2020 is a great year for streaming. With the closure of movie theaters, this is the best way to distribute new content to the public.Whether you have a dedicated streaming media or not, there will be no shortage of streaming media Streaming media device Or one of Best tv Built-in smart functions.
Despite a lot of competition, Roku is still my favorite streaming media device, and as the number of streaming media I do this year increases, I love them more and more.
Roku is not a small company by any means, but compared to companies like Amazon, Apple and Google, Roku is still relatively new to the masses. This really doesn̵
In fact, I just bought a third Roku device and now I have purchased more than TVs.
Access everything you want
I like Roku for many reasons. One of the important reasons is that they are not one of the other large technology companies. Many other streaming gadgets are produced by huge competitors, and they are known to deny their competitors access to their devices.Like the long-standing quarrel between Amazon and Google, prevent YouTube from appearing on the Fire TV stick and Prime Video from appearing on Chromecast Until last year.
Roku itself claims to be an impartial partner and has no incentive to prioritize one service or another. In other words, Roku devices can usually access all major streaming services. There are some exceptions, such as a long stalemate that prevents Roku users from accessing HBO Max, but historically, there is rarely a lack of a service.with Roku and HBO Max recently reached an agreement.
Clean interface (will not sell anything)
Although Roku does operate its own free streaming channel, the status of “unbiased partner” means that the interface itself avoids pushing you to any service. A few places have static ads (A colleague of mine said that was too much), but in most cases, letting you watch the content you want to watch is very satisfying.
Roku is different from Amazon’s Fire OS, which has been trying to push you to Prime Video and other Amazon services. Some Fire TV sticks may offer more advanced features than Rokus at the same price, such as built-in Alexa integration, but for me, this is not worth the trade-off.
For me, a clean interface is the real selling point. After turning on the TV, Roku’s operating system will place your content in the center of the homepage. You won’t be halfway through pages or looking for streaming apps, you won’t be forced to put anything on your phone, and you won’t endure any other nonsense between you and the show you want to watch.
What about Chromecast and Apple TV?
Roku is not the only company doing this. Google TV is Android, which allows you to customize the home screen to suit your taste. Similarly, Apple TV allows you to customize how application icons are displayed on the homepage.But the Apple TV box is very much More expensive, Chromecast with Google TV Has a home screen A lot of suggestions and promotion content.
Apple TV also has that terrible touchpad remote that I have never been able to bear. Over the years, based on my experience, it has improved, but it still sucks. For a company that prides itself on design, Apple makes some stupid decisions by over-designing things that it doesn’t need. Roku does not do this on the remote control, but considering that all other streaming devices operate in the same way, this is not a real selling point.
I can use services I have never used before without those annoying buttons. Nvidia Shield TV and PS5 media remote owners will know that Roku is not alone. Either cancel them or let us customize their functions, which is still good.
If the equipment is not affordable, then all of this is meaningless. Apple TV has many uses, but the cheapest TV still costs $149 and does not even support 4K. If you want it, you must pay at least $179. Roku’s cheapest device is $30 (Roku Express) And 4K support costs $40 (Premiere year), while the most expensive all-inclusive device only costs $100 Roku (Roku Ultra). Suppose these devices are not on sale, and Rokus are usually on sale. Especially at this time of year.
Whether we are talking about Amazon’s Fire TV device, this is about the same. Fire TV Stick Lite, Fire TV Stick 4K Either Fire TV cabinet. The functions are not the same, but the point is that Rokus will not cost much.
Roku has some disadvantages
But Rokus doesn’t have everything. For example, they spent years stubbornly ignoring Dolby Vision, which is now only included in their most expensive device, the Roku Ultra. At the same time, Amazon’s 4K Fire TV Stick includes HDR10 and Dolby Vision from day one. And it can be started at half the price.
If you have a Dolby Vision TV, it will definitely disappoint you. Roku’s next set of 4K streaming devices should include devices that support HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. Especially if Roku plans to release more sound bars. If you are buying a soundbar to upgrade your living room settings, then it is best to use the best features.
The fact is, if I get some rewards, I am willing to ignore some of the small shortcomings of Roku. In my opinion, a clean and easy-to-use interface is very worthwhile because I don’t have HDR features that I can’t even use. But after a few years, I upgraded my TV to a better device than the basic 4K TV, please come back to me and see if I feel the same.