The Roku 1 has always been a curious box in Roku's lineup. When it launched, it wasn't quite as cheap as the (soon-to-be-discontinued) Roku LT and it's also lacking a standout step-up feature, like the headphone jack remote found on the Roku 2 ($80). Other than the boost to 1080p output over the Roku LT (which isn't particularly noticeable on most TVs), the wasn't much of a reason to buy the Roku 1.
It's barely March, and Roku is already having a big year.
In January, the device maker unveiled partnerships with TV manufacturers TCL and Hisense to integrate Roku streaming right into their televisions, without requiring any of the streaming-media set-top boxes the company is known for. On Tuesday, it detailed its new Streaming Stick, a clear response to the popularity of Chromecast, Google's low-price, thumb-sized streamer. With Streaming Stick coming in April and Roku TV slated for the fall, the company has a lot in store for 2014.
However, so do others. Amazon, Apple and possibly even Google are … Read more
They're both tiny sticks that connect to the back of your TV, use a nearby USB port (or power outlet) for power, and stream media from a variety of sources like Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go and Pandora. So which one should you get?
I haven't had the chance to fully review the new Roku Streaming Stick (which comes out in April), but from my brief hands-on time, it looks to deliver the same Roku experience that's available on the company's … Read more
Google Chromecast, you're not the only stick in town.
Roku announced the Roku Streaming Stick today, which manages to pack nearly all the functionality of a full-size Roku box into a device not much bigger than an USB flash drive. It's actually a new version of Roku's old MHL-based Streaming Stick, but there are two major differences: it now works with any TV that has an HDMI input, and it's half the price, at just $50.
The Streaming Stick sports Roku's signature purple color, and it's designed to connect directly into a spare … Read more
The folks who co-founded TiVo are unveiling their follow-up act: a streaming device and service that lets you create video playlists from across the Internet, play them on TV screens, and share them with others.
Michael Ramsay and Jim Barton, who unveiled TiVo 15 years ago though have since moved on, are trying a different twist on televised entertainment with Tuesday's launch of Qplay. The service enables users to stream ready-made playlists of online video focused on different topics, from sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, news organizations, Facebook, and Twitter to a television screen. Users can also build their … Read more
Roku, the company that makes the popular video-streaming TV box, might go public soon, Bloomberg reported Friday.
Roku recently talked to banks about the possibility, unnamed sources told Bloomberg. Roku's set-top box uses the Internet to stream videos to users' televisions.
It preceded the presence of digital-streaming devices made by the likes of Apple or Google, which sell the Apple TV box and Chromecast, respectively. Amazon is another tech giant rumored to be dabbling with a digital TV set-top box.
Hearst Corp. and an unidentified investor poured $60 million into Roku last year, according to the report. Other backers … Read more
Roku has announced that it has added streaming service Showtime Anytime to its current generation of boxes for use by Showtime subscribers.
The service is a competitor to HBO Go and includes current and past seasons of Showtime original series including "Homeland," "Masters of Sex," "House of Lies," "Nurse Jackie," "Dexter," and "Ray Donovan," as well as on-demand movies that are currently available on Showtime's cable channel (which, like CNET, is a subsidiary of CBS). The app is already available on iOS and Android, as well as … Read more
Desktops, Blu-ray players, and the iPod Touch -- people still love 'em! Every time I think the death knell has sounded for certain seemingly outdated products, readers rally to remind me what made those products so great in the first place -- and why they're still highly desirable (especially if there's a deal to be had). I loved reading your iPod Touch mash-notes yesterday, and I'll continue to keep my eyes open for more Touch deals.
On to business. Although the Roku 3 is now the top-of-the-line Roku box, that title previously belonged to the Roku 2 … Read more
As the Sochi Winter Olympics officially kick off this week, we're checking out some of the same technology Olympic organizers are relying on to generate snow at a resort in Lake Tahoe. These automated snowmaking systems (some of which can even be operated from a mobile phone) are making it easier and more efficient to make snow when Mother Nature doesn't want to cooperate.
Prizefight is also back at it with an epic rematch between the Roku 3 and third-generation Apple TV. It's been a year since their previous duel and both Editors' Choice streaming boxes have … Read more
If you're looking to buy a streaming box, it's likely you'll end up choosing between three products: Chromecast, Roku, and Apple TV.
Those aren't the only streaming boxes on the market, but they're by far the most popular and for good reason -- they all come in models under $100 and offer a lot of value for your money. While the Roku 3 remains my favorite streamer and a CNET Editors' Choice, it's not necessarily the best choice for every buyer and the Google Chromecast and Apple TV are compelling alternatives.
So which media … Read more