MEDIA STREAMING OUTFIT Roku announced an updated version of its Streaming Stick on Wednesday that will suport all HDMI enabled TVs.
A Roku Streaming Stick has been available in the US for a while, but the firm today unveiled an updated model today that it will release in the UK next month.
While the previous stick's compatibility was limited only to "Roku Ready" TV sets, the firm's updated device will work with any HDMI enabled TV. Roku said that given its small size, it's ideal for wall-mounted TVs.
Much like Roku's larger media streamers, such as the Roku 3 that debuted back in September, the Roku Streaming Stick comes with the same feature set. Buyers will find the same WiFi enabled remote, HD 1080p support and the same selection of 750+ apps that include Netflix, Youtube, Sky News and Vevo.
With the device set to retail for just £49.99, it doesn't feature all of the functionality of the more expensive Roku 3, for example. The remote doesn't come with a headphone jack for private listening, nor is it capable of doubling up as a gaming remote for playing titles such as Angry Birds Space. However, users will be able to use their iOS or Android smartphone as make-shift remotes for the Streaming Stick.
Jim Funk, SVP of product management at Roku said, "The new Roku Streaming Stick gives consumers more choice for streaming entertainment to the TV than any other device.
"Consumers want a ton of entertainment, a friendly user interface, and options to control the experience with a remote or mobile device. This new Roku Streaming Stick brings all that and more – and in a tiny form factor."
The Roku Media Streamer is available to pre-order from Amazon and Currys or at Roku's website ahead of its release at the end of April. µ
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