Your Guide to Roku Streaming Devices

The best ways to watch all your favorite shows and movies.

A TV set in a living room
Simple ways to stream every channel you desire.Lisa Fotios, Pexels

Roku streaming media players are a favorite among TV watchers because they offer a larger number of channels—Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc—than any other streaming media player. Plus, they’re extremely easy to use. You can even stream movies directly from your computer hard drive—no HDMI cable necessary!—using the “Plex” channel. Once you’ve added Plex to your Roku menu and downloaded the app on your computer, the set-up is simple and straightforward. Some models also have headphone output and a voice-search feature, both of which are accessible via the remote control or the Roku app on your phone. Once you’ve created a Roku account, you can use it for access across multiple devices. It only takes a few minutes to connect and let the streaming begin.

The Original Roku

Roku Premiere HD/4K/HDR Streaming Media Player
A true classic for easy streaming.Roku

Roku Premiere has fewer bells and whistles than newer Roku models like the Ultra and Streaming Stick+, but it offers full resolution capabilities of 4K TV and has all the features that have made Roku a hit since it first hit the market in 2014.

Top-of-the-Line Streaming

Roku Ultra Streaming Media Player 4K/HD/HDR with Premium JBL Headphones
Put away your other TV remote controls. This one includes both power and volume buttons.Roku

The Ultra streaming media player is Roku’s top-of-the-line model. It includes all the standard brand features plus a finder function to locate a misplaced remote. It also has a USB port that you can use to watch content from your personal library simply by connecting the device to a hard drive or memory stick. JBL premium headphones are included for quiet binge sessions.

Big Entertainment, Tiny Package

Roku Streaming Stick+ HD/4K/HDR Streaming Device with Long-range Wireless and Voice Remote
Unlike Roku’s regular Streaming Stick, the + model supports 4K and HDR streaming.Roku

You won’t find a Roku device more portable than the Streaming Stick+. Just plug it into the HDMI port on your television and enjoy. And here’s the added bonus: An external wireless extender increases the range of the device. That means you can use it several rooms away from your wireless router and still receive impeccable reception.