The Roku is a streaming device that allows viewers to watch different streaming channels. The Roku connects to a television through a HDMI connection and transmits the streaming data over the internet. The Roku is just one of the streaming devices available and remains one of the most popular, there is also competition from the Google Chromecast and the Amazon Fire TV.
With the Roku you get the device, which connects directly to the television, and the Roku remote. The Roku 3 was the first to introduce the remote with a headphone jack so that you can listen to the Roku privately without disturbing others. There are several different versions of the Roku currently on the market and they each are available at different prices. Price ranges from $49.99 to $99.99.
Using the Roku is not as simple as setting up a DVD and then beginning to watch. You must actually go online and register an account with Roku. You also set up a payment method with them. The payment method is used for when you order a paid service through your Roku. To actually use the Roku is free, but there are options to purchase, games, paid channels, movies, and television. You also will have to associate the Roku device with the online account that you created. The whole process pretty simple, but can be a little bit of an annoyance for those that expected to attach their Roku and begin streaming video immediately.
Roku has many different channels to choose from. If you can watch Amazon video, there is also a Netflix channel that allows Netflix subscribers to watch through the Roku. Many other channels Hulu are also available. You can get free channels like PBS, PBS Kids, YouTube, Disney, and more. There are many option with the Roku.
Roku devices can be purchased online or in stores.