What is a Roku
Roku streaming players are more convenient and cost-effective way to watch TV. All you need to do is to plug the device into your TV, connect to the internet, set up a Roku account, and start streaming your favourites.
If you have you ever watched a YouTube video on your smartphone or a Netflix, Hulu or any other online apps movie on your laptop? Yeppie that’s streaming. Streaming is the way video and audio content is delivered over the Internet. Streaming has become a popular way to watch TV online.
With streaming, you will be able to watch what you want, at the moment you want to. You need no longer, to wait for that video to finish downloading.
How Roku Device Works
Roku allows you to watch free and paid video content on your TV via the Internet without stress. With Roku device, you have access to TV and Movie streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Sling TV, YouTube and more are loaded on the Roku similar to how apps are loaded onto a smartphone. Furthermore, apps like Sling TV allow content to be viewed live. Roku enhances cable and satellite TV, by adding a wellspring of on-demand content; we recommend both a Roku device and a TV antenna to provide an outstanding experience that eliminates the need for cable TV.
Roku devices are in different types but have the following features in common
- Each Roku version has access to over 3,000 channels to enjoy
- All Roku boxes can connect to the TV via an HDMI cable (HDMI not included ion the box)
- Roku devices fully support 1080p HD videos.
- Roku devices can be controlled with the free Roku Mobile App (which can be downloaded from Stores)
- Roku supports wireless internet connections in 802.11 (b/g/n).
- Each Roku comes with a remote control.
The Roku Ultra is cost $99 and is the top Roku devices. It has the most powerful processor of any of the new Roku devices. It includes the following features:
USB Storage – Roku Ultra allows its USB port to play video from an external hard drive. Roku Ultra supports FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, and HFS+ drive formats.
Optical Audio – It allows you to connect your Roku Ultra to your home audio system.
Voice Remote – You can search for titles of your favourite TV shows and Movies without typing a single alphabet. Simply hit the voice search button and say the title of what you wish to search for. While trying the voice search features, Roku was able to find well-known movies and TV shows about 90% of the time.
Remote Finder – Press the button on top of the Roku Ultra device and your remote will starting beeping alerting you to its location. isn’t that beautiful?
Gaming Buttons – If you game with your Roku, the Remote that comes with the Ultra embedded gaming buttons to use.
Roku Ultra Specifications
The Roku Ultra comes with the Roku Advanced remote with batteries, headphones for private listening, a USB cable, and power adapter. Roku Ultra also have the following:
- 802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless
- 10/100 Base-T Ethernet
- 720p, 1080p, and 4K UHD with HDR video at 60 frames
- Night listening mode
- MicroSD card slot for additional channel storage
- Advanced point anywhere remote with voice search, headphone jack, and gaming buttons
- IR receiver for universal remotes
- Dolby Audio pass-through via HDMI
Roku Premiere and Premiere+
Roku Premiere and Premiere+ devices were just released at the end of September 2018. They offer HDR and 4K video at a fantastic price point. The Premiere is priced at $39.99, which the Premiere+ retails at $49.99. The only difference between the 2 is the Premiere+ comes with the advanced point anywhere remote with voice search, headphone jack, and gaming buttons. I recently did
are Roku Premiere Review, so check it out for details.
The Roku Premiere is at the price of $39.99 while the Premiere+ will cost you $49.99. Both of these 2018 Roku devices come with all the same features such as streaming channels.
The new 2018 models are closer in size to the Roku Express and fit inside the palm of your hand, unlike the 2016 version that is bulky. The shared the same features
- Resolution at 1080p HD, 4K Ultra HD, and support HDR
- Wifi connection: 802.11 b/g/n
- Dolby Audio™ and DTS pass-through via HDMI®
- Same Quad-Core Processor
- Same Roku OS as all models.
Difference between Premiere and Premiere+
The major difference between the 2018 Roku Premiere and Premiere+ is the remote control. The Premiere comes with the basic IR Roku remote that requires line of site. However, for the additional $10 more, the Premiere+ includes the advanced point anywhere Roku Remote with voice search, headphone jack, and gaming buttons. The advanced remote also includes volume buttons for your television which is life-changing.
Roku Express and Express Plus
The difference between these two devices is the Roku Express+ comes with composite A/V Cables for older televisions. Those are the Television with the three colour connector before HDMI.
The Roku Express and Express+ come with, the Roku Standard IR Remote with channel shortcut buttons, two AAA batteries, a removable adhesive strip for mounting, a High-Speed HDMI cable, a power adapter & micro USB cable (for power). Roku Express+ also includes a Composite A/V cable.
While the Roku Express and Express+ do not support Ethernet, they do support the Wi-Fi and are b/g/n compatible. They both Roku Express and Express+ support WEP, WPA, and WPA2 wireless security. Both support 720p and 1080p video and Dolby Audio pass-through via the HDMI.
Roku Television Model
It has been quite sometimes now that television Manufacturing companies such as Sharp, Hisense, Insignia TCL have Roku built in with them for easy access to thousands of Roku streaming Apps. Television embedded with Roku apps does not require additional Roku devices to be attached to them. Television embedded with Roku has the same features with other devices. such as Wifi built in, magic remote controller and more.
How to set up Roku Devices
Setting up Roku devices is the easiest thing to do, Just Roku plug it into your TV using an HDMI cable, connected from your TV to the Roku device. Roku is connected to the internet via a wired or wireless connection to your home network.
Roku works by downloads video from the internet, you then have access to watch it on your TV. The video doesn’t need to be saved as it’s watched Roku downloads or “streams it” the video. Apps are programs you load onto your Roku device that provide you with various movies and TV shows. This works much like installing apps on a smartphone or tablet devices.
Roku tv version does not require attaching anything into the tv, All you need do is to power your Tv, connect it to your Wifi and start watching your favourite show,
Which of the devices should you go for, I guess it is up to you.
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