Roku introduced Monday its latest Roku Express media streamer along with the all new Roku Wireless Bass compact subwoofer designed to fill out the sound of the company’s diminutive Streambar or Roku TV Wireless Soundbar.

The latest version of the Roku Express includes dual-band Wi-Fi capability and more powerful performance. The small HDMI add-on device comes bundled with the company’s popular minimal-button remote, increased storage, and included HDMI cable to immediately begin streaming movies and programs from the vast selection of free and premium content available through the platform.

The Roku Express is designed to deliver seamless HD content. The dual-band Wi-Fi will help to ensure a constant connection to a home network without interruptions, the company said.

It is supported with easy to follow guided setup procedure and delivers the popularly intuitive and simple Roku OS Homescreen to quickly find and get into watching a program. It will easily bring smart TV functionality (or more expansive app and free content selections) to any HDMI-enabled TV.

The Roku Express is available for pre-order now for $29.95 through Roku.com, Walmart.com, and Amazon.com for a $29.99 suggested retail price and is expected to ship October 16th.

Roku Wireless Bass

The Roku Wireless Bass

In addition, the new compact Roku Wireless Bass will be coming soon to add-on powerfully dynamic bottom end to the full home theater experience, matching the company’s tiny Streambar, Roku TV Wireless Soundbar and/or Roku Wireless Speakers.

In keeping with the compact design of those solutions, the new subwoofer is small enough for easy placement in limited spaces. The unit will easily connect and set up with those products to provide punchy additional bass to the overall surround sound experience. In addition to the Streambar and Roku TV Wireless Soundbar, the Roku Wireless Bass can also be used in tandem with Roku Wireless speakers.

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The Roku Wireless Bass will be available standalone, or bundled with the Roku Streambar. It will be available for pre-order shortly as a standalone purchase for a $129.95 suggested retail price from Roku.com and Amazon.com, and will ship starting November 7, the company said.

The Roku Streambar & Wireless Bass bundle is available for pre-order now for $249.99 at Roku.com, with general availability starting November 7.

The Roku Wireless Bass is similarly simple and easy to setup and use when connected with the aforementioned supporting Roku devices. Users need only power it up and pair it to a Roku Streambar, Roku Wireless Speakers, or Roku TV Wireless Soundbar to get started. The small size of the Wireless Bass cabinet allows placement almost anywhere in a room without the need to physically connect long cables runs (just plug in the unit’s power cord to a nearby receptacle).

Features include: deep, dynamic bass for theater-like bass tones and sound effects, easy wireless setup; and unobtrusive floor placement up to 30 feet from the TV.

In related news, Roku said it soon will be expanding the features and benefits of the Roku OS with new firmware update v. 11.5. New software will bring a platform-wide Save List and Continue Watching function found in the What to Watch section; enhanced search results with the introduction of Visual Search Results, optimizing how users view content; an improved Roku Voice Search that helps streamers spend less time looking for what they want to watch; and Bluetooth Private Listening that pairs any Bluetooth headphones directly to the new Roku Ultra, Roku Streambar and Roku Streambar Pro.

In addition, Roku said it will be offering qualifying customers 30 days of Discovery+ premium streaming service with the purchase of a new Roku streaming device starting August 25 and running until January 6, 2023.

The offer is available for new Discovery+ subscribers only and must be redeemed by Jan. 31, 2023. The subscription auto renews at the end of the 30 day period at full price until canceled.

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By Greg Tarr

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