STREAMING OUTFIT Roku refreshed its streaming player lineup on Wednesday, which debuts a 'private listening' feature thanks to the remote control's built-in headphone jack.
Roku outed three new devices today, the imaginitely named Roku 1, Roku 2 and Roku 3, the latter of which has already seen a release in the US and Canada and is finally making its way to the UK.
The first of the three is the firm's entry-level offering, lacking the 'private listening' feature found on the two more expensive models and missing the built-in games offering. However, Roku said that it's for people after a streaming device purely for watching Netflix and catching up on TV shows, as the £59 device boasts HD 1080p video quality.
The Roku 2 and Roku 3 are a bit more interesting. Both boxes come with dual-band wireless and the firm's new remote control, which features a headphone jack for private listening. Roku told The INQUIRER that it's the first company to introduce such a feature, which means users can listen to the TV though the remote control. Thanks to the remote's built-in WiFi functionality, once the headphones are taken out sound will start playing through the television immediately.
The Roku 3 is already available in the US, and the firm told us that around 50 percent of users have quickly adopted the private listening feature.
That's not all the remote control can do. With built-in WiFi users don't have to point the zapper at the Roku box to get it to work, which also means it can be used as a motion controller for playing games like Angry Birds.
At present there are around 60 games available in the Roku store, and over 500 apps such as Netflix, Now TV, Sky News and BBC iPlayer. Users will also be able to play content from their iPhone or Android device through the Roku 2 and Roku 3 boxes.
The Roku 3 is £20 more expensive than the Roku 2 and boasts a built-in Ethernet port and USB ports.
The Roku 3 is available now, priced at £99.99. The Roku 1 and 2 are also up for pre-order ahead of their release at the beginning of October, priced at £59.99 and £79.99, respectively.
Check back soon for our Roku 3 review. µ
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