Roku Unveils All-New Streamer Lineup

James Marshall
October 3, 2017

The upgraded version of the existing Roku Streaming Stick will support ultra-high definition, which is 4K or UHD, and video that is high dynamic range (HDR), in a tiny unit that is created to plug into the television.

As such, Roku Inc has just announced five new streaming players that will offer unprecedented variety among a single product line for web users and entertainment lovers alike.

Last year's major revamp saw Roku re-brand its devices, ditching the numbered models for names like the "Roku Ultra". It also means prices have dropped for even more affordable access to the streaming hardware.

'Tis the season for new streaming boxes, and Roku is the latest to get in on the act. The new devices will hit stores on October 8th. And now the Stick has a "+" version of its own: $69.99 Roku Stick+, which offers a universal remote as well as 4K and HDR support. The $49.99 Roku Streaming Stick is 50% more powerful than the last version, Roku says.

The Streaming Stick from a year ago received just a small upgrade over its previous version, including a remote that is able to control the power of the TV and volume. Despite all that smarts, the new Streaming Stick+ is priced at just $70 (£52).

Roku Ultra
Roku Unveils All-New Streamer Lineup

Beyond the box itself is the Ultra remote, which has a built-in microphone for voice controlled search. Users can also search for antenna TV content via the Roku mobile app. As with previous Express generations, the new Roku Express is only HDMI, while the new Express+ includes a compatible composite video output that can be used for older televisions. All the same, you can expect more basic performance than with the standard Streaming Stick, thanks to the simple chipset that powers these devices.

The Roku Express is $30 (£23) while the Roku Express+ is $40 (£30).

The Roku Ultra, then, offers everything plus an Ethernet port and a microSD card slot, a headphone jack, voice remote commands, and remote finder button; for $99.99.

Voice Control: Roku TVs now feature voice controls to make it easy to switch inputs, tune to a local antenna broadcast channel, launch a streaming channel and more. Using the Roku remote to control everything is one of the joys of the Roku TV line, and now it's going to be the norm for Roku streaming box users, too. Or, say, "tune to ABC", and the TV will turn on and tune to the local ABC station if an HDTV antenna is connected to the Roku TV. That allows you to flit forward seven days to plan viewings or look back up to 14 days to watch seamlessly via on demand.

There is also a 4K Spotlight Channel update that allows you to more easily find 4K and HDR content all from one place.

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