For a very limited time, anyone interested in purchasing a Roku streaming player will find an outstanding Black Friday deal on the top-of-the-line 2019 Roku Ultra 4K/HDR streaming media player this Holiday Shopping weekend.

The new streaming adapter, which is available on Amazon, is a set-top device that connects to a television via an HDMI link and a connection to an in-home Wi-Fi network to get access to a slew of streaming media apps and thousands of movies. The 2019 model features the updated Roku streaming OS v.9.2 with expanded convenience features including greater voice control and snappier app response.

The Roku Ultra | Streaming Media Player 4K/HD/HDR 2019 with Premium JBL Headphones, is available today for $48, save 52% off the regular $99.99 price, off the regular price. In addition, new Roku customers only who purchase the player for a very limited time will be entitled to receive a free month of Hulu and a free month of the Pandora music streaming service.

The 2019 Roku Ultra (regularly $99.99) set-top box supports 4K Ultra HD resolution and the baseline HDR10 high dynamic range profile. The company does not yet support Dolby Vision or HDR10+ dynamic HDR profiles in its media player assortment.

The new Roku Ultra also features a powerful quad-core processor bringing even faster streaming channel launch times and a remote with personal shortcut buttons designed to get to content quickly. The premium player also adds high-quality JBL earphones for use with the headphone-supporting remote control supplied in the box.

The Roku Ultra has an HDMI 2.0b port, and Ethernet port a USB input for playing digital music, photos and video files from a USB stick or hard drive. Other features in the new premium Roku Ultra player include Roku’s best 802.11ac dual-band wireless connectivity solution, an Ethernet port for even greater stability, and a MicroSD slot for expanded channel caching capability. Also featured is Dolby and DTS Digital Surround pass-through over HDMI and lost remote finder.

A new fast channel launch feature gets users to entertainment faster, improving channel launch times for the top channels across the Roku platform, the company said. Additionally, new programmable personal shortcut buttons on the Enhanced Roku Voice Remote offer personalization and one-touch control of entertainment.

The Roku Ultra is at the top of a seven-model player lineup that begins with the entry Roku Express ($29.99 suggested retail price), offering easy Full HD streaming (4K level content is not supported) in a new compact form factor.

The five additional Roku streaming player models are comprised of two broadly distributed players in the new Roku Premiere ($39.99) bringing a low-cost of entry to up to 4K Ultra HD/HDR10 streaming, followed by the Roku Streaming Stick+ ($59.99) with powerful processing for snappier response, portable HD, 4K and HDR streaming capability, longer-range wireless connectivity and a Roku Voice Remote with built-in TV controls.

Along with the new players, Roku will be bringing an OS firmware update in the Roku OS 9.2 for both Roku players and Roku TVs that is scheduled to start rolling out to Roku devices in the coming weeks. Like some of the new media players, the software update us designed to get customers to content quickly and brings additional ways to control the home entertainment experience.

As part of this, the 4K Spotlight channel has been redesigned to make it even easier to find 4K streaming movies and programs from a variety of services. A new “Roku Tips & Tricks” channel features videos to help Roku users improve the use and value of their Roku device. Roku Voice enhancements provide new voice control options while new channel performance improvements enable smoother streaming experience, Roku said.

Among the latest Roku OS are: greater content search capabilities through Roku Zones offering searches by genre and topical subjects presented in organized browsable, categorized rows that may include new releases, titles that are free to watch, rentals and other fare, Roku said.

4K Spotlight Channel interface has been redesigend with a content-first, curated selection of 4K entertainment from channels across the Roku platform. This now leverages the new Roku Zones architecture. Viewers will be able to browse a wide variety of 4K titles across a number of categories such as Most Popular, Action, Drama, TV shows, 4K channels and more.

The OS also adds greater voice control capabilities including setting sleep timers by voice, searching using spoken movie quotes, spoken 4K searching, and enhanced text searches that now include suggestions for 4K Movies & TV Zone.

Roku said Media Player users who use the device for personal music streaming, movies and photo searches can now use voice control to find, play and control stored files by using commands such as “Play,” “Skip,” etc.

At the same time, Roku is enhancing the ability to use voice control for their Roku experience using Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant smart devices with far-field mics. Users will be able to control multiple Roku devices using both Alexa and Google Assistant.

Other new capabilities in the OS v9.2 for Roku TVs users is support for the newly launched Roku Wireless Subwoofer when Roku TV Wireless Speakers, when paired to the Roku TV set.

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By Greg Tarr

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