Roku has unveiled its latest line of media streamers for 2018, including a new version of its Roku Streaming Stick that is 4K HDR capable and updated models of its Roku Ultra and Roku Express.
The new Roku Streaming Stick+ becomes Roku’s most notable new entry to its product lineup. The upgraded version of the existing Roku Streaming Stick will support ultra-high definition, which is 4K or UHD, and video that is high dynamic range (HDR), in a tiny unit that is designed to plug into the television.
While it does not have an Ethernet port to make a wired network connection more reliable, it features a wireless receiver that is built-in separately to the power cord that the company claims offers as much as four times the overall range of its Streaming Stick from last year.
The new Roku Streaming Stick+ has a retail price of $69.99, which is $20 higher than its Roku Streaming Stick that is 1080p.
The Streaming Stick from last year received just a small upgrade over its previous version, including a remote that is able to control the power of the TV and volume. The remote is included as well with the new Streaming Stick+.
The other end of its media streamers includes the Roku Express and the Express+ with new CPUs, that the company has claimed are over five times more powerful that previous Express units. As with previous Express generations, the new Roku Express is only HDMI, while the new Express+ includes a compatible composite video output that can be used for older televisions.
The Express retails for $29.99, while the Express+ will have a retail price of $39.99, and Roku announced that its Express+ is available exclusively at Walmart.
The new Roku Ultra is for the most part unchanged. However, it does now include a new remote that can operate the power and volume on the television directly.
It is a remote that is far more advanced than those that accompany Streaming Sticks, with a finder button for the remote that makes it beep when it cannot be found and a jack for headphones for private listening, which is a feature only found in the Roku Ultra.
The updated Roku Ultra is less than the previous at a new price of $99.99.
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