Roku has announced its latest OS 7.5 update, which will add some interesting features for owners of Roku TVs. If you own an HDTV that has the Roku OS directly integrated into it, you will now be able to pause live TV programming that’s tuned in via an over-the-air antenna. Obviously, this feature requires that connect your own antenna, and you’ll also need a 16-GB or higher USB storage device. OS 7.5 will also add the private-listening feature to Roku TVs. Below is the official blog post about the update from Roku’s website.
From the Roku Blog
As proud owners of Roku devices your experience always stays fresh with automatic software updates providing new features and fixes to give you a great streaming experience. Today we are beginning the release of Roku OS 7.5, the latest version of our operating system to Roku streaming players and Roku TVs. It includes some exciting new features that we know Roku TV users will love, including Live TV Pause and mobile private listening. Whether you bought your Roku TV today or purchased one of the first Roku TVs launched in 2014, you’ll receive these great new features. Roku OS 7.5 will soon begin roll out to Roku TV models bringing more value and enjoyment to your streaming experience.
Live TV Pause for Roku TV models–Never miss a play with Live TV Pause. When an antenna is connected to your Roku TV, you can now easily pause and playback digital broadcast TV to make sure you never miss a minute of the action when you head to the kitchen for a snack run. Using this new feature, over-the-air TV can be paused for up to 90 minutes. Live TV Pause requires a USB storage device with 16 GB or more of storage capacity to be connected to your Roku TV.
Mobile private listening for Roku TV models–Roku OS 7.5 brings a popular feature that’s currently available on select Roku players to all Roku TV models. When using the latest version of the Roku mobile app (V3.6.0), Roku TV owners can now enjoy private listening via their mobile device while streaming. With this new feature, you can listen as loud as you like on your Roku TV while not disturbing others in the house. Simply launch the Roku mobile app for iOS or Android while connected to the same wireless network as your Roku TV, connect a pair of headphones to your mobile device and enjoy.
Click here to learn more about what’s included in Roku OS 7.5, including an update to the Play on Roku feature for the Roku mobile app that let’s your friends share their photos on the big screen and the addition of our screen mirroring feature to the Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra.
The roll out of Roku OS 7.5 is expected to be completed before the holidays.
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