One of the most common questions we get about Roku TVs and Roku Players like the Roku Stick is how long they last. Roku TVs and Streaming players can be some of the most affordable options for streaming, but what is the quality of these TVs?
Over the last ten years, I have owned over 40 different Roku devices, including 6 Roku TVs for testing and personal use. So how long have they lasted, and what have our readers told us about their Roku players?
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So How Long Will Roku Players and Roku TVs Last?
The very first Roku streaming player was released on May 20th, 2008. At the time, it supported only Netflix for streaming. Now over the last 15 years, Roku has become the most popular streaming player in the United States. Roku TVs now also make up one in three TVs sold in the United States.
So how long will these Roku devices last? No one wants to buy a TV, no matter how good of a deal it is for it to fail in a year or two.
In our experience, Roku Players and Roku TVs have good lifespans. Of the over 30 streaming players I have had, only one stopped working, and that was the Roku Stick I used to travel with. As best I can tell, I damaged the power cord one day when I took it out of a TV. That power cord had the WiFi antenna attached to it, and one day the WiFi stopped working. All my other Roku devices have continued to work as the should without issues.
For Roku TVs, we have had 6 of them without issues. Our main TV in the living room that has worked now for over five years without issues.
So how common is our experience with how reliable Roku Players and Roku TVs are? According to our readers, they have all had similar experiences. As always, with electronics, some will fail or get damaged, but it seems Roku has earned its reputation for being a reliable streaming player. Your experience may vary but from what our readers tell us and my own personal experience, I have been very happy with the quality of Roku’s devices.
So if you are looking for a reliable streaming player, you may want to consider a Roku or a Roku TV.
As always, though, remember people who are unhappy are the ones most likely to post online about their issues.