Roku beats Chromecast to the UK with £50 streaming stick

Roku’s streaming stick has arrived in the UK, beating rival Chromecast to these shores.

The streaming stick is a small USB-style device that plugs into an HDMI port on your TV, letting it stream online content.

Google released its Chromecast last year for $35 (£21) in the US, but has yet to start selling it in the UK. Roku is taking pre-orders for its £50 streaming stick, with shipping starting 21 April.

It requires an HDTV, plays up to 1080p video, supports dual-band Wi-Fi, and can be controlled either via the included remote or through a smartphone or tablet via the Roku app.

You can stream more than 500 channels – including the BBC iPlayer, Sky Sports, and Demand 5 – as well as Netflix, Spotify and YouTube.

You can also use it to view videos or photos, or listen to music, which is stored on your smartphone.

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Google has said its Chromecast will eventually arrive in the UK, but has yet to specify a date – or how much it will cost.

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