This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
First Look: Roku's new Streaming Stick takes on Chromecast: $49, HDMI-compatible, 1,200 apps
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

First Look: Roku's new Streaming Stick takes on Chromecast: $49, HDMI-compatible, 1,200 apps

2:18 /

Roku has revamped its Streaming Stick, making it compatible with any TV that has an HDMI input and including a traditional remote that works via Wi-Fi Direct.

-Hey, I'm Matthew Moskovciak from CNET. And today, we're taking an early look at the just announced Roko streaming stick. This is a new version of Roko's old streaming stick, but with two major differences. It now works with any HDMI-compatible TV and it's half the price at $49. The streaming stick hardware is pretty basic. The company's essentially managed to squeeze an entire Roko box into a small adapter that is not much bigger than the HDMI port itself. It connects right into any spare HDMI port on your TV and then it also needs power either by connecting it to a USB port if your TV has one or using the included AC adaptor. If that design seems familiar, that's because it's offly similar to Google's 35-dollar Chromecast and it's not hard to see the updated streaming stick as a response to Google's popular streamer, but the Roku streaming stick does a few things differently. Unlike the Chromecast, the streaming stick includes an old fashion remote. It's a pretty standard Roku remote and it works via Wi-Fi direct so it can still control the streaming stick when it's hidden behind your TV. You will notice that the remote doesn't have that neat headphone jack for private listening, so you still need to step up to a Roku 2 or Roku 3 for that feature. Another difference from the Chromecast is you get a standard on-screen interface, which lets you browse thousands of channels or use Roku's excellent cross-platform search, which lets you find a specific movie or TV show on whatever service that's available on. The streaming stick will also have some Chromecast like push capabilities as both YouTube and Netflix will let you cast from a mobile device exactly like you would with a Chromecast. In terms of the specs, the streaming stick will have full 1080p out, dual-band Wi-Fi support and Roku says the internal chip is similar to the one in a Roku 1. So, it likely won't be quite as lightning fast as the Roku 3. The Roku streaming stick is scheduled to come out in April for $49. I'll have a full review with comparisons to the Chromecast as soon as I get my hands on the review sample, but at first glance, this seems like a very promising streamer. I'm Matthew Moskovciak and this is an early look at the Roku streaming stick.

New releases

Brainwave tech could help ALS patients...
2:32 August 30, 2014
Patients with Lou Gehrig's Disease can become paralyzed, and technology is now being developed that could...
Play video
ALS patient more independent with...
3:12 August 30, 2014
Eric Valor has been living with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, for nearly a decade, but he says technology,...
Play video
2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring...
22:01 August 29, 2014
25 years of Miata: Why it still works. How your commute is worse than just boring, read the secret information...
Play video
Google tests drone delivery, iPhone...
2:54 August 29, 2014
Look up in the sky for a special delivery from Google's Project Wing, keep waiting for that "iWatch," and...
Play video
Make your Chromebook more PC-l...
1:58 August 29, 2014
Do you wish your Chromebook could feel a little more like a regular PC? Here are some simple tips on how to...
Play video
Nvidia Shield Tablet: best tablet...
2:49 August 29, 2014
The 8-inch Shield Tablet boasts Nvidia's latest powerful Tegra K1 processor and graphics, and plugs into...
Play video
Indie Games of Summer
3:14 August 29, 2014
Five indie console games that you should check out right now.
Play video
The Lumo Lift is a fashionable...
1:34 August 29, 2014
Track your posture, step count, and calorie burn with this small magnetic fitness device.
Play video