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Has anyone tried the Roku Streaming Stick?

submitted on August 13, 2014 by HouTex in "Products / Gadgets"
I was wondering if the Roku Streaming Stick is a good product? It's reviewed by CNet with an overall rating of 8.4 out of 10 - http://www.cnet.com/products/r.....tick-2014/

Has anyone tried it? What has been your experience? Or do you recommend the Roku 3, Chromecast, or other device?

     

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    CouponNut
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    Posted by CouponNut on August 13, 2014 [reply] 0 0
    We have a different streaming stick and its terrible unless your TV is right on top of the modem connection. Does not work from upstairs to downstairs, very slow and stops right in the middle of the movie. Maybe if you have a super duper TV but even our LG LED cannot get the Wi-Fi streaming to work so we went Ethernet wire into the TV for excellent connectivity.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on August 13, 2014 [reply] 0 0
      Which one do you have? You might consider a signal booster to reach the whole house better.
      We stream just fine via wifi from a terrestrial antenna, using the limited apps on the TV.
      But for around $50 this stick looks so promising, with portability and remote included. Gizmodo also gave it a favorable review - http://gizmodo.com/roku-stream.....1552979170

      Here are all the possible choices - http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/25/.....g-devices/
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    • CouponNut
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      Posted by CouponNut on August 13, 2014 [reply] 0 0
      Its the Chromecast which is now in a box with the other useless gadgets. That Roku with remote sounds interesting though.
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    clover
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    Posted by clover on August 14, 2014
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    The music teacher at the school I work at uses the Google chromecast. She said she loves it.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on August 14, 2014 [reply] 0 0
      Thanks, clover.
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    Posted by onkarkulkarni on August 14, 2014 [reply] 0 0
    Chromecast is best if you want to stream content from your laptop, phone or tablet to your TV. In other words, if you are not having cable at home or just want to save on the cost of cable, get Chromecast. I am using it and it is excellent.

    I also have the Roku 3 and it is great with a variety of channels (over 700 i believe). I use it to watch Netflix, Hulu or other streaming content. The remote is so much easier and easy on the hands. Get the Roku stick if you would rather watch more on demand content or want variety of channels.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on August 14, 2014 [reply] 0 0
      Thanks, onkarkulkarni! I appreciate your input, especially since you have tried both.
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    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on August 14, 2014
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    A few of my friends have Chromecast. The main complaint it doesn't stream everything, only content from companies that Google has partnered with.
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    • CouponNut
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      Posted by CouponNut on August 15, 2014 [reply] 0 0
      That was pretty much our complaint and slow streaming. Evidently our TV is too far from the modem for a good Wi-Fi connection.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on August 15, 2014 [reply] 0 0
      The content is likely to improve as they add more partners.
      But the slow streaming is not the fault of the device. You can improve that with a higher internet speed and/or signal extender.
      You can download a free utility from http://www.ampedwireless.com/wifianalytics/ to analyze your network in each room.
      They make products that can extend your signal up to 10,000 square feet, very good for 2 stories. http://www.ampedwireless.com/family/repeaters.html
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    • CouponNut
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      Posted by CouponNut on August 16, 2014
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      We already have the highest cable speed available, the problem is the distance between the TV & modem. Geek Squad recommended an Apple bridge device for better connectivity, but in that case, we will just use wire connection instead of wi-fi.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on August 16, 2014 [reply] 0 0
      Yes, an Apple Bridge is the same kind of device, it would extend the wireless signal further.
      Most people have multiple TVs around the house, not located near incoming line at the modem.
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    JackBauer
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    Posted by JackBauer on August 15, 2014 [reply] 0 0
    Chromecast and Roku are completely different products for the time being. Can't be compared. I have a chromecast and its fantastic for what it is designed to do. Google is committed to adding more partners and features, but for just $35 its well worth if you don't have apps on your tv or blu-ray player or an xbox. As for Roku, I have a first one and its fantastic too.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on August 15, 2014 [reply] 0 0
      I can also see the benefit of the Chromecast for business presentations, which is something the Roku cannot do. Gone are the days of travelling with a compact projector and struggling to find a room with a suitable screen. But for home use, it's really fantastic that you can get either of these devices for only $35 or $50!

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