Roku has been a big name on streaming for some time now – it seems like everyone and their mother have at least one Roku device in the house. If you’re looking to add one to your home, or just to upgrade your existing streaming experience, you’re in luck – the company has announced heavy new hardware in the new Roku Ultra and Roku Streambar, as well as an OS update and a new one. standalone streaming app.
The updated Roku Ultra includes some new features beyond what is expected. The Ultra now also comes with Dolby Vision and Atmos support, which promises superb quality picture and sound on compatible TVs. Roku promises up to 50% more wireless range than previous iterations, along with Bluetooth support. You can control the device via voice commands, via the voice-enabled remote, or via Alexa or Google Assistant devices. The remote also offers customizable shortcut buttons, set using a voice command and holding the button for a few seconds. The new Roku Ultra is available for pre-order for $ 100 and is expected to ship on October 18th.
The new Roku Ultra
Roku also announced its Streambar, a 2-in-1 streaming device and soundbar. The device streams up to 4K resolution with HDR support for compatible TVs. Roku promises room-filling Dolby audio that supposedly goes “well beyond” the size of the Streambar, with crisp, easier-to-hear dialogue. You can also expand your sound system with easy pairing with Roku’s subwoofer and wireless speakers. The device can be controlled via Alexa and Google Assistant, and support for Apple Airplay 2 and HomeKit is expected to roll out for Roku’s 4K models later this year. The Roku Streambar is now available for pre-order for $ 130 and is also expected to ship on October 18th.
What’s in the Roku Streambar box
Alongside its new boxes, Roku has announced an update to Roku OS 9.4, which will be rolling out to select Roku players this month and for all supported players in the coming weeks. Roku TV users will have to wait a little longer, as the update will be rolling out to televisions in stages over the next few months. The update includes support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit mentioned above, allowing you to stream content directly from your iOS device. You will also be able to use the new Live TV Channel Guide, accessible from the “Live TV” tile on the home screen. The guide will feature content from over 115 free live streaming channels. If you’re using Roku Audio products, the update will also allow you to adjust the surround back speakers in relation to the soundbar’s volume.
On top of everything else, Roku has a new standalone app for The Roku Channel on Android and iOS, which allows free access to on-demand content, as well as live TV and news. With the announcement of the new hardware, you should be ready for some holiday shopping or even a small gift. Keep an eye out for the Roku OS 9.4 update in the coming weeks.