Roku Announces New Players, Including Ultra Model with HDR Support

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Roku-Ultra.jpgIn late September, Roku unveiled its new lineup of streaming media players, priced from $29.99 up to $129.99. The new top-shelf Roku Ultra adds support for HDR playback, currently available through services like Netflix and Amazon Video. The company says that the new model is also cooler, quieter, and 40 percent smaller than the Roku 4. The Roku Ultra will carry an MSRP of $129.99. However, many Roku 4 owners recently received emails offering a $50 discount and free shipping if you order the new player from Roku.com by October 26. The email went out to those who "were among the first to buy the Roku 4."

Full details on all the new players are available in the press release below.

From Roku
Roku, Inc. announced a new lineup of streaming players with features, prices and performance for every kind of streamer. Setting a new milestone, Roku launched its tiniest streaming player yet--the new Roku Express offers a fast and complete experience with 1080p HD streaming for $29.99 MSRP. The Roku Express and Roku Express+ are a great solution for consumers who want a low-cost way to start streaming or for those who wish to extend TV streaming throughout their home inexpensively.

For those who seek incredible performance through a quad-core processor and the capability to stream 4K Ultra HD up to 60 frames per second (fps), Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+ offer an amazing value. The Roku Premiere+ also supports HDR for vibrant picture quality and includes a point anywhere remote with a headphone jack for private listening. Rounding out the line is the fully loaded Roku Ultra for an ideal streaming experience which also includes support for HDR, Dolby Digital Plus decode, voice search and lost remote finder. These five new streaming players complement the very popular Roku Streaming Stick introduced in April, and offer consumers the most complete streaming player lineup.

"Roku stands for streaming innovation and today we're celebrating the biggest player launch in our company's history, including the introduction of the Roku Express player, which delivers a complete streaming experience for a shockingly low price of $29.99," said Anthony Wood, Roku Founder and CEO. "Whether consumers simply want fast HD streaming via an inexpensive device or are looking for a top-of-the-line player with advanced features such as 4K and HDR, Roku is an easy choice."

Most Comprehensive and Unbiased Search
Roku devices are powered by the Roku OS and feature a simple home screen with access to 3,500+ streaming channels, including 350,000 movies and TV episodes in the U.S. Roku devices feature the most comprehensive and unbiased search in the industry now across 100+ streaming channels. Search a movie, TV show, actor or director and the Roku OS will display where content is available and serve results in order of price; starting with what is free or lowest cost for the user. Roku has added unprecedented depth to its search capabilities with a wide variety of channels that cover comedy, news, concerts, sports and long-tail content.

Features like Hotel and Dorm Connect make it easy to access public Internet networks to stream when away from home. Consumers can use the simple included remote control or the free Roku mobile app for iOS and Android mobile devices which acts as a remote, includes a keyboard and offers features like voice search, private listening, and more for this new line of Roku streaming players.

Roku Express and Roku Express+
$29.99 MSRP and $39.99 MSRP, respectively - our most affordable streaming players ever launched; Roku Express is for TVs with HDMI and Roku Express+ supports older TVs and can use a legacy Red/White/Yellow connection.

Fast 1080p HD streaming
Simple IR remote control with popular streaming channel shortcut buttons
802.11 b/g/n wireless
Optional removable adhesive strip for mounting to a TV
High Speed HDMI® cable included

Roku Express+ also includes:
Composite jack and included composite A/V cable (red/white/yellow)

Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+
$79.99 MSRP and $99.99 MSRP, respectively - powerful performance and stunning HD and 4K up to 60 fps streaming plus HDR on the Roku Premiere+.

Works with both HD and 4K UHD TVs
4K UHD video playback, delivers crisp detail and brilliant, life-like images
HDCP 2.2 compatible and capable of up to 60 fps 4K UHD playback
Can upscale 720p to 1080p on HDTVs, and from 720p or 1080p to 4K up to 60 fps on 4K UHD TVs
Fast quad-core processor
802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless
Simple IR remote control with popular streaming channel shortcut buttons
Night listening mode setting adjusts audio sounds to maintain volume consistency

Roku Premiere+ also includes:
HDR support displays an incredible range of colors including brighter whites and deeper blacks
Enhanced point anywhere remote with headphone jack for private listening
MicroSD card slot for additional channel storage
Ethernet for wired internet connectivity

Roku Ultra
$129.99 - our ultimate player that's fully loaded and can deliver powerful HD, 4K up to 60 fps and HDR streaming

In addition to everything offered on the Roku Premiere+, the Roku Ultra also features:
Dolby Digital/Dolby Digital Plus decoding for advance surround sound in home theaters
Optical digital audio out port to connect to a receiver or soundbar
USB port for local media playback
Convenient point anywhere remote control with voice search, headphone jack for private listening and gaming buttons
Lost remote finder feature finds remotes stuck in the couch with the touch of a button on the player

Availability
The Roku Express, Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra streaming players will be available for pre-order beginning today from Roku.com, Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon and other retailers, and are expected to be in stores beginning on Oct. 9. The Roku Express+ will be available exclusively at Walmart.

Additional Resources
Roku 4 Ultra HD Streaming Media Player Reviewed at HomeTheaterReview.com.
• Get more details on the new lineup at Roku.com.


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