Roku Streaming Stick
The Steaming Stick by Roku is one of the best for streaming high-quality 4K and HDR videos from various platforms, including Amazon Prime, Vudu, and Netflix. However, what you don’t get with this Roku stick is the Dolby Vision support. One thing that makes this streaming stick stand out is the modern menu system.
You will get apps and content together on a level field based on what you are interested in rather than force feeding you various movies and shows that don’t hold your interest. Along with the Advanced Wireless Receiver that helps weaker Wi-Fi connections that were thrown in by Roku, you will love the capabilities of this streaming stick over others.
One primary thing that stands out with Roku streaming sticks is their remotes. They include volume buttons, power, and other TV controls. The removes even support voice search, which was something Roku never had before. How TV controls are decent.
You plug in your Roku, and it will automatically detect the model of television you have it plugged into. You will find there is an attempt to mute the volume using many different TV codes until you confirm that your remote is working, unfortunately, though you cannot manually program the remote unless the Roku setup works.
Somethings that don’t work as well as you might like are filtering through the streaming platform, including Netflix and Amazon. Besides that, Roku does not support the kind of sophisticated queries you would need for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Additionally, you can’t launch a video directly by voice or follow-up commands.
Roku is known for taking a conservative approach to its software. Therefore, it puts emphasis on a launcher for individual apps instead of the content that it is in them. Though it is not as modern an approach; it is an effective one. Though other streaming devices have a more futuristic approach, it is uneven and may lead you to fall back on an app launcher.
Roku does offer some aggregation using the Roku Feed. This feed keeps track of when new episodes are posted and what movies are available across dozens of other services that stream. It is a useful feature but had not been updated in over a year.
All the former app issues you had with Roku is now being updated, which is a good thing for those who prefer the app base. Though the app templates aren’t great, they are effective, and some are getting facelifts.
Overall, there are a few subtler changes that have brought about improvements, including single sign-on and authentications.
Things to know about Roku
Though you are probably already familiar with various streaming devices, there are a few things it couldn’t hurt for you to know about Roku. Have a look.
- This streaming stick is made to be hidden behind your television and plugged into an HDMI port. You can use a male-to-female HDMI cable and Roku will send you a free on if you don’t have one.
- The advanced wireless receiver is designed to plug into the stick with an older mini, not macro, USB connection. The receiver then plugs into an AC adapter that is supplied or any USB port.
- If you decide you want to power your streaming stick from your television, it will take longer to boot up, so you are going to want to plug it in directly to the AC for faster boot-ups.
- If you want Dolby Vision, your only streaming options are the Fire TV Stick 4K.
- You cannot use the plus version of the Roku Streaming stick without a receiver cable. You will get an error message if you try plugging it into a USB to mini USB cable.
- HDR 4K video for Roku is currently only available with Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, and a couple of other apps. Other apps do not support 4K. You won’t find any other device that can match that.
- When you stream in 4k, you are going to need more bandwidth. You need to be aware of that when it comes to your internet connection.