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Stick-Style Streaming Media Players

Roku Streaming Stick

Consumer Reports joined Into Tomorrow this week to tell us about streaming sticks:

Stick-style streaming media players are inexpensive and convenient, but they often lack the power of larger set-top boxes. Roku is attempting to address that issue with its new Roku Stick. Consumer Reports electronics spokesman is here with more details.

The player, officially called the Roku Streaming Stick, costs $50, and it can be pre-ordered from the Roku website. Later this month it will be available at national retailers including Best Buy and Walmart.

Compared to the Roku Stick it replaces—which is now being sold for $40, or $10 less than the new model—the new model is a bit longer and sleeker, and is black rather than purple. Roku claims the Roku Stick is the only stick-style player with a quad-core processor, and that it’s eight times faster than the older model.

It has dual-band Wi-Fi and limited casting ability—like other Roku models, it can cast videos from Netflix and YouTube. And it comes with a small remote control. However, if you use the new mobile iOS or Android app on a phone or tablet, you can use that device’s built-in microphone for voice searches. You can also use your mobile device for private listening, using either its headphone jack or Bluetooth. Last week I had a chance to see the new Roku Stick in action, and it did seem faster and more responsive than its predecessor. Roku also appears to be steadily improving its search and discovery features.

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For Into Tomorrow, James McQueen – Consumer Reports

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

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