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Roku refreshes the lineup with new 4K HDR streaming hang and cheaper boxes

All told, Roku had a decent 2016. It launched 6 new streaming boxes that ranged in energy from a composite-friendly Roku Express+ to a UHD HDR-ready Roku Ultra. If that wasn’t enough, a association pulled a finish modernise of a Roku Streaming Stick, bringing it adult to standard with inclination like a Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Fast-forward to this year where, today, Roku announced another finish renovate to a lineup of streaming devices, including an all-new Roku Streaming Stick+ that boasts 4K HDR in a device a distance of a peep drive. 

The 2017 Roku streaming collection comes out on Oct 6 and will embody a new chronicle of a low-end Roku Express and Express+ that should, according to sources during Roku, yield a 5 times alleviation on final year’s models. 

The 2017 Roku Express will start during $29 and offer HD streaming around HDMI while a Express+ – again a Walmart disdainful – will offer HD streaming around HDMI or combination wire (Red/White/Yellow jacks) for $39. 

Moving a step adult from a Express, a $49 Roku Streaming Stick with a quad-core processor and an 802.11 AC dual-band Wi-Fi receiver that will outlay 1080p HD streams around HDMI – while a all-new Roku Streaming Stick+ takes a mark of a Premiere by charity 4K HDR during 60 frames-per-second for $69.

Different for a Roku Streaming Stick this year, besides a apparent up-tick in processor power, is a dismissal of a Wi-Fi receiver from inside a support of a device to a energy wire – which, according to Roku, will make for a faster and some-more arguable streaming experience.

Last adult is a Roku Ultra, that looks scarcely matching to a indication Roku expelled final year, though comes in during a most some-more affordable $99 instead of $129.

Five for fighting … er, streaming 

Five new players can during initial feel a bit strenuous – generally in a arise of new players from Amazon and Apple’s new launches. though a thought here is that instead of charity one or dual models, Roku wants to strike a accumulation of cost points and accommodate opposite needs, possibly that’s someone looking for a small-form 1080p streaming hang or an AV fan looking for a 4K HDR box. 

And while these players can all seem a bit too identical to one another, there are some estimable differences here: For one, all Roku inclination will come with Roku OS 8, a newest iteration of a egalitarian height that promises concept hunt on well-over 200 apps. 

For another, Roku will be a initial handling complement to entirely incorporate OTA acid – fundamentally a thought that we can find something on TV that’s already personification and afterwards find a same part or film on a streaming service. This lets we watch shows from a commencement if we came in late or for an easier time binging a whole series. (Just know that, for a time-being, this duty is singular to Roku-branded TVs and not a new players.)

The trade-off here is that, for a time-being, Roku players won’t support Dolby Vision – a burgeoning HDR format that offers aloft visible fealty than HDR10 – or possibly of a object-based approximate systems, Dolby Atmos or DTS: X. (The former, Dolby Vision and Amtos, are upheld on a new Apple TV 4K.) 

It seems like Apple has a top palm in terms of new tech and could potentially poise a plea to Roku, but, afterwards again, nothing of those formats were upheld on any of final year’s inclination and that didn’t stop Roku from owning 49% of a US streaming device market. 

Roku overseas

While a news of next-gen streaming inclination competence hearten American readers, AV fans in a UK and Australia competence not find a same fun in today’s news – as Roku has, for a final dual years or so, totally deserted those markets to their partners, Sky and Telstra. 

For that reason, Roku didn’t launch any of a 2016 inclination in a UK and, for a time being, couldn’t endorse that this era of players would make their approach outward a US. (Though, according to a sources during Roku, that’s something that could change in a nearby future…) 

It’s doubtful that a association will leave those territories alone in a furure –
especially deliberation that Apple and Amazon will both recover their new streaming inclination in those countries – though there’s always a probability that Roku decides to stay Stateside while Amazon and Apple conflict it out elsewhere.

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