Roku revamps set-top streamer line-up
Michelle Clancy | 27-09-2013
Roku has refreshed its family of streaming video and TV set-top, over-the-top (OTT) players.
The new Roku LT adds support for up to 720p HD video quality, while the Roku 1 takes streaming a step further than the Roku LT with support for up to 1080p. The Roku 2 offers 1080p and adds a remote with built-in headphone jack for private listening to that, with a dual-band wireless for better Internet connectivity. Both are popular features that were previously available only with the Roku 3.
The Roku 3, which launched in the US in March, has the features of the Roku 2 plus Ethernet and USB ports and an enhanced remote with built-in headphone jack and motion-control for gaming.
The Roku LT, Roku 1 and Roku 2 players along with the Roku 3 provide access to the Roku Channel Store, which features more than 1,000 channels in the US and more than 450 channels each in Canada, the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
"These new players bring useful improvements at existing prices – just in time for the holidays," said Jim Funk, senior vice president of product management at Roku. "We're giving customers more value for their money by adding a headphone jack for private listening and dual-band wireless to the Roku 2, and support for 1080p HD video to the Roku 1. We are excited to bring these and other great features to our new line-up which provides a better TV experience across every price point."
Roku also has free apps for iOS and Android devices to transform a phone or tablet into a Roku command centre. In addition, the Play on Roku feature lets consumers stream their personal music, video and photos to a Roku player.
The Roku LT player will be available in the US only, while the Roku 1 and Roku 2 players will be available in the US, Canada, the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The flagship Roku 3 player which launched in the US in March is now also available in all of these countries.