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Review: Roku Streaming Stick

• http://www.gizmag.com, By Stu Robarts
 One service that is certainly popular, though, is Roku. Here's our hands-on look at the recently-launched Roku Streaming Stick.
 

Two questions are immediately worth addressing regarding the device: what is it, and how does it compare to Google's Chromecast?

In short, the Streaming Stick (which was announced in March) is a small dongle that plugs into an HDMI port in the back of a TV to provide the user with a host of "channels" streamed from the internet. Netflix, Now TV and BBC iPlayer are some examples of the channels available.

The basic premise is that serving such internet-based content to a living room TV provides a better viewing experience to users, than having to watch content on a laptop. Roku provides a remote control with the Streaming Stick, to make the experience as similar as possible to normal couch-based viewing.

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