New Roku OS 8 Delivers Enhanced Entertainment Features

Newly public Roku announces latest lineup of streaming devices

The software is getting an update, too, making it easier for cord-cutters to watch to broadcast television. While the names have stuck, the Premiere and Premiere+ have been removed from the lineup.

Roku on Monday unveiled an updated lineup of video-streaming gadgets. Both offer a quad-core processor and 802.11 AC dual-band MIMO for wireless connectivity, and both now come with a voice-controlled remote that can power up compatible TVs and change the volume. But considering this gadget costs $10 less than the Amazon Fire TV Stick and $5 less than the Chromecast, it's the best value you'll find in streaming. The Roku Express+ offers composite cable connections for older TVs, in addition to HDMI.

The most basic of Roku's new devices, the $30 Roku Express and $40 Express+, are five times more powerful than their predecessors, according to Roku. The new operating system includes several new features and will roll out to Roku players at some point near the beginning of this month, while Roku-enabled TVs will see it sometime in November.

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Roku Streaming Stick+: Updated specs like the Stick, but with 4K Ultra HD and HDR streaming at up to 60fps, starts at $69.99. It can stream video in 4K ultra-high definition and high dynamic range and includes the company's top-of-the-line remote control. That said there will no doubt be plenty of resellers stocking these, so if you want a discrete 4K player you know what to look for. Meanwhile, the new Roku OS 8 adds enhanced features that are meant to, as the company puts it, bridge the gap between traditional over-the-air media and media streaming services. The price has been unaltered compared to previous year. This is excellent news for all of you 4K Netflix and Amazon Video streaming junkies out there with 4K televisions.

Fresh on the heels of its IPO last Thursday, Roku updated its product line with a focus on an improved OS for both stand-alone devices and the growing number of Roku-equipped TVs, as well as replacement models to strengthen its segment-leading market share position. Other features rolling out to all Roku devices includes enhanced voice controls, which will let you search for content in a more conversational tone, along with TV Everywhere Single Sign-On, which puts an end to signing into some of your pay TV services over and over again.

Roku will be introducing American consumers to a new range of streaming devices under the Roku family. With Roku OS 8, you can now also search for over-the-air shows with Roku's search function and use voice commands while watching that programming. Though it doesn't yet support every provider, Roku plans to add more - a big convenience.

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