Roku debuts $50, 8x faster streaming stick | NAB 2016 | Events 2016 | Rapid TV News
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Roku has debuted a faster, improved Streaming Stick — for just 50 bucks.
roku stickThe latest over-the-top (OTT) dongle features a quad-core processor, which means that it has eight times more processing power than its predecessor. It’s also the first Roku device to offer private listening through the Roku Mobile App.

“The Roku Streaming Stick is one of our most popular models. Consumers appreciate having access to the complete Roku streaming experience in a portable, low-cost device,” said Sharad Sundaresan, SVP, product management for Roku. “The new Roku Streaming Stick takes our popular experience to the next level with a significant upgrade in power and performance, as well as features that are specifically designed to get people to the entertainment they want to watch quickly and easily whether they’re at home or on the go.”

Other enhancements include dual-band MIMO wireless for better Wi-Fi; an included remote; the ability to cast video from Netflix and YouTube mobile apps directly to the TV; integration with the Roku Mobile App for iOS and Android to play personal video, photos and music on TV using the Play On Roku feature; and the Hotel and Dorm Connect feature for easy connection to wireless networks away from home.

The new Roku Streaming Stick runs Roku OS 7.1, the latest version of the company’s operating system. The new OS adds new categories within Roku Feed that enable customers to view popular TV shows and movies in one place.

The new Roku Streaming Stick is smaller than the previous version and has a compact, sleek design that that works with most HDMI-enabled TV, including wall-mounted flat screen TVs.

The news comes just days after Roku announced a dedicated Vimeo channel on Roku.