RCA TVs and TV/DVD Combos With Roku Streaming Stick

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RCA LRK40G45RQD TV/DVD Combo with Pre-Installed Roku Streaming Stick. Images provided by RCA

RCA has come up with an inexpensive solution to provide Smart TV-like features for TVs - the incorporation of the Roku Streaming Stick.

About the size of a USB flash drive, the Roku Streaming Stick plugs directly into the MHL-enabled HDMI port that is provided on the RCA LRK series LED/LCD TVs and TV/DVD Player combos. The Streaming Stick has built-in WiFi and the needed hardware and firmware that allows navigation of the Roku user interface and access to an abundance of online streaming content without the need for an additional set-top box.

The RCA TVs with Pre-Installed Roku Streaming Stick include:

LRK28G30RQ - 28-inch screen size, 60Hz refresh rate, 720p display resolution (1366x768), Direct LED Backlighting. Suggested Price: $199.99 (Check Prices).

LRK32G30RQ - 32-inch screen size, 60Hz refresh rate, 720p display resolution (1366x768), Direct LED Backlighting. Suggested Price: $249.99 (Check Prices).

LRK32G45RQ - 32-inch screen size, 60Hz refresh rate, 1080p display resolution, Direct LED Backlighting. Suggested Price: $279.99 (Price Comparisons Coming)

LRK40G45RQ - 40-inch screen size, 60Hz refresh rate, 1080p display resolution, Direct LED Backlighting. Suggested Price: $349.99 (Price Comparisons Coming)

LRK46G45RQ (official product page forthcoming) - 46-inch screen size, 60Hz refresh rate, 1080p display resolution, Direct LED Backlighting. Suggested Price: $449.99 (Check Prices).

LRK50G45RQ (official product page forthcoming) - 50-inch screen size, 120Hz refresh rate, 1080p display resolution, Direct LED Backlighting. Suggested Price: $549.99 (Check Prices)

LRK55G55RQ - 55-inch screen size, 120Hz refresh rate, 1080p display resolution, Direct LED Backlighting. Suggested Price: $649.99 (Price Comparisons Coming)

LRK65G55RQ - 65-inch screen size, 120Hz refresh rate, 1080p display resolution, Direct LED Backlighting. Suggested Price: $999.99 (Check Prices).

Also, in addition to its Roku Streaming Stick-equipped TVs, RCA is throwing in another twist - incorporating the Roku Streaming into its new TV/DVD Player Combo TVs. Here is the list of sets with this feature.

LRK28G30RQD - Built-in DVD Player, 28-inch screen size, 60Hz refresh rate, 720p display resolution (1366x768), Direct LED Backlighting. Suggested Price: $229.99 (Check Prices).

LRK32G30RQD - Built-in DVD Player, 32-inch screen size, 60Hz refresh rate, 720p display resolution (1366x768), Direct LED Backlighting. Suggested Price: $279.99 (Buy Direct)

LRK32G45RQD - Built-in DVD Player, 32-inch screen size, 60Hz refresh rate, 1080p display resolution, Direct LED Backlighting. Suggested Price: $299.99 (Price Comparisons Coming)

LRK40G45RQD - Built-in DVD Player, 40-inch screen size, 60Hz refresh rate, 1080p display resolution, Direct LED Backlighting. Suggested Price: $379.99 (Price Comparisons Coming).

With RCA's new LRK series TVs and TV/DVD combos, you have access to not only standard TV content, but a host of streaming content. In fact, with the TV/DVD combo units, you have an entire video entertainment package right out of the box - it is another cable/satellite cord cutting option that you can take advantage of.

NOTE: Since RCA Roku-enabled TV solution requires the Streaming Stick to be pre-installed via the TV's HDMI-MHL input, that input is no longer accessible for connecting other HDMI or MHL devices. In other words, the number of available HDMI inputs on the designated TV, or TV/DVD combo, for connection of other devices is decreased by one.

In addition, it is also important to point out that the RCA Roku-enabled TV solution is not the same as the Roku TVs recently announced by both Hisense and TCL which incorporate the Roku operating system within the TV (read my previous report).