Roku http://www.stuff.tv/roku/reviews en-GB Fully Charged: Tesla’s teased “D” may be enhanced Model S, Roku adds screen mirroring, and watch a drone-shot volcanic eruption http://www.stuff.tv/dji/fully-charged-tesla-s-teased-d-may-be-enhanced-model-s-roku-adds-screen-mirroring-and-watch-dron <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Finish out the week with a smattering of news from around the tech world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tesla Model S P85D" alt="Tesla Model S P85D" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tesla-model-s-p85d-photo.jpg?1412317981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tesla’s “D” may be a more powerful Model S </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yesterday, Elon Musk <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/fully-charged-tesla-teases-model-d-and-more-netflix-seeking-instagram-pros-film-set-snapshot">teased the Tesla fanbase</a> with a hint at another electric vehicle with the &ldquo;D&rdquo; moniker to be unveiled on 9 October. We wondered if it might be the final name for the Model III compact executive car discussed months back, but now it seems like it might be an enhanced version of the excellent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review">Model S</a>.</p> <p>A photo posted by a member of the Tesla Motors Club forum purports to show a new version of the Model S spotted at an airfield - the Model S P85D. Jalopnik speculates that it may be a dual-motor version of the Model S using the same all-wheel-drive tech developed for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-x-electric-car-unveiled/news">Model X SUV</a>.</p> <p>And as for the other thing that Musk teased? He&rsquo;s since told CNN Money that Tesla expects to have a car next year that &ldquo;will probably be 90% capable of autopilot.&rdquo; Maybe it&rsquo;s that, or maybe it&rsquo;s something else. Whatever the case, we should have many more answers in one short week.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://jalopnik.com/tesla-model-s-p85d-is-this-elon-musks-d-1641866673">Jalopnik</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/CNNMoney/status/517738916892270592">CNN Money</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/02/elon-musk-self-driving-tesla/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tesla-model-s/review">Tesla Model S review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Roku adds Android and Windows screen mirroring </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In an effort to keep up with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review">Chromecast</a> and other cheap, screen-mirroring devices, Roku has announced that a new beta update adds support for the feature with compatible Android and Windows 8.1 phones and tablets.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s rolling out now to Roku 3 and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review">Roku Streaming Stick</a> customers, and the <a href="http://support.roku.com/entries/56698214-Roku-screen-mirroring-compatible-devices">list of tested devices</a> is admittedly pretty short for now, focusing on Samsung and Nexus devices, along with Surfaces. But if you have an Android or Windows 8.1 handset and a Roku, you might as well update and see if the added functionality works for you.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.roku.com/blog/2014/10/02/introducing-roku-screen-mirroring-beta-for-microsoft-windows-and-android-devices/">Roku</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chromecast/google-chromecast-vs-roku-streaming-stick/feature">Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roku Streaming Stick" alt="Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/roku-streaming-stick.jpg?1412317981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> See a drone-flown, GoPro-shot volcanic eruption </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>How awesome is the pairing of a flying drone and an action camera? So ridiculously awesome that it can be used to shoot the inside of an active camera - even if it melted the face of the camera in the process.</p> <p>Eric Cheng, DJI&rsquo;s director of aerial imaging, traveled to Iceland and used one of his company&rsquo;s own Phantom 2 quadcopter drones with a GoPro Hero3 camera attached to capture the footage from Bardarbunga volcano in the Holuhraun lava field. Luckily, while the camera was damaged, the memory card remained intact; thus, the super cool clip seen above.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cICS9MtRRw">YouTube</a> via <a href="http://www.wired.com/2014/10/drone-video-iceland-eruption-bardarbunga-volcano">Wired</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dji/dji-phantom-2-vision-quadcopter-drone/review">DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter drone review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8cICS9MtRRw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix signs exclusive Adam Sandler movies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is the point in which we assume that Netflix has become so drunk with money and influence that it&rsquo;s struggling to make rational decisions. Why? Because the company has agreed to a deal that sees four movies produced by and starring actor Adam Sandler premiere exclusively on the streaming service.</p> <p>Yes, Sandler&rsquo;s movies through his Happy Madison Productions company tend to make a fair bit of money, and he&rsquo;s had some strongly memorable roles (both comedic and dramatic) in his career. But Sandler&rsquo;s more recent embrace of mediocrity via films like <em>Jack and Jill</em> and <em>Grown Ups 2</em> makes the prospect of positive results from the deal seem questionable. Still, anything has to be better than <em>Jack and Jill</em>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://pr.netflix.com/WebClient/getNewsSummary.do?newsId=1651">Netflix</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="661" title="Jack and Jill" alt="Jack and Jill" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-adamsandler.jpg?1412317981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/dji/fully-charged-tesla-s-teased-d-may-be-enhanced-model-s-roku-adds-screen-mirroring-and-watch-dron#comments Cars DJI Film and TV GoPro Model S Netflix Roku Streaming Stick Tesla Fri, 03 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1449235 at http://www.stuff.tv Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick http://www.stuff.tv/chromecast/google-chromecast-vs-roku-streaming-stick/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> These dirt-cheap dongles will give your TV new streaming smarts. But which would we buy? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="And in the purple corner..." alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Roku_Streaming_Stick_vs_Chromecast_1.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ah, life - it giveth and it taketh away. While it&#39;s never been easier to add online services such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer to your TV, it&#39;s never been harder to decide how to do it.</p> <p>Smart TV? Network-connected Blu-ray player or home cinema system? Games console? Apple TV, Now TV, Roku 1, 2 or 3...</p> <p>All will work, and all will do a great job in most situations. But for our money the new Google Chromecast and Roku Streaming Stick strike the best balance between cost, content and ease of use.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s not much to choose between the two sticks here, and given that they&#39;ll be stuck round the back of your TV it doesn&#39;t really matter much what they look like anyway.&nbsp;</p> <p>But for what it&#39;s worth, the Chromecast is short with a bulbous back end, the Roku a little longer and slimmer. The Roku is proudly purple, the Chromecast casual in black.</p> <p>Both plug into your telly via HDMI, and both also have a microUSB socket at the other end from which they draw their power. For this task you can either use the bundled wall plug or hook them straight up to a USB socket on your TV.</p> <p>But crucially, the Roku comes with a dedicated remote, whereas the Chromecast can only be operated via smartphone app. And as the remote doesn&rsquo;t need line of sight, it&#39;s no less flexible to operate than an app either. It&#39;s well built, the buttons work with a satisfying click and using it is often more simple than switching on your phone, navigating to an app etc etc. And if you really must have an app, Roku has one of those too.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Roku Streaming Stick</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-our-job-get-directors-cut-and-not-bother-all-rest-it/feature">Netflix: &quot;There really isn&#39;t a case for different versions of a film&quot;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;re not really buying them for their looks" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_vs_Chromecast_3.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Roku&#039;s remote is a bonus" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Remote_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Both devices plug into an HDMI port..." alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_3_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="...and both are powered by microUSB" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-in-hand-back_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CONTENT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A media streamer is only ever as good as the media it has to stream. Obviously. And here the Roku Streaming Stick has an advantage.</p> <p>You&#39;ll find more than 500 apps on the Roku store, including the aforementioned BBC iPlayer and Netflix, Sky Store and Now TV, 4oD, Demand 5, Spotify, TuneIn, and YouTube. There are hundreds more specialist channels, catering for every interest. Personally we&#39;re quite partial to Visitation, a live stream of services from the Our Lady of the Visitation chuch in Cincinnatti, Ohio. We kid you not. Well OK, we&#39;ve never really watched it. But it does exist.</p> <p>We have watched the excellent Sky Now TV though: splash out &pound;6.99 on a month&#39;s Entertainment Pass, immerse yourself in <em>Game Of Thrones </em>and <em>The Walking Dead</em> and you&#39;ll be glad you had it.</p> <p>Adding apps is a piece of cake and new services join the line-up regularly. Hopefully we&#39;ll see ITV Player soon, so we can get our fix of <em>Loose Women</em>.</p> <p>Rather than have its own apps, Chromecast relies on iOS or Android apps with a &#39;Cast&#39; button. Netflix has one, as has iPlayer, but not much else; hopefully more will arrive soon. You do of course also get YouTube, and there&#39;s an excellent selection of films to buy on Google Play Movies.</p> <p>Streaming your own content is also easier on Roku than on Chromecast. On Google&#39;s device you&#39;ll need to use the Plex service - which is fine, but a little fiddly - whereas on the Streaming Stick you have access to the Roku Media Player app, among others. It&#39;s slick to use and will play just about anything.</p> <p>Ultimately, there&#39;s only one winner in this category. While both devices have the big two of Netflix and iPlayer, the fact that the Roku has so many more channels overall gives it a clear lead over its rival.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Roku Streaming Stick</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-1/review">Roku 1 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Casting, 1-2-3" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-tv-ready-to-cast_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="BBC iPlayer now has a Cast button" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iplayer-chromecast-htc_0.JPG?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="There are many, many channels available on Roku" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_homescreen_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Netflix: a winner on any device" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Netflix_app_0.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PERFORMANCE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Casting from a compatible app to Google Chromecast works quickly enough, and given the right content it looks great too.</p> <p>Netflix&rsquo;s Super HD streams will delight you with their 1080p, high-bitrate, Dolby Digital+ surround loveliness, and if you purchase a HD flick from Google Play Movies they&#39;ll look great too. BBC iPlayer maxes out at 720p and a YouTube clip will only ever be as good as the quality it&#39;s transmitted in, but that&#39;s the same for the Roku too.</p> <p>To our eyes, the Roku&#39;s picture is a tad softer than that of the Chromecast, but not enough to make a huge difference. Navigation is snappy, particularly if using the remote, and you can also Cast to the Streaming Stick from some apps, including Netflix, if it takes your fancy. Like the Chromecast it&#39;s compatible with Super HD and Dolby Digital+ and ultimately there&#39;s nothing much between them in this round.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Draw</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/project-ethan-revamp-will-transform-sky-s-set-top-box-service/news">Sky&#39;s supercharged Project Ethan box will support 4K, cloud recording and more</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pebbles not included" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/chromecast-stones_3.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="House Of Cards = ace" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Netflix_app_1.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At &pound;30 for the Chromecast and &pound;50 for the Streaming Stick, these devices are both absolute bargains. If you&#39;ve yet to bring your viewing setup kicking and screaming into the 2010s, either will do a great job.&nbsp;</p> <p>But this test is all about picking a winner, and for our money it&#39;s got to be the Roku Streaming Stick. It&#39;s slick, simple and stuffed with content; team it with Netflix and you&#39;ll never leave the house again.</p> <p><strong><em>Winner:</em> Roku Streaming Stick</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 25 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="And the winner is... the Roku Streaming Stick!" alt="Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_7.jpg?1399043774" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chromecast/google-chromecast-vs-roku-streaming-stick/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/chromecast/google-chromecast-vs-roku-streaming-stick/feature#comments Chromecast Connected home Geek accessories Google iPlayer Netflix Roku Streaming Streaming Stick Fri, 02 May 2014 13:29:26 +0000 Marc McLaren 1436510 at http://www.stuff.tv Roku Streaming Stick http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All of Roku&#039;s streaming prowess in a little Chromecast-rivaling dongle? Don&#039;t mind if we do </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roku Streaming Stick review" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Roku_Streaming_Stick_7.jpg?1398882654" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The name &ldquo;Streaming Stick&rdquo; leaves little room for wonder. This is a stick. And it streams.</p> <p>But bluntness of monicker aside, this is a rather exciting wee device: a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Chromecast</a> rival that sacrifices a little in polish and pizzazz and makes up for it in usefulness and ease of use. It even comes with one of those increasingly rare of beasts - a dedicated remote control.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £50.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tiny and discreet </div> <div class="field-item even"> Very affordable </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good range of apps </div> <div class="field-item even"> Can stream your own stuff </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Requires power via USB </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Stick of Truth </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>By the standards of today&rsquo;s USB sticks this is big, but by the standards of video streamers the Streaming Stick is pretty darn dinky at 78.6mm long - just 6mm longer than a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Chromecast</a>, which itself has a rather bulbous end.</p> <p>The idea is that once you&rsquo;ve connected it to one of the HDMI sockets around the back of your telly you&rsquo;re not going to see it. Those who&rsquo;ve wall-mounted and therefore have to use a side-facing HDMI might see a purple tip protruding from the edge of their telly, but that&rsquo;s not nearly as frightful as we&rsquo;ve just made that sound.</p> <p>But don&rsquo;t go thinking this is an entirely wire-free affair: the Streaming Stick (like the Chromecast) can&rsquo;t draw power via HDMI, so you need to use the bundled USB cable to supply it with juice. The vast majority of TVs now have USB sockets, and if you&rsquo;ve got one free that&rsquo;s by far the neatest option (just use a cable tie to keep the excess cable out of sight), but if you&rsquo;re without an available socket there&rsquo;s also a wall charger in the box.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Streaming Stick vs Chromecast: the weigh-in" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_vs_Chromecast_1.jpg?1398882654" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;ll need a spare HDMI and spare USB socket for power" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_3.jpg?1398882654" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Vents and recess button: things just got serious" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_5.jpg?1398882654" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Lost the bundled cable? Any microUSB cable will do" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_6.jpg?1398882654" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An Appy occasion </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The software setup is almost as simple. Select your Wi-Fi network from the list and input the password and the Roku downloads and installs the latest version of its firmware - a process that took all of about 3mins for us.</p> <p>At this point you&rsquo;ll be directed to create a Roku account via the main website. It doesn&rsquo;t take long and once done you&rsquo;re left to the far more enjoyable job of selecting which apps you&rsquo;d like to install.</p> <p>Roku reckons there are 500+ apps (or Channels, as it insists on calling them) now available, and unsurprisingly huge swathes of it are absolute rubbish. Thankfully the good stuff is easy to find in the Most Popular menu, and there&rsquo;s plenty of it. Unsurprisingly, video on-demand takes centre stage, with iPlayer and Demand 5 covering the free stuff and Netflix, Sky Now TV and Sky Store doing the subscription and on-demand thing. Music from Spotify is a great bonus, too, and TuneIn is there to deliver internet radio.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s already a bunch more stuff than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Chromecast&rsquo;s</a> got, and the Roku treads on the Chromecast&rsquo;s apparent USP by accepting videos that are &ldquo;casted&rdquo; from the Netflix app on your iPhone or Android device. On top of that the Roku excels in an area that the Chromecast struggles - streaming your own media.</p> <p>The Chromecast currently relies entirely on Plex if you want to play your own video or music files, and decent though Plex is, it relies on you either having a computer on and running Plex, or a NAS with a Plex app and the ability to transcode, which isn&rsquo;t all that common. The Roku also has Plex, which will be fine for some, but it also has a dedicated Roku Media Player app that - while very basic in appearance - plays just about anything without any fuss. There&rsquo;s Twonky Beam, too, and DS Video for those with Synology DiskStations. Essentially, if you want to stream your own stuff, the Roku is a much better bet for most people than the Chromecast.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ds214se/synology-ds214se-dsm-50/review" target="_blank">Synology DS214se with DSM 5.0 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The main app food groups are covered" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_homescreen.jpg?1398882654" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Casting from Netflix is supported just as it is on Chromecast" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Netflix_app.jpg?1398882654" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Roku: A Gateway to Sky </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Those Now TV and Sky Store apps are great ways for those who aren&rsquo;t Sky subscribers to get access to the wealth of Sky content.</p> <p>Sky Store is a simple pay-as-you-go movie streaming service that impresses in terms of content (1200 movies and loads of top notch new releases), even if the lack of HD is a bit of a shame.</p> <p>Now TV is slightly more confusing but also probably of more interest to many. It&rsquo;s split into three channels: Entertainment, Movies and Sport. The first includes all of the TV content you&rsquo;d find on Sky&rsquo;s own channels (including Sky Atlantic, which brings with it new <em>Game of Thrones</em>, among many others), available on-demand for a &pound;6.99 monthly fee.</p> <p>Movies gives on-demand access to all of the - you guessed it - movies currently on the Sky platform for &pound;8.99 a month. But this doesn&rsquo;t include brand spanking new movies - you&rsquo;ll have to go to the Sky Store for those.</p> <p>Finally, Sports gives you 24-hour access to all of Sky&rsquo;s sports channels for &pound;9.99. A princely sum, but if it&rsquo;s the last day of the Premier League season and you&rsquo;re not a Sky TV subscriber, probably one that&rsquo;s worth paying.</p> <p>Disappointingly those who already pay for a Sky Subscription don&rsquo;t get free access to Now TV, so this isn&rsquo;t a cheap way to get Multiroom. Sky Go is designed for you, but it&rsquo;s really only available on portable devices at this stage.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stick a Fork in Me, I&#039;m done </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Individual apps take a little while to load and there&rsquo;s no real multitasking here, but navigating menus is nippy and content buffers pretty quickly, thanks in part to dual-band Wi-Fi, which you won&rsquo;t find on the equally cheap <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-1/review" target="_blank">Roku 1</a> (speed freaks may want to consider the Roku 3, the only player in the range with an ethernet socket).</p> <p>Picture and sound is very decent, too. It&rsquo;ll handle Netflix streams in so-called Super HD (essentially higher-bandwidth 1080p) but to our eyes the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Chromecast</a> is just a touch crisper and sharper when playing the same content. Dolby Digital+ is handled, too, and sound is solid and detailed.</p> <p>The remote&rsquo;s also nice - decent weight, fairly ergonomic and with a nice, positive click to the buttons. A bit too last decade for you? There&rsquo;s also a free Roku control app.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Google Chromecast review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Netflix Super HD and Dolby Digital+ are both supported" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Netflix_app_3.jpg?1398882654" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Bundled remotes are a good thing - this one especially" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_Remote.jpg?1398882654" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Roku Streaming Stick verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Little Roku taking on the mighty Google sounds like a recipe for a bloody nose, but Roku&#39;s been in the streaming game for a while now and despite costing &pound;20 more than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Chromecast</a>, it&rsquo;s the Streaming Stick we&rsquo;d recommend.</p> <p>If all you want is Netflix and iPlayer on your main telly, by all means go Google, but if you also want to stream your own videos and music, access Spotify and grab a slice of the Sky pie every so often, the Roku really is the way to go. The fact that it also comes with a good old-fashioned remote won&rsquo;t be lost on many people, either.</p> <p>And what of Roku&rsquo;s other players? There are little feature differences here and there, but for us the Streaming Stick makes the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-1/review" target="_blank">Roku 1</a> and 2 largely irrelevant unless you&rsquo;ve got an old TV without HDMI (in which case save your money for a new TV, yeah?).</p> <p>The Roku 3 might be worth looking at if you&rsquo;re keen to go wired for faster streaming speeds, but for most people the Streaming Stick wins out - it&rsquo;s the pick of the range and the best budget streamer available right now.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/connected-home/top-ten" target="_blank">The Best Connected Home Gadgets in the World Right Now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roku Streaming Stick review" alt="Roku Streaming Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku_Streaming_Stick_4.jpg?1398882654" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> picture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There are now many options if you want a budget streamer, but this is the best so far</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review#comments Connected home Geek accessories Roku Streaming Streaming Stick Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:30:56 +0000 Tom Parsons 1436431 at http://www.stuff.tv Roku 1 http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-1/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Free your TV from the tyranny of the schedules with this £40 streaming superstar </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Roku 1 - try it and you&#039;ll never want to lego. Sorry" alt="Roku 1 media streamer review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/roku-1-media-streaming-review-006b.jpg?1398882335" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/ced-yuen" title="View user profile.">Ced Yuen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We love video streaming - bending television to your every viewing whim is the future. But only the newest, smartest TVs let you do that, and that&rsquo;s where Roku comes in.</p> <p>Its various streaming devices &ndash; boxes with apps, basically &ndash; give your TV all the smarts it needs for entertainment on demand, even if your set is older than a Michael McIntyre joke.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £40.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Neat design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Ease of use </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Remote app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No HDMI cable bundled </div> <div class="field-item even"> Could do with more apps, more quickly </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Good things, tiny package </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Imagine a really smart hockey puck and you won&rsquo;t be far off. This thing is tiny. It&rsquo;s also very basic in its design: you won&rsquo;t even find a power button, as Roku claims the device draws less power than a nightlight. The back of the box has a handful of sockets: mains, HDMI (cable not included) and RCA connectors. Power up, turn on your TV, and follow the prompts.</p> <p>Getting connected is easy, and you&rsquo;ll be done in minutes. Hooking up to Wi-Fi is just a matter of entering your router&rsquo;s password. Next you activate your Roku 1 online from a computer, a process that also lets you shop for apps. Finally, the box will configure itself, rebooting with the latest updates along with all the apps you asked for.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multitasking-master-amazon-fire-tv-movie-streamer-games-console-and-babysitter/news">Amazon&#39;s Fire TV is a movie streamer, games console and babysitter all in one</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="No, he doesn&#039;t have really big hands" alt="Roku 1 media streamer review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/roku-1-media-streaming-review-003.jpg?1398882335" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Pictures of ports are always sexy" alt="Roku 1 media streamer review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/roku-1-media-streaming-review-004.jpg?1398882335" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pretty, simple </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once set up, you&rsquo;re free to look around, although you won&#39;t find much to explore at first - the only three options are&nbsp;a settings menu, an app market, and a page of your selections. </p> <p>That&#39;s fine by us, because it makes for a simple, attractive system in which you can&#39;t possibly get lost. Head into the app market and the good news continues - it&#39;s all well laid out, making flicking through it a joy. The process is smooth and rarely ever crashes too; impressive at this price point.&nbsp;</p> <p>The remote control is small, simple and ergonomic, but if you don&rsquo;t get on with it (or lose it altogether) there&rsquo;s a free Android/iOS remote app. This does everything the normal remote can, but adds a QWERTY keyboard &ndash; handy for those tedious, alphanumerical passwords.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/opinion-every-apple-fan-should-own-apple-tv/feature">Why every Apple fan should own an Apple TV</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="If you don&#039;t like the remote, there&#039;s an app for that" alt="Roku 1 media streamer review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/roku-1-media-streaming-review-002.jpg?1398882335" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Roku 1 - tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><b>Channels available </b>450+ including Netflix, Sky Now TV, BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Demand 5</p> <p><strong>Video Output</strong>&nbsp;1080p,&nbsp;720p
,&nbsp;480p
&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Audio Output</strong>&nbsp;Digital - HDMI (7.1 and 5.1 surround pass through); analog - stereo (left/right/composite video RCA)</p> <p><strong>Networking</strong>&nbsp;802.11 (a/b/g/n compatible) with WEP, WPA, and WPA2 support&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Power consumption</strong> Less than 4.5W (typical) when streaming HD video&nbsp; <p><strong>Dimensions</strong> 94x94x30mm; 128g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Trigger-appy TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Content is king, and the Roku 1 has more apps than you could ask for. The list is constantly being updated, but you might as well start off with big ones such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Spotify and Now TV.&nbsp;We&rsquo;re still waiting on 4oD, but given its appearance on other Roku boxes, it shouldn&rsquo;t be long in coming.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no sign of Amazon Prime Instant Video either, but you do get Plex, which enables you to stream from a networked computer. Besides the usual suspects, there&rsquo;s more here than you could (or would) ever use. There are useful ones such as Y-Cam&rsquo;s HomeMonitor, which turns your Roku into a CCTV system, but sadly most of the boasted 450+ channels are somewhere between baffling and utterly useless. Take the Stop It Or You&rsquo;ll Go Blind channel, for instance. Yes, that&rsquo;s a thing.</p> <p>Once you&#39;ve picked your channel and chosen what to watch, you can settle back and enjoy 1080p video and 7.1-channel surround sound (where the source provides it).&nbsp;And enjoy it you most surely will; a mini-binge of&nbsp;<em>House Of Cards</em>&nbsp;demonstrated a stable feed with a picture to rival that of a Blu-ray. Again, not bad for &pound;50.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review">Google Chromecast review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Now you&#039;ve got no excuse not to veg out all day" alt="Roku 1 media streamer review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/roku-1-media-streaming-review-005.jpg?1398882335" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For the most part, the Roku 1 is a tiny Liam Neeson - it has a particular set of skills, gets the job done effectively and&nbsp;packs one hell of a punch.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sure, there&rsquo;s competition out there: many games consoles, smart TVs and Blu-ray players now offer some apps, while the likes of Google&rsquo;s Chromecast and Amazon&#39;s (hopefully) forthcoming Fire TV offer a similar service too. </p> <p>But the Roku offers a neat one-stop package with a lot more variety than most of its rivals, and only stands to get better with time. If you&rsquo;re looking for your first step into video streaming and are cursed with an older TV, the Roku 1 is a little box of wonders.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 25 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Roku 1: small but perfectly formed" alt="Roku 1 media streamer review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/roku-1-media-streaming-review-001.jpg?1398882335" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> picture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A tiny box to make your TV smarter, and a great first step into the world of video streaming</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-1/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-1/review#comments Connected home Roku Streaming TVs Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:59:20 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435667 at http://www.stuff.tv Roku takes on Google Chromecast with Streaming Stick http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-takes-google-chromecast-streaming-stick/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plug-in HDMI stick turns your telly into a Smart TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roku Streaming Stick" alt="Roku Streaming Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/roku-streaming-stick.jpg?1394017200" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over in America-land, Roku is so popular &ndash; two-and-a-half times the daily usage of Apple TV, it claims &ndash; that its TV streamy gubbins are getting <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/ces-2014/roku-tv-sets-drop-box-simpler-smart-tv-ces/news" target="_blank">hardwired into new TVs</a>.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-takes-google-chromecast-streaming-stick/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-takes-google-chromecast-streaming-stick/news#comments Roku TV Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:00:01 +0000 Stephen Graves 1433287 at http://www.stuff.tv Roku TV sets drop the box for simpler Smart TV at CES http://www.stuff.tv/roku/ces-2014/roku-tv-sets-drop-box-simpler-smart-tv-ces/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smart TV sets from the budget streamers land at CES with Roku&#039;s excellent library of apps, films and TV shows on board </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roku TV CES 2014 " alt="Roku TV CES 2014 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/roku-tv-ces-2014.png?1389017312" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We love Roku for taking internet TV smarts and sticking them in an affordable box that gives the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-tv/review">Apple TV </a>a run for its money. But what&#39;s this? Roku&#39;s taking said Roku Channel Store smarts and plonking them back into a TV set? Don&#39;t fret - Roku&#39;s promising to do what Samsung and LG are yet to crack: making smart TV simple.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/joe-cox" title="View user profile.">Joe Cox</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Roku Logic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The TVs will be built with the help of Hisense and TCL, two of the biggest Chinese TV manufacturers, to roll out TVs in sizes from 32 to 55 inches.</p> <p>Roku says its TVs will &quot;remove all of the complicated layers and menus, and unnecessary menus and settings that plague smart TVs today, and instead provide a Roku home screen that brings together all content sources&quot;.</p> <p>Roku is a long time Stuff favourite for <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-12-and-3-add-iplayer-and-nowtv-your-oggle-box/news">its streaming boxes</a>, such as the Roku 2 XS, which compete with set-top boxes such as Apple TV plus it also supplied the nuts and bolts for the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-now-tv-box-makes-your-tv-smart-ten-pounds/news">&pound;10 Now TV Box</a>.&nbsp;Roku TV will have full access to the Roku Channel Store, which rocks 450 channels in the UK including BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Now TV, Demand 5 and Spotify. </p> <p>It will feature just 20 remote-controlled buttons in an effort to simplify the navigation process, and will also work with mobile devices via the Roku app for iOS or Android. If Roku can bring all that at a decent price, we may cancel that wishful Apple TV order after all. &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roku 2 streaming box " alt="Roku 2 streaming box " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku-2-UK-Main-Front-_0.jpg?1389017312" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/roku/ces-2014/roku-tv-sets-drop-box-simpler-smart-tv-ces/news#comments CES 2014 Roku TV Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:58:48 +0000 Sophie Charara 1430758 at http://www.stuff.tv Roku 1,2 and 3 add iPlayer and NowTV to your goggle box http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-12-and-3-add-iplayer-and-nowtv-your-oggle-box/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Roku 3 set-top box and two new other models are bringing iPlayer and Now TV goodness to televisions in the UK </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roku 3" alt="Roku 3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Roku-3-with-Headphones-1024x597.jpg?1384959562" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you want access to a lot more channels on your television, but dislike lengthy contracts, Roku has your back.</p> <p>The Roku 3 set-top box is making the trip from the US to the UK, the company has announced, bringing with it the promise of iPlayer and NowTV as well as apps like DropBox,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-snags-first-emmy-online-only-tv-drama/news">Netflix</a>&nbsp;and Flixster and even mobile gaming, although the game library looks somewhat limited at the moment.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/ben-griffin" title="View user profile.">Ben Griffin</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3, 2, 1, blast off </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Roku 3 has an ethernet port plus a dual core processor, and a motion-sensitive remote control for playing games like Angry Birds on your telly.</p> <p>Roku has also announced two other new models, the 1 and 2. The 1 is the most basic model and comes with a single core processor and 1 by 1 Wi-Fi, while the slightly pricier Roku 2 ups its game to 2 by 2 WiFi and has a headphone socket in the remote for when you want to watch TV in silence.</p> <p>All devices support full 1080p playback.</p> <p>The Roku 1, 2 and 3 cost &pound;59, &pound;79 and &pound;99, respectively. All models will go on sale next week on Roku&#39;s website or from the likes of Amazon UK, but you can <a href="http://www.roku.com/uk/choose-your-roku">pre-order the Roku 1 and 2</a> today if you so desire.</p> <p>It&#39;s worth pointing out that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv-box-powered-sky/now-tv-box-hands-review/feature">Sky Now TV box</a>, which costs a measly &pound;10, is based on a previous-gen Roku box &ndash; whether spending at least another &pound;49 on an own-brand Roku is worth it remains to be seen.</p> <p>[<a href="http://crave.cnet.co.uk/homecinema/roku-1-2-and-3-add-iplayer-now-tv-to-your-telly-from-59-50012331/">CNET UK</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roku 2" alt="Roku 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Roku-2-UK-Main-Front-.jpg?1384959562" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-12-and-3-add-iplayer-and-nowtv-your-oggle-box/news#comments Roku TV Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:56:35 +0000 Ben Griffin 1427068 at http://www.stuff.tv New video! Roku LT is a budget Apple TV http://www.stuff.tv/roku/new-video-roku-lt-budget-apple-tv/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Roku LT brings new content and a stripped-back streaming experience all for £50. That makes it quite the bargain... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen-shot-2013-01-30-at-18.34.18_0.png?1364407242" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_5759.jpg?1364407242" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let us introduce you to the Roku LT – a tiny streaming box with tons of video and audio streaming services from the likes of Sky's Now TV, Netflix and Vevo, a simple user interface and a rather pocket-friendly price of £50. Sounds good, doesn't it? <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/video/reviews/roku-lt-video-review">Check out the video review</a> for the full low-down.</p> <p>You might also like<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/news-nugget/blackberry-q10-with-physical-qwerty-keyboard-%E2%80%93-specs-revealed"></a></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/tv-and-hi-fi/stuff/new-video-roku-lt-is-a-budget-apple-tv </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/new-video-roku-lt-budget-apple-tv/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/roku/new-video-roku-lt-budget-apple-tv/news#comments Roku Wed, 30 Jan 2013 18:48:09 +0000 Lucy Hedges 424085 at http://www.stuff.tv Roku hits 100 channels in the UK http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-hits-100-channels-uk/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Now you can enjoy a ton of channels on Roku&#039;s dinky little media streaming boxes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/roku-xs_0.jpg?1367415707" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_778.jpg?1367415707" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>TV streaming service Roku has hit the 100 channel mark, more than double the number of channels available on the service when it launched in January.</p><p>Roku's showing no signs of stopping, announcing that more channels are expected "over the coming months" – in the US it's adding one new channel a day, and it wants to do the same on this side of the pond.</p><fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/tv-and-hi-fi/news-nugget/roku-hits-100-channels-in-the-uk </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-hits-100-channels-uk/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-hits-100-channels-uk/news#comments Roku Wed, 04 Apr 2012 19:22:06 +0000 Stephen Graves 420687 at http://www.stuff.tv BBC iPlayer hits Roku as boxes start shipping in the UK http://www.stuff.tv/roku/bbc-iplayer-hits-roku-boxes-start-shipping-uk/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Auntie Beeb signs up for the perfectly purple £50 Smart TV box </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Roku-LT_0_0.jpg?1364396908" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Roku-LT_2_0.jpg?1364396908" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_1400.jpg?1364396908" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Streaming media set-top box <a href="http://cdn.stuff.tv/news/tv-and-hi-fi/news-nugget/roku-coming-to-uk-this-month">Roku</a> has added the BBC iPlayer to its lineup of channels, just as the boxes start shipping to UK customers.</p> <p>Roku's supplying two models for the UK market. The stripped-back £50 Roku LT offers up 720p playback, while the £100 Roku 2 CS ups the ante with 1080p playback and a motion-controlled Bluetooth remote.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/tv-and-hi-fi/news-nugget/bbc-iplayer-hits-roku-as-boxes-start-shipping-in-the-uk </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/bbc-iplayer-hits-roku-boxes-start-shipping-uk/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/roku/bbc-iplayer-hits-roku-boxes-start-shipping-uk/news#comments Roku Fri, 10 Feb 2012 11:05:12 +0000 Stephen Graves 419860 at http://www.stuff.tv Roku coming to UK this month http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-coming-uk-month/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Streaming media set-top boxes to hit UK and Ireland at end of January </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Roku-LT.jpg?1364397188" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_1672.jpg?1364397188" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The dust has barely settled on <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/apps-and-games/stuff/netflix-launches-in-uk">Netflix's UK launch</a> – and streaming platform Roku is wasting no time in getting its little black boxes over the Atlantic.</p> <p>Roku is launching in the UK at the end of January with two media streamers from its line-up, the Roku LT and Roku 2 XS.</p> <p>The Roku LT is the lower-cost option, priced at £50 and featuring Wi-Fi and HDMI connectivity and 720p playback. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/tv-and-hi-fi/news-nugget/roku-coming-to-uk-this-month </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-coming-uk-month/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-coming-uk-month/news#comments Roku Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:24:26 +0000 Stephen Graves 419392 at http://www.stuff.tv Roku SoundBridge M1000 http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-soundbridge-m1000/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Soundbridge M1000 doesn’t break with Roku tradition; it looks the part, sounds the part and is pleasingly promiscuous in the software department </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="600" height="399" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Roku-SoundBridge-M1000-0_0.jpg?1364300808" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Roku was one of the first makers to realise that network music players should not only work but also look the part, and the neat-looking M1000 continues the company’s fine traditions. </p> <p>This unit, like the Philips and Slim Devices, hooks into your stereo amp and (refreshingly) doesn’t cart along a barrow load of proprietary software – yes, the sluttish little Roku will jump into bed with practically any old software, be it iTunes or PlaysForSure, and gaily wears the colours of AAC, AIFF, MP3 and WAV. </p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £175.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Soundbridge is the most versatile, intuitive and downright sexy music streamer around. Get one in your spare room with haste </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/roku-soundbridge-m1000 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-soundbridge-m1000/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-soundbridge-m1000/review#comments Roku SoundBridge M1000 Streaming Tue, 10 Oct 2006 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 2292 at http://www.stuff.tv