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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 Reclaimer77 on 3/6/2014 8:33:16 AM , Rating: 1
Why wouldn't Chromecast work for hotel room TV's? Honest question, just curious.

RE: Will it work in hotels?
By brshoemak on 3/6/2014 1:47:07 PM , Rating: 3
Because most hotels have a captive portal set up, so you can connect to their wireless network easily but when you open a web browser a page will pop up requiring you to enter a code (or something) and then agree that you won't use their wifi for nefarious purposes.

A Chromecast has no method for opening a web page, entering a code and agreeing to a ToS. Thus no worky. Bandwidth can also be an issue for streaming.

I took a Kindle (eInk) to a hotel and thankfully the Kindle has an experimental web browser which, while painful as hell to use, did allow me to open the web page and get online using their captive portal.

RE: Will it work in hotels?
By woody1 on 3/6/2014 1:49:09 PM , Rating: 2
Usually, when using hotel wifi (or other hotspot), you connect on wifi, then you have to login on a web page. There's no way to do that 2nd step with a Chromecast device.

Also, in most cases, hotel wifi routers are set up to isolate each WLAN connection from the other WLAN connections for security reasons. This also makes the Chromecast inoperable, because you have to be able to control it from another device, e.g., your phone or laptop.

A simpler approach is just to forget the Chromecast and connect an Android phone or tablet to the PC using an MHL or Slimport adapter. That avoids all the wifi setup problems.

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