Roku refreshes entire hardware lineup and announces Roku OS 8

Roku's new 4K-ready streaming stick

The Express again lists for $29.99, making it the lowest-priced STB around, while the Express+ (which includes both HDMI and composite connectors) list for $39.99 and is a Walmart exclusive. On top of all of that, the company is also revealed what will be changing in Roku OS 8.

The Roku Express+ is great for classic TVs.

With prices starting at just $29.99 for the Roku Express, there's something to suit every pocket, but it's arguably the updated Streaming Stick and Streaming Stick+ that are the most interesting.

A new Smart Guide connects to your antenna to display info for local channels with ties to your other streaming apps, Roku's universal search now pulls results from local channels as well, the private listening mode for the Roku Ultra will extend to over-the-air channels, and users will also have access to a single-sign-on system for customers that pay for other TV services. Both can stream content in up to 1080p Full HD at 60 FPS, have quad-core processors, and support Dolby Audio. If the TV is off, a voice command like "launch Netflix" will turn it on and launch the app. Roku's voice control still isn't as good as Amazon Fire TV Edition sets, however, and for Roku TVs without voice-enabled remotes, you'll need to use the Roku app. The new Apple TV player costs nearly $180, up from nearly $150 for an earlier model without 4K.

Moving back to the Streaming Stick+ though, Roku is selling it for a fairly competitive price tag of $70.

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The latest free update, Roku OS 8, brings a slew of new additions. Roku says the Streaming Stick+ can get four times the wireless range as last year's streaming stick. The company also introduced a 4K dongle, dubbed the Streaming Stick Plus, that can stream 4K and HDR with up to 60 fps. Realizing this, Roku has just chose to drop the price on the Ultra, bringing it to $99.99 and pricing it to be more competitive with Amazon's new Fire TV. Most TVs support HDR10, but the Apple TV 4K supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, which is a better but less-supported standard. However, they now come with a remote control that has a microphone for voice search. The device also includes advanced wireless performance, an ethernet port for wired connectivity, a micro SD slot, and a voice remote.

Availability The new line of streaming players will be available for pre-order beginning today from Roku, Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon and other retailers; and is expected to be in stores around October 8.

Roku announced five new media streaming devices on Monday, which all include some performance and video upgrades, while some will directly compete with the new Apple TV 4K for a place next to your TV.

The line-up is set to be released on the October 8th in the United States, and we'll update you when we know about UK pricing and availability.

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