Premiere, Express & Streaming Stick +: New Roku Streamers review


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roku, express, premiere, streaming stick, reviewCable TV? What’s cable TV? These days, more folks than ever are cutting the cord and turning to streaming as their primary source of content. Timely, since more big players than ever are entering the streaming content market, like Disney and Apple.

Roku has been one of the leaders when it comes to external streaming devices, and it’s also making TV operating systems too for manufacturers like TCL. And a couple weeks ago the company launched new streaming devices too.

I had a chance to try out Roku Premiere, Roku Express and the new Roku Streaming Stick+ to see what they’re like to use, what sets them apart from each other and why you might choose one of them.

What’s new with Roku?: three new streamers

Each of these devices is similar to some degree. They are external devices made to connect to your home’s Wi-Fi to let you access streaming TV like Netflix and Prime Video, or free alternatives like The Roku Channel and YouTube. Each device comes with the iconic Roku Remote which allows you quick access and control over your device, or you can download and use the Roku Remote if you prefer a smartphone for control. We’ll start by taking a look at the features that these devices all have, and how they work.

Reviewing common Roku features

roku, express, premiere, streaming stick, reviewRoku Setup

The setup process for each of these devices is the same, and it’s dead easy. Roku is so user friendly, you could give it to a child, or technophobe grandparents and they’d be able to breeze through it. Plug it in, connect it to your Wi-Fi network, and start streaming.

Roku remote…

Every Roku device comes with the now iconic Roku Remote. It’s got everything you need for quick operation, plus shortcut buttons to popular streaming channels. It’s ultra handy if you don’t want to fuss with your phone.

…Or Roku Remote app

If you DO want to keep the phone handy, you can download the Roku Remote app from the App Store or Google Play. All the same controls are on it as on the regular remote, plus some additional features… like Private Listening.

This review was written for Best Buy Canada’s blog. Please support the work I do for them by reading the rest of it on the Best Buy website.


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