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Technology Roku devices in the test: Streaming for everyone?

15:50  08 october  2021
15:50  08 october  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

This can be the new streaming platform Roku

 This can be the new streaming platform Roku Dusseldorf. This year, the TV sticks and boxes of the US streaming pioneer Roku should also come to the German market. But what exactly can the platform and where are the differences to Amazon and Co.? © Daniel Reinhardt Another streaming provider will come to the German market this year.

The US company Roku is considered veteran in the area of ​​streaming. Recently, the first devices of the manufacturer are available in Germany. To start there are three streaming players, with which you can bring the contents of providers such as Netflix, Disney + or Amazon Prime video on TV and monitors with HDMI connector. At the start range, the boxes Roku Express and Roku Express 4K as well as the Roku Streambar - a Soundbar with integrated streaming player. How do the Variants Express and Streambar are taking a closer look?

Die Streaming-Player können an so gut wie jeden modernen Fernseher angeschlossen werden. © Roku The streaming players can be connected to almost any modern TV. Streaming for every taste

The whole works similar to Google's Chromecast, the Fire TV devices from Amazon or Apple TV 4K. Actually, only a small box or the streamable is connected to a screen and connected to the Internet. The devices then serve as a central collection point for streaming services.

US streaming giant Roku comes to the German market

 US streaming giant Roku comes to the German market streaming equipment such as Fire TV, Apple TV and Google Chromecast now also get in Germany competition: the US streaming giant Roku, one of the leading manufacturers of TV streaming equipment from the US, will be its devices Bring to the German market this year. © Britta Pedersen / DPA Central Image / DPA A young man sits with a remote control in front of the TV. Streaming equipment in Germany get from US giant Roku competition. This announced the company on Tuesday in Berlin.

The selection is broad. No matter if you feel like "Bridgeron" (Netflix), "Foundation" (Apple TV +), "The Mandalorian" (Disney +), "The undoing" (Sky Ticket) or about "Lol: Last One Laughing" (Amazon Prime Video ) Has. Who owns the corresponding subscriptions can access all content here. In addition, users can also buy films or episodes and seasons individually at the providers.

live sports are available, for example, via Dazn and German TV find consumers about TVNow and about channels like Sat.1 and ProSieben. Via Spotify and other channels, audio content can also be streamed. Although there were no channels of Joyn, Arte or Twitch, Roku, however, wants to expand the already rich offer to and after.

connected via remote control and App

once to the TV or screen via HDMI and to a power source (streamable requires a TV with HDMI ARC or optical outputs), the setup will pass within a few minutes. Simply connect to the WLAN and already pulls the respective device updates. The display type is automatically detected and after creating an account and a few smaller settings it can start.

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operates the clear menu on channels, which can also be customized, via a supplied remote control or a free app for IOS and Android smartphones. While the remote control of the Express models is simpler variants, the streamable also has a microphone for voice control and volume control.

The streaming players shine mainly on TV devices that do not have smart functions or not support all the services you want. Since the express variants are very handy, for example, it is also conceivable for traveling in a hotel. An even more compact Roku Streaming Stick 4K should appear in October.

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By remote control and via app, users can access a practical search function, which they can research according to individual titles or even performers. If you are looking for a specific movie, Roku displays at which service the title is available. At the test center, however, partly did not appear in the selection of individual providers. SKY Ticket is currently not supported here, Roku would like to integrate further channels in the future.

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In addition, Channels sometimes installed or opened after a repeated attempt. While the menu and channels such as those of Netflix or YouTube are liquid to control liquid, the Roku Express came to significant rucklers when using the ARD and ZDF media library.

Nice, however, are smart functions such as "Private Listening". For example, if you want to look at a series on the big screen just deep at night, without putting on the partner or the partner, the sound track can be output on the smartphone connected to the smartphone.

Overall, Roku Express and Roku Streambar offer a mostly successful streaming experience that does not have to hide before the competition of Apple, Google and Amazon.

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is looking forward to the entry-level Roku Express, which offers HD support, there is from a price of 29.99 euros. The Roku Express 4K adds 39.99 Euro 4K and HDR support. This also offers the Surprisingly powerful ROKU streamable for 149.99 euros. In comparison: At Amazon there are Fire TV devices from 29.99 euros, with 4K support from 59.99 euros. Google's Chromecast is 39 euros (HD) and 69.99 euros (4K). Apple TV HD costs 159 euros and Apple TV 4K is available from 199 euros.

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