Roku enhances search and discovery for latest online video devices

DetailsJoseph O'Halloran | 07 April 2015

Three is the magic number for online video device maker Roku as it upgrades its latest streaming devices which will now be embedded with new ways for consumers to find and discover content.

Available immediately, the Roku 3 streaming player will have a new voice search capability, and the company has also introduced a new faster-than-ever-before Roku 2 streaming player.

Roku3The company's top-of-the-line streaming player, the new Roku 3 also includes enhanced remote control features a button to activate voice search, a headphone jack to enable private listening, and motion control to play casual games. The new Roku 2 has been upgraded to match the speed and the performance of the new Roku 3 and is on offer as a streaming player for those who want to watch video and music without the new Roku 3 enhanced remote.

In terms of search, the new Roku Feed allows consumers to follow entertainment and get automatic updates on pricing and availability. Roku is launching the feature with a focus on 'Movies Coming Soon', said to take the guessing out of when a box office hit is available for streaming, which services offer the film and how much it costs. Additionally the company is adding the ability to search within the Roku Channel Store by streaming channel name, making it able to find channels such as CBS News, HBO GO, Sling TV and other streaming channels.

In addition to using the included remote control, Roku also offers a free mobile app to enable consumers to control their streaming player with their mobile device. An updated version of the Roku Mobile App for Android devices is available immediately and for iOS devices imminently.

"With the biggest line-up of streaming channels available, the most comprehensive and unbiased search, and new ways to discover new movies, Roku players make it simple for consumers to stream the entertainment they want to watch on their terms," said Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood. "Now with a fast and fun way to search by voice, we've made the Roku 3 the best streaming player on the market even better."