Posted Thu Aug 2, 2012 at 09:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward
The tiny streaming device will play nice with TVs and remotes from a handful of companies when it launches.
Roku's Streaming Stick is an impressive gadget not too much bigger than a typical USB drive. What it does is plug into an HML compatible HDMI port and give your dumb TV the capabilities of a smart TV. It has built-in Wi-Fi and it's even made to work with your existing remote.
Roku has revealed several companies that will be launching hardware that's "Roku ready," including Onkyo, Integra, Oppo, Apex, Mitsubishi, Insignia, Hitachi, Haier and Element. It's a significant list, though it's missing the major players in hardware manufacture.
Roku says that some of these devices will bear a logo stating that they're compatible while others will actually ship with the bundle included.
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