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Philips TVs Will Now Be Powered By Roku OS

Adnan Farooqui November 13, 2017

Roku today announced that it has added another popular brand to its Roku TV licensing program. Philips-branded TVs are manufactured for the U.S. market by Japan’s Funai. The smart TVs used to be powered by the in-house NetTV platform which wasn’t that great to begin with. New Philips-branded TVs will now come with Roku’s operating system out of the box, providing a much smarter connected TV experience.

A variety of Philips-branded TV sets are sold in the United States. These include 4K UltraHD models while some have support for Chromecast and Dolby Vision.

Funai, the company that makes these TVs for the U.S. market, hasn’t confirmed as yet which Philips models will come with Roku OS out of the box. One can expect that the 4K UltraHD models will have Roku to compete with similar products from companies like TCL.

The Roku OS enables users to access more than 500,000 movies and TV episodes. They can even access more than 5,000 streaming channels. The OS receives automatic updates so users already have the latest features and improvements.

It’s unclear right now how much the Philips Roku TV models are going to cost. Roku has confirmed, though, that some models are expected to be available in the United States this year.

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Roku Possibly Developing A Smart Speaker

Adnan Farooqui November 12, 2017

Roku makes some of the best streaming media devices on the market right now. Lately, there have been reports that the company is thinking about jumping on the smart speaker bandwagon. It was recently been discovered that the company acquired an audio startup in September and that acquisition seems like a big indication that Roku wants to get a piece of this expanding pie as well.

Smart speakers have really taken off over the past year or so. Companies like Amazon and Google are trying to capture a big chunk of the market. Even Apple has thrown its hat in the ring.

A recent regulatory filing by Roku has been discovered which reveals that it quietly acquired Dynastrom, a Danish audio startup, in September for $3.5 million. The filing doesn’t mention Dynastorm by name but does mention a privately held tech startup that’s based in Denmark.

Variety did some digging and found that many Dynastrom employees, including its CEO and CTO, joined Roku back in September. The filing does mention that Roku made this acquisition to “enhance the company’s player product offering.”

Dynastorm makes software that can be integrated into a speaker hardware to stream music over Wi-Fi. It has previously been reported that Roku is working on far-field voice technology, which is something that you find on devices like the Amazon Echo.

All of this circumstantial evidence points to the possibility that Roku has started working on a smart speaker. Just what it will be capable of remains to be seen. Roku has not yet confirmed or denied these reports.

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Plex Live TV Service Launched For Roku

Adnan Farooqui October 12, 2017

Plex today announced that it’s bringing its Live TV service to Roku. It already has support for Apple TV, Android TV, and Fire TV. Support for Roku’s devices was missing, it was hard to miss that fact initially. The wait ends for Roku device owners soon as the Plex Live TV service is finally going to be released for this platform.

Users will require a Plex Pass to access the Live TV service. Plex has confirmed today that a beta release of the service is out now for Roku and that it’s planning to release it to all Plex Pass subscribers in about a week from now.

Plex Pass subscribers who have the Roku preview channel installed will be able to use Roku to watch free HDTV digital broadcast channels. The channels will also include local news and sports.

Users will have the ability to fast-forward, pause or rewind using time-shifting. All they need for this is a Plex Pass subscription and a digital antenna-tuner to enjoy their favorite shows and more.

The Plex Pass subscription costs $4.99 per month. It’s much less than the base price of many over-the-top TV streaming services, but then again, subscribers are limited to the channels they can get from their digital antenna.

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Roku 4K Streaming Stick Launched

Adnan Farooqui October 2, 2017

It was reported recently that Roku might launch a 4K-compatible streaming stick in the near future and that has happened today. The Roku 4K streaming stick has been officially launched today by the company. It’s not really surprising to see that Roku has refreshed its hardware lineup at this time of the year. It traditionally refreshes its hardware lineup in the fall.

Not only has Roku launched a 4K streaming stick, the company has also upgraded its cheapest streaming players and has also cut the price of the Roku Ultra, its top-of-the-line streaming device.

Priced at $70, the Roku Streaming Stick+ offers up to 4x the wireless range of its predecessor to minimize buffering. It’s capable of streaming 4K, 4K HDR, and HD content up to 60 frames per second.

It comes with a new voice remote which includes buttons for TV power and volume which can be used to control compatible TVs with. The remote is also used for controlling the Roku Streaming Stick.

The Roku Express and Roku Express+ are the new cheapest models from the company. They’re great for first-time streamers or for adding another streaming device to another room. They start at $29.99.

The Roku Ultra remains the company’s most powerful and feature-packed player. It’s also capable of streaming 4K HDR content. The price of the Roku Ultra has been cut to $99.99.

Roku’s refreshed streaming player lineup is available for pre-order starting today from the company’s website, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and other retailers. The products will be available in stores by October 8th.

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4K Roku Streaming Stick Reportedly Due This Fall

Adnan Farooqui September 21, 2017

Roku might be gearing up to launch a 4K streaming stick of its own. According to a new report, Roku is going to release its Chromecast Ultra competitor later this year. The biggest selling point of this stick is likely going to be its ability to stream content in 4K resolution.

According to a report from Zatz Not Funny, Roku is going to announce several hardware updates this fall as it traditionally does. Some of the 2017 models are said to feature a new Roku remote that expands television control and even includes a power button. The volume rocker may be added to more models.

A 4K HDR Roku Streaming Stick+ has also been “confirmed” in the report. It’s going to join the company’s mid-range lineup and will maintain the dongle form factor. It’s also going to ship with the universal remote.

The entry-level Roku Express is reportedly going to get a “significant performance bump,” so it will be interesting to see just how capable the latest generation of this product is going to be.

Roku hasn’t said anything about any of this so far so nothing is confirmed at this point in time. Recent reports have also suggested that Roku might be building its very own Amazon Echo rival.

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4K Hisense Roku TVs With HDR Available Now

Adnan Farooqui September 19, 2017

Those who are in the market for a new 4K TV with High Dynamic Range support should look at the latest options from Hisense. A new series of 4K Hisense Roku TVs is available starting today. They promise the ultimate viewing experience coupled with Roku’s software which brings a world of entertainment content to the user’s fingertips.

The R6 4K Hisense Roku TV series has support for High Dynamic Range or HDR. It also features UHD Upscaling which converts lower resolution content to as close to 4K as possible to provide an enhanced viewing experience with maximum brightness and Motion Rate 120 for smoothness.

The company does mention that the HDR viewing experience is going to vary by model, content availability, and internet connection, but that’s to be expected.

The R6 series is powered by the latest version of the Roku OS which has a simple home screen that puts all entertainment options in one place. It provides access to more than 5,000 channels, the Roku 4K Spotlight channel, over 500,000 movies and TV episodes, and more.

These new TVs from Hisense are available in 50, 55, and 65 inch sizes and are priced at $499, $549, and $799 respectively. The 4K Hisense Roku TVs are now available for purchase from select Sam’s Club outlets across the country and online at samsclub.com.

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Roku Amazon Echo Rival Reportedly In The Pipeline

Adnan Farooqui September 19, 2017

Following Amazon’s runaway success with the Echo smart speaker, many companies jumped on the smart speaker bandwagon. There are countless options available to customers now that want a smart speaker with an artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant. If a new report is to be believed, a Roku Amazon Echo rival is in the pipeline as well.

Roku is best known for its streaming video devices. It’s not a company that you would associate with audio products but Roku seems to be willing to change that. Variety reports that Roku has been working on advancing voice control and is also ramping up its audio offers.

Roku has reportedly posted new job offers that show it wants to focus more on audio. Variety has also reviewed other public documents. After compiling all of the information, it’s of the view that Roku is building its very own smart speaker.

Roku has recently posted job offers for audio-centric roles that include a “Sr. Software Engineer, Audio” and a “Sr. Software Engineer, New Products, Audio (Expert).” One can argue that perhaps these job openings are for improving the voice integration in Roku’s existing products.

Some Roku video streaming products do ship with remote controls that have integrated microphones. Some streaming boxes also have optical audio outputs.

However, the audio experts it wants to hire will also be responsible for “voice user interface design,” this is commonly used to refer to screen-less interaction design that relies on voice commands from the user and spoken feedback from the device.

Variety has also spotted that some of Roku’s recent hires have a background in speech recognition.

It’s all circumstantial evidence at this point in time but it won’t be surprising at all if Roku decides to come out with its own smart speaker.

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Apple TV Bleeding Market Share To Amazon And Roku

Adnan Farooqui August 23, 2017

The Apple TV might be a robust set-top box but it’s finding it difficult to compete against similar products from Amazon and Roku. According to a new report, the Apple TV is bleeding market share to these rivals as the proportion of U.S. households owning and using an Apple TV is shrinking compared to those owning and using an Amazon or Roku device.

Parks Associates conducted a study recently which found that Apple TV only accounted for 15 percent of the country’s set-top box market in the first quarter of this year. It was a 19 percent decline compared to the same period last year. The study is based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. broadband households that owned at least one streaming player.

On the other hand, Roku saw an improvement in its lead year-over-year. Its market share is up from 33 percent in the first quarter of 2016 to 37 percent in the first quarter of 2017. Amazon also saw an increase in its market share.

Amazon’s Fire TV range saw its market share increase during the same timeframe. It went from accounting for 16 percent of the market to account for 24 percent. Google Chromecast saw a slight decline from 21 percent to 18 percent in the first quarter of this year.

Apple is believed to be working on an upgrade for the Apple TV to improve its position in the set-top box market. It may launch an Apple TV with 4K support and even add 4K resolution content to the iTunes Store at some point in the future.

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Pre-Order 4K HDR TCL Roku TVs This Month

Adnan Farooqui May 11, 2017

Roku today announced that the first 4K high-dynamic range (HDR) Roku TVs with Dolby Vision will be available for pre-order soon in the United States. These TVs were first announced by TCL back at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in January this year. Roku promises that these TVs are going to deliver a premium picture quality at a very compelling price point.

TCL P-Series TVs tout 4K UHD picture quality with Dolby Vision HDR support. The HDR Contrast Control feature individually optimizes contrast across 72 zones on the screen which will provide users with an enhanced sense of depth and reality.

All TVs in this new series also feature Wide Color performance with TCl’s NBP Photon technology that produces a rich color palette so advanced that it covers almost the entire DCI-P3 color standard.

The P-series TVs are going to be offered in 50, 55, and 65 inch sizes. The 55 inch model will be available first at an introductory price of $599. Pre-orders for this model can be placed on Amazon.com starting May 26th.

All models run the latest version of Roku OS, hence the name Roku TV, and thus provide access to its extensive line-up of streaming channels. Users can access more than 5,000 channels and over 450,000 movies and TV episodes.

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Twitter Channel Released For Roku

Adnan Farooqui May 4, 2017

Twitter has been working hard on improving its video streaming offerings over the past few months. It recently inked an agreement with Bloomberg to broadcast news from the network around the clock. Twitter has developed apps for smart TV platforms which enable users to easily tune into its video offerings through their televisions. It’s now available as a channel for Roku. Twitter’s channel is now available for Roku streaming players and Roku TV models in the United States.

It enables users to live stream content offered on Twitter and also see the conversation surrounding that content taking place on Twitter alongside the stream. It allows for a more immersive and engaging experience as users are able to view the content and relevant tweets side by side. It really adds more value to the entire experience.

Users can access a wide variety of live streaming video on Twitter which includes original programming and live simulcasts in entertainment, sports, news, and politics. It will also be possible to browse commentary via the Twitter timeline while live streaming an event using the app.

All users with a Roku streaming player or Roku TV in the United States can now get the Twitter live streaming experience straight on the biggest screen in the house.

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