Roku Beefs Up 2016 Streaming Device Lineup
The already flexible Roku is limbering up for the 2016 holidays.
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This morning, Roku announced a pretty major refresh to its 2016 lineup of streaming media boxes, including models that offer support for 4K resolution and HDR playback. Talk about videophile stocking stuffers!
Here are the new models:
• Roku Express (pre-order from Roku, $29.99)
• Roku Express+ (pre-order from Roku, $39.99)
• Roku Premiere (pre-order from Roku, $79.99)
• Roku Premiere+ (pre-order from Roku, $99.99)
• Roku Ultra (pre-order from Roku, $129.99)
Basically, the new Express and Express+ models are the entry-level faire. They lack the compactness of the streaming stick and won't deliver 4K or HDR video. The Express+ is geared toward screens that aren't HDMI compatible, such as older TVs, in-car entertainment, and so on.
The Streaming Stick retains its original price and form factor at $50, and is still geared toward specialist needs like hotel WiFi functionality.
The Premiere is the most affordable 4K Roku solution, starting at $80. For $20 more, the Premiere+ adds HDR (High Dynamic Range) playback and an ethernet jack (which is arguably almost a requirement for seamless 4K HDR playback right now).
Finally, for $130 you can get the "total package" with both 4K/HDR playback, remote voice search, and expandable storage via microSD; personal playback via USB; and an optical jack for external home audio.
Check out Roku's more detailed press release here. While the Streaming Stick is available now for purchase, the other five options will be available next month in October.
However, you can pre-order from Roku or Wal-Mart (above) or Best Buy (below) now.