Quick Note: Roku Unveils HDMI-based Streaming Stick, Takes on Chromecast
March 5, 2014 9:22 AM
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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.
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RE: Will it work in hotels?
3/6/2014 1:49:09 PM
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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