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on October 11, 2017
I have been using Roku for years,including several different models.The best new thing of note is Roku has recently released The Roku Channel,which has hundreds of free movies.It is ad supported.Roku has just about every app you can imagine (YouTube/Pandora/Netflix/Amazon/Hulu/HBO Now) plus thousands of more apps in many different categories.Here are some points to consider when deciding on which model of Roku to buy:

1)If you need to connect by WiFi in a room far away from your WiFi router,I would recommend the Roku Streaming Stick PLUS or Roku Ultra.

2)If you have a 4K TV,I would recommend the Roku Ultra or Roku Streaming Stick PLUS.

3)To search for content using your voice,go with either the Streaming Stick,Streaming Stick PLUS or Ultra.All 3 of these models also have a remote that can control the power and volume on a TV.

4)If you want a wired ethernet connection,go with the Roku Ultra.

5)If you want to connect to an old TV with RCA/Composite audio/video jacks,you will need the Express PLUS

6)The Express models have a remote where it has to be pointed at the device,unlike the other Roku models.

7)If you are only going to buy one Roku device,I would recommend the Roku Ultra.The Ultra has many unique features that the other Roku models don't such as:
-Gaming buttons to play video games
-Remote finder to find a lost remote control
-Ethernet port for a wired connection
-Micro SD card slot
-USB Port
-Night listening mode (this lowers the volume of loud,explosive sounds and raises the volume of soft sounds like whispers.Very useful!)
-Headphone jack on the remote for listening without disturbing others

For those who have not used a Roku before,here are some tips that might be helpful:

1)There is no monthly fee to use a Roku.There are many free channels/apps with free movies,music and TV programs and some people use Roku only for the free channels and do not pay any fees.

You do NOT have to enter credit card info if you only wish to view free content and you can always add credit card info to your account later for paid channels/apps.If you plan on viewing free content only,I suggest setting up a Roku account before you activate the device.When you reach the page to enter credit card info,some browsers will show a "Skip,I'll add later" option at the bottom.If you do not see this option,simply log out of your account,then log back in.You may have to then enter a different activation code for your device if you skip entering credit card info during device set up,but you do NOT have to enter credit card info if you only want to view free content.

2)Some of the most popular free channels/apps are: YouTube,Pandora radio,The Roku Channel,Pluto TV,Tubi TV,Crackle,CBS News,NBC News,ABC,PBS, PBS KIds and many more.You can also find a free live stream of FOX News on YouTube by searching "Fox News Live" on YouTube.

3)Some of the most popular paid channels/apps are Netflix,Hulu,Amazon video,HBO Now,Vudu,Sling TV,Spectrum TV and Direct TV Now.

4)If you are looking for a bundle of channels of live TV to replace cable TV,check out Sling TV,Spectrum TV,Direct TV Now,Hulu,Pluto TV and Playstation Vue.All of these are paid services except for Pluto TV,which is free.

5)To find and add new channels on Roku,just press the Home button on the remote control,scroll down and select "Streaming Channels".There you will find thousands of channels/apps in many different categories and many of them are free.

My one gripe about Roku (and other streaming devices) is the lack of a fully functional web browser and I hope Roku will include web browsing on models in the near future.I have been surfing the web on the big screen for years and find it ridiculous when an internet connected TV device does not allow you to surf the internet and forces one to switch to yet another internet connected device to do so.
I am aware of screen mirroring function from smartphone/PC/tablet but find that a poor excuse to not include a web browser.People who type a lot of messages and/or emails like myself much prefer typing on a wireless keyboard rather than a phone/tablet/remote control.
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on October 18, 2017
We are a family of two Roku TVs and a Roku (last years version of this model- 3600R). The problem was the 3600R in the family room did not control the TV power and volume. I was about to order a sideclick when I heard about this new model. The sidelick is $29 here on Amazon and the new Roku was $49. Plus the sideclick added some clunkiness to the remote.

I just received this today and setup was very quick. All I did was unplug the old roku and use the same power adapter and cord. The roku comes with two Duracell AAA batteries. After I connected it to my wifi it updated it's firmware. Then it auto-detected the resolution of my Sony TV (1080p). Next it played some music and asked if I heard it. I clicked OK and it muted the music. It asked and I confirmed if the music was not playing by clicking OK a second time. Voila...remote setup for TV power and volume. I signed into my Roku account and it downloaded the apps.

I'm not sure what the other reviewers issue was with this controlling his soundbar. I have a 60" Sony TV connected to a Vizio S5430W-C2 Soundbar. It works perfectly fine. I do use HDMI-ARC as the connection to the soundbar so that might be the issue.

The other feature that is added to this remote is the voice search. I haven't played with it too much and will update my review.

I bought this from Amazon. Please note the Walmart version has the hard coded Vudu button (I don't use Vudu). The Amazon version has DirectvNow as its bottom right button. I subscribe to PS Vue but we might switch over to DirectvNow in the future.

The only con I can say is there is no mute button. They could have put a third button below the volume controls. There also seems to be a little bit of play with the volume rocker but maybe that is by design.

So far so good. I didn't need this as my existing Roku from last year worked perfectly fine. I just wanted to get something posted as there are only 4 reviews and one was saying it didn't control the soundbar.
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on February 5, 2018
I have to tell, this is the most wonderful and easy to use device I ever owned. I have a few Google cast sticks in my home, but the ROKU is much much better! I accidentally stumbled up on the thing as a recommendation from our cable guy. Where we live, Time Warner Cable was taken over by Spectrum and recently they decided to go all digital so every TV in my home needs a cable box, which was a sudden surprise because we have 6 TV-s and we just did some remodeling recently and work extra hard to have the TV-s on the walls neatly. We did not wanted to have anything around them because the space is limited and after all what's the point to hang a TV on the wall nice and flat and then install a stupid cablebox somewhere sticking out 3 times more and collecting dust... I know whit long enough HDMI cables and RF remotes we could solve the problem after all nothing is impossible these days but everything is extra cost and again just because Spectrum cable decided to not to send signal in their antenna cables anymore... So in this upsetting situation our cable guy came and save us whit a great advice, to buy a ROKU stick and check it out. The reason why the ROKU, because this is the one and only media stick which supports the Spectrum cable app and we can watch all the channels what they provide and we are paying for it already! Of course ROKU supports others as well, like NETFLIX and even Google Play, so they don't discriminate anyone! I can't do anything just recommend this little stick to everyone! I was worried about not to be able to record my favorite shows anymore, but the cable guy said, don't worry, because everything is on-demand these days, even if it's not the same day, you might have to wait a day or two, but that's okay we can live with that. Just in case we still have a DVR cable box in our living room on the biggest TV for shows like the Superbowl... :)
Set up was very easy and the stick supports 2.4 or 5 GHz WiFi signals so the streaming is buffering free all the time. Our cable guy said the main reason why they go all digital, because in the old way, the TV signal eat up half of their bandwidth and this will help to speed up the internet as well so at the end it's a win-win situation for everyone. And the ROKU stick helps a lot, we don't have to rent a cable box from the cable company for $11.00 per piece per month... We got ours on Amazon but it's widely available of course and for $40.00 it will bring back their price under a few months compare with the renting! The available channels and contents are overwhelming, we still learning what is worth to watch, but the combination of Netflix and Spectrum and our own Google account, the possibilities are virtually endless. And if you can't find anything you can stream your family or vacation movies from your own phones and tablets. Or listen Pandora radio for example!
Now I just have to buy 3 more for the kids rooms... Yay kids! :)
It is very rare when I write reviews but for a company who works this hard and created such a good little device they deserve it!
They even give away free HDMI extenders if your TV doesn't have a side HDMI port and you can't connect the ROKU stick in the back because your space is limited (which is the case with one of my TV-s)
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on November 13, 2017
When my cable bill nudged over the $200 per month mark I was furious. I called Comcast our cable provider and asked them if they could do something about the price. They didn't seem interested in cooperating with me. So Roku here I am. I've installed Roku on one of my television sets with excellent results. The problem is that I don't watch half the programs normal cable systems provide. why pay for something you don't use? Roku has so many great movies and shows. Some have a nominal fee per month but not a thing like big cable charges. We are very pleased with the results we have obtained. You don't have to be a genius to set it up. its a one time cost and I even purchased our own router instead of paying big cable a 10.00 a month rental fee. I only wish I had gotten smarter sooner.
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on November 22, 2017
It does what it is supposed to do and is stealthy without any wires.

Cons: you need a few extras:

1 - HDMI extender (free from roku but must be ordered)

2 - Usb/mini connector to power the stick (only needed if you don’t want to use a traditional plug)

I bought the usb power cord advertised with this product. It is 5 inches long according to the specs. This is a tight fit. Try to get something that is 7 inches.


If you have issues with your remote, order the HDMI extender (free of charge).

My remote worked perfectly for a week and then it became useless. It was a horrible experience.

I then had to use the iphone app and the roku stick worked perfectly. That was great because I knew only the remote had issues.

I called roku and they sent me a new remote but while talking to them I found a link requesting the HDMI extender (yes...I was talking and surfing the web).

The extender gives about 3 inches of space from the HDMI input. This was enough for my remote that I had previously thought was broken to work just fine. I haven’t even opened the new remote from its packaging.

It does; however, look weird if you take a peek behind the TV.
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on October 20, 2017
I've used a few different streaming sticks (older roku model, Amazon fireTV stick, and whatever googles hunk of crap is called now). This by far has been my favorite and the only one I'd recommend to anyone. Same great Roku interface but the improved wi-fi capabilities ensure that it doesn't buffer when watching content (I typically use SlingTV, Hulu, Netflix and Youtube);works flawlessly with all those. Plus there is the new volume button on the remote that automatically synced itself to my TV so I was able to consolidate down to one remote! Highly recommend it to cord-cutters and anybody who regularly streams video content.
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on April 14, 2018
Recent comments here are accurate. Sticks from lot #2189027242 seem to be unable to connect to Netflix. Roku says it's a Netflix problem and Netflix says it's an ISP problem. I replaced with a new unit from a different lot and it works perfectly.

The product is good. Everything except for Netflix was easy to setup and works as expected or better. I'd probably rate it 4 stars today given the lack of support trying to identify the issue with the bad unit received, before that it would have been a 5. But the sticks currently shipping from Amazon seem to have come from a bad batch and I'd suggest avoiding any new orders until those units work out of the supply chain.
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on February 3, 2018
This is an upgrade and at the same price point as the Roku Stick on my upstairs TV. It hooked up easily and is performing as well if not better than my older Stick. I've never been fond of the older Ruku's on screen interface. It seemed a bit confusing and clunky compaired to my other streaming devices. I like this newer model so much more. The remote also controls the TV's on/off and volume. No more reaching for another remote. Also the set up automatically "found" the make and model of my TV so that was one less thing to set up. Always a plus IMHO.

The best thing about this new Roku Stick and the primary reason for my purchase: it supports YouTube. I don't know why so many streaming devices (my Blu-ray player is only 6 months old and the firmware is current) are no longer YouTube compliant. It's probably a money thing. Most things are. No matter, once again I have YouTube on my downstairs big screen. No more going upstairs or breaking out my Laptop or Tablet to hook up to YouTube. And for only 40 bucks. Totally worth it.

Although YouTube doesn't support it as of now, I like that this Roku remote has voice command. Overall Roku has done an excellent job with this new Stick. An easy setup, a better remote, no buffering, a much better onscreen interface and access to all of my channels makes this new Roku Stick a winner in my book.
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on December 12, 2017
I started off absolutely LOVING this device. I bought it as an upgrade to my streaming setup when I cut the cord.

The quality for Playstation Vue, Amazon, HBO and other services was great. Netflix, however, would regular go down to SD (or worse?) quality and then come back to HD and repeat. This happened all day long so I don't think it was the speed of my cable modem (125 mbps from Comcast) fluctuating. I had the roku plugged into the back of a stereo receiver and then the receiver went to the TV.

Sitting right next to my Roku was a playstation 3 and a first generation Amazon Fire (the box, not the stick). Both of those, over wireless, played flawless Netflix and never dropped the quality down to SD.

I googled and could never find a solution nor many people that had the same problem. Things I tried:

1. Using an HDMI extension cable on the stick to get it away from the back of my stereo receiver
2. Changing my router's wireless settings (mainly the channel it was using)
3. Any number of things from secret Roku menus
4. Different DNS servers

I also had problems with the remote where it would simply not work for seconds to a minute at a time. You could be navigating along just fine and suddenly it would stop doing anything for a bit. Again, googling didn't turn up anything and I tried re-pairing the remote, more secret menu stuff, etc...

I feel a little bad dinging the product for the bad Netflix experience which is probably the Netflix App's fault, but the remote problems were super annoying. I went ahead an tried the Roku Ultra, which is more expensive but I felt it likely had a better wireless receiver and I could always plug in an ethernet cable if there were problems. I've only had the Ultra for a single day, but so far it's worked flawlessly on netflix and I believe the remote is IR and not Wifi based, so hopefully it wont' have the same issues. After some time I'll write a review for that device as well.
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This is my second Roku Streaming Stick. I am using my first one almost daily and decided I would like on in my office too. This is of course a newer version and has the TV sound volume right on the Roku remote control. No need to switch between remotes! It also has a voice command search with makes it much easier than typing out a title one letter at a time.

Super easy to install, everything you need comes in the box. And even easier to set up. Excellent way to bring thousands of programs to your TV at a very affordable price. And as always speedy shipping with Amazon.
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