Roku introduced Monday a revamped lineup of Roku set-top streaming adapters, including the company’s first two models offering support for high dynamic range (HDR) along with 4K Ultra HD streaming.
In total, the company is adding five new models, which will be replacing many of the currently available set-top box offerings. Also with the introductions, Roku is changing its model naming practice, moving from numbers to names.
Models include the Roku Express ($29.99 suggested retail), Roku Express+ ($39.99), Roku Premiere ($79.99), Roku Premiere+ ($99.99) and Roku Ultra ($129.99). All will be available for pre-order beginning today with arrivals expected October 9th. The Roku Express+ will be available exclusively through Walmart, while all other models will be available from Roku and leading retailers including: Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon and others.
The five new streaming players will join the Roku Streaming Stick that was introduced in April.
The new models start with the entry Roku Express, which is billed as the company’s tiniest streaming box yet outside of the streaming sticks. The Roku Express offers an HDMI connection to a TV, a fast response time and support for up to Full HD 1080p video streaming. The company also announced a Roku Express+ version, which brings support for legacy television sets with analog composite audio/video (red, white and yellow) RCA jack inputs.
Two new mid-range Roku players include the Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+, which offer 4K Ultra HD output, fast quad-core processors, upscaling of lower-resolution video to up to 4K Ultra HD at 60 fps; 802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless connectivity; and a night listening mode setting that adjusts audio sounds to maintain volume consistency
Roku Premiere+ adds support for HDR; an enhanced point anywhere remote with headphone jack for private listening; MicroSD card slot for additional channel storage and Ethernet port for wired internet connections.
The Roku Ultra offers 4K Ultra HD with upscaling; HDR support; optical digital audio out; USB port for local media playback; point anywhere remote control with game buttons, voice search and headphone jack for private listening. The remote also includes a lost-remote-finder feature and all other features in the Premiere+.
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