The Good The Roku Express is cheap, easy to use and loaded with streaming apps.
The Bad It's slower, especially with Netflix, than alternatives that cost just a few bucks more.
The Bottom Line The Express delivers everything good about Roku for a rock-bottom price, but it's worth spending a bit extra on a faster streamer.
Is Roku's $30 streamer its best value yet? Not so fast
Last year's best-selling TV streaming device was the $35 Google Chromecast. This year, Roku really wants to take back that crown with the Roku Express, an entry-level streamer with an asking price that's $5 less.
And in many ways Roku Express is a better product than Chromecast. It has an actual remote and on-screen display, which I find much easier to use than Chromecast's phone-based system. And along with all the other major apps like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Sling TV and thousands more, it has an app for Amazon video, which Chromecast does not.
On the other hand, the Roku Express is simply not as good as Roku's own $50 Streaming Stick, our favorite streamer ever. It's slower to respond, especially with Netflix, its remote has to be aimed at the TV, and the box itself isn't as slick as the minimalist, no-cable-required Stick.
YouTube TV adds CNN, TNT and more, raises price to $40
The cable TV alternative now has Turner networks and is available in more cities, but new users will have to pony up $5 more per month.
Cord cutters: Now Roku and Apple TV can stream YouTube TV
YouTube's $35-per-month alternative to cable TV comes to a pair of popular streaming platforms.
Which streamer should you buy?
Plenty of options exist for streaming Netflix, YouTube, Amazon and the rest. We've reviewed almost all of them. Here are our picks.
YouTube TV will launch Roku and Apple TV apps in early 2018
Cable TV cord-cutters expecting YouTube TV's full app for Roku and Apple TV devices this year will have to wait a little longer.
Amazon Prime Video comes to Apple TV
The addition makes Apple TV one of the most complete streaming platforms.
Get an Apple TV for $84.55
That's by far the lowest price anywhere for the fourth-gen 32GB model. Plus: the lowest price to date for a Sonos Play:1.
Get a Roku Streaming Stick Plus for $48
Why wait for Black Friday? Best Buy is already offering a killer deal on this 5-star 4K streamer. Plus: games!
Philo charges just $16 for 35 channels, but no sports or locals
Headlined by AMC, Comedy Central, HGTV, TLC and A+E, the inexpensive new streaming service aims for cord cutters who don't care about sports, news or local broadcast channels.
Black Friday Roku deal: Get our favorite 4K streamer for $50
At its regular price of $70, the 4K HDR-capable Roku Streaming Stick Plus is an outstanding value and our highest-rated streamer. It's $20 cheaper for Black Friday.
Apple TV 4K update will fix this one major flaw with HDR
Apple's high-end TV box converts everything to high dynamic range, and that's a no-no. A forthcoming software update will fix the issue.
YouTube TV app coming soon to Roku, Apple TV, Xbox and more
Rejoice cord cutters: You no longer have to use Chromecast to watch YouTube's live TV streaming service on an actual TV.
Nvidia Shield TV gets a $20 price cut after Apple TV 4K debuts
The 4K and HDR-compatible streamer is down to $179 -- the same price as the Apple TV 4K.