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Barb Gonzalez  |  Apr 02, 2014  |  0 comments
Plex media server's recent updates add some great features like Chromecast compatibility, but are plagued by issues. Here's what new with this popular streaming media solution.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jul 25, 2014  |  First Published: Jul 23, 2014  |  2 comments
The Qplay app and adapter will cease to function after July 25, 2014. Was Qplay a bad idea?
Barb Gonzalez  |  Feb 13, 2020  |  0 comments
Is short-form video the future of entertainment? Jeffrey Katzenberg, former chairman of Walt Disney studios, co-founder of DreamWorks Animation, and the brainchild behind Quibi (pronounced "kwibee"), thinks so. In case you haven’t heard, Quibi — short for “quick bites” — is an app built to deliver high-quality, short videos to your mobile phone for watching while you’re on the go and time is limited — like when you’re sitting in a waiting room or standing at a bus stop.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jun 06, 2019  |  2 comments
Apple’s iTunes will soon be a thing of the past. At its Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC 2019), Apple announced that iTunes will be put to rest.  Instead of the one-stop streaming media app for 18 years since it first launched alongside the iPod, each type of media will now stream separately to its own app.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jul 26, 2017  |  0 comments
The Reelgood web app makes it easy to find something you want to watch by aggregating movies and TV shows across many streaming services.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Oct 21, 2015  |  1 comments
The new Amazon Fire TV streams beautiful 4K video but it doesn't yet have all the features listed in its product description.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Oct 19, 2016  |  3 comments
In the past year, TVs and streaming services have upped their game adding HDR (high dynamic range) for a broader color display. Roku is keeping pace with the Roku Ultra ($130) that streams 4K video and supports the HDR10 format.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Dec 03, 2014  |  2 comments
The Rocki WiFi adapter connects to any speaker or sound system that has a line-in or RCA connection. Find out if this funny-looking little device is the next gadget you'll need to add to your streaming arsenal.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Nov 04, 2015  |  2 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $130

AT A GLANCE
Plus
4K streaming to UHDTV
Agnostic search finds titles in multiple services
Notifications when specific movies become available

Minus
Remote mic is inaccurate
Search can’t find specific episodes of specific seasons

THE VERDICT
If you own a 4K TV, this is a slam-dunk. If not, the advances in hardware are still enough to step up from a Roku 2.

One must wonder if Roku waited to release its fourth-generation media streamer until the aptly named Roku 4 was capable of streaming 4K content. The newest Roku box can connect to compatible UHDTVs to stream 4K movies, TV shows, and videos from Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, M-Go, and a growing number of 4K streaming sources. And though 4K streaming is the Roku 4’s main appeal, improvements in hardware and the software interface make it the best Roku box yet.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Sep 19, 2019  |  0 comments
Roku today announced new streaming players and an upgrade to its operating system that will make it easier to browse content.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Sep 04, 2019  |  0 comments
Following the success of its wireless speakers, Roku is expanding its audio line with two new products.  The first is a Roku soundbar that pairs with the second—a wireless subwoofer.  
Barb Gonzalez  |  Aug 20, 2014  |  0 comments
TV manufacturers are getting ready to release a new Smart TV powered by the Roku platform. And they promise it goes well beyond adding Roku Stick to a TV.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Sep 17, 2014  |  0 comments
Roku's success is a tale of how streaming media players have progressed in the past 6 years.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jul 10, 2013  |  0 comments
Samsung has acquired the Boxee Box hardware as well as its entire team. What can we expect from the pairing of the two companies?
Barb Gonzalez  |  Feb 21, 2019  |  16 comments
Samsung has stopped selling Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players in the U.S. Could this be one more sign that physical media will ultimately disappear, only to be replaced by streaming movies and TV?

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