Are TV sticks effective in streaming media?


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TV sticks are very effective in streaming media to a television set. These small devices plug into TV HDMI ports and stream media from the Internet.

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TV sticks are small, stick-shaped devices that resemble USB thumb drives. They can turn any TV with an HDMI port into a smart TV. Big names include Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Chromecast. They tend to be very affordable and very easy to use.

TV streaming sticks can run a wide variety of streaming applications, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Sling TV and Showtime Anytime. Roku users can also connect their devices to Slingboxes, which allows them to stream live TV.

TV streaming sticks can also stream other media. They support music streaming applications such as Pandora, Spotify and Amazon Music. Many can also support radio and podcast applications. For example, Roku's Newscaster application runs programming from PBS, NPR and BBC.

Many streaming sticks also include micro USB ports and micro SD card slots, which allow users to run local files on cards or external storage devices. They can also connect wirelessly to other devices, such as tablets or computers, allowing users to stream their music and video files on their TVs.

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