Just five years ago, there were significantly less options for streaming media content. Today, though, there is a wealth of options at our fingertips, and one of those options is the Roku Streaming Stick which provides a similar form factor to that of the Chromecast. The difference is that the Roku Streaming Stick does not work off of Google Cast technology where the user streams content from their phone, rather it has access to apps via the built-in user interface, which you can navigate with the included remote. Normally the Roku Streaming Stick 3600R (it should be noted that this is the latest version, released this year) costs $49.99, but you can currently pick up for just $39.99.
The Roku Streaming Stick 3600R is packed with a quad-core processor and it supports dual-band Wi-Fi connections, making it possible to ensure that you have a fast and reliable connection. While there are dedicated buttons on the remote for Netflix, amazon video, and Google Play, through Roku's interface you can access all kinds of media apps like VUDU, Hulu, and plenty of others like SHOWTIME, HBO Now, Comedy Central, Sling TV and others. There is also an Android companion app to install which boasts a rather compelling feature of private listening. By connecting the Roku app on your device to the Streaming Stick, you can connect headphones to your Android device and listen to whatever is playing on the TV without disturbing others.