Immediately was a giant day for streaming-box producer Roku: the San Jose-based firm introduced new merchandise and software program options, together with one other entry into the world of home-theater audio and an replace to a preferred current system that provides among the most requested options.

First up, Roku is making a number of modifications to its highest-end streaming field, the Roku Extremely. It nonetheless prices $99, and most of its options are the identical. So what’s new? Nicely, wi-fi sign has lengthy been a thorn in Roku’s aspect—many households have weak or suboptimally positioned routers. To that finish, Roku claims that the brand new Extremely manages 50 % extra wi-fi vary. It additionally provides Bluetooth connectivity for the primary time, so you’ll use wi-fi headphones and the like.

The massive addition, although, is the introduction of Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR help (and Dolby Atmos, too). We knocked some prior Roku gadgets for supporting solely the HDR-10 commonplace, however this replace means the Extremely can now ship good HDR on an entire vary of content material that was optimized for Dolby Imaginative and prescient.

Second, Roku has launched what it calls a “2-in-1” soundbar known as the Streambar—which isn’t the corporate’s first soundbar, to be clear. It is 2-in-1 as a result of it doubles as each your commonplace, apartment-ready, better-than-your-TV-speakers soundbar and as a Roku streaming system just like the Extremely that may truly ship content material to your TV. As for streaming high quality, Streambar is 4K and HDR, which is what you’d anticipate from a tool launching in 2020, and it connects to the TV through HDMI (supplied that your TV helps ARC).

The Streambar has 4 drivers—two going through ahead, and one every pointing at an angle to the left and the fitting. And if you happen to’re on the lookout for a full home-theater, Dolby surround-sound expertise, you’ll be able to add on further Roku-made audio system and a subwoofer.

Lastly, Roku introduced Roku OS 9.4, which amongst different issues provides AirPlay 2 and HomeKit help to “choose 4K gadgets.” Roku additionally says that The Roku Channel, its ad-supported free streaming TV community, will get Android and iOS apps.

The 2 new {hardware} merchandise are anticipated to launch on October 15, however preorders are open as we speak. Roku OS 9.4 will hit supported gadgets within the coming days, however Roku says TVs working Roku OS may need to attend a bit of longer.

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