Roku app turns Apple Watch into a remote control

Online streaming services are better than ever and the days of traditional TV might be numbered. Online media player company Roku is working on a unique and useful app for the Apple Watch. 

About the app

Roku developed an app for the Apple Watch which allows it to work as a remote control, and the good news it that it’s already available for download.

First of all, users have to update their iOS app to version 6.1.3 in order to access the app. The app works in a similar manner to other remote control apps from Roku: it can launch channels, listed in order of the recently viewed ones on the user’s TV by simply tapping the screen of the watch, and there’s even the possibility to adjust the volume level of the TV with the circular crown of the Apple Watch.

One perk of utilizing the Roku app on the Apple Watch is that it can be used to locate a lost Roku remote by sending a command to it that requests it to play a specific chime, but this feature is only available for Roku Ultra or Roku TV sets which support the feature.

Voice command

Perhaps the most interesting detail about the app is that it accepts voice commands for specific requests, like launching a certain app (“Launch Netflix”) or to search for shows (“search for sitcoms”). However, for now that feature is only available on some Roku TVs and devices.

The launch of the new app from Roku highlights the fact that they are in the business to stay. They offer an affordable and high quality streaming solution comparable to the Google Chromecast.

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