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New Roku Streaming Players Launched

New Roku Streaming Players Launched

More importantly, the Streaming Stick+ now comes with full 4K HDR support, which can be run at a steady 60 frames per second.

Both Amazon and Apple updated their streaming devices last month.

The line-up is set to be released on the October 8th in the United States, and we'll update you when we know about UK pricing and availability. Other features rolling out to all Roku devices includes enhanced voice controls, which will let you search for content in a more conversational tone, along with TV Everywhere Single Sign-On, which puts an end to signing into some of your pay TV services over and over again. Realizing this, Roku has just chose to drop the price on the Ultra, bringing it to $99.99 and pricing it to be more competitive with Amazon's new Fire TV.

The new Roku streaming player range includes the Roku Express and Roku Express+, these devices are apparently five times more powerful than the previous models.

This time around the flash drive-sized form factor is packing some heat with a tweaked processor capable of 4K HDR. The Roku Ultra costs $80 less than the Apple TV 4K, which would make anyone wonder why they'd buy the Apple TV 4K over the Ultra or Streaming Stick+.

Two of the new Roku devices unveiled Monday can stream video in 4K HDR - the same resolution as the new Apple TV 4K - and they both cost significantly less than Apple's offering.

"Roku had first mover advantage, the channels like them and they are a very lean company, all positive", Moor Insights & Strategy's Patrick Moorhead says.

Roku Ultra: The most powerful - now available for $99.99, which is around $30 cheaper than its predecessor.

In the jump to the Roku Streaming Stick, we see the addition of a new voice remote that's also compatible with some TVs. It also comes with a remote as well, but has a USB power cable which can act as a Wi-Fi antenna.

Roku has also announced the latest version of its Roku OS platform. The HDR is a feature that the new device shares with all of Roku's other 4K set-top boxes but this is the first time it has ever appeared in anything so small from the company. Over-the-air content will now be included in Roku Search results, and new voice controls will let you switch inputs or tune into a local channel.

For those who demand top of the line performance, the sizable Roku Ultra is also available. That's a 23 percent decrease from the Roku Ultra released a year ago, a device that had been selling for $130 until a recent clearance sale.

Availability The new line of streaming players will be available for pre-order beginning today from Roku, Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon and other retailers; and is expected to be in stores around October 8.


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