It feels like we're leaving the world of set-top boxes as we know them behind. For one, few people own a TV big enough that you could actually put a box on top of it -- that's been true for a long time. The box itself has also dwindled down to a dongle, a handy little thing that disappears behind the screen. These HDMI sticks have been a bit weak in the past, serving as a convenient but compromised alternative to a larger piece of hardware. The Roku Streaming Stick+, with its ability to handle 4K and HDR, changes all that.
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If you're in the market for a dinky little black box to slide under your living room TV set and pipe through some quality content, you're in luck: there's lots of them to pick from. All the major names now have established boxes on the market. While Gizmodo is a big fan of the Roku box and everything it can do, it's not the only media box in town, and it might not even be the perfect box for you. So instead we compared the four major operating systems running in those boxes to help you sort out exactly which platform will best meet your needs.
Earlier this year Roku announced a single new product, an excellent $US50 ($66) stick that was, for the most part, the only set-top box the average person would ever need. Now Roku is back with five new boxes meant to fill every possible user niche -- from the person that still has a tube TV from 1995 to the person with a future-proof $1300 UHD set.
Do you own a set-top box that you love? That's great -- keep loving it! Are you interested in seeing what all the fuss is about? Then consider the new $US50 ($64) Roku Streaming Stick. It's cheap and easy and versatile, and frankly, that's really what you should want.
The Roku Stick has always been a fantastic device. It's as small as a Chromecast, but doesn't require an entire additional phone/tablet/laptop to work. It just wedges Roku's excellent smart TV OS into a HDMI stick, which is just a tad big three times as large as a thumb drive.
Earlier this year, YouTube rolled out 360-degree videos. Like magic, they let you peer around in any direction from within the video. Now, one company is taking that futuristic video-viewing from your computer -- and bringing it to your much bigger TV screen.
I turn 30 this month, and it feels like I am one of the few people my age who watches pay TV and is willing to pay for it. Truth is, I hate watching shows on my computer -- or worse, my phone. Give me new episodes in real-time, on a real TV. I know I'm on the wrong side of history, but I also know I'm not the only one.
Something weird happened this morning. Something involving PVR-maker Roku and its plans for an "international expansion". One image in particular led us to believe the next streaming service to pop up in Australia, to be called "StreamCo", would be powered by the shiny Roku 3 box. But is it all just a big coincidence?
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The Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) standard, beloved of Roku and Android phone manufacturers, is about to get exciting: an update coming in September will allow phones to spit out 4K video from their USB ports.
A big-screen TV is great for the living room, but you'd be hard-pressed to take it anywhere. The new 3M Streaming Projector Powered By Roku, on the other hand, is a bit more portable, and will let you splash your favourite streaming content onto the surface of your choice, at sizes as large as 120 inches wide.