Roku goes tiny with its upcoming Streaming Stick

Roku Streaming Stick 1 Roku goes tiny with its upcoming Streaming Stick

It's really a shame that Roku's products are only available in the US due to the technicalities of streaming content over the internet, something the traditional TV companies obviously are very much against even though they are allowing for it to a degree. The company has come up with a simple and elegant solution that would turn any TV into a smart TV, without the need of a clunky box.

It's really a shame that Roku's products are only available in the US due to the technicalities of streaming content over the internet, something the traditional TV companies obviously are very much against even though they are allowing for it to a degree. The company has come up with a simple and elegant solution that would turn any TV into a smart TV, without the need of a clunky box.

The device in question is called the Roku Streaming Stick which is said to be about the size of a USB flash drive, yet it packs so much more inside. Roku hasn't gone into too much with regards to the specific hardware, but the Streaming Stick will feature an SoC, memory and Wi-Fi as well as some software of course. However, unlike a USB flash drive the Streaming Stick sports an HDMI port, or rather an MHL port. If you remember, MHL or Mobile High-definition Link is a combo port that offers HDMI and USB in one.

Roku Streaming Stick 1 Roku goes tiny with its upcoming Streaming Stick

In the case of TV's it appears that this port is a standard size HDMI port judging by the pictures from Roku and not a micro USB port as it is on smartphones. Plonk the Roku Streaming Stick into a TV with one of these ports and you've got all the functionality of a Roku box without having to find space for the box itself.  The only problem we see with this is how you actually control the Streaming Stick unless it's done over Wi-Fi or some other wireless technology, as it would be hidden behind the TV and as such an IR remote wouldn't work.

Roku Streaming Stick 2 Roku goes tiny with its upcoming Streaming Stick

Roku is expecting the Streaming Stick to retail for somewhere between US$50-100 (S$65-130) when it arrives later this year, although Roku is also hoping to bundle it with some TVs. One problem Roku has though is the small install base of MHL equipped TV's, but it shouldn't be too hard to make some kind of power adapter. We can see a lot of companies coming up with their own versions of this, as if the technology can be compacted down to this size, why would you want a larger box sitting around next to your TV?

Source: Roku

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