Roku Streaming Stick 4K announced with OS 10.5

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TL; DR

  • The new Roku Streaming Stick 4K has been announced.
  • It includes a faster processor and better Wi-Fi performance compared to the old Streaming Stick Plus.
  • The company is also rolling out a new update to the operating system with many new features.

There is no doubt that media streaming to mobile devices, smart TVs and set-top boxes continues to become more and more popular, Roku, which helped start this entertainment trend over 10 years ago, is now updating. its popular streaming stick material for fall and holiday shopping season. Today the Roku Streaming Stick 4K was announced, and it packs some pretty powerful hardware into its small package.

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The Roku Streaming Stick 4K features a new processor that is 30% faster than the old Roku Streaming Stick Plus. This should lead to better overall performance and faster loading of Roku apps. In addition, the Wi-Fi hardware inside has been improved so that it can connect to your wireless router over a longer range while being up to twice as fast for connection speeds. The new streaming stick also not only supports resolutions up to 4K for TVs, but also supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 Plus.

It also comes with a standard Roku voice remote, so you can use it for voice commands like finding new movies or TV shows, or launching a Roku app. It can also be controlled by voice by connecting it to devices that support Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. It supports Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to control the stick via Siri. It will go on sale in the United States for $ 49.99 in mid-October.

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Roku also introduces the Streaming Stick 4K Plus. This is the same hardware as the 4K Streaming Stick, except that the standard voice remote is replaced by the more advanced Roku Voice Remote Pro. It includes features like built-in rechargeable battery (charged via USB cable), lost remote control, two programmable buttons, etc. The Streaming Stick 4K Plus will retail for $ 69.99, which means you’re saving $ 10 on Voice Remote Pro, which normally costs $ 29.99 on its own. It will also go on sale in the United States in mid-October.

Another minor new addition to the Roku hardware lineup is the Roku Ultra LT. This is the Walmart exclusive version of the 2020 edition of the Roku Ultra set-top box. The LT version includes most of the hardware features of the current Roku Ultra, including a faster processor, additional storage, an Ethernet port for wired networks, audio streaming supported by Bluetooth, and more. The LT model will not have the USB port for local playback, nor will it have support for Dolby Atmos decoding. In addition, the included remote control will not have a remote search function or programmable personal shortcuts. It will go on sale in the coming weeks at Walmart stores and through Walmart.com, priced at $ 79.99.

Finally, from October 1, 2021 to January 14, 2022, anyone who purchases a new Roku device will be able to take advantage of a 30-day free trial of HBO Max. The trial is for new subscribers only and the offer must be used before January 22, 2022.

Roku OS 10.5: Lots of changes under the hood

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Along with the Roku Streaming Stick 4K, the company will roll out a new update to its streaming operating system in the coming weeks and months. Roku OS 10.5 won’t have any major changes to its familiar user interface, but there will be some notable additions. One thing users can do on the Roku home screen is install a new tile showing the live TV options available on the company’s own Roku channel. This tile will take users directly to over 250 entertainment, news and sports channels which are configured similarly to Pluto TV’s range of channels.

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Many improvements in Roku OS 10.5 relate to audio. For example, the Roku mobile app will be updated so that users can control audio features on a connected Roku device or smart TV, including night mode, automatic volume leveling, and speech clarity. . This way, users can make adjustments without having to go directly to the settings section of their Roku device.

Additionally, people who use wireless headphones for Roku’s private listening feature can make settings through their smartphones when logged into the Roku mobile app. By using a smartphone camera, these users can measure the distance between themselves and the TV. This allows the new advanced A / V sync feature to correct for audio delays between the TV and wireless headphones.

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Owners of any of Roku’s smart soundbars will be able to take advantage of the new 10.5 OS update. The soundbar can now become a center speaker for a 3.1 or 5.1 wireless speaker configured for a better home theater audio experience. Speaking of which, one of Roku’s TV partners, TCL, will be launching a Roku TV wireless soundbar in October. It can connect to any Roku TV and will also deliver great sound and automatic A / V sync. It will cost $ 179.99. We should have more info on this TCL soundbar itself as its release nears.

Roku is also adding new voice control features. It will soon support finding and launching shows via voice from apps like Netflix and Spotify. In related news, the operating system update will allow users to search and play music, podcasts, and video podcasts. They will be able to find these results via a “music and podcast” line. Additionally, voice commands can be used to complete device setup, as well as add items like emails, passwords, and PIN information without having to navigate virtual keyboards with your remote. Roku is also adding a voice help section to its settings menu for people who have questions about these features.

Finally, the Roku mobile app will be updated to include its own Home tab for quick access to the latest content available on the operating system. Users can also go to the app to put all the movies and TV shows they want on the backup list so that they can watch them at another time.

Roku channel growth and more

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During our presentation of the new Roku Streaming Stick 4K and software updates, we were also briefed on current Roku activities by Mark Ely, vice president of retail product strategy for the company. Roku is still the largest streaming TV platform in the United States, with 55.1 million active users. It also has over 15 TV hardware partners who install the Roku operating system on their TVs. Recently, Amazon started selling its own branded smart TVs with their Fire TV operating system installed. However, Ely told us that Roku is not currently considering launching its own branded TVs.

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The company’s Roku channel, which offers free ad-supported content, also continues to grow in terms of users and content. It now has over 40,000 movie and TV episodes to watch, as well as a steadily growing number of Roku Originals. This includes more new content from the now-defunct Quibi service, as well as an upcoming two-hour vacation-themed chase of NBC’s canceled music show, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.

Unfortunately, Ely hasn’t given us an update on Roku’s current dispute with Google on YouTube TV. The popular live TV service was removed from Roku for new users in late April 2021 after channel renewal talks broke down.


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