Roku OS 8 Brings New Features To Existing Devices

Doris Richards
October 4, 2017

However, it does now include a new remote that can operate the power and volume on the television directly.

Roku has unveiled its latest line of media streamers for 2018, including a new version of its Roku Streaming Stick that is 4K HDR capable and updated models of its Roku Ultra and Roku Express.

The company believes that the new OS enables it to more effectively fulfill its goal of eliminating the gap between free local broadcast HDTV channels and streaming.

Here's everything you need to know about the latest generation of Roku streaming hardware, so you can decide if one is flawless for you.

Roku has had a first-mover advantage - it launched the first streaming device for Netflix, in 2008 - and has won a small but loyal following, reporting 15.1 million active user accounts as of June 30, 2017. This new lineup includes a vast range of streaming media players that offer improved performance, better wireless reception, more convenient features, and, of course, the best value ever offered. It now comes with voice remote that provides TV power and volume control with compatible modles; exceptional HD, for $49.99. Despite all that smarts, the new Streaming Stick+ is priced at just $70 (£52). "It makes 4K and HDR streaming simple".

Beyond the box itself is the Ultra remote, which has a built-in microphone for voice controlled search. Users can also search for antenna TV content via the Roku mobile app.

Lastly, Roku also announced the updated Roku Ultra, which is sold for $99.99. The Express+ adds HDMI and composite A/V ports and is available for $39.99.

The Roku Express is $30 (£23) while the Roku Express+ is $40 (£30).

Roku OS 8, announced today, is created to more fluidly consolidate HDTV antenna-delivered free, local broadcast TV and streaming. Both devices, according to Roku, are five times more powerful compared to their predecessors.

It is a remote that is far more advanced than those that accompany Streaming Sticks, with a finder button for the remote that makes it beep when it can not be found and a jack for headphones for private listening, which is a feature only found in the Roku Ultra.

Fast TV Start: Allows a Roku TV to start quickly and launch a streaming or antenna TV channel in seconds simply using a voice command. The example Roku gives is you can say "Launch Hulu" and the box will turn on and open that app (aka channel), ready to stream in no time at all. Or, if they say, "tune to ABC", the TV will turn on and tune to the local ABC station if an antenna is connected to the Roku TV.

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