Roku has been hard at work in recent months, and the results are visible, as the company has announced new hardware products and software improvements, with some of them being quite notable.
Improved Roku Ultra
The star of the show was a new version of the Roku Ultra, which comes with a $99 price tag. Roku has addressed a long-lasting issue related to Wi-Fi signal quality, as many households use routers that are weak or placed in positions which decrese the overall singal quality. Hardware changes have increased the signal range by 50%.
Users of wireless audio devices will also love the introduction of Bluetooth for the first time in the series, as they can now use their favorite headphones, headsets, and speakers with ease. Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision HDR are also present and quite useful for enjoying content optimized for Dolby Vision.
The Streambar is an interesting twist, as it has been designed as a 2-in-1 device. It is able to work as a regular soundbar that is better than the built-in audio system of your TV while also offering the full features of a Roku Ultra as it can deliver content to the same TV. It packs HDR, 4K and can be connected to a TV via HDMI.
It also comes with four different drivers, two on the front and two one positioned on the left and right sides of the device. Users who wish to further enhance the audio experience can also pair it with speakers and subwoofers made by Roku.
Roku OS 9.4 comes with a selection of smart tricks, including AirPlay 2 and Homekit compatibility, for a selection of 4K devices. Dedicated app versions of the Roku channel, which is available for free but features ads, will also be released for Android and iOS devices.
The new devices will arrive on the market on October 15, while the software update should drop in the following days.