This is interesting, a new Roku box that’s not a box at all, it’s a stick — essentially a thumb drive. Yes, that’s insanely small for a set top box but perhaps more importantly, it doesn’t require a power cord.
This is possible thanks to MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) which is integrated into newer HDMI ports. This also allows you to control the Roku with your standard TV controller.
Imagine a cable box that worked like this? Instead of a gigantic, overheating piece of shitty plastic, it could be a tiny stick that you pop into the side of your TV. DVR capabilities might be an issue, but that’s all moving to the cloud anyway.