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Roku announces a 4K streaming stick and more lineup upgrades

03 October, 2017, 09:05 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Roku Ultra 4K HDR player

The benefit here is a faster and more stable streaming experience which translates to faster load times and less time buffering.

It's a price that makes the old Roku Premiere+ obsolete and puts pressure on the Chromecast Ultra and Amazon Fire TV 2017, two players that cost just as much as the Roku Streaming Stick+. The Express+ supports the faster AC WiFi standard. The Roku Streaming Stick+ effectively fills the gap. The updated operating system offers a New Smart Guide for Roku TVs that blends OTA TV with streaming content; enhanced voice control features; single sign-on for TV everywhere channels; an updated 4K Spotlight Channel and more.

Private listening for over-the-air shows: You've been able to listen to Roku TV audio from apps via headphone, either connected to your phone using the Roku app or with a compatible remote.

Voice control: In addition to search, Roku TVs now support select voice commands like app launching, switching inputs and tuning to an antenna channel.

The Streaming Stick lineup also got an overall speed performance boost.

For those who want a 4K capable stick, the Streaming Stick Plus version is also available for $20 more at $70.

Roku, Amazon and Apple have all advanced with improvements such as 4K, better search functionality and voice control support.

Finally, the company is reducing the suggested retail price of its flagship Roku Ultra model to $100.

You can find out more details about all of the new Roku Streaming Players over at the company's website at the link below. That's because Roku seems to have abandoned the United Kingdom market, refusing to offer us anything better than the Roku 3 - despite having launched a number of high end boxes over the past two years.

Roku Search for Over-the-Air Content: Local antenna broadcast TV options are now included in Roku Search results for Roku TV customers who use a TV antenna to receive free local broadcast TV. While Microsoft's Xbox One S is a great alternative to the $199 Apple TV - if you are looking for something cheaper, Roku has some new hardware shipping next week.

Coming out at a price of $69.99, the Roku Streaming Stick Plus features HDR as well as 4K Ultra HD. The second-generation Roku Express and Roku Express+ are five times more powerful than their predecessors and start at only $29.99 MSRP. The content side of TV streaming has also been active. If any of this interests you, Roku's new lineup is now available for pre-order at Roku.com, Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon, and other retailers.

The line-up is set to be released on the October 8th in the United States, and we'll update you when we know about UK pricing and availability.

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