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Roku HDMI Streaming stick in Kenya, Awesome gadget for TV

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This past year I got a chance of coming across this small gadget that has revolutionized TV at least to me. Of course there were others that came before the Roku Stick like the Chromecast dongle from Google, Amazons Fire TV and the Apple set top box. What is the Roku Streaming stick? The Roku streaming stick is an internet decoder for lack of better terms. It resembles a Flash disk or USB stick of which its not.

Connecting the Roku Stick to your TV

The Roku Streaming Stick has a HDMI port that you can connect directly to the back of your TV. In fact it is made for wall mounted Televisions. Next, you connect it to power. There are two ways you can do this. Firstly is by using the supplied USB cable that you connect to the Roku Stick on one side and the other side to any USB Port on your TV. If your TV only has one USB port then you can power the Roku stick using the second method which is Adapter Power.

After doing these connections, you will not see your Roku Stick for a very long time. (Or do you regularly check the back of your TV often).

The Remote control uses two size AA batteries of which you have to press a button on the remote control for the two to connect. But this is done only once. You can Control the Roku Player or Roku Streaming Stick from your phone or tablet with the same easy-to-use buttons you’ll find on the standard Roku remote, including play/pause, forward/back, instant replay, and the option buttons. you can get this app from the Apple appstore, google play store or windows phone store.

After connecting it to your TV and choosing the HDMI port on your TV one should proceed to setting up the Roku to a Network.

Oh! You need  fast internet connection by the way to use the Roku stick

And not just any internet. You need Unlimited internet connection with WiFi for the Roku stick to connect to the internet. I am not talking about Safaricom expensive bundles here although if you can afford it then you can also enjoy Roku TV. The best type of internet to use with Roku or any decoder in Kenya at the moment is Zuku at about Ksh4299 per month for 10Mbps.

Although it can work with lower speeds, the HD channels and movies will simply not work and the SD channels will keep freezing like the North pole :).

It takes some time for the channels to get updated but once updated, things start to get very interesting. Oh and you also need a Roku.com account for all this to happen.

What is a TV channel?

Before I met the Roku streaming stick I thought that a TV channel is a station like citizen TV. To Roku a channel is a collection of TV stations or video files. For example Netflix, HuluPlus, YouTube and Break.com are a channel on Roku. A channel that has million’s of video clips. So in Roku there are two types of channels, streaming channels and the normal vintage channels where you have to be there at a particular time in order to watch a movie.

Video on Demand

With the Roku HDMI Streaming stick, you can watch what you want whenever you want on their streaming channels. Or alternatively you can be old school and wait for the news to be read to you on traditional media. Imagine you want to watch the Terminator movie right now. If you had the Roku stick then you can search for the movie and start streaming it right away. What’s interesting is that if you pause the movie and decide to continue viewing it tomorrow, you will watch it from where you left even if you left the channel to watch funny clips on break.com

Not all channels are free on Roku, you can choose to pay for premium content on the likes of Hulu Plus or watch free stuff like the one crackle, Vevo and PBS offers.

Do much more with the Roku Stick than streaming TV and Movies

You can beam photos, songs and videos from your phone or tablet to your TV. This is the little that I could gather in the few hours of watching Roku last year.

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  • Holy Cow

    Dude, is it available for sale in Kenya? How much? I hope they don’t block non-US IP addresses from enjoying the service.

  • I think I want This!

    • Hello @kissykennysmatt:disqus, you can get the Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media instead, I have included a link in the intro of this post. Hope you enjoy it

      • cool

      • Thank you buddy

      • mkimya

        Anywhere I can get the chrome cast dongle in Nairobi?

        • The chromesast dongle I was talking about was at one time available on Jumia Kenya and it seems like it ran out of stock. Keep it here I will forward you the contacts if I get a reliable dealer.

          • Jordan Kahi

            I have the Chromecast in stock if still interested

          • Simon Chemorey Sawani

            Where are you located

          • Jams

            Is the Chromecast dongle still available?

        • Jordan Kahi

          I have the Chromecast in stock if still interested.

          • Festus

            Where are you situate? Im interested in purchasing one

          • James Turing

            do you still have the chromecast in stock please?

          • No, I dont have the roku stick

          • gideon

            Hi Dominic,i have the roku 2 if you are intrested…0721540980

          • Thanks Gideon, as soon as I get a customer I will alert you

          • Ranzolyn Franq

            pesa ngapi

          • Ranzolyn Franq

            bado iko? hola

          • Ranzolyn Franq

            how much

          • Hi Jordan. Do you still have Chromecast in stock?

  • Mary T.

    I use Roku 3 to stream footbal from channels i subscribe in the US. Is this possible in Kenya? Hope so.

    • its possible but if you use a WiFi router that has been configured by IT geeks to show that it has an IP address from USA.

  • Eric Nyamu

    Wow!where can i get roku 3 in kenya

  • Francis Karanja

    Hi I made the mistake of purchasing an Amazon Fire Stick in the UK before checking compatibility. Now, it simply wont do anything, wont allow me to download any Apps saying that the location is not covered. How do I go about it, short of returning it (not even sure if they’ll agree to take it back?)….HELPPP!!!!!!!

    • Hello Francis, you need to set up vpn on either your Amazon fire stick or Wi-Fi router. The reason is to hide your Kenyan IP address to make it look like you live in the US. I’m not a pro at this but here is a very good tutorial https://vpntips.com/fire-tv-vpn-install/

  • FA

    Hi, I need a Roku remote. Any ideas where I can purchase one in Nairobi? I have the roku app on my phone but cannot connect my roku device to my network without navigating using a remote. Thanks.

  • Victor Waithanji Mwangi

    Where Can I get one?