The Roku Streaming Stick Plus just got a permanent $10 price cut. Going forward, it’s officially $60, down from the $70 price it debuted at a year ago. Even at its original price, the Streaming Stick Plus was an enthusiastic CNET Editor’s Choice, offering 4K HDR video, zippy performance, a remote that controls your TV’s power and volume and easy access to nearly any streaming app or channel on the market from Netflix on down, with the notable exception of iTunes or anything else in the Appleverse. Roku representatives have confirmed to CNET that the price cut is permanent. A year later, though, is the Streaming Stick Plus still the best deal out there? It firmly beats the new $35 Chromecast (no 4K video, no Amazon Prime video). The forthcoming 2018 version of the Amazon Fire TV Stick for $50, meanwhile, will be a more daunting match when it arrives later this month — though all the current Roku streamers are adding compatibility for Google Assistant in the near future, making them more formidable Alexa competitors. Still, the biggest competition for the Streaming Stick Plus comes from Roku itself: For $10 less, the company’s Roku Premiere Plus (review coming soon) is nearly identical to the Stick Plus, except for that its Wi-Fi is a bit less robust (no support for 5GHz bands and no 802.11ac/Wi-Fi 5 compatibility) and it’s only available at Walmart. And if you don’t need the fancier remote, the new, non-Plus Roku Premiere still handles 4K HDR video for… [Read full story]
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