Best Roku TV Streaming Devices & Channels in 2020

What is TV Streaming? 

TV Streaming is a revolution in the TV industry that has changed the way we watch TV forever. Users connect their TV to the internet to start ‘streaming’ channels or content the same way we stream video content from websites such as YouTube, for example.  

What do I need to start streaming through my TV?

First of all, you’ll require a TV, preferably a Smart TV. Smart TVs connect to the internet the same way your Smart Phone does, allowing you to access all the latest digital apps and platforms on the market. 

Do I require a Streaming Device?

Yes. To start streaming to your TV, you also require a streaming device. There are multiple devices available to start streaming TV. We recommend the pioneers of the industry, Roku. With a Roku device, you can begin to stream Roku UK channels. 

What is a Roku Device?

Roku is the company that pretty much invented the first TV streaming devices we know of today. It’s a well-known fact that Roku devices are the simplest way to stream TV through the internet. Roku offers Smart Sticks and Digiboxes for users to stream content in HD with Voice Control features for user convenience, along with being versatile, robust and easy to use. Roku devices allow you to stream Roku channels straight to your TV through HDMI for superb picture and sound quality. 

Are Roku Devices HD & 4k Ultra HD Compatible?

Yes. Roku devices can stream the best Roku channels UK in HD and 4k Ultra HD in 4x higher definition than standard HD.   

What can I watch with a Roku Streaming Device? 

Roku devices give you access to every genre of TV imaginable. Whether you want to watch the latest Hollywood blockbuster movies or spend the day binging on a series, Roku devices provide access to it all. Roku hardware grants access to both paid subscription platforms, along with free channel content. 

Here is a list of paid subscription and free channel platforms you’re able to access through a Roku Streaming Device:

  1. NOW TV
  2. Netflix
  3. Prime Video
  4. BBC iPlayer
  5. ITV Hub
  6. YouTube 

Is there a Roku App?

Yes. Roku has developed an app offering additional integrated features to control and manage your Roku Device. The Roku app is available through Google Play and the iPhone App Store.

Here are some of the features of the Roku App: 

  • Remote control feature to control your Roku device
  • Volume control with private listening function
  • Handy and easy to use entertainment guide
  • Share video, photos and music directly to your TV

Which Roku Devices are available?

With three separate Roku streaming devices to choose from, it can be not easy to know which one is the best choice for you. Here is a breakdown of all three Roku streaming devices, providing you with insights into their capabilities and USPs. 

1: Roku Express

The Roku Express is their entry-level streaming device. It’s a small, compact and very comprehensive bit of hardware. Typically, the Roku Express costs around £30 and is undoubtedly one of the best value for money streaming devices on the market. 

Here are some of the features of the Roku Express: 

  • Streams in HD
  • Includes a High-Speed HDMI Cable
  • Access to Netflix, Prime Video, Spotify, Disney+ and NOW TV
  • Access to hundreds of blockbuster movies and the best Roku channels, plus all the latest TV shows
  • Search Facility to quickly find the content you’re looking for
  • Easy to use and navigate Remote Control
  • USB Power Cable
  • Adhesive Strip to stick your Roku Device to your TV Setup

Technical Specification

TV Compatibility – HD TVs 

Ports – Micro USB for power / HDMI 1.4b

Audio – Digital stereo over HDMI / DTS Digital Surround™ pass through over HDMI / Dolby Audi and Dolby ATMOS® pass through over HDMI

Networking – 802.11bgn single-band wireless

Remote control – Roku standard IR remote with channel shortcut buttons / Streaming player includes IR receiver (compatible with various universal remotes)

Power input – 5V – 1A

Power Consumption – Below 2.2W (typical) when streaming

Size – 1.5 x 0.75 x 3.0 inches

Weight – 1.1 ounces

2: Roku Premiere 

Roku Premiere includes many of the great features of the Roku Express device with the additional function of streaming in HD, 4k Ultra HD and for those of you with the latest generation TVs can enjoy streaming in HDR (High Dynamic Range). Typically, you can expect to pay £39.99 for the device. 

The picture and sound quality are vibrant and intense for such a small piece of hardware with content streamed in the highest possible definition. The viewing experience is more immersive, as 4k Ultra HD brings out the absolute best in picture quality and depth. 

Here are some of the features of the Roku Premiere: 

  • Streams in HD, 4k Ultra HD & HDR (High Dynamic Range) 
  • Includes a High-Speed HDMI Cable
  • Access to Netflix, Prime Video, Spotify, Disney+ and NOW TV
  • Access to hundreds of blockbuster movies and the best Roku channels, plus all the latest TV shows
  • Search Facility to quickly find the content you’re looking for
  • Easy to use and navigate Remote Control
  • USB Power Cable
  • Adhesive Strip to stick your Roku Device to your TV Setup

Technical Specification

TV Compatibility – HD TVs / Smart TVs / 4k Ultra HD TVs / 4k Ultra HD HDR TVs

Ports – Micro USB for power / HDMI 2.0a

Audio – Digital stereo over HDMI / DTS Digital Surround™ pass through over HDMI / Dolby Audi and Dolby ATMOS® pass through over HDMI

Networking – 802.11bgn single-band wireless

Remote control – Roku standard IR remote with channel shortcut buttons / Streaming player includes IR receiver (compatible with various universal remotes)

Power input – 5V – 1A

Power Consumption – Below 3W (typical) when streaming 4K UHD video

Size – 1.4 x 3.3 x 0.7 inches

Weight – 1.3 ounces

3: Roku Streaming Stick+

The Roku Streaming Stick+ is the premium product in the Roku range. It offers many of the same features of the Roku Premiere such as HD, 4k Ultra HD and HDR compatible with additional features to optimise your TV streaming experience. It’s a high-performance device and extremely portable so that you can carry it easily on your person. The Roku Streaming Stick+ typically retails for £49.99, and although more expensive than Roku’s other products, we certainly feel it still offers value for money. 

Here are some of the features of the Roku Streaming Stick+: 

  • 4x the wireless range
  • Smoother TV Streaming experience
  • Streams in HD, 4k Ultra HD & HDR (High Dynamic Range) 
  • Includes a High-Speed HDMI Cable
  • Access to Netflix, Prime Video, Spotify, Disney+ and NOW TV
  • Access to hundreds of blockbuster movies and the best Roku channels, plus all the latest TV shows
  • Search Facility to quickly find the content you’re looking for
  • Enhanced Remote Control with Voice Control and TV Power and volume buttons
  • USB Power Cable

Technical Specification

TV Compatibility – HD TVs / Smart TVs / 4k Ultra HD TVs / 4k Ultra HD HDR TVs

Ports – Power / HDMI 2.0a, mini USB port for long-range wireless receiver

Audio – Digital stereo over HDMI / DTS Digital Surround™ pass through over HDMI / Dolby Audi and Dolby ATMOS® pass through over HDMI

Networking – 802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless

Remote control – Voice remote with TV power and volume buttons as well as voice search

Power input – 5V – 1A

Power Consumption – Below 3W (typical) when streaming 4K UHD video

Size – 3.7 x 0.8 x 0.47 inches

Weight – 0.9 ounces

So what’s the best Roku device for me? 

It all depends on what you want from a streaming device. If you’re new to streaming TV, then it might be a good idea to go for the Roku Express or Roku Premiere. If, however, you’re seeking a premium streaming experience, then we’d undoubtedly recommend the Roku Streaming Stick+ for its additional features, more extended range wireless receiver and outright smoother streaming capability.

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