Roku unveils new streaming sticks and 4K HDR box

Newly public Roku announces latest lineup of streaming devices

The two cheapest streaming solutions are still the Roku Express and Roku Express+. Roku Express+ is available exclusively at Walmart beginning October 8.

Those features are joined by private listening functionality for over-the-air shows, allowing you to listen in without disturbing others by using either the Roku mobile app or the headphone jack included on some Roku remotes. Apple's share stands at 15 percent, which also trails Google's Chromecast streaming device at 18 percent.

The Roku Ultra enjoys a $30 price drop to $99.99 and includes a number of unique features to set it apart from the rest of the range.

There's one more thing that's notable about the Roku Ultra: It's the only Rou device left in the company's line-up that still resembles the streaming boxes that the company is known for.

Now that Amazon has unveiled a new 4K HDR streaming dongle mini-device and Apple has unveiled its new 4K HDR set-top box, we have Roku keeping up with the competitive momentum by unveiling a new streaming 4K HDR stick of its own, along with several new set-top box and smart platform hardware/software updates that we cover in our next post. The Roku Streaming Stick offers exceptional HD streaming.

Both the base Roku Express model as well as the Roku Express Plus got new chips that are supposed to be five times more powerful than last year's models.

Those tricks, mostly, involve enhancements coming to Roku's voice recognition software. The $29 ( £22) Express offers 1080p via HDMI, while the $39 ( £29) Express+ offers HD resolution via composite (R/W/Y) cable.


Roku Streaming Stick: Updated quad-core processor, 802.11 AC dual-band MIMO wireless, new voice remote, HD streaming, starts at $49.99.

Smart TVs from brands like TCL, Hisense, RCA and others that run Roku's Smart TV system have always been among CNET's favorites.

First, the absence of Dolby Vision leaves the Chromecast Ultra and the new Apple TV 4K as the only streamers now available with that format. They're great for first-time streamers or for adding another streaming device to another room. The Roku Streaming Stick+, as it's called, can also handle HDR and 60 FPS playback. Both the streaming sticks and the entry-level Express devices are far smaller, and don't look at all like your typical Roku box anymore.

Voice control: In addition to search, Roku TVs now support select voice commands like app launching, switching inputs and tuning to an antenna channel.

As for availability, all of the new streaming players can be pre-ordered beginning today and will be available on October 8.

Finally, we come to the Roku Ultra. It's priced appropriately ($69 seems to be the going rate this year for a pint-sized streaming device) and, don't forget, the Roku Streaming Stick+ comes with a remote and Roku's all-around awesome Roku OS.

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