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Roku Announces Streaming Stick Media Player Solution - UPDATED

By September 20, 2012

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Are you tired of having to connect all those extra set-top boxes to your TV and home theater system to access TV shows and movies from cable, satellite, and the internet? If so, then check this out. Roku has announced a forthcoming product that it refers to as a "Streaming Stick".

About the size of a normal flash drive, but instead of a USB connection, the Streaming Stick has an HDMI connection that can plug into an MHL-enabled HDMI port that is becoming available on a number of new TVs. In other words, you just can't plug it into any TV with an HDMI port - which is a bummer, as that would have been a really great way to add internet streaming capabilities to older HDMI-equipped TVs.

For those that are able to connect the Streaming Stick, it has built-in WiFi and the needed hardware and firmware that allows navigation of the Roku user interface and access to an abundance of online streaming content without the need for an additional set-top box. For more details on why this may be a game changer for internet streaming access for many consumers, read the official announcement from Roku (pdf view or download). Photo Roku

UPDATE 8/1/2012: Roku Announces Streaming Stick Partners (pdf view or download)

UPDATE 9/20/2012: Roku Announces $99 Price, October 2012 Availability, and compatible TVs for Streaming Stick (pdf view or download)

UPDATE 1/18/13: Roku Streaming Stick Ready TVs and TV Antenna Exhibited at 2013 CES

UPDATE 3/4/14: Roku Announces New Version Streaming Stick That Can Be Connected To Any TV With a Standard HDMI Input (no MHL-compatibility Required).

For additional details on the Roku Streaming stick, including a look at the onscreen menu interface, check out the Official Product Page - Compare Prices.

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