Roku Details New Streaming Players With up to 4K HDR Playback, Prices Start at $30

Posted Mon Sep 26, 2016 at 09:30 AM PDT by
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Several new media players have been announced.  

Roku has revealed its new lineup of streaming devices. The collection includes the Roku Express ($30), Roku Express+ ($40), Roku Premiere ($80), Roku Premiere+ ($100), and Roku Ultra ($130). 

"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 new Roku lineup is powered by the Roku OS with access to over 3,500 streaming channels. Likewise, the products integrate Roku's unbiased search for comprehensive results across 100+ streaming channels. The affordable Roku Express and Roku Express+ offer compact designs and 1080p playback, while the more robust Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere +, and Roku Ultra add 4K Ultra HD support and improved performance.

Here's a full rundown of specs and features for each model per the press release:

Roku Express ($30) and Roku Express+ ($40)

- Fast 1080p HD streaming
- Simple IR remote control with popular streaming channel shortcut buttons
- 802.11 b/g/n wireless
- Optional removable adhesive strip for mounting to a TV
- High Speed HDMI® cable included

Roku Express+ ($40) also includes:

- Composite jack and included composite A/V cable (red/white/yellow)

Roku Premiere ($80) and Roku Premiere+ ($100) 

- Works with both HD and 4K UHD TVs
- 4K UHD video playback, delivers crisp detail and brilliant, life-like images
- HDCP 2.2 compatible and capable of up to 60 fps 4K UHD playback
- Can upscale 720p to 1080p on HDTVs, and from 720p or 1080p to 4K up to 60 fps on 4K UHD TVs
- Fast quad-core processor
- 802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless
- Simple IR remote control with popular streaming channel shortcut buttons
- Night listening mode setting adjusts audio sounds to maintain volume consistency

Roku Premiere+ ($100) also includes:

- HDR support displays an incredible range of colors including brighter whites and deeper blacks
- Enhanced point anywhere remote with headphone jack for private listening
- MicroSD card slot for additional channel storage
- Ethernet for wired internet connectivity

Roku Ultra ($130) 

In addition to everything offered on the Roku Premiere+, the Roku Ultra also features:

- Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital Plus decoding for advance surround sound in home theaters
- Optical digital audio out port to connect to a receiver or sound bar
- USB port for local media playback
- Convenient point anywhere remote control with voice search, headphone jack for private listening and gaming buttons
- Lost remote finder feature finds remotes stuck in the couch with the touch of a button on the player

Pre-orders for the Roku Express ($30), Roku Premiere ($80), Roku Premiere+ ($100), and Roku Ultra ($130) will begin today for an October 9 release. Meanwhile, the Roku Express+ ($40) is set to be a Walmart exclusive.

Source: Roku 

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