Roku has introduced the third generation of its low-cost streaming device, the Roku Streaming Stick, and at $49.99 it’s a deal worth taking a closer look at.
The new stick, which is up against steep competition from the Google Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV stick, features a quad-core processor.
The company has also announced a new way to use Roku’s mobile application for private listening.
A new mobile app update will allow Roku Streaming Stick owners to plug in their headphones into their smartphone, then push a button in the app to stream the audio from their program to their mobile device. Wireless headphones will also be supported.
Private listening was originally only available for the company’s model 3 and model 4 units. Users on those systems could plug a headphone into the accompanying remote control.
Roku says the new stick has 8 times the processing power and tops the likes of Google and Amazon sticks.
The last Roku Stick update was in 2014. The first stick was released in 2012.
The new version of the Roku Stick also includes dual-band MIMO wireless for connectivity and the ability to cast video from apps like Netflix and YouTube to the TV.
The new streaming stick runs the newest version of the company’s operating system, Roku OS 7.1.
You can buy the new Roku streaming stick online or at major retailers including Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, among others.
The company says the streaming stick category is the fastest-growing segment in its market.