Roku launch 4K HDR capable streamer for the UK
New powerful Streaming Stick+ as well as budget Roku Express launching soon.
Roku has just announced two new streaming devices for the UK market – the basic Roku Express and an enhanced 4K HDR capable Roku Streaming Stick+ (Plus).
Quite likely, in direct response to both the new Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV 4K launches, Roku is putting some emphasis on affordability, with prices starting at £29.99 for the Roku Express. The company has significantly trimmed its range of streaming players for the US with this launch, to boot, vacating the higher-priced end of the market altogether.
The Roku Express is new to the UK and the entry level option, although it is the second generation of the device; the company says the Roku Express V2 is five times as powerful as its predecessor. For that £29.99 (MSRP), you get up to 1080p HD streaming, HDMI 1.4 connectivity, 802.11 (b/g/n) Wi-Fi and all the necessary items in the box to get you started, including an HDMI cable.
The new Roku Streaming Stick+ is priced at £79.99 which adds in 4K HDR (HDR10) up to 60 frames per second and, therefore, HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 connectivity plus up to 802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless with the receiver built in to the power cord.
There is an area of the Roku Streaming Stick+ Homescreen providing a spotlight on ‘4K’ content but Roku hasn’t explicitly stated exactly which of the Channels (apps) will be 4K or HDR capable – we’ve asked Roku UK to clarify. Fingers crossed for Netflix and Amazon, at least, although we suspect the (unspecified) quadcore processor won’t be VP9 capable, so Ultra HD YouTube won’t be possible.
You get all the usual Roku features including, arguably, the most comprehensive selection of major video streaming apps for a dedicated box in the UK. There’s more than 4,000+ streaming channels, including 150,000 movies and TV episodes and Roku Search to discover new entertainment across the top channels. There’s also a Roku mobile app for iOS and Android devices, enabling you to use your smartphone or tablet as a remote, stream media from a mobile device to the TV, access a keyboard for typing and access features like voice search and private listening.
This new line of streaming players will start shipping from the 18th of October and are expected in stores towards the end of October.
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