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The Roku streaming stick plugs directly into an open HDMI port on your TV. There are two ways to power the Roku streaming stick. One is to plug it into an available usb port. Since you don't have a usb port, you will have to use the included AC power adapter. The advantage of the using the AC adapter is that, when powe… see more The Roku streaming stick plugs directly into an open HDMI port on your TV. There are two ways to power the Roku streaming stick. One is to plug it into an available usb port. Since you don't have a usb port, you will have to use the included AC power adapter. The advantage of the using the AC adapter is that, when powered by it, the Roku is always on and you will be able to quickly wake it from screen saver by pressing a button on the remote after turning on your TV. The disadvantage is that you will need an open AC outlet and route yet another wire in your entertainment system. For those who have an available usb port, there is no long wire run to deal with. You just connect the included short cable between the usb port on your TV and the Roku streaming stick. The disadvantage to using the usb port for power is that you have to wait a few moments for the Roku to boot and re-connect to your wifi after turning on your TV, but the wait is not long at all. see less The Roku streaming stick plugs directly into an open HDMI port on your TV. There are two ways to power the Roku streaming stick. One is to plug it into an available usb port. Since you don't have a usb port, you will have to use the included AC power adapter. The advantage of the using the AC adapter is that, when powered by it, the Roku is always on and you will be able to quickly wake it from screen saver by pressing a button on the remote after turning on your TV. The disadvantage is that you will need an open AC outlet and route yet another wire in your entertainment system. For those who have an available usb port, there is no long wire run to deal with. You just connect the included short cable between the usb port on your TV and the Roku streaming stick. The disadvantage to using the usb port for power is that you have to wait a few moments for the Roku to boot and re-connect to your wifi after turning on your TV, but the wait is not long at all.
By DIYman on August 26, 2015
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No, the remote uses radio frequency so it doesn't need to "see" the stick.
By Amazon Customer on March 16, 2014
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You can take it, sure. It's portable enough.
However, if the hotel you're staying at requires you to accept Terms & Conditions on a web page before enabling Internet access (i.e. most hotels), then you won't be able to connect to the hotel WiFi to stream any videos. The Roku devices do NOT have a web browser, and as … see more
You can take it, sure. It's portable enough.
However, if the hotel you're staying at requires you to accept Terms & Conditions on a web page before enabling Internet access (i.e. most hotels), then you won't be able to connect to the hotel WiFi to stream any videos. The Roku devices do NOT have a web browser, and as such cannot accept the Terms & Conditions of public WiFi from various hotels, restaurants, and other hotspots. That means no videos in these places. see less
You can take it, sure. It's portable enough.
However, if the hotel you're staying at requires you to accept Terms & Conditions on a web page before enabling Internet access (i.e. most hotels), then you won't be able to connect to the hotel WiFi to stream any videos. The Roku devices do NOT have a web browser, and as such cannot accept the Terms & Conditions of public WiFi from various hotels, restaurants, and other hotspots. That means no videos in these places.

By Raven Wilder on April 13, 2014
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Well there are several differences, you have the price of course. Then, the Roku 3 has an Ethernet port, the Stick doesn't. This means that if you don't have a proper Wi-Fi coverage you might want to go for the Roku 3. Also the Roku 3 is faster as its processor is more powerful. However, that doesn't make a difference … see more Well there are several differences, you have the price of course. Then, the Roku 3 has an Ethernet port, the Stick doesn't. This means that if you don't have a proper Wi-Fi coverage you might want to go for the Roku 3. Also the Roku 3 is faster as its processor is more powerful. However, that doesn't make a difference at playback time as they both work amazing but it does make a difference when turning it on and loading apps (the Roku 3 will be faster). At last, the Roku 3 has a different remote (its remote has a motion sensor and a headphone jack), that's more intended like for gaming and those kind of things. In summary, if you have good Wi-Fi and don't need to listen to movies/shows with headphones you should go for the Roku Stick. It's half the price and does almost the same things. see less Well there are several differences, you have the price of course. Then, the Roku 3 has an Ethernet port, the Stick doesn't. This means that if you don't have a proper Wi-Fi coverage you might want to go for the Roku 3. Also the Roku 3 is faster as its processor is more powerful. However, that doesn't make a difference at playback time as they both work amazing but it does make a difference when turning it on and loading apps (the Roku 3 will be faster). At last, the Roku 3 has a different remote (its remote has a motion sensor and a headphone jack), that's more intended like for gaming and those kind of things. In summary, if you have good Wi-Fi and don't need to listen to movies/shows with headphones you should go for the Roku Stick. It's half the price and does almost the same things.
By David on June 6, 2014
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You betcha the "Roku 3500 Streaming Stick" displays subtitles (at least when using "Netflix," which is primarily what I watch via streaming)! I suffered through years of watching streams via our Blu-Ray players--neither of which allowed subtitles--with my kids and wife yelling at me, "Turn the volume down! Are you de… see more You betcha the "Roku 3500 Streaming Stick" displays subtitles (at least when using "Netflix," which is primarily what I watch via streaming)! I suffered through years of watching streams via our Blu-Ray players--neither of which allowed subtitles--with my kids and wife yelling at me, "Turn the volume down! Are you deaf?" (Pretty much so, yeah.) So, when I looked for a streaming device I went with Roku (which was ranked alongside Apple TV as the top boxes) for several reasons, one of the main reasons being its ability to give me subtitles. (And therefore save myself from further family wrath!) These are the Netflix instructions (from their website) how to set up subtitles using Roku:
To enable subtitles and alternate audio on your Roku streaming player:
1.Select a movie or TV show.
2.Select Audio & Subtitles from the description page.
3.Select your preferred audio or subtitle options.
4.Press the Back button to return to the description page.
5.Select Play.
On newer Roku devices, Audio & Subtitles options are accessible during playback:
1.Play a movie or TV show.
2.During playback, press the Down arrow.
3.Select Audio & Subtitles.
4.Select your preferred audio or subtitle options. see less
You betcha the "Roku 3500 Streaming Stick" displays subtitles (at least when using "Netflix," which is primarily what I watch via streaming)! I suffered through years of watching streams via our Blu-Ray players--neither of which allowed subtitles--with my kids and wife yelling at me, "Turn the volume down! Are you deaf?" (Pretty much so, yeah.) So, when I looked for a streaming device I went with Roku (which was ranked alongside Apple TV as the top boxes) for several reasons, one of the main reasons being its ability to give me subtitles. (And therefore save myself from further family wrath!) These are the Netflix instructions (from their website) how to set up subtitles using Roku:
To enable subtitles and alternate audio on your Roku streaming player:
1.Select a movie or TV show.
2.Select Audio & Subtitles from the description page.
3.Select your preferred audio or subtitle options.
4.Press the Back button to return to the description page.
5.Select Play.
On newer Roku devices, Audio & Subtitles options are accessible during playback:
1.Play a movie or TV show.
2.During playback, press the Down arrow.
3.Select Audio & Subtitles.
4.Select your preferred audio or subtitle options.

By Darrell L Schultz on May 3, 2014
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It's one of the default channels. No need to cast although I thing you can cast netflix and YouTube with it.
By C. Phillips on March 30, 2014
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Blockbuster no longer has retail or DVD rentals but they do continue to have a movie stream service
By GVV on March 6, 2014
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The 3500RW is the Vudu limited edition. It comes with a direct access button for Vudu instead of Blockbuster on the standard version. It also includes a $5 credit to be used on Vudu.Com for movie / TV rentals or purchases. Otherwise the rest is the same as far as I know. I have a 3500R and I'm well pleased with its per… see more The 3500RW is the Vudu limited edition. It comes with a direct access button for Vudu instead of Blockbuster on the standard version. It also includes a $5 credit to be used on Vudu.Com for movie / TV rentals or purchases. Otherwise the rest is the same as far as I know. I have a 3500R and I'm well pleased with its performance. see less The 3500RW is the Vudu limited edition. It comes with a direct access button for Vudu instead of Blockbuster on the standard version. It also includes a $5 credit to be used on Vudu.Com for movie / TV rentals or purchases. Otherwise the rest is the same as far as I know. I have a 3500R and I'm well pleased with its performance.
By DSL on July 7, 2014
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No problems. I stream 1080p with 5.1 audio with beautiful picture and sound. You may have an under-powered HDMI or USB port, or your ISP may be throttling Netflix and Hulu. If it's not the latter, then try using the AC adapter in a wall outlet instead of your TV's USB port.
By Raven Wilder on April 13, 2014
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Yes. I have 4 Netflix profiles and I can see all of mine while using the Roku Streaming Stick.
By PA_O's_Fan on May 12, 2014