|Item Weight||1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||3.3 x 1.4 x 1 inches|
|Item model number||Roku Express|
|Batteries||2 AAA batteries required. (included)|
|Number of Component Outputs||hdmi|
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Roku Express | 5X more powerful HD Streaming (2017)
- New 2017 Model!
- Easy HD streaming, incredible price.
- NOW 5x more powerful!
- 500, 000 Plus movies and TV episodes
- Easy-to-use remote, intuitive navigation, search across top channels
- Free mobile app for iOS or android
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High-definition streaming. Easy on the wallet
Want to start streaming? Roku Express delivers a smooth HD streaming experience on your big-screen TV. This next generation player is now 5X more powerful. It’s easy to get started - just plug it into your TV with the included High Speed HDMI Cable, connect to the Internet, and start streaming. Use the remote to search for your favorite shows and discover channels. Enjoy 500,000+ movies and TV episodes, including blockbusters, award-winning original series, kids’ shows, live network TV, and more - across thousands of free or paid channels.
The simple way to start streaming
With a short step-by-step setup and an easy on-screen experience, the Roku Express is perfect for new users, but powerful enough for seasoned pros.
5x more powerful. 100x more fun.
From movies and series on Netflix and Amazon, to cable alternatives like Directv Now- stream the most talked about TV across free and paid channels with 5x more power than the previous generation Roku Express.
Low cost. No extra fees.
The Roku Express includes a remote control and High Speed HDMI Cable—and there’s no monthly equipment fee. Plus, with access to hundreds of free channels, there’s plenty to stream without spending extra.
Setup is a cinch
Plug it in, connect to the internet, and start streaming. It’s as simple as that. The included remote has everything you need, plus shortcut buttons to popular streaming channels.
500,000+ movies and TV episodes
Movies, TV, Original series, Kids shows, News, Sports and more. Watch almost anything across thousands of free or paid channels available in a click.
Fantastic free entertainment
Access hundreds of live-streaming and on-demand free channels, including The Roku Channel, packed with Hollywood hits.
Search across channels
Search by title, actor, or director and get unbiased results across 500+ channels to see where you can stream your favorite shows free or at the lowest cost.
The free Roku mobile app
Turn your iOS or Android device into the ultimate streaming companion. Control your Roku player, search with your keyboard, plus get features like: Private listening, voice search, and cast to TV.
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|Access to 500,000 movie & TV episodes from 5,000+ streaming channels.||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Connect to TV via||HDMI||HDMI||HDMI (4K video via HDCP 2.2 HDMI)||HDMI (4K video via HDCP 2.2 HDMI)|
|1080 HD up to 60fps||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|4K Ultra HD up to 60fps||✔||✔|
|Wifi||802.11 b/g/n||802.11ac dual-band MIMO||802.11ac dual-band MIMO||802.11ac dual-band MIMO|
|Advanced wireless receiver for up to 4X the range||✔|
|Remote with voice search, TV power and volume buttons||✔||✔||✔|
|Remote finder, gaming buttons, headphone jack, microSD/USB/Ethernet ports||✔|
|Roku app with private listening and voice search||✔||✔||✔||✔|
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|Connectivity Technology||Built-in Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi and Ethernet|
|Item Dimensions||1.4 x 3.3 x 1 in||1.18 x 3.38 x 0.5 in||4.9 x 4.9 x 1.7 in||1.6 x 0.8 x 5.5 in||4.9 x 4.9 x 0.85 in||4.9 x 4.9 x 0.85 in|
|Item Weight||1 lb||1.13 ounces||0.59 lb||—||7.68 ounces||7.68 ounces|
|Internet Applications||Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube||youtube, espn, amazon_instant_video, cbs, facebook, hulu, sling_tv, netflix, fox||Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu||Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Hulu, Vudu, Netflix||Netflix||Netflix|
|Total HDMI Ports||—||0||1||1||1||1|
|Total Usb Ports||—||0||0||0||1||0|
Want to start streaming? then start here. Our best-priced player, Roku Express delivers a smooth HD streaming experience on your big-screen TV. Our next generation player is now 5x more powerful. It’s easy to get started, just plug it into your TV with the included high speed HDMI cable, connect to the Internet, and start streaming. Use the remote to search for your favorite shows and discover channels. Enjoy 500, 000 Plus movies and TV episodes, including blockbusters, award-winning original Series, kids’ shows, live network TV, and more-across thousands of free or paid channels like Netflix, Amazon video, ABC, Sling TV, and PBS kids. Get the free Roku mobile app for iOS and android devices for a convenient way to search on your phone, enjoy private listening, share photos and more.
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1)If you need to connect by WiFi in a room far away from your WiFi router,I would recommend the Roku Streaming Stick PLUS or Roku Ultra.
2)If you have a 4K TV,I would recommend the Roku Ultra or Roku Streaming Stick PLUS.
3)To search for content using your voice,go with either the Streaming Stick,Streaming Stick PLUS or Ultra.All 3 of these models also have a remote that can control the power and volume on your TV.
4)If you want a wired ethernet connection,go with the Roku Ultra.
5)If you want to connect to an old TV with RCA/Composite audio/video jacks,you will need the Express PLUS
6)The Express models have a remote where it has to be pointed at the device,unlike the other Roku models.
7)If you are only going to buy one Roku device,I would recommend the Roku Ultra.The Ultra has many unique features that the other Roku models don't such as:
-Gaming buttons to play video games
-Remote finder to find a lost remote control
-Ethernet port for a wired connection
-Micro SD card slot
-Night listening mode (this lowers the volume of loud,explosive sounds and raises the volume of soft sounds like whispers.Very useful!!)
-Headphone jack on the remote for listening without disturbing others
For those who have not used a Roku before,here are some tips that might be helpful:
1)There is no monthly fee to use a Roku.There are many free channels/apps with free movies,music and TV programs and some people use Roku only for the free channels and do not pay any fees.
You do NOT have to enter credit card info if you only wish to view free content and you can always add credit card info to your account later for paid channels/apps.If you plan on viewing free content only,I suggest setting up a Roku account before you activate the device.When you reach the page to enter credit card info,some browsers will show a "Skip,I'll add later" option at the bottom.If you do not see this option,simply log out of your account,then log back in.You may have to then enter a different activation code for your device if you skip entering credit card info during device set up,but you do NOT have to enter credit card info if you only want to view free content.
2)Some of the most popular free channels/apps are: YouTube,Pandora radio,The Roku Channel,Pluto TV,Tubi TV,Crackle,CBS News,NBC News,ABC,PBS, PBS KIds and many more.You can also find a free live stream of FOX News on YouTube by searching "Fox News Live" on YouTube.
3)Some of the most popular paid channels/apps are Netflix,Hulu,Amazon video,HBO Now,Vudu,Sling TV,Spectrum TV and Direct TV Now.
4)If you are looking for a bundle of channels of live TV to replace cable TV,check out Sling TV,Spectrum TV,Direct TV Now,Hulu,Pluto TV and Playstation Vue.All of these are paid services except for Pluto TV,which is free.
5)To find and add new channels on Roku,just press the Home button on the remote control,scroll down and select "Streaming Channels".There you will find thousands of channels/apps in many different categories and many of them are free.
My one gripe about Roku (and other streaming devices) is the lack of a fully functional web browser and I hope Roku will include web browsing on models in the near future.I have been surfing the web on the big screen for years and find it ridiculous when an internet connected TV device does not allow you to surf the internet and forces one to switch to yet another internet connected device to do so.
I am aware of screen mirroring function from smartphone/PC/tablet but find that a poor excuse to not include a web browser.People who type a lot of messages and/or emails like myself much prefer typing on a wireless keyboard rather than a phone/tablet/remote control.
First thing: Before you buy, understand what content is free and what is not. Second, in case it's not obvious, the Roku operates over your wifi and internet connection. You have to have an internet connection that is fast enough to stream video. If you can't stream video on your mobile (via wifi) or PC, you won't be able to stream it on the Roku either.
Subscription content: Anything that you have to pay for elsewhere (like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, network TV streaming, etc), you'll still have to have those same subscriptions. But the Roku allows you to access all of those subscriptions (the ones you're paying for) from a single device on your TV, with a nice interface that nearly anyone can use, even if they're technology-illiterate. Worst case, if you get lost somewhere, just press the Home button. (But keep in mind, each 'channel' on Roku is an app written by the individual content provider, so some are a little more complicated than others. I suspect for marketing reasons, it's not always obvious on some of the network TV channels which content is free versus paid until you try to play it. But you'll always be prompted before paying for anything, and you can add a pin-number to prevent accidental purchases).
Ad-supported content: There is a lot of ad-supported content, just like watching free over-the-air (OTA) TV stations. For network TV (ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, etc), check each network's website to see what shows you can watch for free directly on their website, and that's generally what you'll be able to watch on Roku, too. After all, the 'channels' on Roku are apps written by each network. For many networks, the free content includes the last 3 to 5 episodes of things that are currently airing, with content being made available a week after the original broadcast date. This is comes in handy if you miss an episode or two of over-the-air TV. Some of the networks also offer free 'throwback' content, where you can watch an entire series of an older show. And there are a few channels like pluto.tv and tubi.tv that provide a wide assortment of ad-supported movies and TV shows. Again, check their corresponding websites to see what content they currently have, and that's what you'll get on Roku. The ones mentioned above offer some relatively recent content, in addition to a lot of older and slightly-older content.
Free, without ads: Mostly, you'll find that the ad-free content is extremely old... lots of black-and-white TV and movies, some early color TV/movies, etc. For those who don't like much of what's on TV these days, there's a lot of classy and classic stuff here. And, of course, a lot of b- and c-grade stuff you've never heard of.
This newest version of the Roku Express ("5X more powerful") has a very smooth interface, with good response from the remote. Video startup is extremely fast if you have decent internet speed. I tested on a relative's 6mbps DSL internet, and buffering times were never uncomfortable. On my faster internet (100mbps), videos either start instantly, or take no more than about 1 or 2 seconds of buffering.
The remote control is great -- simple, strong signal, good range. It's infrared-based, so you have to be in the same room (why would you want to be out of the room??). I generally don't even have to point the remote at the Roku box, because the infrared is strong enough to reflect off of the ceiling or walls and still work. Just be sure your Roku box's front side is unobscured and pointing toward the room. They provide a sticky-tape strip to stick the box somewhere convenient, like the side or top of your TV or media cabinet. The provided HDMI cable is only 2 feet long, though, so it does have to be relatively close to the TV. But you could use a different HDMI cable if you need the remote to be a little farther away. One feature I love about the remote is that pressing the Home button will turn on your TV and switch to the Roku's HDMI input, assuming your TV supports this (I have a Samsung TV which is supported, and a TCL TV which apparently wasn't).
You can also use the Roku app on your mobile to control the Roku via wifi. In addition to providing an interface that looks pretty similar to the physical remote, you can also browse for other content while something is already playing. It fact, it's quite a bit easier to navigate if you're searching for something specific, since the physical remote requires using an on-screen keyboard where you select each letter and click OK (normally, I'm not searching for something specific on the physical remote, so it's not a problem). The app also has a headphone feature, which I'm guessing allows you to listen directly from your mobile instead of via the TV... great for watching at night when others are sleeping. Note, the Roku app is NOT designed to watch Roku content directly on your mobile. It simply lets you select the content to watch on the TV.
Overall, it's a great experience. My only subscription at the moment is Amazon prime, which doesn't have a lot of content that I really want to watch (sorry, Amazon! I have Prime mostly for the shipping), so I use the Roku mostly for ad-supported TV and movies, and there's more than enough to keep me busy for a long time.
I took this with me to a cheap hotel- and while it did NOT work with their crap internet- it worked awesome using my phone’s hotspot. Totally drained my phone tho- so plug it in if you go this route!