Roku introduced a new line of over-the-top (OTT) set-top boxes (STBs) on September 25. The Roku LT, Roku 1 and Roku 2 players come with new features, including new quick search capabilities and the ability “to turn up a late-night flick without waking the kids,” according to a Roku press release.
The Roku 1 and 2 players will be available in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Ireland, while the Roku LT will be available in the U.S. Launched in the U.S. in March, the flagship Roku 3 player will be available in all these countries.
“These new players bring useful improvements at existing prices – just in time for the holidays,” Roku SVP of product management commented. “We’re giving customers more value for their money by adding a headphone jack for private listening and dual-band wireless to the Roku 2, and support for 1080p HD video to the Roku 1. We are excited to bring these and other great features to our new line-up which provides a better TV experience across every price point.”
All these Roku players provide access to the Roku Channel Store, whose online library of streaming programming currently numbers over 1,000 channels in the U.S. and more than 450 channels each in Canada, the U.K. and Ireland.
In addition to updated designs:
- The new Roku LT is the easiest and most affordable way to stream to virtually any TV with support for up to 720p HD video quality;
- The Roku 1 takes streaming a step further than the Roku LT with support for up to 1080p HD video quality;
- The Roku 2 offers the same great experience as the Roku 1 and features a remote with built-in headphone jack for private listening and dual-band wireless for better Internet connectivity; Both are popular features that were previously available only with the Roku 3;
- Leading the family is the flagship Roku 3 which launched in the U.S. in March. The fastest-and-most-powerful Roku player to date, Roku 3 sets the bar for streaming with all the features of the Roku 2 plus Ethernet and USB ports and an enhanced remote with built-in headphone jack and motion-control for gaming.