Interconnectivity of devices is a desirable objective these days for the tech researchers. A standalone gadget can perform a limited set of functions on its own, but once it is hooked with another gadget of the same or different kind, those functions expand to a considerable degree and open up new avenues of user experience.
For instance, adding internet capability to large screened HDTVs is a roaring trend. There are many ways you can internet-enable your TV set, and one of the most popular options is by adding a streaming device, like Roku to it. What is Roku and how does it work? Read on to find out.
Most of the time, you simply ask your cable company for the provision of the internet, to create an interesting collab between the two services. However, with the heaven-touching rates of cable these days, finding a strikingly beneficial deal or package is next to impossible. Nevertheless, Spectrum internet bundles still come at an economical price for individuals who do not wish to spend a big fortune on such services. In case of Charter Spectrum is not available in your area, you can always search for other providers or start considering viable options, like cutting the cord. This is where the famous streamer comes in.
A Roku allows you to stream your favorite content directly from the internet on your attached display. Whether it is a movie, a Netflix series, or even a Linkin Park song, you can enjoy it all on your TV. A Roku works based on an operating system (OS) which the users can easily maneuver, and manage the content that’s being streamed.
Types of Devices
There are three main sorts of Roku devices known to exist in the tech market.
- Box Form: Connects to the internet via the home router (either over Ethernet or Wi-Fi), and connects to the TV directly or through a receiver with an HDMI.
- Stick Form: Looks like a USB flash drive. Connects to the TV via the HDMI port. Has built-in Wi-Fi capability that allows easy synchronizing with the home router.
- TV Form: All-in-one display with a built-in Roku OS. Eliminates the hassle of an external device like a box or a stick. Connects to the internet via Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Offered by several brands like TCL, Hitachi, and Insignia, in different screen sizes and HD versions.
Once you hook up the selected Roku device with your TV, you can access various internet-streaming channels. Some of them would come free of cost, others would require a paid subscription. Regardless of the price factor, a Roku generally covers popular online streaming channels like Hulu, iHeart, Amazon Instant, and Vudu, local broadcasting channels like NBC, and niche-specific ones like Euronews, Twit.tv, etc.
Interestingly, a Roku device lets you access all your smartphone apps on the synced display. Whether these are video apps, like Netflix, Google Play Movies & TV or BBC iPlayer, ambiance apps like Virtual Beach, or even music, pictures, and document apps, this streamer will project them on your TV. Just make an account on its site and select the apps you want to use. Not only that, but Roku Inc. also offers the Roku Mobile App for Android and iOS users as well. It allows you to control your Roku devices remotely. You can adjust audio/video settings, scan channels, transfer content, and privately enjoy the show via your smartphone’s earphones, etc.
A Roku device comes with many convenient features that benefit the users.
- Personalized Roku Channel—comes with its selection of free movies and TV shows
- Voice Search—Easy navigation with a voice-enabled remote control or the Roku app
- 4K Streaming Options—for users with 4k Ultra HD TVs
- One Sign-in for all Channels—via TV Everywhere (TVE) Single Sign-On (SSO) feature
- Over-The-Air Content Streaming—for Roku TV owners with antennas
The list goes on.
The point is, Roku devices are a convenient and affordable means of enjoying internet content on your TV. It expands your options and gives you a nice cinematic feel at home. So, get your Roku device today and start enjoying TV like never before.