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New Roku Media Players, Roku OS 8 Announced

Having debuted in the stock market this past week, Roku has now officially become a part of the big leagues. Multiple new Roku media players were announced today, along with an all new universal remote and a new OS. There were a number of announcements the company made fresh off their IPO success.

Five new Roku media players were announced by the company today. These new players focus on improving the performance of the device. Let us take a closer look at all the new introductions from the company and what’s new in them compared to previous generation devices.

New Roku Media Players

Here’s a look at all the new Roku Media Players which were announced today:

Roku Streaming Stick

This is the most basic media player from the company, which comes out at a price of $49.99. The price has been unaltered compared to last year. However the processor has been updated and Roku claims it is 50% faster than last year.

Roku Streaming Stick Plus

Coming out at a price of $69.99, the Roku Streaming Stick Plus features HDR as well as 4K Ultra HD. Compared to the aforementioned Roku Streaming Stick, the Plus variant comes with four times wider wireless range than the basic stick. This stick can be considered a successor to last years’ Roku Premiere 4K Box.

Roku Express and Roku Express Plus

These two Roku Media Players were also given minor upgrades compared to last year. THe processor now works faster compared to last years’ Express devices. The Roku Express comes out at $29.99 and the Roku Express Plus comes out at $39.99.

Roku Ultra

The best of the Roku Media Players, the Roku Ultra comes out into the markets with a price of $99.  The device comes out into the markets with support for 4K at 60 fps and HDR10. The box also features an Ethernet port as well as support for USB. The Roku Ultra is cheaper than the Apple TV which comes out at $179 but expensive compared to the Amazon Fire which comes out at $70.

Roku OS 8

One of the biggest updates that comes with the Roku OS 8 to turn on their TV and control pretty much everything with just voice. There’s a button that you have to push to trigger voice commands. Simply press the button and say Tune to ABC – and your TV will do as you say. Unlike Siri and Alexa there’s no hotword you have to say to activate voice, it can simply be done by pressing the button.

Other significant changes that come with the Roku OS 8 primarily deal with over-the-air TV. you will now be able to see search results for Streaming TV as well as over the air TV. Roku’s popular Private Listening mode, which allows you to listen to the content of your TV by plugging in headphones to your remote has also been expanded to over-the-air TV with the Roku OS 8.

Article written by Ishita Kothari

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