Trick Out Roku With Sideclick Remote

Dave Zatz —  December 16, 2016

The fine folks at Sideclick have provided two Roku accessories to share with our audience.

As a refresher, Sideclick clips onto your streamer’s remote to provide additional control — think televisions, soundbars, and the like. Beyond Roku, they also offer interchangeable sleds for Fire TV, Apple TV, and the couple dozen Nexus Players out there. It may be a tough sell at its price point, in relation to a streamer’s cost, and it will obviously impact your ergonomics. However, bolting on a simple, effective learning remote, will absolutely be priceless for a significant percent of us … and I’ve been enjoying Sideclick’s capabilities in our bedroom the last few months (especially since Roku’s HDMI-CEC functionality doesn’t actually work in all cases).

If you’d like in, simply leave a comment declaring your interest and we’ll pick two winners over the next couple of days. US residents only, please. (And when you’re done entering this giveaway, why not throw your hat in the ring for two free Intel-powered laptops?)

163 responses to Trick Out Roku With Sideclick Remote

  1. Been a Roku user for a few years,now. This looks like a real time saver for flicking through flicks…..I want one.

  2. I’d like one

  3. So far , being the only commentor, I’ve won!!! Shut this damn contest down, Dave!!

  4. Neat device, like the TiVo slide remote. Great addition to my Roku. Pick Me!!!

  5. In it to win it!

  6. This would be great in my bedroom as well. Trying to find the other remote in the dark can be challenging sometimes.

  7. Mitch Greenfield December 16, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    this would be awesome!

  8. Thanks for the heads up. Seems like a neat idea!

  9. I would love to give the sideclick a try. It’s always bugged me a little bit that the Roku remote doesn’t control volume.

  10. Yeah. I’d take one.

    But isn’t it a bit of a flaw in the product that it doesn’t enable FilmStruck on the Roku?

    (Also, I think Gene Tascott should be disqualified for poor online etiquette by asserting he was the only commenter when Mike had clearly already commented.)

  11. Count me in!

  12. Count me in!

  13. Here for the money!!!!

  14. Would love to try this out!

  15. Dave, please enter me in your drawing. It’s such a P.I.A. to have to use 2 remotes just to watch something!

  16. I’ll try it out. Pick me.

  17. Matthew Hochheiser December 16, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Been wanting one of these!

  18. I love Roku! Would love this too!

  19. Winning a slide remote is always nice.

  20. Ummm.. Chucky , my man, If you look real close you’ll see I was the first and the third commentor, so if Dave had shut down at THAT point, I’d still , at least , have had a 50/50 chance……

  21. Mr. Zatz,

    I would be happy to give that device a good home. Just let me know how you want to transport it to me.



  22. Would like one two.

  23. I am interested. Thanks.

  24. Merry Christmas to all! I would love to see how Sideclick works!

  25. Awesome product idea thanks!

  26. “Ummm.. Chucky , my man, If you look real close you’ll see I was the first and the third commentor, so if Dave had shut down at THAT point, I’d still , at least , have had a 50/50 chance”

    True. But online etiquette is a harsh mistress. Mike had posted long before you asserted you were the only commenter, perhaps as long as 119 seconds earlier. So automatic etiquette disqualification, IMHO.

    (Not that it matters, as I’m going to win the thing since I just want it more, which affects random number generation.)

  27. Buddy Boy, if you pull up the list of comments I am the first of the bunch. I don’t know why you insist otherwise…. Besides, they’re probably gonna put bot of us out in the hall for talking during class!

  28. “Besides, they’re probably gonna put bot of us out in the hall for talking during class!”

    Indeed. Let’s meet outside to duel to the death with plastic sporks.

  29. You go ahead, Chucky….if I’m not there in hlf an hour, start without me.

  30. Yes please, I’d love one

  31. “You go ahead, Chucky….if I’m not there in hlf an hour, start without me.”

    OK, Gene. It’s been more than half an hour, and you didn’t show. Chickening out of an imaginary duel to the death with plastic sporks is a violation of online etiquette far worse than your previous egregious violation.

    I shall be contacting Tim Berners-Lee to report this, and asking him to use his authority to ban you from the internet.

  32. I never knew this existed. It’s love one!

  33. So, I hate being called a “baby boomer ” but will make an exception here. I should have it since I am likely 3x your age. Respect your elders

  34. Great Christmas giveaway! Count me in!

  35. Interesting never heard of it before. Looks like a nice addition.

  36. This would be a very nice feature to add to my remote!

  37. I’ve already won twice previously from you years ago so luck is not necessarily on my side :)

    Thanks for doing what you do!

  38. I’d like to win one.

  39. This helps add to the little roku remote…

  40. I’d like one of these. I have it on my personal wish list, wonder if one of my close-ones will buy me one or not…

  41. I’ve enjoyed my roku device. I can’t afford cable so i went with the roku.
    I would love to have this device for my t.v. upstairs.
    I just received custody of a little 2yr old.
    Since he’s not related to me,i receive no government help.
    I just got over breast cancer and have very little money.
    Anything would help me.

  42. Go ahead,Chucky, although I should warn you….Tim is my brother in law… He and I and Al Gore set up this internet thing while you were still chasing poon tang beneath the bleachers in 8th grade….Bring it, buddy.

  43. Nathan Henderson December 16, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Love roku got one on all my tvs. Sideclick sounds great and would love one. Sign me up.

  44. Count me in.

  45. Yup. Sounds great

  46. Kenneth Rodriguez December 16, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Count me in.

  47. Hit me!

  48. Right up my alley… I have been known to Velcro remotes together.

  49. I would like a side kick remote

  50. I’m constantly fumbling around searching for remotes. This could be a real help!

  51. Would love to try this out, thanks for the chance to win!

  52. Looks interesting. Would be great to have a power and volume control on the remote.

  53. Thanks to those at slideclick for a great addition to the wonderful Roku. I’d love to have one.

  54. I’m in :)

  55. Roku is definitely the go to for streaming.
    I’m most definitely in

  56. Have had Roku since the XS. In fact, have purchased over 15 of them for friends, file, and self. A SideClock would be great so I don’t have to also look for the TV remote.

  57. I love the simplicity of the Roku remote. but it does lack what the Sideclick adds. Sounds very helpful.

  58. thanks for the drawing. I just got a Roku so this would be helpful.
    Merry Christmas

  59. Sideclick looks like it would be a great device to go along with the Roku. I have been a Roku user for years now and I have 3 different one’s on all of my TV’s. I would love to try one out so enter me in the drawing.

  60. With three Roamios I’m able to record up to 14 shows at once, but I stillI use my Roku 3 all of the time. NBC doesn’t broadcast all of the English Premier League football (soccer to us Americans) matches, but all of the matches stream live and as replays on the NBC Sports app. The Roku is absolutely the best device for this. I wold love to win the Sidekick and/or a laptop if I am one of the lucky ones.

  61. Would be great to get one!

  62. Looks like a handy device. I’d take one for sure.

  63. I’d actually researched this device a few months ago and could definitely use it. Thanks.

  64. I have a Roku 3 and have gifted a couple more to friends so they could enjoy them as well. I would love to have the Side click remote!!

  65. Michael Robinson December 17, 2016 at 2:47 am

    I have a universal use for this. What a jam up idea!

  66. Michael Robinson December 17, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Laptop would be a++±

  67. I’ll throw my name on the hat…

  68. Thank bunches for the opportunity, I’m in it to win it!!

  69. Roku?
    Sidekick coolio.

  70. Very cool. Wonder how much of a difference it will help with the roku?

  71. Hay guys I am a new cord cutter and look into finding new ways to save cash I stumbled across an article on my feed you are my new source for info and you have a given way please consider me for the Roku and laptop and put me on the mailing lists !!

  72. Looks interesting, count me in.

  73. Wow. I’ve been waiting for Roku to fix that little piece of plastic for years and it took a third party to do it sigh. Would love to get my hands on it!

  74. I’m in, I need 3 of them!

  75. Looks like a perfect addition to the ROKU remote

  76. I’m in!

  77. Looks like nice additional functionality.

  78. My Roku remote needs a friend.

  79. Sideclick is a great product and a game changer. One remote to rule them all. And it uses the devices actual remote so no trying to make it work. It just does. Would love one for another room.

  80. Gee, I often use the Roku app on my phone, so I guess I will glue this thing to the side of it when I win.

  81. Christina Williamson December 17, 2016 at 10:25 am

    This would be super helpful during my weekend Showbox movie binges! SIGN ME UP!!!

  82. Sideclick? Side-hell-yes!

    Kindly pick my name, please! 😀

  83. Thank you for this! It would be nice for my clicker-worn joints! Ease their pain, please!

  84. I’ve got a Hd roku the 1st one beta testing been longtime rokuer ,,,unfortunately can’t afford to update since early 2000 …wouldn’t know what too do without it…didn’t come with earplugs and vocal control… That’s swEET… I’D LOVE THE NEW ONE. TYTYTYTYTYTY

  85. Oooh, pick me!

  86. Pick anyone

  87. Asking for a Roku for Christmas!

  88. Im interested

  89. I’d really like one!

  90. Great little add-on. I did Sling on Roku for a year then went back to CLink Prism TV for a few months on a trial. I’m fixing to cancel Prism and go back to cord cutting for good and this little innovation would be part of my setup going forward. That was one thing cable had over my Roku setup was the universal remote. Anyway, Thanks for considering me

  91. I’ll take 2. These are great!

  92. Love my Roku

  93. I love Roku I don’t have a bill cable bill anymore so count me would love to give the roku a try if I win or not

  94. Love to get one for my wife.

  95. Hey, I’m an older woman and love learning about new technology and devices and what they do and how to use them. This is one device I would love to learn more about and what neat things it can do!! Thanks to all the tech people that keep coming up with new and innovative devices!! It’s fun!!

  96. Not gonna lie, I’d be pretty ecstatic to win something for once in my life! I just got onboard the whole smart TV generation a few months back and this would be a pretty awesome addition to my Roku remote!! Either way Happy Holidays and congratulations to whoever gets it!

  97. Charles Kotsiopoulos December 17, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I’d love one to go with my new Roku

  98. Just what I need!!! Have 2 Rokus and 1 remote !!! Lol

  99. Pretty ingenious idea! Count me in!!

  100. Katherine Hayman December 17, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Put me down for one of these! I love my Roku 4. I have 3 of them at home and have given several more as gifts to friends and family. Been using Roku devices for more then 10 years. They just keep getting better and better. Who needs cable? Not me. Put me down for a laptop, too while you’re at it. Thanks!!!

  101. I would love to have one pretty please!

  102. Pick me? Thanks, Dave!

  103. This looks like a device I could use. I’d like one

  104. Love my roku. Have given them as gifts!

  105. Yes please!

  106. I’d love one…

  107. Been a cord cutter for a year now and would love to add this amazing accessory to our bedroom Roku streaming stick set-up! Please and Thank You!!

  108. This would be great!

  109. I love technology and would like to have this experience! Please consider!

  110. I would love to try this out with my current Roku

  111. Would love to try it out!

  112. 3-yr Roku lover here, and new Google Home owner. I would LOVE to try this remote add-on!

  113. Love my Roku and would love this…so useful !

  114. I want one.

  115. Seems like a great product, glad I can enter

  116. Seems like a great product, so I’m glad I could enter

  117. The side click is awesome, I want one!

  118. Yes! Been wanting one!

  119. I’ll take one.

  120. Moving in two weeks. Plan on getting a Roku . No more $170. Monthly pmts. I am in my late 70’s but sounds like something I would like.

  121. Sounds interesting, I would like one.

  122. The Great Artiste December 17, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    That would be fantastic! Especially since I lost the remote to my 9-year-old Sony XBR TV. I think I would teach the Sideclick with the IR blaster app on my phone if I win it.

  123. This would be great for my living room!

  124. Nicholas Sheridan December 17, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Have had a Roku for years and this would be a fun accessory to try out!

  125. It is a great idea.To have that additional control is a wonderful thing to be greatly appreciated.

  126. This would be so awesome! SO much better than having multiple remotes lying aound – count me in!

  127. No one ever gives me anything. Isn’t it time somebody did? I think I deserve it. Plesse

  128. This would be so awesome, so tired of having to deal with three remotes while watching TV in our bed. Please consider picking me.

  129. Pick me! Pick me! Please

  130. Hope you all pick me. Thanks Louie

  131. I’m simply leaving a comment declaring my interest….

  132. I would like one please !!!!I got one for my slingtv for signing up and would love to have one on my other tv can’t afford another one right now

  133. Well OF COURSE THIS CHICK IS INTERESTED! In WINNING ONLY, please. Lol. Hey, good luck to all, and have a great holiday season!!

  134. I’m in…

  135. I declare, I’m interested all right.
    Lufkin, Texas

  136. I would love one!

  137. I’ve been a Roku user since 2010 (my XD/S and XS are still working great). I’d love to try them out with a Sideclick!

  138. Please sign me up to win the sideclick. Would be a wonderful gift for my husband. Thank you.

  139. I would like to receive the giveaway! Please consider me.

  140. Oh, pick me, pick me!! Having only one remote to keep track of instead of two would make my life a bit easier! !

  141. I’m excited to try this out. Please enter me in the drawing.

  142. I’d like to win!

  143. I’d like to win! Been a Roku user and promoter to all my friends for years!

  144. This would be great for our bedroom

  145. Wow, I never knew that such a thing existed. Your website is so informative thank you for all your hard work.

  146. If the contest is still on, consider me in!

  147. And me, boss? One for you.

  148. Hello! Well, after trying out the streaming world with a Chromecast last year (Gen 2), this year, I wanted to see it from the Roku side. I have a TCL Roku TV, also earned last year (I won out at our office Christmas party). Due to so many great Roku combo promotions, I have ended up with 3 Roku devices… a Roku Express (with 4 months of Hulu, which became a year, when they sent me a broken Roku…Eep!), a Roku Express+, needed for an older RCA Console TV (built to last, people)… and, a Roku Stick, courtesy of SlingTV! And that’s how you get Roku’d!! BUT…. this is the first I have seen and/or heard of this device! After reading of it, and what it can do for me, I would very much like to have it as an addition to my Roku ‘collection’. Personally, I would like to try it out on my Roku TV controller, and see if it works there. That, and I am a little bumped that I don’t have numeric buttons to access a channel quickly. Please consider me, and, if nothing else, I hope you have enjoyed my tale, of my endeavor to obtain a Rokub device, with extremely happy end results. 😃

  149. I’m interested

  150. Correction….a >Roku< device, rather…😄

  151. That’s very interesting, I’d love to try one out.

  152. If anyone should deserve this more than me then it would be my alter ego because it’s almost as deserving as me and so I say pick me so my alter ego can get jealous and envy me for having it.

  153. Pick me! Pick me!

  154. I could actually use one of these.

  155. This would be great!

  156. yes please

  157. Just have a Roku — this would be a welcome add on for it!

  158. Hook a brother up!

  159. Chucky and Gene are the big winners. Other than their attempts to game the “system” I enjoyed the banter and they put in more effort than most. Congrats!

    For everyone else, you can purchase a Sideclick here and the Intel-powered laptop giveaway is still in effect — I think your odds of winning are fairly high. Watch the video linked here to submit an entry (by 12/28). Good luck!