ROKU STREAMING STICK REVIEW exclusive UK 11th Aprl 2014
Although the Roku stick is due to be released officially on April the 27th we have managed to get our hands on one for a review in the U.K.
The Roku streaming stick is about three inches long – so those TV’s with a recess where their HDMI is sitting may need to have a rethink before buying one of these little gadgets – as well as the approx. three in length you will need to plug into the end of the Roku stick a micro-USB plug to power it up, which will add another 1/2 inch or so. Ideal HDMI position is a direct slot with no obstructions in either the rear or side of your TV. There are of course small HDMI extensions which could overcome or work around these problems.
What’s in the box?
Roku Streaming Stick
Roku standard remote + channel shortcut buttons
Two AA batteries (Duracell)
USB power adapter
Get started guide
IOS & Android apps available
What you the buyer needs;
High-speed internet(like DSL or cable)
A TV with an HDMI port
How it assembles;Power off everything for safety;
HDMI TV socket > plug in your Roku Streaming Stick > plug in to the end of the Roku Streaming Stick the micro-USB and the other end of the micro-USB cable into either a spare USB socket as in certain TV’s or into the supplied USB power adapter which plugs into any three prong plug wall socket and power on everything > then connect to Wi-Fi > start streaming.
Time to use the set-up and read and follow the guide;
during the set-up, step through when the Roku gets powered up the Roku will hunt out your Wi-Fi and then the wizard will request your Wi-Fi password – you do this and you then have to go onto the net and dig out the Roku setup page where you fill in their requested forms and give them your credit card number (just in case that some time in the future you have to pay for one of the many pay-as-you-go channels) and you will be given a password to pair the Roku up(using the remote) with your internet account which you just joined. You have to do this before the Roku begins to play as the Roku stick does not hold anything until after you log into the Roku setup – after this Roku download onto the Roku product all their channels and some of your choices. To explain the channels situation; the internet has lots of webpages dedicated to the number of Roku channels you get and with each of these channels comes a code which you can enter into your page on Roku when you join – the downside is I attempted to add channels galore to my own Roku account but I kept getting the message – not available in your area – so much so I spent around an hour getting the same message, so it makes it crystal clear the Roku Streaming Stick is both in it’s infancy in U.K. and the Roku is not really made for the U.K. and Roku must get their act together and get this massive problem solved. Why advertise the Roku getting 1000+ channels on the box that comes with the gear in it when if you live in the U.K. it’s a tiny fraction of that.
The Roku Streaming Stick runs well and the picture is O.K. I bought the Roku for Netflix and it runs o.k. although it starts very slowly and is not instant. The Roku promises to be better and I would imagine if you liv in the U.S. the Roku Streaming Stick is a bargain at around $49 (£29) which makes little sense when the U.K. price is around £49.
The Roku runs well and the remote is very user friendly and does not need to see the stick to work. Easy to set up and quality shows. Simple straightforward set-up booklet (4pages).
The advertised channels are nothing like the amount in the U.K. Netflix is slow to start up.
There is no sense in the difference in price considering the U.K. only gets a few of the channels and is expected to pay nearly double the U.S. it’s little wonder that the U.K. is commercially known as” Treasure Island”.