Roku released its first streaming stick in late 2012, and this is generation 2. The new version requires only a HDMI connection – no MHL – and will cost only $50, half of the original version. It offers access to streaming services via apps.
Roku streaming stick – version 2
At first glance it might look like a competitor to Google’s Chromecast, but Roku has actually been selling their TV dongle since late 2012. The first version was selling for $99, but required a “Roku Ready” TV, meaning a TV with a MHL port. The new one only requires HDMI, which means that it can connect to pretty much any flat panel TV.
The Roku Streaming Stick offers access to over 1000 streaming services and channels, including Netflix, HBO, Hulu, YouTube, and more. The hardware is basically a Roku 1, but in a much smaller package, and with more updated versions of several Roku TV apps.
Roku says that they have also updated their mobile app for smartphones, which makes the cross-service search feature more accessible. The search feature lets you search for content across TV streaming services, making it easy to find what you are looking for without having to open each separate app.
The Roku Streaming Stick will be available in April for $50 – or £50 in the UK.