Chromecast, the tiny dongle that was supposed to do big things, may not be on track for dominance. According to a new report, usage of the Chromecast has declined overall. Though 6% of households in the US have one, less and less are using it, instead turning to other mediums.
Access to sports content of various sorts has always been a sticky subject for cord-cutters -- those who eschew traditional cable for set-top boxes and video streaming services. For NFL fans, that issue has been addressed in part by the National Football League, which today revealed that both Roku and Amazon has become distribution partners for NFL Now.
Cable-cutting -- the act of cancelling your cable or satellite subscription to join the ranks of occasionally holier-than-thou set-top-boxers -- is a slowly growing change to how many get their daily entertainment fix. Benefits abound for cutting the cable, and you've likely heard the tropes by now: lower cost, better access to content in the moment, and the reality that cable-cutting better fits with many viewers' schedules (if you're time-shifting all your shows around your work schedule, there's little point in keeping a traditional cable subscription, after all).
Roku has added YouTube access to all of its current-gen set-top boxes, with the new YouTube channel working any any Roku launched after July 2011. The much-demanded streaming support will mean that users can finally retire the unofficial YouTube channels they've been forced to turn to in order to get Google's service on their TV.
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.