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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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RE: Will it work in hotels?
By kmmatney on 3/5/2014 6:23:02 PM , Rating: 2
That sounds like a lot of hassle while traveling - I just use by notebook directly (it's 17", though, I can see wanting a bigger screen if you have a small laptop).

RE: Will it work in hotels?
By runutz on 3/5/2014 6:43:26 PM , Rating: 2
Depends on how light your traveling. On business trips where you need a stand alone device (IE has a screen) I can see where you're coming from. A small device like this, a NUC or other device that utilizes the larger hotel screen has its benefits.

As I just retired, I've been looking for small entertainment devices such as this.

RE: Will it work in hotels?
By woody1 on 3/6/2014 1:53:44 PM , Rating: 2
These days, I only travel with a small Android tablet, which is a little small for watching movies. Often, I can connect the tablet up to a TV and watch whatever I want to on the larger screen (better sound, too). The Chromecast would be great for this, if it worked over hotel wifi, but, unfortunately, it doesn't.

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