If you’re looking for a 4K media streaming device but aren’t thrilled about Amazon’s new products, there’s now an alternative that you’ll definitely want to check out. Roku has just unveiled a new 4K- and HDR-compatible Streaming Stick Plus (styled Streaming Stick+) to compete with Amazon’s Fire TV.
The new device will offer up to four times the wireless range of its predecessors, and also comes with Roku’s new voice remote. It can be yours for just $70.
The Roku Streaming Stick Plus may be the biggest competitor to Amazon’s newly-launched Fire TV dongle, which is also 4K and HDR compatible. The big difference between the two is that the Fire TV has Alexa built-in, whereas the Roku device doesn’t come with a voice assistant.
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Two new budget streaming sticks: If you’re looking for a new media streaming device on the cheap, perhaps Roku’s new Express or Express Plus will fit the bill. These new devices are going for $30 and $40, respectively, and offer around five times the speed of their predecessors. The Express Plus can also work with older TVs thanks to its A/V port compatibility.
These are perfect for adding more Roku devices to TVs around your house.
Older Roku devices are now a better value: Roku is also bringing more value to its older streaming devices. The 4K- and HDR-compatible Roku Ultra is receiving a price cut to just $100, and the company’s $50 Streaming Stick now comes with a voice remote.
Roku OS gets a big update: The company also updated its Roku OS to version 8, which brings a new Smart Guide and search feature that provides information about local broadcast TV programming. Voice control and search now also feature enhanced natural language understanding, and the new 4K spotlight feature will display all 4K, HDR, and Dolby Vision content.
All of these new Roku devices are available for pre-order now and will begin shipping October 8. Note that the Roku Express Plus is only available at Walmart, however.