After the Chromecast's success here in the US, it was only a matter of time before other manufacturers took that idea and did their own spin on it. Like Roku has done with their new streaming stick. The Ruko 3500R Streaming stick, is similar to the Chromecast in the fact that plugs into your HDMI port on the back of your TV and also doesn't require a set-top box like the other products from Roku, which are set-top boxes. Roku has over a thousand channels and counting, basically everything you can get on a normal Roku box, you can get with this streaming stick. Which isn't a bad idea, especially if you want a minimal setup, as most people won't even see this HDMI stick anyways. Unfortunately it doesn't work like Chromecast where you can cast from your Smartphone or tablet, but you can control it from your smartphone or tablet.
The Roku 3500R Streaming media stick is on sale now at all your favorite retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target and Roku's website. It'll cost you $50, which arguably is more expensive than the Chromecast at $35, but considering all the channels and programs you get with the Roku, it might actually be worth it. You'll definitely need to do your homework first before picking up either one and seeing which is the best fit for you. As both are really great devices, even at $50 the Roku 3500R is still a steal, but maybe not as much of an "impulse buy" as the Chromecast is at $35.
For those interested we have a link below to both the Chromecast and Roku 3500R on Amazon. Both are available with Amazon Prime's free two-day shipping so you should get it pretty quickly.