What is Roku?

Similar to Apple TV, Roku is also a small device that allows customers to instantly stream entertainment and view it on their televisions. The Roku device is a small box that connects to both your television and your home Internet service, allowing you to stream movies and television shows from sites like Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, PBS, YouTube and more.

Roku customers can also enjoy the free channels Roku offers, including over 50 news and weather channels and popular sports channels, like MLB.TV. Roku is very similar to both Apple TV and Google Chromecast, except that it offers more free channels.

Roku has four different devices customers can choose between, each varying slightly in their streaming speed and price.

What are these different devices?

Roku currently offers customers four major products for streaming. These models vary slightly and a brief rundown of each follows:

  • Streaming Stick – Features a discreet and compact stick design that fits into HDMI port of most TVs. Can be controlled remotely via included controller or Roku iOS or Android app.
  • Roku 1 – Intuitive interface comes with channel shortcut buttons for viewers who want to jump straight to their desired programming. Works with both HD and SD televisions, but really shines with streaming of up to 1080p HD.
  • Roku 2 – This model sports many of the features of its predecessor as well as a headphone jack and extended-range wireless. The private listening feature made possible by the headphone jack lets viewers get the most out of their experience.
  • Roku 3 – Over 1000 entertainment channels, boasts a faster processor, motion controls for games and it works with almost any HDTV. Also, games? Yes, games. Roku can also double as a console for light, casual gaming via the motion-control remote.

As you can see, there are a few different ways customers can stream their favorite programs through Roku.

What if I don’t want a Roku?

There are other alternatives to the Roku when it comes to streaming your favorite channels and shows. The latest gaming consoles often sport access to similar streaming services and apps for sites Netflix and Hulu Plus and HBO Go.

DIRECTV DVRs are also great for anyone looking to stream their favorite programs and take the experience outside the home. DVRs like the DIRECTV Genie Whole-Home HD DVR allow users to stream live TV on up to five different devices, as well as watch shows in multiple rooms simultaneously. 1

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