ROKU TV

What is Roku? How does Roku Work?

Lately, I have been getting questions regarding the fundamentals of cord cutting. I’ve since realized there isn’t much information out there for folks who don’t have the time to dig through tech articles looking for a way to watch TV without cable. With that in mind, I decided to put together a post covering every facet of every version of the Roku streaming device.

While Roku still offers The Roku Express and Ultra, the company has recently put a lot of effort into their line of Roku Streaming Sticks. They weigh less than an ounce and simply plug into the back of your TV’s HDMI port.

The standard Roku Stick is priced at $49.99, and offers all the functionality above, and includes a voice search enabled remote that has power and volume control that will work with your TV. This stick also adds support for 802.11ac wireless.

The Roku Streaming Stick Plus is available for $69.99 and offers HDR and 4K  video at 60 frames per second. It also boasts more Wi-Fi range. These functions are in addition to what you will receive with a standard Roku Streaming Stick. Check out my Roku Streaming Stick Review for details.

Why should you get the Roku Streaming Stick?

If you just want to stream at a good value, then the Roku Streaming Stick is a good choice.

 The most important of which is the Roku OS software on each Roku box is the same. This means you will have the same channel availability and user experience no matter which Roku device you choose. I’ll cover the Roku OS features later in the article.

In addition to the Roku OS user interface, Roku boxes have the following features in common:

  • Each Roku version has access to over 3,000 channels
  • All Roku boxes can connect to the TV via an HDMI cable (not included)
  • All Roku devices fully support 1080p HD video.
  • All Roku devices can be controlled with the free Roku Mobile App
  • Each Roku also supports wireless internet connections in 802.11 (b/g/n)
  • Each Roku comes with remote control.

I’ll cover these features in more detail in a moment, but first, let me describe the differences between each Roku version

PROS
CONS
• INEXPENSIVE • NO PROGRAM STORAGE
• SIMPLICITY • NO INTER-CONNECTIVITY
• FLEXIBILITY • ABSENCE OF HIGH-DEFINATION
• REMOTE CONTROL• NOT PORTABLE
• FUTURE PROOF

MY PERSONAL REVIEW

What makes Roku streaming stick different from other streaming options is its size(fits in your hand ), supported only 1080p and not only it can use Wi-Fi both 2.4GHZ, and 5GHZ unbeatable speed. Roku streaming stick is a great tool in the cord cutter arsenal and I highly recommend it as long as you know what you are getting into. You need to have some subscriptions to make full use of the Roku streaming stick. there is the only drawback is it not available for the Indian market.

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