Are Roku Devices Still Worth It For Streaming In 2021?

Last Updated: September 28, 2021

Geoffrey

Geoffrey

Roku devices were first launched in 2008, are they still worth it now in 2021?
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Roku is a brand of Hardware Digital Media Players that allows users to watch and stream Internet TV Streaming Services like YouTube, TwitchTV, etc., and also allows them to stream most of the premium services like Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, etc. 

Roku, in 2008, developed its first player in collaboration with the then-only OTT Platform Netflix and over a period upgraded and added devices and also diversified its reach. Roku now allows users to watch and stream content available on multiple platforms. 

Like any other streaming platform, when Roku extended itself to the fastest-growing streaming service, many users faced Disney Plus issues on Roku. Mainly the issues were categorized into

  1. Compatibility Of Devices

While many Roku devices are compatible with Disney Plus some stand incompatible. 

  1. Internet Speed

A minimum bandwidth of 5 Mbps is required for HD streaming through the platform otherwise many unexpected errors were seen. 

Provided, Roku was founded in 2008 and faces issues with the fastest-growing streaming platform, a question of whether Roku is worth streaming in 2021 or not arises. Let us have a look at both sides of the coin

Pros Of Using Roku Devices

  • Almost all internet TV services are available on Roku devices. 
  • Roku comes with a lot of free channels and shows as well. Almost all the content, and even better than those, that are shown on Cable TV and Satellite TV can be accessed with Roku.
  • Signing up for Roku is free of cost. No monthly or account opening fee. 
  • It comes with a wide range of devices with a wide range of costs from cheap and affordable to premium devices. And every device justifies its cost. 
  • Roku is preferred by the population also because of its very simple and extremely user-friendly interface. 

Cons Of Using Roku Devices

  • Premium streaming platforms like Prime Video come with their own devices that should be preferred if a user wants to stick to Prime Video. 
  • As Roku means all at one place, a huge amount of content can sometimes, and for some people all the time, be intimidating. 
  • Compatibility issues may arise with some of the devices.
  • Roku devices do come with Thousands of free Channels but unlike kodi to access premium services you still need to get the subscriptions. And the service may or may not provide a direct payment gateway which can add to the confusion. 

Best Roku Devices 2021

Roku produced multiple devices such as sticks, boxes, budget gear & premium players, TVs, and even soundbars and speakers. Roku devices have evolved better and better over time. Some of the best Roku Devices are

  1. Roku Streaming Stick+

It is an inexpensive powerful little streaming stick with full 4K HDR capability, huge app selection, and customizable interface that usually retails at $50. It comes with a powerful wireless chip and voice remote and can also be connected with SmartPhones. 

  1. Roku Ultra 2020

It is a comparatively expensive device but worth it. Unlike other Roku devices, it not only comes with Thousands of Channels, full 4K Resolution, and fast navigation but also comes with an Ethernet port as well as a USB port for steadier ethernet cable and to view our videos respectively. 

It also comes with a headphone jack and a “remote finder” feature. 

  1. Roku Express 4K Plus

An excellent alternative for premium Roku devices if you want to buy a 4K Roku at a lower price. It costs not more than $40 and comes with a great remote. Still, it lacks a good design and Dolby Atmos or Vision. 

  1. Roku Express

It is the simplest streaming solution for the users with 1080p TV, extremely inexpensive (under $30), and comes with improved design (as compared to its 2016 version). 

  1. Roku Streambar

Roku Streambar is a great solution for a TV with weak speakers and is easy to adjust because of its size and design. And this turns out to be an excellent way to combine a streaming device and soundbar into the same package. 

Conclusion

Roku is one of the earliest, most adaptive, popular, and preferred by users. It added 2.9 Million Users during the Pandemic. However, before making a decision you must consider your needs and choose the service that satisfies them in the best possible way. 

Written by Geoffrey