Roku as we speak introduced the Streaming Stick 4K, the corporate’s newest streaming machine. Priced at $49.99, the brand new product replaces the favored Streaming Stick Plus, which has lengthy been a go-to suggestion as probably the greatest streamers for below $100.

The brand new {hardware} improves on the previous with options like Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR and speedier efficiency. It now boots up 30 % faster and has a long-range Wi-Fi receiver that delivers speeds which might be as much as twice as quick. Roku says the machine can intelligently optimize bandwidth and streaming efficiency based mostly in your community circumstances. Like its predecessor, the Streaming Stick 4K helps Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit and will also be tied into Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant sensible properties.

The Streaming Stick 4K has the same design to the Streaming Stick Plus that it’s changing.
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As ordinary, the Streaming Stick 4K plugs instantly right into a TV’s HDMI port and will be neatly hidden from view. Roku features a voice distant (with TV controls), which has assist for push-to-talk voice instructions. For those who choose hands-free controls for locating one thing to look at, you possibly can step as much as the $69.99 Streaming Stick 4K Plus. This time, the “Plus” means you’re additionally getting the Roku Voice Distant Professional, which has a chargeable battery and mid-field microphones that enable the distant to choose up your voice searches or instructions even when it’s sitting on a desk. These voice controls embrace the flexibility to simply find the Voice Distant Professional ought to it get misplaced within the sofa cushions or go MIA elsewhere in the lounge.

Individually, Roku additionally introduced as we speak that it’s including the flexibility to create a 5.1 encompass system utilizing a Streambar or Streambar Professional, two pairs of its Roku Wi-fi Audio system, and a Wi-fi Subwoofer. (Beforehand, you have been restricted to simply the soundbar, sub, and rear surrounds.) On this setup, the soundbar acts as a devoted middle channel and lets the entrance left and proper audio system present extra immersion.

TCL is releasing a soundbar designed for Roku TVs.
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And with regards to soundbars, TCL shall be releasing a Roku TV Wi-fi Soundbar for $179.99 in October. Because the identify suggests, it’s designed to be paired with a tv that runs Roku’s software program. If that’s the case, you get built-in soundbar controls within the TV menus, computerized audio/video sync, and extra versatile placement because you don’t want to fret about operating a cable from the soundbar to your TV.

Roku says the Streaming Stick 4K is because of arrive at US and UK retailers in mid-October and can come to Canada in addition to Mexico and different Latin America nations within the coming months. The Streaming Stick 4K Plus may even be accessible from Roku.com and all main retailers within the US in October.

Except for these {hardware} bulletins, Roku additionally shared some new options which might be coming to its Roku OS with the replace to model 10.5. My colleague Catie Keck has coated these right here.

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