In 2016 we finally got the UltraHD TVs we’ve been waiting for. Not just offering resolution, but offering expanded color gamuts, dynamic highlights, and a visual experience that goes beyond what we’ve had before. The Roku Premiere+ is the media streamer for those UltraHD displays. The Roku 4 only really offered added resolution, while the Premiere+ adds full HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 support for wide color gamut and HDR, removes the noisy fan, and costs less. Notably for Vizio and projector owners, it can do Amazon Instant Video with UltraHD resolution, HDR, and WCG. It is the best media streamer today if you want the widest selection of UHD content with HDR and WCG along with the easiest interface. (more…)
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Roku has released two other Streaming Stick media players. Despite their superior selection of apps and user interface, competing sticks have been better. Prior Roku sticks are slow to boot and unresponsive to the remote, making the whole experience one you don’t want to come back to. With the new 2016 Streaming Stick, Roku has finally gotten it right. Quick to boot, a smooth user experience, and extra features that the competition doesn’t offer make it a winner. Throw in a low $50 price point that includes a remote, and you have the best media streamer on the market today.
The original Roku streaming stick is a good idea that never caught on. It integrated better with a TV than other smart devices, but it required an MHL port, which many TV’s lack. This year Roku has redone the Streaming Stick to make it easier for people to use. The new version uses a MiniUSB port, includes a remote instead of using your TV remote, and has dropped in price to $50.