Roku has refreshed its range of internet media streamers and brought the Roku 3 to the UK.
The range of Roku players is now simplified with the Roku 1, Roku 2 and Roku 3. Each is more expensive than the last but brings more features. They cost £59, £79 and £99 respectively but all offer up to Full HD 1080p playback. See also: Roku 2 XS review.
The palm-sized devices have a new rounded design and hook up to almost any TV with an HDMI or AV cable. See also: Apple TV review.
Jim Funk, SVP of product management, Roku. "We're giving customers more value for their money by adding a headphone jack for private listening and dual-band wireless to the Roku 2, and support for 1080p HD video to the Roku 1. We are excited to bring these and other great features to our new line-up which provides a better TV experience across every price point."
The Roku Channel Store – a sort of app store - has over 450 channels including Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, Sky News, Sky Sports on Sky Now TV.. There are free iOS and Android apps available to control the devices. The app also allows users to stream content stored on the smartphone or tablet such as photos or video to the TV via the Roku.
The Roku 3 is the new flagship device and launched in the US back in March. It features motion control for games, Ethernet, USB, a faster processor and a headphone port on the remote control for private listening.
The Roku 3 is available to purchase now while the Roku 1 and 2 will be released on 11 October but you can get a pre-order in now. Roku's older LT model, which is limited to 720p quality is still available at a new low price of £39.