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Roku® Express stick with point-anywhere remote
- Roku Express HD Media Streamer
- Apps including BBC iPlayer, YouTube and Netflix (subscriptions required)
- Compatible with TVs with an HDMI port

Take your favourite entertainment anywhere with the Roku® Express. Simply connect the Roku® stick to any TV via the included HDMI cable to access on-demand content including BBC iPlayer, NOW TV and Netflix (subscriptions required).

The Roku® stick is compatible with the Roku® mobile app for added convenience.

On-demand content
The Roku® Express features a host of on-demand content apps to watch when it suits you. Catch up with the latest shows on the BBC iPlayer or watch boxsets on NOW TV or Netflix (subscriptions required). Entertainment apps also include news, music and radio apps like TuneIn and Sky News.

Portable streaming
Compatible with any TV with an HDMI port, the Roku® stick lets you access the latest shows and movies from anywhere. Plug the Roku® stick in to HDTVs to enjoy box sets and blockbusters in stunning definition.

Roku® mobile app
Download the free Roku® mobile app to control the Roku® Express from your phone. Compatible with iOS® and Android™ phones, the Roku® app lets you navigate the device from your phone, and even stream your own photos, videos and music to your TV.
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Ok price but with 4k sticks now under £30 and likely under £25 over black Friday I think the old hd ones need to be cheaper to be worthwhile. Even if you are still on a HDTV your next set will be 4k for sure as it's all they make in large sizes now.

Buying a 4k stick from the start and being ready for your TV upgrade just makes more sense imho and the faster CPU makes them more pleasant to use too even if you only use them at hd resolutions...
Edited by: "ST3123" 20th Nov 2019
MasterSol20/11/2019 15:05

Roku don't allow side loading of android apps and iptv apps, amazon fire …Roku don't allow side loading of android apps and iptv apps, amazon fire do all that.


It's *not* the case that "Roku don't allow side loading of android apps", because their streaming products are not based on the Android operating system... but, rather, their own Roku OS which uses a programming language called Brightscript. Nor is it true to say that there are no IPTV apps available, whether they are side-loaded or not, so I'm not sure how that is relevant.

As for the "amazon fire", you cannot get 'NOW TV' on those devices so (although they have other advantages in some respects) they are not really a suitable alternative to Roku for anyone who wishes to have access to NOW TV for their 'Sky Sports', 'Sky Cinema', or 'Entertainment' passes. Also, the User Interface (UI) on 'Fire TV' products is (in my opinion) not very well thought out, can be difficult to browse, and has too many adverts. It's the combination of those factors which makes Roku the "go to" devices on a daily basis in our house, with our 'Fire TV' only getting plugged-in every once in a while (as needed) because pretty much all the content we watch, whether live or on-demand, is available through one or other of the 8,600+ Roku channels (apps) that are currently available to choose from.

Sure, when it comes to choosing a streaming device, it's "horses for courses"... but Roku gets our vote over 'FireTV' almost 99% of the time!
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I have one of these and it's good, but I think you may as well spring for a £25 Amazon stick so you're not so locked down.
Maverick7720/11/2019 13:14

Not bad tbh, good for older TVs also I think you can still get 3 free …Not bad tbh, good for older TVs also I think you can still get 3 free movies when you register it Free Rakuten Movies


You definitely get 3 free HD movies from Rakuten.
Likesadeal2020/11/2019 13:10

Is this any good?


I bought one yesterday to install for a friend, but after putting all the details in it started to download the software updates and rebooted, but never came on again, pulled the power and it restarted, put details in again, same story, did this four times and decided it was faulty, long trip to Argos, exchanged and it worked fine, I looked online about this problem and it seems quite common with this model, I had the 4k streaming stick with no problems, might have just been a bad one.
Ok price but with 4k sticks now under £30 and likely under £25 over black Friday I think the old hd ones need to be cheaper to be worthwhile. Even if you are still on a HDTV your next set will be 4k for sure as it's all they make in large sizes now.

Buying a 4k stick from the start and being ready for your TV upgrade just makes more sense imho and the faster CPU makes them more pleasant to use too even if you only use them at hd resolutions...
Edited by: "ST3123" 20th Nov 2019
deleted132691620/11/2019 13:35

I have one of these and it's good, but I think you may as well spring for …I have one of these and it's good, but I think you may as well spring for a £25 Amazon stick so you're not so locked down.


Locked down?
marks9720/11/2019 14:11

Locked down?


Roku don't allow side loading of android apps and iptv apps, amazon fire do all that.
These are pretty decent.

Unit is TINY! Faster than any Now TV box I've ever used. Can run all the usual stuff (iPlayer etc), plus Now TV (subscriptions required obviously). The big bonus with these, as far as I'm concerned, it the TV Player app is available on it. Which means you get basic live FreeView channels streamed in a single app so no ariel connection required. I use mine in a room where no ariel is available (and an indoor one is useless - tried it) so it's very handy that way.
I found the Emby App to be buggy on this, but not on other Roku players, if you are considering this, I would spend a little more and get the 4K stick (just got it for £30 on Amazon, regularly on offer), it is even more compact, uses a bluetooth remote (as opposed to IR, so does not require line of site).
Roku has a full suite of streaming apps, and even supports the new Apple TV service.
The Amazon stick will allow you to side-load stuff (Kodi etc) but you are stuck with all of the Amazon branding, which I find annoying
Is this one model new 3930 or old one 3900?
goran_g.20/11/2019 16:45

Is this one model new 3930 or old one 3900?


It's the older (2017) version - Model No. 3900EU - but worth considering (especially at this price) because it is still supported for all the same apps as the 2019 version (Model No. 3930EU) and has the added bonus of a power adapter being supplied in the box - which the newer model does not - so you have the added option of powering the device through an electrical socket, rather than just a USB port (e.g. on the back of your TV), which is a far better choice because it not only allows for a more stable and reliable source of power, but is also less prone to dropouts in wireless (WiFi) connectivity and/or possible overheating as a result.
MasterSol20/11/2019 15:05

Roku don't allow side loading of android apps and iptv apps, amazon fire …Roku don't allow side loading of android apps and iptv apps, amazon fire do all that.


It's *not* the case that "Roku don't allow side loading of android apps", because their streaming products are not based on the Android operating system... but, rather, their own Roku OS which uses a programming language called Brightscript. Nor is it true to say that there are no IPTV apps available, whether they are side-loaded or not, so I'm not sure how that is relevant.

As for the "amazon fire", you cannot get 'NOW TV' on those devices so (although they have other advantages in some respects) they are not really a suitable alternative to Roku for anyone who wishes to have access to NOW TV for their 'Sky Sports', 'Sky Cinema', or 'Entertainment' passes. Also, the User Interface (UI) on 'Fire TV' products is (in my opinion) not very well thought out, can be difficult to browse, and has too many adverts. It's the combination of those factors which makes Roku the "go to" devices on a daily basis in our house, with our 'Fire TV' only getting plugged-in every once in a while (as needed) because pretty much all the content we watch, whether live or on-demand, is available through one or other of the 8,600+ Roku channels (apps) that are currently available to choose from.

Sure, when it comes to choosing a streaming device, it's "horses for courses"... but Roku gets our vote over 'FireTV' almost 99% of the time!
deleted132691620/11/2019 13:35

I have one of these and it's good, but I think you may as well spring for …I have one of these and it's good, but I think you may as well spring for a £25 Amazon stick so you're not so locked down.


I'm curious as to what makes you suggest Roku devices are "locked down" when, as the owner of one, you must be aware that there are (currently) over 8,600+ Roku channels (streaming apps) to choose from via the built-in 'Channel Store', as well as a few hundred more (at least) which can be added as "private" channels (i.e. ones not made "public" in the channel store) simply by using the "Add channel with a code" option within your online Roku account. So, while an Amazon Stick might add one or two apps / features (in particular a web browser) you won't find on Roku, the lack of 'NOW TV' on any of the streaming products from Amazon means it may not be a suitable alternative for those who wish to (legally) access programming from Sky / NOW TV such as you can get by purchasing one of their 'Sky Sports', 'Sky Cinema', or 'Entertainment' passes. There is even a 'Sky Sports Box Office' channel for the Roku platform, which many (wrongly) believe is only on 'NOW TV' boxes / sticks but you can also add it to genuine Roku-branded products using access code: SKYSPORTSBOXOFFICE via the "Add channel with a code" feature mentioned above. All things considered, I'd pay £17 for this Roku Express over £25 for a 'Fire TV' stick and use other devices to browse the web... because, when it comes to television, we mainly watch movies and TV shows - and, as I'm sure you're aware, Roku has more than enough of those to choose from!
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IoW_Skin20/11/2019 19:55

I'm curious as to what makes you suggest Roku devices are "locked down" …I'm curious as to what makes you suggest Roku devices are "locked down" when, as the owner of one, you must be aware that there are (currently) over 8,600+ Roku channels (streaming apps) to choose from via the built-in 'Channel Store', as well as a few hundred more (at least) which can be added as "private" channels (i.e. ones not made "public" in the channel store) simply by using the "Add channel with a code" option within your online Roku account. So, while an Amazon Stick might add one or two apps / features (in particular a web browser) you won't find on Roku, the lack of 'NOW TV' on any of the streaming products from Amazon means it may not be a suitable alternative for those who wish to (legally) access programming from Sky / NOW TV such as you can get by purchasing one of their 'Sky Sports', 'Sky Cinema', or 'Entertainment' passes. There is even a 'Sky Sports Box Office' channel for the Roku platform, which many (wrongly) believe is only on 'NOW TV' boxes / sticks but you can also add it to genuine Roku-branded products using access code: SKYSPORTSBOXOFFICE via the "Add channel with a code" feature mentioned above. All things considered, I'd pay £17 for this Roku Express over £25 for a 'Fire TV' stick and use other devices to browse the web... because, when it comes to television, we mainly watch movies and TV shows - and, as I'm sure you're aware, Roku has more than enough of those to choose from!


Most obvious shill in history here.
haggisheid20/11/2019 13:41

You definitely get 3 free HD movies from Rakuten.


Fingers crossed everyone gets 3 free movies :

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... But these are great value regardless!
sancheez20/11/2019 15:08

These are pretty decent.Unit is TINY! Faster than any Now TV box I've ever …These are pretty decent.Unit is TINY! Faster than any Now TV box I've ever used. Can run all the usual stuff (iPlayer etc), plus Now TV (subscriptions required obviously). The big bonus with these, as far as I'm concerned, it the TV Player app is available on it. Which means you get basic live FreeView channels streamed in a single app so no ariel connection required. I use mine in a room where no ariel is available (and an indoor one is useless - tried it) so it's very handy that way.


Something with a free view app is exactly what I've been after. Does it cost to use the app?
4 years ago.....everyone tech savvy to their friends and their mother.....get a Fire TV Stick, you can put Kodi on it.

Today....their friends and their mother....get a Fire TV Stick, everything else sucks.
ST312320/11/2019 14:00

Ok price but with 4k sticks now under £30 and likely under £25 over black F …Ok price but with 4k sticks now under £30 and likely under £25 over black Friday I think the old hd ones need to be cheaper to be worthwhile. Even if you are still on a HDTV your next set will be 4k for sure as it's all they make in large sizes now. Buying a 4k stick from the start and being ready for your TV upgrade just makes more sense imho and the faster CPU makes them more pleasant to use too even if you only use them at hd resolutions...


I guess Roku 4K streaming stick Plus will be the same price (£29) in Black Friday except amazon firestick 4K will sell for £24.99.
ST312320/11/2019 14:00

Ok price but with 4k sticks now under £30 and likely under £25 over black F …Ok price but with 4k sticks now under £30 and likely under £25 over black Friday I think the old hd ones need to be cheaper to be worthwhile. Even if you are still on a HDTV your next set will be 4k for sure as it's all they make in large sizes now. Buying a 4k stick from the start and being ready for your TV upgrade just makes more sense imho and the faster CPU makes them more pleasant to use too even if you only use them at hd resolutions...


Roku Premiere is already £25 and is basically the 4K version of the Express. So I agree, not much point in getting this for £17 unless you have a very specific use.
Edited by: "edanfalls" 21st Nov 2019
I bought the 4K + one the other week; and it's impressive in comparison to the TV Android Interface (Sony TV). It is now my go to default player for media, the stuff built into the TV is unused. My TV supports Netflix, Amazon Prime, You Tube, but the interface/remote is slow/clunky and quite infuriating. Click to go to Netflix, it will ignore it, Click again and it will suddenly switch to netflix and start playing the "recommended" first thing netflix offers. Even changing sound (using Sony Remote) is a total lottery, will it change it? Who knows...

What I'm trying to say is... If you have issues with your TV UI and/or remote, these are totally worth it. Thou' my experience is based on the 4K version of this. (Roku Streaming +) .
Not alot of money to kick an old TV into the current century
IoW_Skin20/11/2019 19:18

It's the older (2017) version - Model No. 3900EU - but worth considering …It's the older (2017) version - Model No. 3900EU - but worth considering (especially at this price) because it is still supported for all the same apps as the 2019 version (Model No. 3930EU) and has the added bonus of a power adapter being supplied in the box - which the newer model does not - so you have the added option of powering the device through an electrical socket, rather than just a USB port (e.g. on the back of your TV), which is a far better choice because it not only allows for a more stable and reliable source of power, but is also less prone to dropouts in wireless (WiFi) connectivity and/or possible overheating as a result.


I tried using usb power on an Amazon stick and it was quite unsatisfactory. The power disappears whenever you turn the TV off so the stick does a reboot every time you turn the TV on. That can be slow. So thanks for this heads-up which for me would be a deal-breaker. I'm currently a happy user of a Roku puck and a stick, both have independent power which is great.

(edit) A solution if you find TV USB power unsatisfactory would probably be to add a USB hub.
Edited by: "harrythefish" 21st Nov 2019
deleted132691620/11/2019 13:35

I have one of these and it's good, but I think you may as well spring for …I have one of these and it's good, but I think you may as well spring for a £25 Amazon stick so you're not so locked down.


With Rokus, YouTube is a 3-button click process to install and it works well. I have an Amazon stick and did sideload YouTube, quite a faff not for the faint hearted as would be keeping the app up to date. Also seems to slow down with sideloading. The Amazon stick is now in the drawer. With so much lock in and advertising promotion to navigate, Amazon sticks should be £10.
harrythefish21/11/2019 09:23

With Rokus, YouTube is a 3-button click process to install and it works …With Rokus, YouTube is a 3-button click process to install and it works well. I have an Amazon stick and did sideload YouTube, quite a faff not for the faint hearted as would be keeping the app up to date. Also seems to slow down with sideloading. The Amazon stick is now in the drawer. With so much lock in and advertising promotion to navigate, Amazon sticks should be £10.



agree my fire stick in draw to roku so much easier to use
I got one at the weekend for my non smart 1080p TV. We wanted the option of now tv (wasn't interested in any side loading etc).
Anyway its great and I love the simple layout. Got the free 3 movies too..
2amSunRise21/11/2019 07:43

Something with a free view app is exactly what I've been after. Does it …Something with a free view app is exactly what I've been after. Does it cost to use the app?



Not at a basic level. You get about 20 or 30 channels free. You can pay a premium for additional ones (some of which are normally free - ITV3/4 etc, some of which are always subscription). If you pay the premium, I think they also offer cloud recording, but I've never paid it so can't vouch for that.

I was trying to find a list of the free channels they offer to add to this, but couldn't find one which splits the free and subscription stuff.

What I did find though, was this: rxtvlog.com/201…tml

... which suggests they're dropping the app on Roku?

I just double checked mine. The app is still there. And still works. Maybe it is not available to install any more? I don't know. I set it up long ago (my Roku is the same model as this). I can't remember if it was pre-installed or I had to grab it from the Roku store? Not sure.

But, it does say they continue to support Fire sticks. And it's an Android/iOS app. So any Android STB or (presumably) Apple TV would run it. I tried an Android STB once. But I found it to be klunky to use. Prefer these "out of the box" solutions like Rooku for ease of use. Maybe STB's have improved a lot now? It was a few years back that I tried one.

I'm always amazed how hard it is to find a decent FreeView streamed app. But, I can see it being a big bandwidth muncher for the app provider, so wouldn't be cheap to run. Which would explain the dearth of them I guess ...
sancheez21/11/2019 11:41

Not at a basic level. You get about 20 or 30 channels free. You can pay a …Not at a basic level. You get about 20 or 30 channels free. You can pay a premium for additional ones (some of which are normally free - ITV3/4 etc, some of which are always subscription). If you pay the premium, I think they also offer cloud recording, but I've never paid it so can't vouch for that.I was trying to find a list of the free channels they offer to add to this, but couldn't find one which splits the free and subscription stuff.What I did find though, was this: https://www.rxtvlog.com/2019/10/tvplayer-reduces-app-availability-and.html... which suggests they're dropping the app on Roku?I just double checked mine. The app is still there. And still works. Maybe it is not available to install any more? I don't know. I set it up long ago (my Roku is the same model as this). I can't remember if it was pre-installed or I had to grab it from the Roku store? Not sure.But, it does say they continue to support Fire sticks. And it's an Android/iOS app. So any Android STB or (presumably) Apple TV would run it. I tried an Android STB once. But I found it to be klunky to use. Prefer these "out of the box" solutions like Rooku for ease of use. Maybe STB's have improved a lot now? It was a few years back that I tried one.I'm always amazed how hard it is to find a decent FreeView streamed app. But, I can see it being a big bandwidth muncher for the app provider, so wouldn't be cheap to run. Which would explain the dearth of them I guess ...


Dammit. You're right it does say they aren't going to support roku anymore! Man I'm glad I didn't just run out and buy one. Literally just want channels 1-5 without having to use live on demand apps. Looks like I'm going to have to invest in getting my aerial fixed! Thank you for all the info!
2amSunRise21/11/2019 11:51

Looks like I'm going to have to invest in getting my aerial fixed!


Or you could grab a Fire Stick.

Much the same idea as the Roku ones really. And TV Player will continue to be supported on them ...
sancheez21/11/2019 12:04

Or you could grab a Fire Stick.Much the same idea as the Roku ones really. …Or you could grab a Fire Stick.Much the same idea as the Roku ones really. And TV Player will continue to be supported on them ...


I do have a fire stick but it's so slow it's only good for the bin. We mainly rely on now tv and have an ongoing account with them. Eventually maybe the big companies will pull together and get with the present digital Times and stream it. Here's to hoping
Edited by: "2amSunRise" 21st Nov 2019
I watch online TV via media player on PC.
Would I be able to do this, with Roku on non smart TV? Thanks:)
ST312320/11/2019 14:00

Ok price but with 4k sticks now under £30 and likely under £25 over black F …Ok price but with 4k sticks now under £30 and likely under £25 over black Friday I think the old hd ones need to be cheaper to be worthwhile. Even if you are still on a HDTV your next set will be 4k for sure as it's all they make in large sizes now. Buying a 4k stick from the start and being ready for your TV upgrade just makes more sense imho and the faster CPU makes them more pleasant to use too even if you only use them at hd resolutions...


Remember sometimes you need to pay more for 4k services . So even if you have the 4k stick and a 4k TV you still might be reluctant to subscribe to 4k Netflix etc... An extra expense to consider.
Do you need a payment card to activate the Roku account?
You don't need a payment card for the free apps although it tries to persuade you. When you first use it, it will take you to a browser. Start the process then close the browser at the payment card page, then re-open again. Worked for me.
palu21/11/2019 14:45

You don't need a payment card for the free apps although it tries to …You don't need a payment card for the free apps although it tries to persuade you. When you first use it, it will take you to a browser. Start the process then close the browser at the payment card page, then re-open again. Worked for me.


Thanks
Been really happy with ours, good option if you don't need 4k. Does youtube, netflix, iplayer all4, Plex, etc absolutely fine.

Big advantage of these is that they take regular IR remote signals, unlike the Roku streaming sticks (and indeed things like the Amazon sticks). So if you have a Harmony or similar universal remote you can set it up to control this easily too. Downside though is that it does need to have line of sight - it comes with a sticky pad so it can discreetly sit on the bottom edge of your TV.
deleted132691620/11/2019 21:21

Most obvious shill in history here.


Wrong again! FYI there is no connection between myself and Roku other than that I've been a customer of theirs for more than seven years and, therefore, have accumulated a fair knowledge of (and appreciation for) their streaming products. To be clear, I am *not* employed by Roku and certainly do not have a close relationship with the company beyond buying and using their devices. Furthermore, I have no incentive or hidden agenda through which I stand to make personal gains by sharing my enthusiasm for their products... and I don't own shares in the company - I just happen to rate their streaming devices highly!

If you read my earlier reply to a comment by goran g. then this ought to have been obvious enough. Why would any "shill" acting on behalf of Roku leave a comment promoting an older device and, in so doing, point-out a major disadvantage to choosing the latest version from the current product line-up of the company to whom they are supposedly (secretly) lending a helping hand in the process? All I'm doing is giving others the benefit of my experience with these products, as a regular user, over a period of many years. So, instead of simply casting aspersions, it might be more productive to offer some kind of reasoning as to why you consider Roku devices to be "locked down" when, as I believe I've shown, there is little to suggest that is actually the case.
harrythefish21/11/2019 09:16

I tried using usb power on an Amazon stick and it was quite …I tried using usb power on an Amazon stick and it was quite unsatisfactory. The power disappears whenever you turn the TV off so the stick does a reboot every time you turn the TV on. That can be slow.


Well said... and the same applies to any Roku device that is powered through the USB port on a television, rather than the supplied power adapter. The delay when waiting for a complete reboot at startup, every time you wish to stream something, can become tedious very quickly. For that, and the other reasons I mentioned, it is better (in almost all cases) to use the power adapter - even if it means using an extension cable, when there is no suitable electrical outlet nearby. What's puzzling is that Roku *has* included a power adapter in the U.S. equivalent of the updated 'Roku Express' (Model No. 3930) so, when you factor-in the increased cost (from a UK perspective) of simply switching the pound sign (£) and the dollar sign ($) to generate the price of the product to UK customers, it seems like we are also being charged more for the updated version while getting less for our money... meanwhile, if you wish to buy a power adapter (as an accessory) it will now cost you an extra tenner!

So, if you ask me, you're better-off grabbing the 2017 version while they're still around (TIP: Argos has them for £17.99 if you can't get one for £17.00 from Tesco) instead of paying the (current) price of £24.99 for the newer version and getting less!
haggisheid20/11/2019 13:44

I bought one yesterday to install for a friend, but after putting all the …I bought one yesterday to install for a friend, but after putting all the details in it started to download the software updates and rebooted, but never came on again, pulled the power and it restarted, put details in again, same story, did this four times and decided it was faulty, long trip to Argos, exchanged and it worked fine, I looked online about this problem and it seems quite common with this model, I had the 4k streaming stick with no problems, might have just been a bad one.


Have had this for a couple off years in the childs room, always worked ok but started doing this last week, kept reverting to 4k and her screen is 1080p awful as it wouldn't save and had to do it blind with remote then save settings but always reverted to 4k.
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