Is Roku or Chromecast better

TV sticks in comparison: Smart TV simply retrofitted

The manufacturer Roku impresses above all with its diverse selection of streaming sticks. In contrast to Amazon, Roku does not offer one model for everyone, but relies on it separate devices that are designed for different user requirements - so users can choose the right model depending on their needs. The standard model, the Roku Streaming Stick, can be set up in a similar way to the Fire TV Stick: It has an HDMI connection and an extra power supply for a power plug and requires a working WiFi connection.

An advanced model is the Roku Streaming Stick +. It is characterized by its WLAN range, which is four times greater than that of the standard model. It is ideal for televisions that are further away from the wireless router. A major plus point: the Roku Streaming Stick + can also play videos in 4K Ultra HD quality.

The Express models of the Roku Streaming Stick can be connected to the TV set in two ways. So you can establish a direct connection to the HDMI slot via cable. Older televisions can also be connected to the stick via composite - this is a connection in which all signals are transmitted via three cinch plugs: red and white plugs for audio transmission and a yellow plug for video transmission. In this way, users can also turn TVs without an HDMI connection into a smart TV. However, you should not expect a picture quality comparable to that of a transmission via an HDMI cable.

After the user has connected the stick to the WLAN, he can install any apps from streaming providers via the user interface.

Roku offers its own streaming content via the free "Roku Channels". You don't need to take out a subscription to use it. Roku Streaming Sticks thus also act as Platform for using media libraries and TV channels via the Internet. You can access content from other music or video subscriptions via the Roku Streaming Stick by installing the associated apps.


  • With the Roku TV stick is one Video resolution from 720p to 1080p HD possible. Only the much more expensive premium models offer 4K Ultra HD.

  • The Roku streaming stick has one RAM of 512 MB as well as capacities of 256 MBthat the user for apps can use.

  • The Roku TV stick makes that possible Networking of different devices with the stick through DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) - a standard through which the user can also connect devices from different manufacturers.

  • The Roku Streaming Stick includes a remote control with voice function. Buttons for the Quick access on Netflix and Co. make operation just as convenient as buttons to regulate the volume.

  • The free Roku Mobile App offers smartphone users a virtual remote control for the stick. A voice search is also possible via this. The app is available free of charge for Android and iOS users.

  • The Roku Streaming Stick places content via Internet connection to the home WiFi router (Dual band, 802.11ac) ready. Additional Bluetooth technology is not built into the device.

  • The Roku app allows the user to transfer photos, music and videos to the TV set via DLNA.

Selection of apps:

  • The Roku TV stick holds one extensive selection of apps ready. These include the major streaming services Netflix and Amazon as well as the company's own Roku channels, news channels, YouTube, Vevo and numerous media libraries from public TV stations.

  • In addition, the Roku TV stick offers a large selection of game apps and music streaming services such as Deezer or various radio stations.


  • The normal Roku Streaming Stick usually costs between 30 and 40 euros. If you choose the Roku Streaming Stick + because of the 4K quality, you have to pay around 60 euros. However, there are hardly any follow-up costs: Many available channels - such as the Roku channels - are free.