Streaming sticks are the future of TV streaming since they are incredibly efficient, less expensive than other alternatives and easier to use. There are a few options on the market, but the Roku Streaming Stick is arguably the most popular one. Roku users have now another device to play with, since the Streaming Stick received an upgrade under the name of Streaming Stick +.
4K and HDR updates
The biggest Streaming Stick + improvements are definitely high dynamic range (HDR) content and the ultra-high-definition (4K) support.
When it comes to HDR, things get a bit complicated. Most streaming services work with both HDR10 standard and Dolby Vision. However, some only come with Dolby Vision HDR videos. And when it comes to the new Streaming Stick+, HDR10 standard is the only supported version. Therefore, you won’t be able to watch movies of shows from certain services that work only with Dolby Vision. It is hard to understand why Roku did not include Dolby Vision as well.
Nevertheless, 4K videos should work perfectly, and they are already available on most streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon or Vudu. Sadly, Google Play is not on that list as it does not support 4K streaming on Roku devices, or at least not yet.
The Streaming Stick+ device can be purchased for only $69 at Amazon and it sports a svelte look that should not take too much space. We also have to note that Roku offers a wide selection of services and apps, which should be another advantage for this little media streamer.
The main disadvantage of the Streaming Stick+ is the lack of Dolby Vision support, but you might want to overlook that, especially if your own TV does not support Dolby Vision.