The New $50 Roku Streaming Stick Drops MHL, Gets a micro USB Port, and a Wi-Fi Remote
The first Roku Streaming Stick was announced early 2012 with an HDMI/MHL port. It turns out MHL did not take as Roku and others, including myself, expected, and even today MHL is not a prominent feature in new TVs, and seldom listed in the specifications. So they’ve just announced a new Roku Streaming Stick, HDMI version, that can be powered via the USB port of your TV, or a standard USB power adapter.
The processor and memory have not been disclosed, but we can assume it’s probably based on a Broadcom processor. The rest of the specs are as follows:
- Video Output – HDMI (720p or 1080p)
- Audio Output – HDMI with 7.1 and 5.1 surround pass-through support
- Connectivity – 802.11 dual-band (a/b/g/n compatible) with WEP, WPA, and WPA2 support
- Misc – Status light, reset button
- Power Consumption – Less than 2W (typical) when streaming HD video
- Power Input – 5V/1A power adapter connected to micro USB port
- Dimensions – 7.87 x 2.79 x 1.27 cm
- Weight – 19 grams
The device comes with a Wi-Fi remote with channel shortcut buttons, 2x AA batteries for the remote, a USB power cable and power adapter, as well as a Get started guide. The company claims you’ll have access to “1,200+ channels of movies, TV episodes, music, news, sports, kids’ shows and free programming streamed in up to 1080p HD video, plus a TV user interface featuring the beloved Roku Search”. If you’d rather use your smartphone to control the device, Roku mobile app for iOS and Android can be used instead of the Wi-Fi remote.
Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI version) is available for pre-order in the US for 49.99 from Roku website and online retails such as Amazon, with shipping expected in April. This HDMI dongle is available for $59.99 in Canada and £49.99 in the U.K. and in the Republic of Ireland, with ,I’d assume, a different list of channels.