Posted Mon Apr 6, 2015 at 08:30 AM PDT by Steven Cohen
Roku has upgraded its popular streaming players.
Roku has announced a software and hardware update for its Roku line of products. Upgraded versions of the Roku 2 ($69) and Roku 3 ($99) are now hitting stores, and users can download a software update for all current generation Roku devices that adds new search features.
"With the biggest lineup of streaming channels available, and easy and unbiased ways to find and discover movies and TV episodes; Roku players make it simple for consumers to stream the entertainment they want to watch on their terms," said Roku Chief Executive Officer Anthony Wood. "Now with a fast and fun way to search by voice, we've made the already popular Roku 3 even better."
The new Roku 3 model adds a voice search feature through an integrated microphone in the remote control. The enhanced remote also includes a headphone jack for private listening and motion control for games. Meanwhile, the updated Roku 2 model features a hardware upgrade that matches the speed and performance of the Roku 3, but lacks the voice-enabled remote. In addition, Roku is rolling out a software update that adds new search options. First up, is the ability to search for content in the Roku Channel Store by streaming channel name. Next, is the new "Roku Feed" feature that lets users track updates for content that they are interested in. For instance, the feature now includes a "Movies Coming Soon" option that gives customers updates on pricing and streaming availability for theatrical releases.
The Roku software update for current generation Roku products and mobile devices should be available to all customers by the end of April. The new Roku 3 and Roku 2 are on sale now, though it is not clear if Amazon's current listings reflect the updated models.
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