There are no shortage of set top boxes on the market today. Some of the most popular come from Roku. About a year ago, Roku launched the Roku 3 set top box and it is one of the most popular devices the company sells. Apple is also in the market with a product called the Apple TV that has been called a hobby for the company.
We don’t blame you for being smitten by our comparison chart between the 2014 Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) and Chromecast. We bet it enticed you enough to want the HDMI version bad. The news is that the stick is now ready to ship, so if you place an order now, it should get going within the next couple of days.
Roku has offered users the ability to control their device via a mobile app for a while now, and though it has received updates in the past, the look has largely remained the same. That changes with version 3.0, which was launched today for mobile users, bringing with it a completely overhauled interface.
This week the folks at Roku have revealed a new Streaming Stick. This device was original released for a cool $99 USD back in the year 2012 - since then a major competitor has arrived in the Google-made Chromecast. Both devices look extremely similar, and the Chromecast costs $35 USD - how could Roku compete? How about with a 2014 reboot for $50 USD complete with a full-fledged OS?
There’s an addition to the Roku lineup of apps this week, one that brings a wide variety of Showtime-based content to the smart TV system. This update brings the app called Showtime Anytime to Roku, this including TV series like Nurse Jackie and Dexter. This app includes a layout unique to Roku, one that serves up search and recently watched features atop a number of broad categories.
Those with a Roku player were graced with a new homescreen for a while over the winter holidays, shaking of the typical purple homescreen with a bit of snow-themed color. If that temporary change served to remind you about how nice it would be to have a bunch of themes to choose from, you're in luck.
The Roku TV announcement may have come a few days before CES, however the announced models were out sitting on the show floor. There will be a few manufactures producing a Roku TV, one of which is Hisense. Specifically, the Hisense H4 Series Roku TV that will include a 32, 39, 40, 48, 50 and 55-inch model.
Coming out of CES 2014, Roku has unveiled the Roku TV. This has them taking a step away from set-top boxes and into actual televisions. This setup will offer users access to the full Roku Channel Store which has more than 31,000 movies and 1,200 channels. Perhaps a bit more important for some, the Roku TV will have the same simplicity that we have seen with the set-top boxes.