In a video streaming world dominated by Netflix, Amazon, Google and Apple among others, Roku is the plucky underdog that continues to hold its own.
The Roku is a media streaming box that plus into your TV via an HDMI port. It turns any old TV into a super smart one, adding Netflix, Amazon, Spotify and Now TV streaming, screen mirroring, game playing and on the latest version, 4K playback.
In many ways it’s the Apple TV for the non-Apple people out there – offering a one-stop shop for all your streaming needs without tying you in to any particular service or app store.
Techradar has reviewed them all as they’ve come out and they’ve all been given positive reviews. The Roku 3 and Roku 4 in particular are two of our absolute favourite living room devices. If you’re thinking of picking one of these up, we couldn’t recommend them more highly.
Here are the best Roku deals currently available…
Roku 4 deals
The latest Roku box is the best ever, supporting 4K video
If you own a 4K TV, the Roku 4 is hands down the best video streaming system money can buy, offering more options than any one competitor. If you don’t need Ultra-HD and still want some of the same amazing OS, consider stepping down to a Roku 2 or 3. If you’re in teh UK you may find it hard to get hold of one of these as the Roku 4 is yet to be officially launched outside of the US.
Roku 3 deals
The Roku 3 was and still is one of the best media streaming boxes around
Where the Roku 3 really scores is in its wonderful usability, be it the blazing processor speed or the improved functionality the hardware tweaks have bestowed upon it. It’s responsive, simple and not beholden to a proprietary content library. Whether you’re looking for a streaming box to help you cut the cord, or augment your cable subscription, the Roku 3 has the features, build quality and simplicity you’re looking for.
Roku Streaming Stick deals
It’s a Roku 3 in HDMI-stick form like a Chromecast
It’s not quite as affordable as the Chromecast, but it has more of the apps that people want right now, including Amazon Instant Video. That’s significant because Amazon often has cheaper HD movie rentals than other services. It’s an app you won’t find on either Chromecast or Apple TV. There are a number of new streaming devices out right now, but the the Roku Streaming Stick stands as the most efficient way to make a normal HDTV into a smart TV without springing for a pricier set-top box. At least until the Google Chromecast app list is able to catch up.
Roku 2 deals
The Roku 2 is still worth a look if you can find a great price
The Roku 2 sits in a privileged position. It may not be the company’s pick for the best streaming box (that honor belongs to the Roku 3 and 4), but the Roku 2 is easily the better value. It benefits from the same 2,000-channel-rich, agnostic platform, an improved processor and a functional, if only mediocre, remote.
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