The Roku TV announcement may have come a few days before CES, however the announced models were out sitting on the show floor. There will be a few manufactures producing a Roku TV, one of which is Hisense. Specifically, the Hisense H4 Series Roku TV that will include a 32, 39, 40, 48, 50 and 55-inch model.
Coming out of CES 2014, Roku has unveiled the Roku TV. This has them taking a step away from set-top boxes and into actual televisions. This setup will offer users access to the full Roku Channel Store which has more than 31,000 movies and 1,200 channels. Perhaps a bit more important for some, the Roku TV will have the same simplicity that we have seen with the set-top boxes.
Polaroid plans to roll out a couple new products for the upcoming CES 2014, among them being the new 50-inch Roku Ready Smart TV, model 50GSR7100. As you may image, this offering is a smart TV that runs Roku's popular channels-based interface. The functionality comes via the Roku Smart Stick, a dongle that, in this case, is integrated into the TV for always-there access to apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, and more.
While the app called AllCast was originally born of the creator’s wishes to connect more media to the Google device Chromecast, it’s made a significant expansion this week. This initial full release - out of Beta, that is - works with Roku, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TVs, Panasonic Smart TVs, Xbox 360, Xbox One, DLNA renderers, Google TV, and WDTV. Notice how Chromecast isn’t on that list?
Starting today, users of the newest wave of Roku devices will be able to access a real live YouTube channel. This long-awaited feature has been appearing through 3rd party services for some time - with Plex, for example - but has just appeared as an official channel on its own here on the 17th of December, 2013. Google itself set up this relative surprise of a release with little to no warning beforehand.
The folks at Sling Media have let it be known today that they're ready to give the full SlingPlayer family a boost in the software world. The two bits that'll get this update straight away are SlingPlayer 3.0 for the likes of the iPad and Android devices and the Roku channel SlingPlayer right out the box. These updates bring on full integration with a new second-screen application for both first and second-screens.
Roku offers a popular line of set-top box hardware that allows users to stream all sorts of digital content to their televisions. Roku announced today that it has a new content deal in place with Disney and ESPN Media Networks. This content deal delivers live programming, events, and video via the Roku streaming platform from both Disney and ESPN channels.
Netflix has revealed a new overhauled interface design that is intended for those who watch the service on a television. With these changes comes a more pronounced focus on shows, with large images next to show descriptions, ratings, and other particulars. The new design will be rolling out to multiple devices at the same time, marking a first for the video streaming service.
Roku has officially announced its new family of streaming media players including some updated units and a couple of brand-new offerings. The new family simplifies the naming system that Roku uses with the new family of media players including the Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 3, and Roku LT. The Roku LT is the entry-level player, but it has also been updated.