ROKU’S STREAMING STICK

Get ready to donate your Roku box. Roku’s “streaming stick,” for $99 will be out sometime in October. Stick it in the back of a TV, and it will let you stream 600 channels, 75 percent of them free. Roku has Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora music and Vudu’s “Pay per View” movies, among many choices. The tough part is that you will need a TV that has a “Mobile High-Definition Link” or “MHL” on the back. There will be 50 kinds of MHL TVs by the end of the year. For older sets, there will probably be adapters.

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