by Brent Dirks
March 4, 2014
Google's Chromecast now has some company. Roku, well-known for its line of set-top boxes, has just introduced an HDMI version of its Streaming Stick. It plugs directly into any free HDMI port on your TV and draws power from a wall outlet or USB port. Users can access more than 1,200 channels of movies, TV shows, news, sports, children’s programming, and more in 1080p. A remote is also included. Users can also take advantage of the companion iOS app to control the device and browse and select content to stream. Like the Chromecast, you can send Netflix, YouTube, and other media from the device to a TV set. Other features, included the ability to cast content from a computer, are touted as coming soon. The new device is $49.99 and can be preordered now from a number of retailers including Amazon.com. BestBuy.com, Target.com, and Walmart.com. It will arrive in retail stores and ship sometime in April. It is also available to preorder in Canada for $59.99 and £49.99 in the U.K. and Republic of Ireland. For other news today, see: Apple's iOS 7.1 Coming Soon: In Time For The SXSW iTunes Festival, Best Picture Oscar Winner '12 Years A Slave' Is Now Available To Rent, and Ferrari To Bring Apple CarPlay Support To The FF Grand Tourer.