Streaming Stick http://www.stuff.tv/roku/streaming-stick/all 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