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Roku allows you to watch free and paid video content on your TV via the Internet. TV and movie streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Sling TV, YouTube, and others download on to Roku devices, similar to how apps load onto a smartphone. While the majority of the content is prerecorded, services like Hulu allow a lot of content to be viewed just one day after its initial airing on television. Furthermore, apps like Sling TV enable content to be watched live as it airs. While it sounds like something to replace Zumba as the latest exercise craze, the “Roku box” (as some call it) is the easiest way to stream video to your television.
Roku is a small square device for your television used to watch movies and TV shows through apps (also called channels.) For those looking to buy a new TV, a Roku TV has all the functionality of a Roku built into a quality TV.
When Roku came out in 2008, the only streaming service available was Netflix. Now, streaming internet TV has enjoyed widespread adoption. Today, there is very little content available on cable TV that you can’t stream with a Roku and watch on your TV. Roku offers the following seven streaming devices. There are five set-top streaming boxes, the Roku Ultra, Roku Premiere, Roku Premire+, Roku Express, and Express+. Then there are two sticks, the Roku Streaming Stick and Roku Streaming Stick Plus.
Roku has unleashed not only a deluge of streaming devices but new functionality available in the Roku operating system. Furthermore, two of the devices support High Dynamic Range (HDR) video on HDR-compatible TVs. In a nutshell, it greatly improves picture quality through increased brightness and color ranges. All new Roku devices are currently available on Amazon. Let’s go over the differences between each version so you can see which one is right for you.