability
The set-up process is similar to most streaming devices, quickly achieved by connecting the device via HDMI to a TV, then accessing the Wi-Fi via the software before enjoying the available content.
As an alternative to using the remote, users can download an app for Roku which allows them to navigate the software easily from their smartphone or tablet.
Ideal for students and those who like to travel, the Roku Streaming Stick is a streamlined, worthy competitor to the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Less advertising and a basic interface makes streaming easier and more accessible than many of Roku’s rival devices.