Roku announced Thursday that beginning this month, its Roku Ultra set-top streaming adapter will include the company’s latest top-of-the-line voice control remote, the Roku Voice Remote Pro.

The Roku Ultra, which rings in at $99.99 suggested retail, is Roku’s best and most powerful streaming player, incorporating the company’s latest features and support upgrades.

The bundled package is available starting now direct from the Roku website, and will be available through other authorized retailers beginning May 15th. Check the link here for availability and pricing.

Among its benefits is a fast-responding interface and app loading, support for the Dolby Vision and HDR10+ dynamic metadata HDR profiles, Dolby Atmos surround sound pass through, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay and support for the efficient AV1 codec coming into use now by popular streaming services including Netflix and YouTube.

By bundiling in the newest Roku Voice Remote Pro, the purchasers also get next-level features for hands-free voice control, a rechargeable remote, and lost remote finder feature, among other benefits.

“At Roku, we are committed to providing our users with the best possible streaming experience with a focus on choice, value and ease of use,” said Chris Larson, vice president of Retail Strategy, Roku. “With the release of the Roku Ultra and Roku Voice Remote Pro bundle we’re adding even more features to our most powerful player while keeping the price under $100, ensuring that high performance is readily accessible. With a click of a button or by using the remote’s hands-free voice commands, Roku Ultra users can access the content they want, set shortcuts for favorite channels, or find a lost remote without moving from the couch. The best just keeps getting better.”

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Roku also announced the roll out of OS 11, its latest software update, in March. With Roku OS 11, users will experience expanded content discovery menu options, Roku Photo Streams – our new photo sharing feature, and a super-charged mobile app, and much more.

The Roku Ultra also offers a strong and stable Wi-Fi connection.

In addition to the recharging benefit, the bundled premium Roku Voice Remote Pro offers controls to power on a connected compatible TV, adjust or mute volume, and operate find, select and control features inside many of the most popular streaming apps available through the extensive Roku app libaray.

Users can set personal shortcuts using your voice for one-touch control to launch your go-to channel, pull up search results for favorite movies, actor/actress and metrics.

For those who like to watch television after others in the house have gone to bed, the Pro remote includes a private listening function, where users can connect a set of wired headphones or earbuds directly into the side of the remote and listen to high quality sound in solitude.

In addition, a push-to-talk button on the remote allows users to engage in Roku Voice function as well as to turn off a hands-free voice control option so that the remote will only pick up sound with the Roku Voice button is pressed and held.

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By Greg Tarr

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