Roku announces two new players and Google Assistant support

The new Roku

The new Roku

Roku on Monday announced two new media streaming devices, the first in its catalog that bring ultra high-definition (UHD, or 4K) streaming below the $50 line.

The Roku Premiere packs 4K HDR streaming into a Roku Express-sized package. It still gets Full HD, 4K, and 4K HDR support, however, and Roku even throws an HDMI cable in the box, which is more than most other streamers bother with. The Premiere supports Dolby and DTS Digital Surround pass-through over HDMI, too. Between both updates, support for controlling Roku devices with Google Assistant and the use of Pandora Premium will also be added.

The Roku Premiere+, meanwhile, takes the Premiere and builds on it with a new remote.

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The difference in price comes down to the fact that the regular Premiere only comes packed with a standard IR remote, while the Premiere+ includes the Bluetooth remote that can control the power and volume on your TV. It'll be priced at $49.99. Or if you have a Roku-powered TV, k you'll be able to turn it off and on, change the volume, switch inputs, or change channels if you have an OTA antenna attached. They can plug into the headphone jack on the Roku Ultra's voice remote, for private listening.

The low $40 price is afforded partly by the use of an infrared remote that lacks a wireless connection with the Premiere, or a microphone for Roku's voice search feature. As for the Roku Premiere+, that will arrive in Walmart stores and at Walmart online in early October.

Roku has announced that its latest OS updates will bring Spotify back to the platform after a nine-month absence.

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