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Roku Express | HD Streaming Media Player
- Setup is easy with the included HDMI cable, simple remote and intuitive home screen
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Roku Express delivers a smooth HD streaming experience on your TV at our best price. It’s easy to get started—just plug it into your TV with the included High Speed HDMI Cable and connect to the internet. With a short step-by-step setup and an easy on-screen experience, Roku Express is perfect for new users, but powerful enough for seasoned pros. Stream what you love, including live TV, news, sports, hit movies, popular shows, and more. Plus, with access to hundreds of free channels, there’s plenty to enjoy without spending extra.
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But that is when all the positive things end. If you happen to live in UK as myself, be aware the roku stick is meant for the American market, and probably all these positive amazon reviews you find in the amazon UK page are american reviewers, not UK ones.
I bought this device following the reviews on amazon, YouTube and Google, thinking that the list of channels you can get for free would be available here.
Channels that are free of charge like the Roku channel, crackle, tubi TV, just to mention a few of the best are region restricted and not available in the UK. So basically you are left with a series of subscription based channels the like of Amazon Prime, Netflix, Google play Movies, to mention a few or a series of free to view low quality content IMHO. All these subscription based channels are already available to any smart tv owner, and makes the steaming stick superfluous.
It can make sense for anyone with a non smart TV with hdmi ports, then the money would be worth it as you can make your device smart for £50 at the time of this review, 01/09/19.
So, if you want to free the full potential of your streaming stick and enjoy all the free quality content you must pay for a VPN service, spoiling the whole concept of watching content for free.
I hope you can find this rewiew helpful so you can make an educated decision on this purchase, thanks.
So finally, I got through to support and they have created a returns for me. However I have to pay to first ship out the faulty device back to them before they can ship a replacement for me. I argued about bearing the cost of shipping for a device that is clearly faulty under warranty but they will not bear the shipping costs. So be careful if you want to buy this as it could go faulty and your eventual cost of ownership will definitely go up not to talk of the inconvenience.
It was quick and easy to set up, it connects to my WiFi without any issues and the fact that it can output in 4K is very impressive.
The menus are fast and intuitive and the apps are plentiful too. Altogether I regularly use iPlayer, ITV Hub, 4OD, My5, Netflix, Prime, YouTube, Vimeo, Now TV and Plex.
The remote control is easy and quick to use, it uses a wireless connection for the Roku functions and infrared for the TV volume and power.
The only things I would change if I could would be to include a mute button on the remote, and for the Roku to be able to connect directly into an ethernet port (like the Chromecast Ultra does).
Overall a great product, we've only got the one Roku at the moment, but now that I know how good it is I'll be getting another one for the bedroom!
But I have a HUGE problem with geoblocking. Almost nothing is available in my country.
Not even their official Roku channel and official roku app. I can't even download their app on my phone! In the support chat, they told me that their official channel doesn't work outside of the US. But the fact that they are geoblocking even their own official android app is unacceptable to me.
I guess I'm going to return it, since I specifically bought it (and it's not cheap) for Amazon prime video, which is available in my country, but it is geoblocked through Roku. I guess Amazon geoblocks their app in Roku because they want to sell their fire stick instead.
So, my advice is: If you want to buy it, search the available channels in your country beforehand, or contact their support service and ask them about geo-restrictions in your region.
They never clearly mention to their site that many of the things they advertise are available only in a few countries. Practically, the only thing I can watch is Netflix and Youtube, so there's no reason to keep Roku, I'll just go back to my Chromecast. Unfortunately, Google wins.
We have the biggest package so Broadband, Phone, and ALL TV with Virgin but at £130 a month its a little ridiculous considering a lot of the channels are wasted, so I checked out BT and Sky AND some other smaller less known companies but the problem was, that to use one of these companies we would lose something!
This is what I did - I uploaded the NOW TV app for me upstairs. I pay 7.99 a month for the entertainment pass and purchased a Roku plus stick (a one off payment) at £65.14, ok so a little more expensive than some of the other sticks out there but very worth it!
I have ALL the channels and LOADS more ie Sky Atlantic via the NOW TV pass (which Virgin dont have and neither do BT so unless I went with Sky I would never have got)
I called Virgin and told them I wanted to downgrade my package - My broadband speeds were never ever what Virgin said I was gettingm, so that may as well be downgraded. I never found any of their boxsets much good and I already have Netflix and Amazon Prime TV so they could get shot of Sky Cinema. The two extra box sets upstairs were a waste of time (one in my room) so they also could go! Oh and we NEVER use our landline -
The response from Virgin was "dont worry keep everything you have including the two box sets and we will upgrade you to the absolute highest broadband! £87 all in a month!
Ok, so if you work out a monthly cost Im paying £6.80 for Prime (but thats not just TV as most of you on here will know) £6.99 for Netflix £7.99 for NOW TV (but it has Sky Atlantic) ;) Total 21.78
I now pay Virgin £87 so all in £108.78 thats a monthly saving of £21.22 (£254.64) a year!
That makes my Roku Stick that I paid £65.14 for £5.43 a month over a year and then thats paid off...
If I had just moved in to my house and was looking for a Phone, Broadband, Sports/TV package I would 100% not go with one company! I would find the best of each!
This Roku stick is amazing - The interface is so easy to use and love the voice control. To give you a idea it takes usually 20-30 seconds for lets say BBCi Player to load via my Virgin box and almost just as long if I used the already installed app on my TV - It sometimes lags badly or jumps back to normal TV - With Roku its pretty much instant!
Ive tested a lot of the apps and going through Roku to Netfix and Amazon Video is also a lot quicker - There is no lag and the stick takes you to all the app options you want... For Example: your looking to play a film, lets say The Greatest Showman - Search the film - It then gives you a list of all the apps that you have installed with that film on!
I cant praise Roku enough for this little gem of a stick - Its non obtrusive and the remote can pic it up instantly even hiding behind the TV
Sorry for the long winded review and I may have lost track at the beginning but I know there are a lot of people like me in a similar situation! - Ps you can only get SKY ATLANTIC via SKY so that means signing up to their TV or Via the NOW TV app (which Im new too but thats brilliant too)
Just get a ROKU - its far better than any other stick or streaming devise Ive ever tried -
On my return home I bought one from Amazon. What a revalation! The on screen images were better, brighter. Where the Amazon Firestick contantly buffered (to the point I no longer used it) ROKU suffers from no such problems. Playing Amazon Prime Video is soooooo..... much easier and better! So much so that I am very tempted to ask Amazon for a refund for my Firesticks! Amazon Prime Video can be played throught ROKU and it does so without any of the glitches experienced by Amazon's Firesticks and so very widely criticised online.
Finally, ROKU introduced me to NETFLIX. I had not thought to sign up for another streaming service (other than Amazone Prime) but having tried NETFLIX's free trial I am a convert. In this respect Amazon really needs to up it's game to match the streaming experience provided by NETFLIX (for me via ROKU). Unless that happens Amazon may well start to lose subscibers...
4K display with a much more responsive OS. Boot times and app loading are much faster whereas the 3500 predecessor tested your patience.
Incorporates better WiFi reception using MIMO and an off-board antenna arrangement whose only negative is that there's more cabling clutter but still easy to live with. The included remote control also has a useful additional IR remote incorporated to allow you to turn your TV ON/OFF and control the volume, your ROKU's remote is all you need next to you. Remote also has a fairly basic voice-search function, hold down the mic button and tell it what you want, what you really really want and in most cases it saves you having to type in what you're looking for.
The Stick+ is a worthwhile improvement just for the MIMO benefits it offers. Promo prices hover at around the £55 mark and it's a worthy addition to your TV setup.
Even if you end up not enrolling to any subscription services, this Roku stick provides a fairly reliable casting function to allow you to watch content from your smartphone or your computer.
Roku's interface makes looking for content a breeze and they haven't had a dispute with YouTube like AtoZ has.
A solid thumbs up.
Only disappointment is some of the content channels don't appear to be functioning anymore perhaps Roku don't update what's available all that frequently. It's nothing major, you simply remove the content channel.
Also the disgustingly bad selection of channels - if you like black and white 1930's cartoons (not the later Foghorn Leghorn/Tom and Jerry/Bugs Bunny quality stuff) -- and westerns from 1930's to no later than mid 50's you'll think it's fine. Spoprt ? Theres football from 3 years ago from Equador on a spanish speaking channel.
I really couldn't think of terms that could denigrate the channel selection enough.
Yeah, theres YouTube and Netflix and BBC iplayer and thats it for more recent stuff.....yeah. 1970's to 2000's is "recent"
if not these three.
I think I'll send this back.
The item works fine. Nice picture, quite quick but the unbelievably bad, laughably bad channels.....
Tried to send it back, unfortunately it was a present hence past the 30 days - complete refusal to allow a return the troubleshooting was appalling so this tripe is thrown in the corner and forgotten
IGNORE THE "5 STARS" - BUYER BEWARE - AVOID
Even if you don’t yet have a 4K tv, I’d still recommend getting this model, why?, the remote. It’s wireless so you don’t have to point it at one “sweet spot” it just works. Also this remote has voice search built in. As it’s wireless it means your streaming stick hides neatly away behind your tv, no other boxes to find space for.
A great feature in the app you can download is private listening, you use your phone or tablets headphones and turn your tv sound down. I believe more than one person can use it. It’s great for late night tv listening or that fuller audio experience when watching movies. I use it all the time, no noticeable delays or other issues, it just works.
Roku is a very long standing reliable, trustworthy company in my opinion, so if it asks for your card details or PayPal details, that’s only to give you the option to buy things in the future.....if you wish. They’re not in the habit of doing anything shady.
I have several Roku devices one on every tv. Far, far better than any built in smart tv system.
As for content, at time of review, Amazon Prime Video is on there as is AppleTV, iPlayer, Netflix, ITV and STV players, All4, My5, YouTube, Vimeo, Google Play Movies, Sky Tore, Rakuten TV, UKTV Play, Pluto, Cinematio, NowTV, Spotify, HayU, TubeIn, VEVO, Box+, RedBull TV, WWE, Deezer, lots of news channels, just tons and tons of things and some games too.
You can also, using the app, mirror videos, music or fire over a photo slideshow to the device.
It does a heck of a lot, works very well, I love it.
I subscribe to virgin media and have found a major problem with virgin's wi-fi and Roku......they conflict. All devices in the house lost connection to virgin media and at one point they couldn't even see it on the list of available networks. Removing the Roku stick and re-setting the router fixed the problem. That's worth bearing in mind if you decide to cancel your virgin tv subscription because you've just bought a Roku but want to keep their fast internet.
Given all of the above, its likely I'll only use Roku when I'm travelling as it also gives me access to my Amazon Prime & Netflix subscriptions. If the wi-fi conflict turns out to be temporary that will be a result but for now, as much as the device itself is nice, overall usability is 2 stars.
The Roku Streaming Stick+ represents great value, it is the only device on the market which gives you access to all the streaming services currently in the UK. Upon your initial setup, you do need to provide a credit card/payment details. This is for any service that needs a subscription which you may wish to take out, other than the big streaming services in the UK. So to be clear the card payment is for those indie subscriptions that you may wish to use. World of Wonder is a good example, if you wish to follow the RuPauls Drag Queens then its the channel for you, but it costs £4 a month.
The remote control has a nice layout, direction keys make up the central part, some shortcut buttons at the bottom, then your playback controls just above. On the right of the remote control, it has the volume up and down controls that work the volume on the TV. This being the newest device on the market it comes with Voice Search, it works really well and the search, in general, is really useful, say a show or film and it displays all the results relating to whatever services you are signed into. It tells you the price if you need to purchase a movie or if the movie is currently free on the likes of NowTV, Amazon Prime or Netflix. Everything is very transparent and easy to understand.
As for the Roku device itself, this is small and very compact. In the box, you will find a micro USB power lead, which should be plugged into a USB socket on your TV and an HDMI extension that the Streaming Stick can be plugged into if the access to the HDMI port is limited. So on the stick itself, you have the micro USB input, a reset button, and the HDMI connector. It's small and you just need to plug it in... and it will sit hidden so you don't need to even think about it.
Overall it is a very impressive, simple device to live with and use on a daily basis, that is until you experience a problem. It seems that though my current Streaming Stick after just a year of use has decided to die. Up to this point, I had the device for 1 year, and it had been working great! Until yesterday when it just decided not to respond, batteries must be dead... Nope... hmmm I'll try it on another TV... Nope.
While faults on devices do happen, it's important to think about the investment and the return of that investment over its lifetime. Currently dying after 14 months is not a good investment and the lack of support to attempt to fix the issue myself has been equally frustrating. That reset button on the stick I mentioned earlier, hold that down for 20 seconds and it will do a full-on factory reset! Great if that works but on mine, no chance.
I'm not trying to scare you off from buying one, it's a concern of mine now, my previous devices are still going strong and are the old Roku XS boxes. Maybe this was just one of those faulty ones, it happens. Will I buy another Roku device? Yep, even with our Smart TV's the Roku still provides a more consistent experience to watch TV than anything else I have used on the market, and because of that (faults and all) it remains my default go-to device.