Do you think your Smart TV needs to be smarter? Or want to convert your current “dumb” HDTV into a Smart TV? Well Roku are hoping they can do just that with their new Streaming Stick.
Roku have created the Roku Streaming Stick, which will be available next month (October) for just $99.99.
Roku who are very well know for their media streaming boxes have created the Streaming Stick which brings all of its well known media playback functions all in a device the size of a USB dongle, measuring just 3-inches long.
The Streaming Stick simply plugs into an MHL-enabled HDMI connection. The port provides all the power and communication with the Roku Stick, resulting in a very simple and clean integration.
The MHL HDMI looks like a normal HDMI port, but should be labeled with MHL. Unfortunately you can’t use the Streaming Stick in a normal HDMI port.
The streaming stick will be perfect on a modern non-smart HDTV, such as the Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay V1 HDTV I reviewed, which features the required MHL HDMI port. Unfortunately it won’t work on older HDTVs. I checked my older Samsung HDTV, and no ports are MHL enabled. If this is the case, you can just use one of Roku’s other standard streaming devices.
Using the MHL port, Roku has manged to get it working, using your normal TV remote, further simplifying the integration.
WiFi is built into the Streaming Stick and gives you access to the Roku Channel Store with over 500 channels. All the familiar like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO etc are all supported. Also included is a motion sensing remote control, which enabled you to play games such as the popular Angry Birds.