Turn your Dumb TV into a Smart TV
The Roku stick is a compact and neat device, which you can simply plug into an HDMI socket in the back of the television – once it’s there you can basically forget it, it’s small and hardly noticeable.
The problem that people often find with smaller streaming devices is the wireless connection is not as solid as wired connections – but the Roku really doesn’t have that problem. It’s able to pick up a WiFi signal all over an average size house and you’re able to stream full HD videos.
Included in the box is bright blue Roku device which plugs directly into your HDMI socket and a power cable which to power the small device.
The Roku also comes with a small remote control (powered by 2 supplied AAA batteries) – a big plus over devices like the Chromecast that you have to control with your phone – The Roku runs its own self-contained apps and operating system.
Set up is an easy self-explanatory process, even if you’re not a technical person – just following the on screen prompts. You do have to set up a Roku account, but it’s quick and totally free. After the initial set up you’ll be presented with list of popular app: iPlayer, My5, Neflix & ITV hub among them
A good tip is after set up go into ‘Settings’ to check/change picture quality. Sometimes to Roku Stick can default to a lower quality setting
The only downside is that as this is a budget device the processing power isn’t amazing and sometimes it takes slightly longer to respond to commands. However, there’s no problem when content is actually playing,
For the price, this is a brilliant device and it has loads of apps available. The only notable exception is Kodi, which is NOT available for Roku at all, so if you’re looking to install Kodi you may be better suited to an Android device.