Roku Announces New Set-Top Boxes, Google Assistant Compatibility

Roku devices will get more connected with Google Assistant

Roku devices will get more connected with Google Assistant

There's also a small difference in price and availability, too: The Roku Premiere will be available at all major retailers for that $39.99 price point while the the Premiere+ will only be available exclusively through Walmart for $49.99. The headline feature is support for Roku's new TV Wireless Speakers, which promise to make setting up a better home entertainment audio system more straightforward.

Roku also announced an incremental upgrade of its Ultra media streamer.

The Roku Premiere significantly improves upon a regular Express, having more features in common with the $99 USD Ultra instead. Available via the Pandora channel in the Roku Channel Store now.

The new app allows you to navigate Spotify using the remote. This will provide a uniform volume across all content, so you don't get blasted by commercials or action scenes in movies.

Of the Roku voice control elements in the OS update (outside of Google Assistant), Speech Clarity is included, which "looks for voice frequencies and boosts them to address intelligibility".

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The second OS update, OS 9, is for Roku TVs, the Roku Wireless Speakers, and Roku streaming players. More and more people are foregoing traditional means and getting their entertaining through streaming services. With a forthcoming software update, users will be able to launch music by voice in Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn, and will be able to search specifically for free videos by genre. Tens of millions of 4K TVs will be sold this year; we're seeing more content, even live sports, produced and streamed in 4K and HDR as each week goes by.

Priced at US$39.99 and US$49.99 respectively, the Premiere is available to pre-order now in the United States while the Roku Premiere+ will be available exclusively at Walmart stores in early October.

This gives American Roku owners the chance to control their streaming sticks, set-top-boxes and Roku TV sets using a Google Home or another Assistant-enabled device. Based on eMarketer, Roku might presumably well delight in 32.Four% of streaming viewership in 2018, when in contrast with 26.6% for Amazon, sixteen.8% on the Google Chromecast dongle, and Thirteen.2% for Apple TV.

Automatic Volume Leveling - Automatic Volume Leveling will be available on select Roku streaming players, as well as select Roku TVs whether paired or not to Roku TV Wireless Speakers. It's expected to be completed in Q1 2019.

Roku pioneered streaming to the TV. Roku is headquartered in Los Gatos, Calif. U.S.A.

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