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The Roku Streaming Stick is designed to make it easier than ever to add streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video to your HDTV, but it doesn't work with all TVs. As PC Mag points out, "its finicky requirements keep it from being useful to all but a handful of users." All Things D, which generally found the Streaming Stick to be a "tiny, convenient device," also called it a "niche product." If you have a compatible TV (one with an MHL-compatible HDMI port), it could be worth considering -- or you can pick up the gdgt Must-have Roku 2 XS, and use it with almost any currently available HDTV.

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7.0
AllThingsD Oct 22, 2012

The Roku Streaming Stick successfully compresses the experience of a Web video box into a tiny, convenient device, but it comes with a lot of “ifs.”

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7.0
CNET Dec 20, 2012

While the number of devices that support it will probably grow, the Roku Streaming Stick is still a niche item when compared with every other Roku device.

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5.0
PC Mag Dec 14, 2012

The tiny Roku Stick can turn your HDTV into a connected media hub without taking up any shelf space, but its finicky requirements keep it from being useful to all but a handful of users. You're better off with a Roku box.

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8.0
TechHive Dec 21, 2012

Compact, easy to install, and not outrageously expensive, the Roku Streaming Stick delivers great HD Internet media that you can control with your TV’s remote—but only works well with one of the new, MHL-enabled sets.

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8.0
Total HTPC Oct 28, 2012

It’s really impressive to have so much power in a device almost the size of a thumb drive. Because of that, this product truly lives up to the hype. However, it most likely won’t be well accepted by the cord cutting community due to the fact that MHL ports are a bit of rarity right now.

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