The Roku Express is a method to Stream free TV, live news, sports, music, movies, As with Saorview, Free-to-air channels, combo boxes you pay the hardware with no following on subscription. The Roku express has minimal cost to stream from a variety service, you have the option to subscribe to other channels e.g. Netflix, or Google Play services,




  •         Roku Express streaming player
  •         Remote with pre-set channel shortcut buttons
  •         Two AAA batteries
  •         High-Speed HDMI® Cable
  •         USB power cable
  •         Adhesive strip



Setup is easy, connect the Roku Express to you TV via the supplied HDMI cable connect to your Wi-Fi and you’re ready to go.  When you enter details into the unit email address etc this can be slow via the remote control, a suggestion would be to get a wireless keyboard connected. The unit required an account set up which can be done on your laptop etc. This setup required a billing details setup e.g. CC or PayPal account. this is one of my only niggles of this unit.  Once set up with a Pin option to prevent others you can use as normal. Adding other channels or e.g. Spotify is easy, Spotify can be set up for a different user with their unique details/account. This can be set up via their smartphone and allows them to control the music, volume etc directly from there phone.



The Roku Express does not have a direct volume control button for your TV but you can configure via your smartphone or use the standard TV remote.

Channels received

The Roku channel store has thousands of channels with a wide variety of content. There are channels offering News & Weather and International events or find Travel, Religious, Educational, and Kids & Family channels. You can watxh channels that offer Shopping, Photo Apps, Themes, Screensavers, Personal Media, Games and more.

Movies and TV shows

There is a variety of channels that offer movies and TV shows including Netflix, Google Play, Vudu, FandangoNOW and Hulu



There is a variety of sports channels that include NFL, MLB.TV, NBA, NHL, MLS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, fuboTV, ESPN, and FOX Sports GO; plus, health, fitness and yoga channels. Major sporting events including championship games and tournaments are streamed live also.

 You can use, Music channels music services like Pandora, Spotify, Vevo, and iHeart Radio all as streaming channels.

Paid subscription

There is a variety of Free channels to watch but you can opt for a paid subscription, to some channels for specific preferences.


The unit looks basic and simple, setup is easy (slight niggle on having to use a CC / Pay pal account) There is no mention of the specification of Roku Express in terms of processor, ram etc but works smoothly with limited lag.  The cost of the unit is surprisingly reasonable for the option in terms of channels, movies etc with the option of adding subscriptions to the box. This is perfect for a spare room, extra TV to get an alternative choice of viewing that works at a reasonable cost.  This is a first-rate streamer that allows an enormous variety of TV streaming options with a reasonable cost and easy to use and setup.


By brendanlahert

20 years’ experience in the commercial technical industry. Interested in technology. Certified ITIL v3 Service Management, Project Management Prince 2, Six Sigma.