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Roku Express vs Roku Express+ vs Roku Streaming Stick vs Roku Streaming Stick+ vs Roku Ultra: What's the difference?

Roku Express vs Roku Express+ vs Roku Streaming Stick vs Roku Streaming Stick+ vs Roku Ultra: What's the difference?

By Adrian Willings

Roku has a simple offering of just two players in the UK, but in the US it's an entirely different story. There are five devices to choose from, from the entry-level Roku Express and Roku Express+ to the 4K HDR-compatible Streaming Stick+ and Roku Ultra.All... Read more

Roku Express review: An affordable and easy way to get video on-demand
4.0 stars

Roku Express review: An affordable and easy way to get video on-demand

By Max Langridge

Roku is a name synonymous with streaming sticks and boxes, delivering devices to make catch-up and video on-demand easy for virtually everyone in any home, regardless of TV setup.Having recently refreshed its lineup to just two products, Roku now offers... Read more

Roku Black Friday sale includes 30 per cent price cut on Streaming Stick+

Roku Black Friday sale includes 30 per cent price cut on Streaming Stick+

By Elyse Betters

Roku is getting in on Amazon's Black Friday bonanza.The maker of set-top boxes and streaming media devices has discounted a bunch of its devices on Amazon. The deals last all week and include a 30-per cent price cut on the Roku Streaming Stick+. It's... Read more

Roku's voice-controlled smart speaker: What's the story so far?

Roku's voice-controlled smart speaker: What's the story so far?

By Elyse Betters

Thanks to Amazon, every tech company is making a smart speaker.Heavyweights like Google, Apple, and Microsoft are now competing with Amazon's Alexa platform and Echo lineup, by releasing their own speakers loaded with assistants. And let's not forget... Read more

Roku might soon stream content on devices beyond its own hardware

Roku might soon stream content on devices beyond its own hardware

By Elyse Betters

Roku wants to expand beyond its own devices.The company is considering streaming videos on devices made by third-party manufacturers, such as Apple and Google, according to Variety. However, Roku’s first attempt at streaming on third-party devices will... Read more

Roku finally brings a 4K HDR media streamer to UK, plus new £30 set-top-box

Roku finally brings a 4K HDR media streamer to UK, plus new £30 set-top-box

By Rik Henderson

At the beginning of October, Roku refreshed its US line-up of media streamers, including an updated version of the entry-level Roku Express and a version of its Streaming Stick with 4K HDR support.Now both have been announced for the UK too, bringing... Read more

Roku announces a 4K streaming stick and more lineup upgrades

Roku announces a 4K streaming stick and more lineup upgrades

By Elyse Betters

Roku is a public company now, so that means it needs to keep shareholders happy.It can do so with new products and updates. But the company also tends to refresh things every autumn. So that means we're due for some news from the company. And like clockwork,... Read more

Roku might drop a new 4K HDR streaming stick and remote soon

Roku might drop a new 4K HDR streaming stick and remote soon

By Elyse Betters

Roku could be preparing a shake up to its lineup.Days after it was revealed Roku might be developing a voice-controlled smart speaker, we're now learning it will finally release a device to compete with Google's Chromecast Ultra. According to Zatz Not... Read more

Roku's latest job openings could point to a voice-controlled smart speaker

Roku's latest job openings could point to a voice-controlled smart speaker

By Max Langridge

Roku, purveyor of streaming set-top boxes, could be working on its very own smart speaker that would work in a similar way to Amazon Echo and Google Home, according to some recent job listings. Which Roku media streamer is best for you? All the options... Read more

Roku OS 7.5 rolling out from today, includes live pause and private listening

Roku OS 7.5 rolling out from today, includes live pause and private listening

By Max Langridge

Roku has announced a new software update that is available now for select Roku streaming devices and all Roku TVs. The update brings with it two big features, although these are reserved solely for Roku TVs, which for now are only available in the US.... Read more

Roku Express vs Google Chromecast 2: What's the difference?

Roku Express vs Google Chromecast 2: What's the difference?

By Adrian Willings

There are a few choices out there if you are looking for a compact and affordable streaming device, but if you want something that's capable of streaming content from a few different providers (Netflix, Google Play, Hulu, etc), two of the current best... Read more

New Roku box line-up official, starts at $30 and embraces 4K HDR

New Roku box line-up official, starts at $30 and embraces 4K HDR

By Rik Henderson

Roku has officially confirmed that it is replacing all the set-to-boxes in its line-up with all-new devices.As rumoured over the last couple of weeks, there are five new Roku boxes, which start at just $29.99 for an entry-level device, going up to £129.99... Read more

These are the new Roku boxes with 4K HDR, specs and pics revealed

These are the new Roku boxes with 4K HDR, specs and pics revealed

By Rik Henderson

At the end of August, we revealed that Roku will be replacing its entire streaming box line-up with as many as five new devices. We believe they will be launched in the next few weeks, in the States at least, and will add 4K HDR streaming to at least... Read more

Roku overhaul will see five new streaming boxes released, include 4K and HDR

Roku overhaul will see five new streaming boxes released, include 4K and HDR

By Rik Henderson

Roku will reportedly enforce its biggest line-up overhaul in many years, replacing all of its current streaming devices with all-new boxes, many of them offering 4K video.Two leaks have revealed Roku's plans. Documents filed with the Federal Communications... Read more

New Roku Streaming stick: Performance boost and new private listening mode via app

New Roku Streaming stick: Performance boost and new private listening mode via app

By Stuart Miles

Roku has overhauled its small streaming stick in the US as the company looks to deliver more power to users keen to make their TVs smart.The new stick will get a whopping eight-fold processing power boost, private listening through the Roku mobile app,... Read more

Roku 4 review: Rock-solid streaming, now in 4K
4.5 stars

Roku 4 review: Rock-solid streaming, now in 4K

By Elyse Betters

The Roku 4 is the company's updated flagship set-top box with support for 4K (although, bizarrely, it's still not available in the UK). With so many big-name competitors now on the market, such Amazon Fire TV 4K, is it worth paying $130 for this particular... Read more

Roku tips and tricks: 14 things you probably didn't know you could do

Roku tips and tricks: 14 things you probably didn't know you could do

By Elyse Betters

You've landed yourself a Roku device and want to know its hidden features. No problem.To help you get the most of your set-top box, we've rounded up 14 cool things you likely didn't know were possible on the Roku platform. For instance, we've included... Read more

Roku adds Amazon Prime Instant Video to offer the best supported streaming devices you can buy

Roku adds Amazon Prime Instant Video to offer the best supported streaming devices you can buy

By Rik Henderson

We might not have the 4K-enabled Roku 4 in the UK yet but we have got further reason to be happy with the existing Roku set-top-boxes; they have just received one of the missing pieces of the streaming jigsaw, Amazon Prime Instant Video.Roku has long... Read more

Attention cord-cutters: HBO Now is finally live in the Roku store

Attention cord-cutters: HBO Now is finally live in the Roku store

By Elyse Betters

Ever since HBO announced last spring its cable-free streaming service, HBO Now, cord-cutters around the world have been waiting for it to launch on their preferred platform.Well, they'll be glad to hear it's finally now live for Roku devices.Roku said... Read more

This is the Roku 4, bringing 4K UHD and a remote that can't be lost

This is the Roku 4, bringing 4K UHD and a remote that can't be lost

By Luke Edwards

The Roku 4 has been unveiled and as the name suggests it'll be packing 4K video playback.Another new feature is a remote that should never be lost down the back of the sofa again. The Roku 4 remote can let you know where it is at the touch of a button... Read more

Your Roku box is about to get better: Roku OS 7 update explained

Your Roku box is about to get better: Roku OS 7 update explained

By Rik Henderson

Roku is updating its operating system for existing current-generation Roku media streamers. It starts to roll out in mid-October and brings several key new features to the platform. Those with an Android smartphone or iPhone will also get a new version... Read more

Roku 4 confirmed by FCC posting leak

Roku 4 confirmed by FCC posting leak

By Rik Henderson

Last week a couple of separate reports suggested that not only is Roku planning a new set-top-box, but that it is likely to feature 4K video output. Now an FCC posting has been unearthed that shows a schematic of the new box and confirms that it is indeed... Read more

Roku 4K box tipped to take on the Fire TV and Nvidia Shield TV soon

Roku 4K box tipped to take on the Fire TV and Nvidia Shield TV soon

By Rik Henderson

Amazon announced its own 4K streaming box at an event last week in the form of an upgraded version of Fire TV and Nvidia is expected to bring its Shield Android TV set-top-box to the UK a some point, which also has 4K Ultra HD streaming abilities, so... Read more

Now you can change your Roku UI with new themes available, including Star Trek

Now you can change your Roku UI with new themes available, including Star Trek

By Rik Henderson

Roku has introduced themes for users to install on their media streamers that include favourite shows and movies, such as Star Trek and The Big Lebowski.Although you could change the colour of the homescreen from the traditional purple in the past, you... Read more

WIN: Five Roku 3 boxes up for grabs for National Streaming Day

WIN: Five Roku 3 boxes up for grabs for National Streaming Day

By Rik Henderson

Fans of internet streamed entertainment rejoice for today is one to mark in the calendar; it's National Streaming Day.Every year, on 20 May, we get to celebrate everything we love about streaming movies, TV shows, music and more over the internet, and... Read more

Sharp adds Roku to smart TVs: Here are 3 other TVs with built-in Roku

Sharp adds Roku to smart TVs: Here are 3 other TVs with built-in Roku

By Elyse Betters

Roku has announced it added a new smart TV partner: Sharp.Most people know they can access Roku's streaming service through its lineup of set-top boxes and a media streaming stick, but often times, people don't know they could've just bought a smart TV... Read more

Roku 3 review (2015): Voice-controlled set-top box smarts
4.0 stars

Roku 3 review (2015): Voice-controlled set-top box smarts

By Elyse Betters

There's stiff competition in the set-top box world.From Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Google Nexus Player, there are plenty of big guns already established for on-demand content and media handling - but it's Roku that continues to make its mark. And for... Read more

New Roku 2 vs new Roku 3: What's the difference? (Hint - it's the remote)

New Roku 2 vs new Roku 3: What's the difference? (Hint - it's the remote)

By Elyse Betters

Roku has refreshed its streaming device lineup.The company now offers the Roku streaming stick, Roku 1, Roku 2, and Roku 3. It has updated its Roku 2 and Roku 3 devices, making the new Roku 2 identical to the new Roku 3 in terms of performance.The new... Read more

Roku 2 refreshed, new search software coming to all users

Roku 2 refreshed, new search software coming to all users

By Stuart Miles

Roku has updated its Roku 2 TV streaming box, however the new package loses certain features to kept the cost down.The new on demand box that gives customers access to over 1400 channels, will now be identical to the Roku 3 box in terms of performance,... Read more

New Roku 2 and Roku 3 streamers with voice controls could appear this week

New Roku 2 and Roku 3 streamers with voice controls could appear this week

By Luke Edwards

Roku is expected to unveil two new boxes in the coming days as upgrades for the Roku 2 and Roku 3.The new Roku 2 and Roku 3 appeared on two retailer sites in Best Buy Canada and Zones. According to Best Buy the expected availability date will be 13 April.... Read more

Plex for Roku radically redesigned, takes cues from Xbox One

Plex for Roku radically redesigned, takes cues from Xbox One

By Rik Henderson

Plex has relaunched its channel for Roku boxes and the new version brings the platform up to speed with the apps for Xbox One and PS4.The design has completely changed to represent the tile-style look found on other consoles and devices. It is much more... Read more

Roku TV to embrace 4K Ultra HD streaming with Netflix

Roku TV to embrace 4K Ultra HD streaming with Netflix

By Rik Henderson

Roku has announced that it will be embracing 4K Ultra HD streaming as part of its Roku TV smart TV platform. Initially available from US-only TV brand TCL, which already makes Roku TVs, the platform will also be offered to other OEM partners for future... Read more

Roku TV sets from Hisense and TCL now up for preorder, sizes range from 40-inch to 55-inch

Roku TV sets from Hisense and TCL now up for preorder, sizes range from 40-inch to 55-inch

By Elyse Betters

Roku announced at CES 2014 that it was working with TV manufacturers to build smart televisions for the Roku platform, and now the maker of streaming media devices has revealed it partnered with Hisense and TCL to launch new Roku TV models.A Roku TV works... Read more

Roku and Now TV get updated with ITV Player, available now

Roku and Now TV get updated with ITV Player, available now

By Luke Edwards

Roku and Now TV will be able to run ITV Player from today allowing users to stream the catch up service.ITV Player, which offers access to the last 30 days of catch-up TV, is now available across Roku platforms and Sky's Now TV. That means it's on the... Read more

Roku Streaming Stick review
4.0 stars

Roku Streaming Stick review

By Stuart Miles

If you haven't bought a TV for the last couple of years then chances are it is not "smart". If you want the latest streaming and catch-up services without the cost implication of signing up to the binding contracts for a set-top box, then there are ways... Read more

Roku adds Qello Concerts channel, letting you watch HD concerts from Beyoncé, Queen, and more

Roku adds Qello Concerts channel, letting you watch HD concerts from Beyoncé, Queen, and more

By Elyse Betters

The Qello Concerts channel officially landed on Roku's Channel Store today, Roku has announced.Roku, which debuted in 2008, is a series of streaming media devices made by Roku Inc, and it provides over-the-top content from partners in the form of channels.... Read more

Roku Streaming Stick vs Google Chromecast: What's the difference?

Roku Streaming Stick vs Google Chromecast: What's the difference?

By Jake Smith

The battle for the living room rages on.Roku on Tuesday announced the expansion of its efforts with a new Streaming Stick that effectively takes on the Google Chromecast released in May 2013.Both come to the market as a cheap solution for you to watch... Read more

Roku streaming stick turns every TV into a Smart TV

Roku streaming stick turns every TV into a Smart TV

By Stuart Miles

Roku has announced that it is to launch a HDMI stick that will turn any television into a smart TV without the need to worry about where you put the box. Called the Roku Streaming Stick the device will plug into a spare HDMI port on your TV and be powered... Read more

Roku moves beyond just set-top boxes, will now come bundled with some HDTVs

Roku moves beyond just set-top boxes, will now come bundled with some HDTVs

By Jake Smith

Roku has announced at CES 2014 in Las Vegas that along with its set-top boxes, the company will begin placing its software in television sets as part of a Roku TV platform. The move for more marketshare comes after selling 8 million set-top box units,... Read more

Roku 3 review
4.0 stars

Roku 3 review

By Stuart Miles

Roku has refreshed its Roku set-top box lineup and with it announced the launch of the Roku 3, a £100 flagship box of tricks that promises to turn your TV into something considerably smarter.But does the Roku 3 make sense given that you could buy the... Read more

Roku 3, 2, 1: Three new set-top boxes to now choose from

Roku 3, 2, 1: Three new set-top boxes to now choose from

By Stuart Miles

Roku has announced that it is bringing the Roku 3 to the UK as well as launching two new Roku set-top boxes at the same time in the US, UK, Ireland and Canada.The new boxes - which come with a new user interface and replace some, but not all the Roku... Read more

Roku 2700X streaming hub hits the FCC with entry-level specs

Roku 2700X streaming hub hits the FCC with entry-level specs

By Elyse Betters

A new Roku streaming hub has passed through the US Federal Communications Commission for approval.Called the Roku 2700X, its model number is actually lower than the Roku 4200X (also known as Roku 3) that launched earlier this year. The lower model number... Read more

Roku Android app adds video streaming to Roku box

Roku Android app adds video streaming to Roku box

By Stuart Miles

Roku has updated its Android app to allow users to stream videos from their phone to their Roku box.The new update - which follows a similar feature upgrade to the iPhone version last month - means users will be able to stream local content on their smartphone... Read more

Roku to add Verizon's Redbox Instant streaming channel this summer

Roku to add Verizon's Redbox Instant streaming channel this summer

By Elyse Betters

Verizon's Redbox Instant streaming app landed on Google TV this week and now Roku has announced plans to offer the service as well. "We’re always working to bring Roku customers the best range and quality in streaming entertainment," announced Roku... Read more

Roku 3 announced with spec-bump and new UI, available for $99

Roku 3 announced with spec-bump and new UI, available for $99

By Jake Smith

Roku has announced its third-generation set-top box content streamer, featuring a new user interface and upgraded internal specifications that are claimed to be five times faster than previous generations. Dubbed the Roku 3, it features a new curvier... Read more

Win one of five Roku LTs

Win one of five Roku LTs

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Pocket-lint has teamed up with Roku to give you the chance to win 1 of 5 Roku LTsThe original streaming player, adored by millions worldwide, enables you to effortlessly stream over 300 channels and counting; Now TV, Netflix, IPlayer and more - but what... Read more

Roku LT
5.0 stars

Roku LT

By Ian Morris

We liked the Roku 2 XS, but we didn't absolutely love it. Things have moved on a bit though, and the company offered us the chance to look at its LT model. It's technically a little less hardcore than the 2 XS, but it costs half as much - about £50 -... Read more

Roku: We are talking to key partners to bring more UK channels

Roku: We are talking to key partners to bring more UK channels

By Stuart Miles

Roku has told Pocket-lint that the company is talking to all the relevant catch-up services in the UK to bring them to the new Roku box launched in the UK in February."The BBC iPlayer is the only catch up service on there at the moment. That will change.... Read more

Roku: Some people like to live in Apple land - if you don't, pick us

Roku: Some people like to live in Apple land - if you don't, pick us

By Stuart Miles

Clive Hudson, the European head of Roku, has told Pocket-lint that his new streaming box, the Roku 2 XS which launched in the UK last month, is great for people who don't want to go down the Apple path."You would buy our box over the Apple TV because... Read more

Roku 2 XS
3.5 stars

Roku 2 XS

By Ian Morris

TV is changing, and it's happening quickly. As recently as 10 years ago, the idea of TV being delivered over the internet was a pipe dream. Now, we can watch near-broadcast quality video, streamed to us over the internet with a wait of just a few seconds.This... Read more