Roku refreshes line-up with slick new look, lower price point and M-Go integration
Roku has unveiled a refreshed line up of its lower budget streaming boxes today with the new Roku LT, Roku 1 and Roku 2. The new models are set to replace the existing Roku LT, Roku HD and Roku 2 XD, while coming in at a less expensive price point for those who aren't looking for the full functionality of the well received Roku 3.
The flagship Roku 3 released to excellent reviews, boasting a sleek new look and an updated processor, and now the company has brought much of these refinements to the lower budget models. The Roku LT will come in at $50, with suggested retail prices on the Roku 1 and 2 at $60 and $80 respectively.
Along with the needed facelift the boxes also come along with some other upgrades. Most notably, the Roku 1 adds 1080p support and the Roku 2 adds dual band wireless and a WiFi remote with the headphone jack for private listening.
The remotes on the three new models come along with direct access buttons to Netflix, Amazon Instant, Blockbuster, and now video renting and purchasing service M-Go. The video content service provides Roku with a renting and purchasing system that is fully integrated for existing Roku customers. All rentals and purchases through M-Go are tied with the user's existing Roku account, effectively putting the company in the content business without having to run the service themselves.
The new models are available to pre order on Roku.com now and the company will be making the new software functionality available to existing owners through a software update come October when the new models are set to hit store shelves.
The Roku 3 has solidified the company's position as one of the most popular set top boxes. The Roku 3 features a faster processor than its predecessor, dual-band Wi-Fi support, as well as a revamped user interface that should make discovering content from its 750 partner channels a lot easier. As far a ports are concerned you get Ethernet, HDMI with up to 1080p support, a microSD slot and USB with support for H.264 MKV video files.
The Roku 2 XS offers dozens of Internet video and audio services, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, Pandora, NHL, NBA, and MLB. The 2 XS packs an HDMI port and a microSD card slot for additional game and channel storage. It also includes Roku Bluetooth game remote for playing games.
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