Roku today announced three new streaming boxes to cover those looking for a simple, inexpensive way to stream, those sitting on the cutting edge of technology, and everybody in-between. Meet the Roku Express, the Roku Premiere, and the Roku Ultra. With these new boxes and the new VMedia Live TV Streaming, cord-cutters grow ever-more-powerful.

The Roku Express is their smallest box ever and, at just $29.99, is Roku’s closest thing to a Chromecast alternative. It supports 1080p HD streaming over HDMI, but for folks with older TVs there’s the Roku Express+ for $39.99 that also supports A/V cables.

The Roku Premiere, $79.99, works with HD and 4K UHD TVs, offers 4K UHD playback, is capable of up to 60 fps 4K UHD, offers upscaling, has a quad-core processor, and features “night listening mode” which adjusts the volume to maintain consistency. The Roku Premiere+, $99.99, features HDR support, a “point anywhere” remote with headphone jack, a MicroSD card slot for channel storage, and an Ethernet port for those who want a wired connection.

Finally there’s the Roku Ultra, which for $129.99 gets you everything that the Roku Premiere gets you plus dolby digital, optical digital audio out port for connecting a sound bar, USB port for playing local media, voice search-capable remote control, and a remote finder for when you lose your remote.

All players except for the Roku Express+ are available for pre-order now through Roku.com, Best Buy Wal-Mart, Amazon, and other retailers and are expected to be on store shelves on October 9th. The Roku Express+ will be available exclusively through Wal-Mart.

Check out the full press release for all the details.

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Roku Announces All-New Streaming Player Line Up Starting at $29.99
‘Roku Express’ delivers 1080p HD streaming at blockbuster price; Three new players offering HD and 4K at 60 fps including the ‘Roku Premiere,’ ‘Roku Premiere+’ with HDR and the ‘Roku Ultra’ for the ultimate experience

Roku, Inc. today announced a new line up 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. 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 sound bar
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
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. Roku Express+ will be available exclusively at Walmart.


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