Roku announced the Streaming Stick this morning, a new dongle that will add Roku's services to your TV without need for a separate box, cable, or remote. The Streaming Stick is about the size of a flash drive, and includes Wi-Fi connectivity, plus all of Roku's software and streaming apps. It plugs directly into your TV's HDMI port, though only MHL-enabled TVs are supported — MHL is the protocol that allows the TV and remote to talk to an attached device, and it's not exactly universal yet. The Streaming Stick is something of a stopgap solution, making your TV look like it has apps built in until you buy one that actually does. It does have some advantages, though: it should be easier to update than a TV, and Roku's content offerings are pretty much unparalleled. The Streaming Stick will be available in the second half of 2012, and should cost between $50 and $100 — it will be sold bundled with supported TVs, and individually as well.
Roku Streaming Stick adds streaming software to TVs, no box required
Roku Streaming Stick adds streaming software to TVs, no box required/
Roku announced the Streaming Stick this morning, a flash drive-sized dongle that plugs directly into your TV and adds Roku's streaming services via the HDMI port.