Roku adds 4K support with Roku 4


Michelle Clancy

| 07 October 2015

Online video equipment firm Roku has unveiled Roku 4, which will offer 4K video streaming at up to 60 frames per second.

It also announced a curated 4K Spotlight channel, along with a new section in the Roku Channel Store devoted to 4K UHD content. Content offerings will be from Netflix, M-Go, Amazon Instant Video, Toon Goggles, Vudu and YouTube. If the box is connected to an HDTV rather than an ultra HD set, it will stream 4K content in 1080p.

The $129.99 latest set-top streamer also features a remote control finder that will locate a lost remote by pressing a button on the box, and comes with voice search and a headphone jack on the remote.

Roku is now taking pre-orders on the Roku 4. The streaming player ships later this month.

Roku also separately announced a software update for its entire line-up, including the $49.99 Roku Streaming Stick and the Roku branded televisions built by Haier, TCL, Sharp, Insignia and Hisense. The Roku Feed feature now allows users to be alerted as to when and where favourite content would be available for streaming and at what price. Users can follow movies, TV shows, actors and directors.

Four brands Amazon, Apple, Google, and Roku accounted for 86% of all streaming media devices sold to US broadband households in 2014, Parks Associates said. Roku continues to lead streaming media device sales in the US with 34% of units sold in 2014.