Posted Wed Mar 6, 2013 at 07:00 AM PST by Brian Hoss
The Roku 3 is HDMI only and features a remote with a headphone jack; other Roku models promised a software update.
Roku has announced the Roku 3, the latest Roku model and replacement for the former flagship model, the Roku 2 XS. The Roku 3 adds dual-band wireless, a faster processer, and a headphone jack located on the remote control. When the headphone jack is in use, audio output on the Roku will automatically be muted, granting users an instant, simple privacy mode.
The Roku 3 also gets Roku's new on-screen experience with one-stop search, which is designed to allow the user to search multiple content providers with one input. Roku has also promised that several other Roku models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model #2500), and the Roku 2 line-up will receive the new search capability between now and May.
One feature that the new Roku has dispensed with is any kind of analog connectivity, and an HDMI port is the only way to go. Roku is still offering several older models for analog and SD users.
The Roku 3 is currently available from Roku's website for $99.99, and should appear on Amazon within a week.
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