Streaming sticks are small, electronic devices that plug into a television sets high-definition media interface port and connect wirelessly to the Internet, allowing users to access programming and content from thousands of online sources. Some common types include the Roku Streaming Stick, Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire.
The streaming stick requires no external power supply or wiring because it receives everything it needs through the HDMI port. The user must have available Wi-fi access within range and with acceptable speed for the specific device and desired content. Users can then stream content from free or paid subscription services in standard and high-definition formats.