New Roku Streaming Stick: Cheaper, works with more TVs

Roku Streaming Stick

Roku Streaming Stick

Roku has introduced an updated version of its Streaming Stick, a media streamer the size of a thumb drive. The new device now costs $49.99 and can be plugged into any TV with an HDMI port.

The original Roku Streaming Stick was launched in 2012. Back then, it was priced at $99 and only worked with a few “Roku-ready” TVs.

Roku’s latest gadget is an apparent attempt to rival Google’s Chromecast streaming media player, which was launched in July last year. The $35 device impressed tech reviewers and consumers alike, topping a lot of Best of 2013 among tech products.

The new streaming device comes with a remote control and provides users with access to Roku’s Channel Store, which offers about 1,200 entertainment options including Amazon Video, Hulu Plus, and Netflix. It can also be paired with the Roku mobile app (available for free), wherein users can browse and choose channels to stream.

The new Roku Streaming Stick is now available for pre-order, with shipping expected at around April.

Source: USA Today

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