Roku introduced the company’s new streaming players this week, just in time for the 2019 Fall streaming schedule. There’s a new Roku Express that offers HD streaming in a new form factor for $29, and the Roku Ultra, which offers channel launchers and a remote with personal shortcut buttons for $99. In total, there are seven Roku streaming players that create the lineup, and they are launching this fall. The new systems will run on the newly improved Roku 9.2 operating system.
“We’re driven by the goal of delivering an exceptional streaming experience to our customers that includes endless entertainment and intuitive ways to find it,” said Mark Ely, Vice President, Players and Whole Home Product Management at Roku. “Our new streaming player lineup continues to offer a device for every type of streamer. Whether you’re streaming to your TV for the first time or are a cord-cutting power-house who wants our ultimate streaming device – we’ve got something for everyone.”
At the two ends of the spectrum, you have the Roku Express and the Roku Ultra. The Roku Express is 10% smaller than the previous model, and the device can be fully powered by most TVs, which is perfect if you hate wires or don’t have a outlet nearby. The new Roku Express offers HD streaming and a remote with channel shortcut buttons. The Roku Ultra is a little more robust, offering HD, 4K & HDR picture quality and Roku’s best wireless performance. The Roku Ultra runs on a quad-core processor and 802.11ac dual-band wireless. Roku also improved the channel launch times for the top channels across the Roku platform, so you can start watching your content faster than ever. The new Ultra model offers programmable personal shortcut buttons, available on the Enhanced Roku Voice Remote. The new shortcut buttons offer personalization and one-touch control, to make watching your personal favorites a little faster. The device also runs on Ethernet 10/100 and 802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless, and there’s a USB port for local media playback and MicroSD slot for channel caching. This model also supports Dolby and DTS Digital Surround pass through over HDMI, and you can use the lost remote finder in a pinch. The package includes a pair of JBL headphones for private listening.
There are seven bundles to choose from, and you have a wide array of price-points. The basic Roku Express costs $29.99, and is designed for simple HD streaming. The Roku Express+ is a Walmart exclusive at $39.99, and features the newer form factor and a Roku Voice remote. The Roku Premiere costs $39.99 and is the low-cost 4K & HDR streaming option with a simple remote. The Roku Streaming Stick+ is $59.99 and offers HD, 4K and HDR streaming with the long-range wireless and a Roku Voice Remote with TV controls. Then there’s the Roku Streaming Stick+ HE at $59.99, a Best Buy exclusive. This model includes the Enhanced Roku Voice Remote with a headphone jack and Roku headphones.
The higher range models include the Roku Ultra LT at $79.99, another Walmart exclusive, featuring HD, 4K and HDR streaming, ethernet, 802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless, an Enhanced Roku Voice remote with TV controls and Roku headphones. At the top of the list is the Roku Ultra at $99.99, offering HD, 4K & HDR picture quality and this model is Roku’s best wireless option. This model also includes the fast channel launch, personal shortcuts, mute buttons, and premium JBL Headphones.
You can checkout Roku’s current options and compare models on the company’s product page on Amazon.com.
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