Millions of people are making the choice to cut the cable and satellite cord and switch to streaming. If you plan to do that, you’ll need a device that can stream whatever programming service you decide to go with. Roku boxes and streaming sticks are among the best-known devices out there.
If you want to stream, you’ll need a stable high-speed Internet connection. Many services like Netflix or Amazon Video require a monthly or yearly fee. You’ll have to pay for each of those services individually.
Roku is kicking off October by launching 5 new devices. Let’s check them out.
First, there’s Roku Express +. This is a great device for those with older TVs because, in addition to connecting via HDMI, it also has old-school composite A/V connections. It’s priced at $39.99. The Express+ is available exclusively at Walmart. Basically, the box turns your old TV into a smart TV. You can access paid services like Hulu, Netflix, SlingTV and VUDU and free services like YouTube. A remote is included with the streaming box. As you can see from the picture, the tiny box is actually smaller than the remote.
For only $29.99, the Roku Express works just like the Express +, but it only comes with an HDMI cable.
Click here to check it out on Walmart.com. Or check it out at your local store starting October 9.
The Roku Streaming Stick and Streaming Stick +, fit neatly into your TV’s HDMI port and stay out of sight. The remote for the streaming stick is voice activated and can control the Roku and selected television models. The price starts at $49.00 for the streaming stick. Spend an extra $20 to upgrade to the Streaming Stick + and you’ll get 4K Ultra HD picture quality. Your monitor has to be capable of showing 4K for you to see the difference.
The top-of-the-line Roku model is the $99.99 Roku Ultra. It can stream HD, 4K and 4K HDR at up to go fps. It features an Ethernet port, so you can wire it to your modem and there’s a microSD slot to help speed up loading times. The remote has a headphone jack to allow you listen in private.