Which Roku is Right For You? We Break Them Down to Help You Pick The Right Roku Streaming Player (Updated August 2018)




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Roku has recently made some updates that will give cord cutters access to more free and easily accessible content. Whether you’re using a Roku device, or want to watch online without a device, we’re showing you how, below.

Roku Features

Roku is one of the most used services for cord cutters. With a range of devices and compatibility with nearly every streaming service, Roku makes it easy to watch all of your favorite channels after cutting the cable cord.

Start by adding channels that offer the content you want to watch. With Roku, you can add free channels, subscription channels, authenticated cable channels, and rent-or-buy channels. Then, use the search feature on the Roku home screen to search all of your channels for the programming you’re looking for. If searching is taking too long, try downloading the Roku Remote app on your iOS or Android device to use your phone keyboard.

Be sure to customize the My Feed section on the home screen. The feature allows you to add your favorite shows and get a notification when a new episode is added to any of your streaming services. You can also follow actors and keep an eye on upcoming movies you’ve been waiting for.

When you have a Roku account, you can watch your favorite shows and movies anywhere you go. Check out the devices below, and the newest updates from Roku to stream content everywhere you go.

Devices and Prices

Roku has a variety of devices that can be used in any area of your home, or while you’re away. Not sure which one is right for you? This guide should help you pick the right Roku for you:

Roku TV: Starting at $139.99

A smart TV full of features, including a simple and customizable home screen menu, voice search, and mobile app integration. You can find Roku TVs in a variety of sizes from different brands

Roku Express: $29.99

The Roku Express is the most simple and easy to use device still comes with all the features you’ll need to set up your cord cutting experience. Connect with an included HDMI cable to get started.

Roku Express+: $35

Exclusively available at Walmart, the Roku Express+ allows you to use your older TV to stream content by connecting with composite cables.

Roku Streaming Stick: $49.99

The Roku Stick is perfect to stream content at home or while traveling. Take the streaming stick and remote with you to access your apps on any TV.

Roku Streaming Stick+: $69.99

The Roku streaming stick gets an upgrade with this version with the Roku Streaming Stick+. You’ll get a longer wireless range and 4K and HDR streaming.

Roku Ultra: $89

For those who are always streaming content, love trying new streaming apps, and want their home to feel like a theater, the Roku Ultra is the fully loaded device to choose.

Roku TV

The company is now making smart TVs with the Roku platform built in. There are hundreds of models to choose from, made by a wide variety of brands, so you can find the perfect TV for you. Look at all of the options to find TVs in different sizes, resolutions, and price points.

Roku TVs will take you straight to the Roku home screen, giving you immediate access to your channels and content. You can connect an HDTV antenna to your Roku TV to get local channels without cable. You’ll also be able to get all of the streaming channels available on a Roku, directly on your TV.

Like other Roku devices, the smart TVs come with the voice activated remote. Just push a button or use your Roku Remote app on iOS and Android devices, and use the feature to open channels and search for content with your voice.

Recent Updates

Roku’s recent updates make it easier for Roku users to access free content.

The Roku Channel brings free content to everyone, whether you have a Roku device or not. Log in to TheRokuChannel.com and sign in with your Roku account to have access to all of the channels and content that you would normally watch with your Roku. Watch with web browsers on PCs and Macs.

If you’re using a Roku device, check out the Featured Free feature. The section pulls free episodes from many different channels and free content streaming services, and puts them all in one convenient location. If you don’t already have the channel installed on your device, the Featured Free feature will download it for you and give you instant access to the episodes.

With Roku now promoting its own content and features, the company may be able to hold on to customers who now have a much wider variety of streaming devices and companies to choose from.

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