Roku Premiere and Premiere+ bring 4K HDR streaming for under $50

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 24, 2018

As it does at this time every year, Roku has announced an updated lineup of living room set-top boxes.

Roku has added two new 4K streaming boxes, the Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+, to its line-up, as well as updating its flagship Roku Ultra player.

"Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+ are the easiest and most affordable way to stream in outstanding picture quality", Roku director of product management Lloyd Klarke said. "It is great for HDTV today and even better if they decide to get a 4K TV tomorrow".

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.

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. The Premiere supports Dolby and DTS Digital Surround pass-through over HDMI, too. The Roku Premiere+, meanwhile, is a Walmart exclusive that'll land in stores and online at Walmart.com early next month.

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

The latest version of the software will see the return of Spotify to the platform, as well as the inclusion of Pandora Premium - two of the biggest audio streaming services on the planet.

The new streaming devices are virtually identical in appearance to the Roku Express - small, dongle-like boxes that connect to your television via an included HDMI cable. 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.

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