Roku’s massive bulletins as we speak: A brand new Extremely participant, a brand new soundbar and AirPlay 2 assist

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In the present day was a giant day for streaming field maker Roku, with the San Jose-based firm saying new merchandise and software program options, together with one other entry into the world of dwelling theater audio and an replace to a well-liked present system that comes with among the most provides to requested performance.

First up, Roku is making some adjustments to its high-end streaming field, the Roku Extremely. It is nonetheless $ 99 and many of the options are the identical. what’s new? Nicely, wi-fi sign has lengthy been a thorn within the aspect of Roku – many households have weak or suboptimally positioned routers. To that finish, Roku claims the brand new Extremely will handle 50 % extra wi-fi vary. It additionally provides a Bluetooth connection for the primary time, so you need to use wi-fi headphones and the like.

The large change, nevertheless, is the introduction of Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR assist (and Dolby Atmos too). We pounded on some earlier Roku units as a result of they solely assist the HDR-10 customary. Nonetheless, this replace implies that the Extremely can now ship good HDR for an entire vary of content material optimized for Dolby Imaginative and prescient.

Second, Roku launched what was known as a “2-in-1” soundbar known as the Streambar, which is not the firm’s first soundbar. It is 2-in-1 because it doubles as an ordinary house soundbar that’s higher than your TV audio system, in addition to a Roku streaming system just like the Extremely that may truly stream content material to your TV. When it comes to streaming high quality, Streambar 4K and HDR is what you’d count on from a tool launched in 2020 and it connects to the TV by way of HDMI (assuming your TV helps ARC).

The streambar has 4 drivers – two in the direction of the entrance and one at an angle to the left and proper. And should you’re in search of a full dwelling theater Dolby encompass sound expertise, you may add extra Roku audio system and a subwoofer.

Lastly, Roku introduced Roku OS 9.4, which helps AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, amongst others, to “choose 4K units”. Roku additionally says The Roku Channel, its ad-supported free streaming TV community, will obtain Android and iOS apps.

The 2 new {hardware} merchandise are anticipated to hit the market on October 15th. Nonetheless, pre-orders are nonetheless potential as we speak. Roku OS 9.Four will likely be out there on supported units within the coming days, however in line with Roku, TVs with Roku OS could have to attend a bit longer.

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