Looking to add streaming functionality to an older TV or maybe you just need an easy to use streaming option to give you more channels? There’s plenty of external streaming devices out there, so which one should you choose?
Why you should choose a Roku streaming device
I’m going to make the case for a Roku device, and I’d like to thank Roku for sponsoring this blog and video. Their sponsorship helps me keep the blog and YouTube channel running and in truth I’ve long been a fan of these devices. Here’s why.
Roku streaming devices are small, compact, portable
If you’ve been shopping for a streaming device, you know there’s lots out there, and some of these devices are bigger than others. While that’s fine if you have a place to set them, if you have a wall mounted TV, you want a streaming device that’s easy to hide. Roku Streaming Stick+, Premiere or Express are all small enough to tuck out of the way and some versions come with double sided tape to attach the player to the bezel of your TV.
Choose your resolution
Whether you’re still using an HD TV or you’ve upgraded to crisper, brighter, higher resolution 4K TV, there’s a Roku streaming player for you.
The Full HD Roku Express is inexpensive and gives you high quality HD video streams. If you want a 4K option you can choose the Roku Streaming Stick+ or Roku Premiere. Both the Premier and Streaming Stick+ are also HD backwards compatible, making them a great choice if you do plan to upgrade your HD TV to 4K soon.
Gone are the days where you need to pay hundreds of dollars for a premium streaming device. Roku streaming playersare affordable and the range of prices means you can find a Roku streamer that fits your TV—and your budget.
Content, content, content!
Roku streaming devices like Roku Streaming Stick+, Premiere or Express and new Roku-powered TVs like the TCL, Westinghouse and Hisense Roku TV all come loaded with a ton of channels so you can access a wide variety of TV shows, movies and other entertainment. There’s plenty of entertainment on the Roku platform —both free options and paid channels—including Canadian TV and programs too.
Now with Apple TV and Disney +!
Roku streaming players and Roku TVs have the necessities you expect, like The Roku Channel, Netflix and YouTube, but now you can also get Apple TV and Disney+. These pay services are bringing even more great shows to the Roku platform, meaning almost anything you want to watch you should be able to find.
Easy to use interface
I think Roku is one of the most user-friendly and easy to streaming solutions out there. It’s so easy, you could put one in your child’s playroom and they could use it no problem. Similarly if you’ve got seniors in your life or technophobe parents or grandparents who don’t usually like fussing with ‘this newfangled technology’ you’ll have them streaming entertainment in seconds.
If you’re shopping for a new TV, look for Hisense, Westinghouse, Sanyo, Sharp, RCA and TCL TVs which are using that easy Roku operating system too.
Remote (and batteries!) included
One of the things that makes a Roku streamer great is the included Roku Remote control. This compact remote makes it easy to control your Roku streaming device with a few clicks. With the Roku Remote, you don’t need to keep giving your smartphone to the kids every time they need to change the channel like you do with some other streamers. The Remote has all the buttons you need to navigate your TV, including some shortcut buttons for favourite channels too. And the batteries are always included in the box!
If you do prefer to use your phone as the remote, you can. The Roku mobile app is available free for iOS and Android devices. Download it and connect to your Roku Streaming Stick+, Premiere or Express for remote control anywhere. The app also has another special feature that makes Roku stand out…
Private Listening—use headphones with Roku
A favourite feature of mine is the Private Listening option with Roku streaming devices. Using the Roku mobile app, you can connect your favourite headphones to your phone and immediately hear the sound from the TV from your headphones. This is a great option when you can’t listen to Baby Shark one more time, or if you want to watch a loud action flick after the rest of the house has gone to bed. Just tap the Private Listening button on your Roku Remote app and you’re ready to watch!
Those are 8 great reasons to pick up a Roku Streaming Stick+, Roku Premiere or Roku Express right now. If you’d like to read more about them, including full reviews of the Roku devices, or some helpful how-tos, they’re all here on the blog or the YouTube channel.