Roku names first Streaming Stick partners, keeps mum on exact price and release date
Mitsubishi, Insignia, Onkyo, and Hitachi are among the launch partners for Roku's USB drive-sized media streamer.
Back at the January Consumer Electronics Show, Roku showed off a prototype of its
The good news is that the Streaming Stick is on track for its promised 2012 release. Roku today affirmed that the product will be released "in the coming weeks." Moreover, the company announced a slate of Streaming Stick launch partners, including Element Electronics, Haier, Hitachi America, Insignia (Best Buy's house brand), Mitsubishi, Onkyo/Integra, Oppo, and TMAX Digital (better known under the Apex TV brand). Compatible products from those companies will bear a "Roku Ready" logo, and some will come packaged with the Streaming Stick itself.
Missing from that list are any notable A-list TV brands -- no Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, LG, Vizio, or Sharp. But the bigger problem is that the Streaming Stick only works with MHL-equipped televisions and video devices -- basically a. Unfortunately, TVs with MHL ports remain few and far between -- especially low-end, non-smart TVs that would most benefit from a Streaming Stick upgrade.
Also missing from Roku's latest announcement was an exact release date and price for the Streaming Stick. Back in January, Roku told CNET that the device would retail for "between $50 and $100," however.