Roku Streaming Stick and Roku Ready TV Sets available this Fall
(Best Syndication News) - Roku announced the Roku Streaming Stick and has plans for several television sets that will be able to use the new product. The Roku Streaming Stick will be available in October and the compatible TV sets will come out this holiday shopping season.
The Roku Streaming Stick is about the size of a USB flash drive. It will turn a compatible TV / display into a multimedia ready set with over 600 different channels. One of the most popular services is Netflix, which works through the Roku. You still have to pay for the Netflix monthly service plan. Roku also has many other channels, along with many free options.
The earlier versions include the Roku Box, which is a small set top box that connects to the TV set with cables. The new Roku Streaming Stick eliminates the clutter of having another set of cables running into the TV set. It also could work well if you want to take the Roku Streaming Stick with you to watch on another TV set.
The Roku Streaming stick comes with a remote control when it is not bundled with another device. The remote control will have volume buttons and motion control features for playing games.
The TV sets that will have the Roku Ready seal of approval include the Apex Digital brand, Insignia brand, and Hitachi brand TVs. Best Buy owns the Insignia brand. Not all models will have the Roku Streaming Service incorporated in them.
The Roku Ready TV sets are MHL-enabled electronics that have been certified by Roku to work with their Roku Streaming Stick. By certifying the device, Roku makes it easy for consumers to find the TV set that will work with their product.
The Roku Streaming Stick is expected to be priced at $99.99. In October, Roku, and Amazon will start shipping the product. Other retailers will also carry the product this fall.
By: Julie Marcus
Science and Technology Writer