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New Roku Stick Gets Speed And Power Boost; Goes Back To Black

By Jeremy Evans / April 6, 2016 / Tags: ,

The newest model of the Roku Streaming Stick packs faster speeds and more power into its tiny package.

Roku Streaming Stick 2016

The newest member of the Roku streaming device family has arrived and is ready to start making its way into consumers living rooms. The tiny bundle of TV joy has some fresh features and promises even better performance than its older counterpart.

The 2016 Roku Streaming Stick costs $49.99 and offers 8 times the processing power of the 2014 stick, says Roku. It’s also being billed as the only pocket-sized streaming device that comes with a quad-core processor to deliver smooth, seamless viewing without annoying buffering.

Like other Roku streamers, the new stick gives users easy access to stream over 300,000 movies, TV shows, and other content on 3,000-plus channels. That includes the heavy-hitters like Amazon Video, Netflix, and Hulu.

One of the big advantages of the Roku stick over the set-top devices is portability. Roku’s “Hotel & Dorm Connect” feature makes their newest device even easier to use away from home.

The 2016 stick also works with headphones, unlike its predecessor. Just plug in some earbuds and watch what you want on a smartphone or tablet without worrying about waking the kids (or spouse).

The Roku mobile app is free and available on iOS and Android. In addition to allowing for private listening with the stick, the apps also let you use a mobile device as a remote, cast content on Netflix and YouTube to the living room TV, take advantage of voice search, and browse channels.

The Roku Streaming Stick is available from Roku, Walmart, Best Buy and other retailers. You can pre-order now to receive your stick in late April.

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