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Introducing Roku: USA's best selling streaming device comes to the UK

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Out Now

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Consumer Electronics


Gem Distribution


Laura Barnes
Introducing Roku: USA's best selling streaming device comes to the UK

The Roku device measures at just 86mm in width

The tiny device boasts a huge range of content ready to be viewed

Roku lands in the UK with a £49.99 price tag.

The simple-to-use and compact streaming device connects directly to a user’s TV and provides access to a wide range of channels and on-demand content.

At just 86mm in width, it is the smallest streaming device currently available and integrates into any entertainment setup seamlessly. With an energy footprint of less than two watts when streaming a film, the device is barely noticeable in more ways than one.

As far as Roku’s tiny aspects go – that’s it. It boasts a huge range of content ready to be viewed, ranging from the latest on-demand TV shows and films to live sport and music. With Netflix integration at the ready, users will have access to its services directly through Roku without any extra costs beyond the standard Netflix subscription. Other services supported by the device include BBC iPlayer, which offers the latest BBC TV and radio shows on demand, and Crackle – a streaming service which offers a number of films for free – both of which are available in up to 1080p HD quality video.

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>Simplicity is a key feature of Roku, something that is clear from your first five minutes spent with the device. Wi-Fi enabled, it connects to your home network instantly, minus the need for cables – however, a LAN port is available for those who require a wired connection. With its simple, Bluetooth- ready remote, the device is easy to navigate with a click of the play button standing between the user and Roku’s extensive media library.

Currently, there are two versions of the device available – the Roku LT and the Roku 2 XS. Whilst both devices incorporate all of the features listed above and provide access to Roku’s wide library of content in high-definition, 720p resolution, it is the latter that boasts a number of upgraded features.

The Roku 2 XS not only offers full high definition video at a resolution of 1080p, but includes a motion-based remote and allows for intense gameplay with the inclusion of hit games such as Angry Birds, Galaga and Storm in a Teacup. Available now, the Roku LT carries a price tag of £49.99 whilst the upgraded Roku 2 XS retails for £99.99.

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Tags: UK, USA, tv, gem, bbc, iplayer, roku, netflix, angry birds, Steaming, Crackle

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