Today Westinghouse announced a line of TVs designed to work with the Roku Streaming Stick, a USB-key-size dongle that provides the functionality of a full-fledged Roku box -- our Editors' Choice for streaming video -- without having to connect additional wires.
The TVs have MHL (Mobile High Definition Link)-enabled HDMI inputs, into which the stick can be plugged. Numerous other MHL-equipped TVs will also be announced at CES next week, theoretically allowing them to also work with the Stick, but many will likely have their own smart TV suites built in, and few will be guaranteed such functionality by offering Roku Ready certification.
Currently we know about a couple of other Streaming Stick Ready TVs, from Hitachi and Insignia. In our review of the latter the Stick worked well, replicating the full Roku experience, so we expect the same from these Westinghouse models.
The Stick is currently a niche product and most buyers would be better served with a standard Roku box, especially when paired with a good universal remote. But if more TVs like the Westinghouse come out, and especially if that $99 price drops, the future of streaming video could be on a stick.