This is certainly one to remember if you want premium entertainment but are not interested in paying out for a pricier system like an Apple TV or Nvidia Shield. The Ultra retains its price tag of $99.99, while the Streambar has a price of $129.99 for its release.
That’s certainly true of its new $US100 ($142) Roku Ultra, quad-core processor for a snappier experience and faster apps.
First up among the changes though, Roku is adding support Dolby Vision HDR with its 2020 Ultra release.
Smarter than the regular soundbar: Inside the Roku OS, advanced audio processing allows Roku Streambar to generate sound well beyond its size while increasing the quality of voice and adding complex music complexity.
As many of us have been spending more time at home, we’ve been making conscious choices to enjoy a more minimalized space, getting rid of items we no longer need and ensuring that our mental health is no longer affected by the mess we can sometimes leave around us.
In the smaller build, Roku guarantees that the sound quality has not been affected. For anyone seeking a cheap surround-sound system, the Soundbar is compatible with Roku’s other audio products, the Roku Wireless Subwoofer and Roku Wireless Speakers.
Specifically, Roku announced a couple of 4K streaming boxes that serve different purposes on Monday.
It also acts as a Bluetooth speaker and is compatible with with Spotify Connect.
Roku OS 9.4 is rolling out to supported devices later this year, but no exact date has been given. So chin up Roku fans with Apple TV envy, your streaming lives are going to get a bit easier.
On that front, Roku did deliver, however, with Apple’s TV app officially landing on Roku devices days before the debut of the nascent streaming service, with a full slate of features.
Despite its role as a Home Hub for HomeKit, it has very oddly never been possible to control the Apple TV using home automation routines, and in fact until iOS 14 and tvOS 14 you couldn’t even turn your Apple TV on or off via Siri.