Roku Stick

With Chromecast coming out, and others tagging along as well, Roku has now introduced the streaming stick. If you're familiar with Roku, you'll know that the box is what drives the browsing and streaming into the TV. The difference between the Roku Stick and the classic Roku simply lies in the fact that there is no longer the need for a box to stream. The stick simply plugs into an HDMI port on the television set, which then allows the user to access Roku on their TV. 


To work it, users can either use the remote that comes with the stick or navigate channels using the Roku app. Content available to stream includes movies, TV series, news, web search, the Roku Channel Store, Netflix and more. The cool thing about this streaming stick is that owners can also choose to watch their own personal media from their mobile devices, as the stick allows quick and easy streaming from mobile to TV. Other channels available for Roku include Showtime, ESPN, Disney Channel, Hulu Plus, HBO Go and Amazon Instant Video. All streaming takes place via WiFi, which adds convenience to the internet browsing/watching we normally do without devices like these. 

The Roku Stick measures 3.1 by 1.1 by 0.5 inches and weighs only 0.64 ounces. It's expected to hit stores in April and cost just $50 dollars. While it may seem very similar to Chromecast, Roku actually does have a much stronger brand image and offers content that is more diverse than that of Chromecast. Also, another factor to consider is your router and WiFi connection. Chromecast uses your mobile device to do the streaming while the Roku Stick can use your mobile device but is intended to use WiFi directly from one's router as it can be controlled with the remote and doesn't need to be connected to a phone. If it sounds like something you might be interested, go for it. Juno Power will keep your streaming charged and on point. Stay charged.

Massiel Scheibner
Massiel Scheibner