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Christmas Gift Guide

Overview

Roku Stick and Gaming Remote

Roku Gaming Remote

MHL port

Roku Ready

Menu

Channel Store

Adding channels

The Roku Streaming Stick is an oddity among Roku's range because if you're buying it separately, it's because you own one specific TV: the Insignia E480 television. While some other TVs do have the necessary MHL port, the Insignia TV is the only device that supports the Roku Streaming Stick that doesn't already come with one. As a result, the Roku Streaming Stick is currently a very niche device; get one of the other Roku devices instead.

While we hear there are more MHL TVs coming at CES, it's likely that these TVs will already include a smart TV suite. Even if you still want to get a Roku to maximize your streaming options for compatibility's sake you're safer with a Roku HD.

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The remote is wireless and doesn't need line of sight.
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If you're buying this, make sure your TV has an MHL port, which adds power and control capabilities to the standard HDMI.
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A "Roku Ready" TV adds control using your standard remote.
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The main screen is simple to navigate.
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The Store is quite confusing, and there isn't a search function.
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If you find the channel you're looking for, it's a simple matter to then add it to your lineup.
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