Roku’s new models support 4K and HDR, with 1080 Roku Express starting at $30
Roku introduced a new lineup of streaming players this week, offering several options for anyone looking to stream their favorite shows. The company also announced the Roku Express, offering 1080p HD streaming for just $29.99. Other options include a quad-core processor, and the ability to stream 4K Ultra HD up to 60 frames per second. Those new models are called the Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+. There is also an advanced model called the Roku Ultra.
The Roku Premiere+ also supports HDR and will include the popular ‘point anywhere’ remote with a headphone jack for private listening. Rounding out the line is the fully loaded Roku Ultra, which also includes support for HDR, Dolby Digital Plus, voice search and features lost remote finder. These five new streaming players complement the very popular Roku Streaming Stick that was introduced in April.
“Roku stands for streaming innovation and today we’re celebrating the biggest player launch in our company’s history, including the introduction of the Roku Express player which delivers a complete streaming experience for a shockingly low price of $29.99,” said Anthony Wood, Roku Founder and CEO. “Whether consumers simply want fast HD streaming via an inexpensive device or are looking for a top-of-the-line player with advanced features such as 4K and HDR, Roku is an easy choice.”
The Roku Express and Roku Express+ will cost $29.99 and $39.99 respectively. The devices offer 1080p HD streaming, a simple IR remote control, and work with 802.11 b/g/n wireless tech. The Roku Express+ also includes composite jack and included composite A/V cable (red/white/yellow).
The Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+ will cost $79.99 and $99.99, those options will work with HD and 4K UHD TVs. The devices are HDCP 2.2 compatible and capable of up to 60 fps 4K UHD playback. Both options can upscale 720p to 1080p on HDTVs, and from 720p or 1080p to 4K at 60 fps on 4K UHD TVs. The devices are also compatible with 802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless tech. Both options also offer a ‘night listening mode’ setting, which adjusts audio sounds to maintain volume consistency. The Roku Premiere+ also includes HDR support, an enhanced point anywhere remote with headphone jack for private listening, a MicroSD card slot for additional channel storage and supports ethernet for wired internet connectivity. The Roku Ultra will be $129.99, it will support all options that the Premiere and Premiere+ offers, along with Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital Plus decoding, and it has an Optical digital audio-out port. There is also a USB port for local media playback on the Ultra model.
Roku Express, Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra streaming players will be available for pre-order beginning today from Roku.com and on Roku’s official storefront on Amazon.com. The Roku Express+ will be available exclusively at Walmart.