|Roku Streaming Stick plugs directly into the set -- no need for separate power or HDMI cords|
Here are the key facts in the announcement:
- To get power, the Streaming Stick needs to be plugged into a Mobile High-Definition Link HDMI port, which, as you may have guessed, is not what you have on your several-year old HDTV, but probably will be in your next one. For the vintage set, you'll need a power adapter.
- This is a wifi-only device without a wired Ethernet input (unlike other Roku players).
- The product will first be available in Fall 2012 and will show up first at BestBuy.
- Retail price is unclear. CNET reports that it will be between $50 and $100, which would be in line with the price of other Roku players.
- Roku claims that there are 2.5 million of its streaming players in the US alone.
For anyone with interest in minimalism, or simple order, this is a big step towards curbing the rat's nest of wires around most HDTVs.