Roku Revived Its Hardware Lineup And Released A New OS 8

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Roku had earlier released three streaming devices with a view to standing against its rivals. The three devices were: Roku premiere, Roku Express, and Roku ultra. These devices didn’t get much response from the users due to its price and feature limited in number. Whereas at the same price, Google Chromecast was offering lot more features. Now, keeping this thing in mind, Roku has updated its hardware lineup and bought a new OS for them.

New Hardware

The earlier models of Roku as mentioned above were Premiere, ultra, and express and you need to spend a lot to purchase them. The major features which you were getting in these models were 1080p video playback, Dolby digital sound, and HDMI port support nothing more than this. There was no voice remote feature in the remote. For high-range product, you were required to spend $129 from your pocket.

Now, the company has totally revived its products. Although the prices remain unchanged Roku has added few powerful and smarter features to each hardware. If your Roku not working on 4K playback earlier, then you will be able to play now.

  1. Roku express and Express+: The prices of both these models remained same but you will get HDMI as well as A/V support in these models. Out of the two Roku express+ support both the input modes. There is no voice remote with any of the two devices.
  2. Roku streaming stick: This is just a replacement for Roku premiere. It includes a quad-core processor with 1080p playback. The wireless band supported by this device is dual-band MIMO AC.
  3. Roku streaming stick+: This product is mainly designed to compete with the rival company, Google. Google ultra is providing the same features. The processing speed of this device is 4 times faster than the Google Ultra.
  4. Roku ultra: The price of this product is now slashed to $99. Earlier the same product was available for $129. You will find the same features as available on the Roku streaming stick and Stick +. Apart from this, there is an Ethernet port and MicroSD slot in it. You will find a headphone jack on its remote for private listening.

To order any of this product, you need to go to Walmart, Amazon and another retailer page. All these devices are available on Pre-booking.

What’s new in Roku update 8 OS?

Roku recently revealed a new OS version for all its devices. You can check the update for your device on Roku support link. This update has been developed to provide ‘over-the-air’ support to the devices so that they will able to broadcast the channel more easily. Moreover, Roku search feature for ‘Over the air’ content has also added in this update.

The main highlighting feature of this update is Voice control. You can control the playback menu with the help of your voice only. If there is no voice remote available with the device, then you can install Roku app on your smartphone and control the Roku from it.

Like Apple TV, Roku has also added a single sign-in feature. This eases you to access the content anytime. There is no need to enter the login credentials again and again. You TV provider credentials will be used every time. To search for 4K contents particularly, you can use 4K spotlight feature on your new Roku update.

Know The Pros And Cons Of Roku Ultra And Roku Premiere +

Know The Pros And Cons Of Roku Ultra And Roku Premiere +

Roku ultra is now the new product from the company and we will get deep knowledge about this product in this blog post.

Last year Roku Company had developed a Roku4 model for $130. It was an updated model after Roku 3, which was priced for $100 only but it was not worth, spending $30 more for roku4 because the experience after using both the devices was almost same. The Roku4 got its position in the market due to large fan following of Roku and the impression that media streamers have created in their minds related to Roku4 working.

Roku ultra and Roku premiere+ models are the expensive models of company and their sale is going to get tougher in the market. However, the Roku ultra is slimmer and compact then its older models and supports 4K videos but yet it is not so famous among the users because the same features are available in Roku premiere+ that is available for $100. Moreover, user need 4K supported TV to watch 4k videos, so they prefer to go with Roku streaming stick that is priced for $50 only and there is no such complications with this stick. Roku com link provides complete details about the features of these creamy models.

Now we are going to discuss the pros and cons of the priciest Roku models. After reading this, you can easily decide that whether to stick to the Roku platform or switch to other company streaming media player.

1. Speed and slimmer factors

Roku ultra is a new player which is similar to Roku premiere and premiere + in shape and design. You will get Roku premiere for $80 and Roku premiere+ for $100. Both the device are round in shape with glossy metallic edges. There is no internal fan in latter devices so it reduces the noise occurred due to ventilation. Go to www support Roku com to get complete information about the active ventilation in media players.

According to Roku, the speed of Roku ultra is faster than its predecessors. It opens the bulky apps in a minute or two without taking much time and there is no problem of animations during navigating through the Roku menus. You can open Roku com links easily and quickly. Roku streaming stick open the light weight designed apps in a second but struggles to open the highly loaded apps. This is due to the weaker hardware accessories.

All the three new models incorporates a new feature called night listening, which automatically curb the loud noises and enhance the quieter ones. This is quite a nice feature in these models but there is one drawback in this feature that it increases the overall volume of your TV. It’s better to use the remote headphone jack for listening over the headphones, so as to avoid any disturbance.

2. Value added features

If you have planned to purchase a Roku premiere model due to its high performance and 4K enabled capabilities then don’t forget to consider the Roku premiere+ because in Roku premiere you will get the infrared remote that requires line of sight to the box and there is no HDR feature in this model. Yes, if you can add $20 in your budget, then you must go with Roku premiere+. In this model, you will get all the features supported by Roku premiere and in addition you will get micro SD slot, Ethernet port and HDR support. Another point of favor for premiere+ model is RF remote that comes with the headphone jack for individual listening. You just need to set up Roku account on the official Roku website in order to enjoy seamless services from different channels.

3. Is Roku for you?

There are number of ingenious ideas that you can see in Roku devices. One of which is Roku feed, where you can get free alerts about the TV program from various channels. You only require Roku link code of that channels for activation. Other features like 4k HDR videos and private listening makes the Roku platform better than others.