Streaming services are the thing now and especially in Ireland where we are FORCED to pay a licence fee it does not bode well for many and we already PAY to an ISP and TV networks and then you have to pay the state another fee on top of this which they are now looking to change into a broadcast fee which will cover all devices like mobiles and tablets, Yet our national broadcaster seems to be afraid of the word “subscribe” in which we do by choice for the services we pay for and this seems to be a huge problem four our national broadcaster which with all the smart devices they mention have apps which means if the user wants to access them they can pay by choice to do so but it is what it is..
ROKU is a popular service which is a simple plug and play device that allows you to stream services and there is lots of free products too and it is a simple set up with just a box you plug into your existing TV or Projector and you get a nice remote control with it and the HDMI cable.
You do the usual sign up info and there is also a really good app to go with it to control things from your mobile phone or tablet and you can also cast to the ROKU box which is neat and the app is pretty simple to use and straight forward like the interface on the ROKU menu which we go through in the video below.
This is my first time to use ROKU so it was all new to me but I have friends that use it but I never paid attention to it when visiting etc so it was nice to check out exactly what is on offer and on set up completion it was easy to see what you get and the possibilities and total setup time for both the app and the device itself was around 8 minutes.
The UI is simple to follow and broken down into categories or you can search you have card based tiles with a thumbnail image of the service or whatever it is you want to pick from which makes the visual look nice and easy to pick a logo you are familiar with say like Sky or Netflix you also have You tube thrown in for good measure.
Basically it is a hub for all your streaming services or you can subscribe to new ones there is a good app library built in and you also have the likes of PLEX for example which I use so I could combine all my streaming content into one unit which makes like much easier,there is plenty of other services or films you can purchase and it is well worth the look to see what is on offer and there is also access to Apple TV and Films.
Picture quality was not bad either on initial testing but this could be down to your TV and internet connection,even testing here at home there was some buffering and loading issues but this is nothing new here in general to be fair…
There is alternatives out there which I have yet to try so I cant compare it to the likes of Amazon fire or Nvidia and perhaps I need to check these out to compare them but for a budget price to create a nice hub for all your streaming and music services it can only say it is good plus the option to use the App from your smartphone to watch videos,share images and so on it is a nice little product that is easy to use and you can have it in your bedroom or sitting room and it s very portable so you could also have the option to bring it on your travels too. One thing I found a bit annoying was you need to point directly at the unit or be in line of sight for it to work with the remote control but having said that it is a handy remote to use with quick launch options.