Simply in time for the upcoming vacation season, Roku has introduced the Specific/Specific+, Streaming Stick/Streaming Stick+, Extremely, and all-new Roku OS eight replace.

Roku has been one of many leaders within the media streaming recreation longer than anybody else, and through the years, we have seen quite a lot of adjustments and revisions to its choices. The corporate introduced 4 new devices in the present day as a part of its newest refresh, and alongside this, we even have new particulars on the most recent Roku OS eight software program replace.

Beginning off with the aspect of issues, Roku really cleaned issues up a bit to create for a product lineup that does not really feel overly crowded or complicated.

Roku Specific/Specific+

The 2 least expensive streaming options are nonetheless the Roku Specific and Roku Specific+. The principle aim with these two devices is to get the Roku expertise in individuals’s properties as cheaply as potential, with the Specific costing $29 and the Specific+ promoting for $39. Each can stream content material in as much as 1080p Full HD at 60 FPS, have quad-core processors, and assist Dolby Audio. The Specific works with any TVs which have an HDMI output, whereas the Specific+ options HDMI and the older A/V cables to be used on older televisions.

Roku Streaming Stick/Streaming Stick+

Roku’s Streaming Stick affords a lot of the similar options because the Specific, with the exception that it comes with dual-band Wi-Fi, has a extra compact design that may be simply hidden, and prices extra at $49. You may nonetheless be restricted to 1080p streaming with the common Streaming Stick, however ponying over just a few extra will get you the Roku Streaming Stick+. For simply $69, the Streaming Stick+ permits you to stream each 4K Extremely HD and HDR content material – making it one of many least expensive streaming options for going past the 1080p threshold. Positively a superb Chromecast Extremely competitor.

Roku Extremely

Lastly, the Roku Extremely is the one new streaming that takes the type of a conventional field quite than a sick or dongle. The Roku Extremely will set you again $99, however for that value, you are getting 4K Extremely HDR and HDR video content material, dual-band Wi-Fi, voice distant with TV energy/quantity controls and headphone jack, microSD and USB ports, and a distant finder. Each the Streaming Stick and Streaming Stick+ even have the voice distant with energy and quantity controls on your TV, however solely the Extremely affords the headphone jack for personal listening.

Roku OS eight

Along with all of this new , Roku additionally launched its newest Roku OS eight software program replace. The general look of the UI hasn’t modified should since final yr, however Roku OS eight has quite a lot of new goodies that combine properly with reside TV channels.

A brand new Sensible Information connects to your antenna to show data for native channels with ties to your different streaming apps, Roku’s common search now pulls outcomes from native channels as properly, the personal listening mode for the Roku Extremely will lengthen to over-the-air channels, and customers may also have entry to a single-sign-on system for patrons that pay for different TV providers.

Roku OS eight will begin rolling out later this month and all through November to older Roku (together with packing containers, sticks, and televisions), however the firm did say that not all units will obtain the brand new software program. Roku wasn’t precisely particular as to which fashions might be upgraded and which of them will not, however our guess is that older than 2 or three years will in all probability stay on the software program they’re presently operating.

Trying ahead

Simply final week main as much as Roku’s newest and software program bulletins, the corporate formally launched its IPO. Shares began at $14, however the inventory is already buying and selling at greater than $24 with a present excessive of $26.28. Roku is likely one of the oldest names relating to media streaming, and though the corporate has confronted stiff competitors from the likes of Apple and Amazon through the years, it appears fairly clear that the Roku we all know will not be going wherever anytime quickly.

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