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New Streaming Stick plugs right into a HDMI port

Taking direct aim at Google’s $35 Chromecast, Roku has announced that a new version of its Streaming Stick is now available. The new version plugs directly into an empty HDMI port on your TV. Roku says that the new version of the Streaming Stick is perfect for wall mounted TVs.
The device has 1200 channels of movies, TV, music, news, kids shows and more. It supports resolutions up to 1080p and has a TV user interface with Roku Search integrated. The new Streaming Stick also ships with a Wi-Fi remote control (unlike the Chromecast). The remote has buttons for directly accessing Netflix, Amazon, Blockbuster, and MGo.

Apps for Android and iOS smartphones are also supported.
The updated Streaming Stick is available now in the U.S. for pre-order at $49.99. The device will be available in retail stores in April. 

Source: Roku

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By SAN-Man on 3/5/2014 10:50:37 AM , Rating: 2
Really cheesy...

By dgingerich on 3/5/2014 11:07:37 AM , Rating: 2
I'd be happy with them if they'd just have included a Hulu button. I only use Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon. So, this would be nice for me.

By tayb on 3/5/2014 11:39:38 AM , Rating: 1
Why? It lowers the price of the unit and provides quick access to a few features. If you don't use those features just enjoy the lower price. If you do, well enjoy both. I don't see the negatives.

By SAN-Man on 3/5/2014 1:30:51 PM , Rating: 2
They're cheesy. Might be OK for your dorm room, most people don't like logos all over their devices.

By tayb on 3/5/2014 2:55:05 PM , Rating: 2
It's not a sticker that servers no purpose it is a button that servers a function. Press Netflix to go directly to Netflix. It's functional advertising.

I would actually guess that most people could care less that there is a useful button on their remote.

By SAN-Man on 3/5/2014 4:00:47 PM , Rating: 3
It cheapens the device, functionality or not. It also dates the device, those services could be gone in 6 months (Block Buster anyone).

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