Roku has an all new line up coming this October

Okay, so it's not an Android box, but to be honest, I find myself constantly using my Roku, and the fact that I can control it with my Android phone makes it so much easier to use than Kodi on an Android box.  So, I love my Roku.  I don't know how they can really improve upon my Roku 3, but they found a way, and have announced a full line up for this fall.

So, it looks like there's the Roku stick, and then a variety of the boxes to suit your specific needs.  The addition is a new "Express" model which is a bit of a blend between the Stick and the boxes

The biggest upgrade this year is the inclusion of 4K (and HDR on the upper lines) and then the Ultra setup includes its own audio output.  Seems like a small thing, but I've just been setting up a new sound bar and unfortunately I don't have anything with HDMI switching to allow its sound to go through it, and my TV doesn't have any audio out, so the Roku 3 gets omitted from some cool sound from my system.  This model also has a 'lost remote' option, which is awesome because there's been a few days where I just used my phone only because my son couldn't remember where he left the remove.

The devices start from a basic $40 and run up to $140 for the top end... and in my opinion worth it for every option.  I find it way easier than struggling with Kodi and I love having the remote on my phone to mess with whoever is playing on the device! :)

Oh, and did you hear that there's now Canadian streaming channels on Roku via VMedia for $18/month?

Press releases:
‘Roku Express’ delivers 1080p HD streaming at blockbuster price; Three new players offering HD and 4K at 60 fps including the ‘Roku Premiere,’ ‘Roku Premiere+’ with HDR and the ‘Roku Ultra’ for the ultimate experience

Toronto, ON  Sept. 26, 2016 – Roku, Inc. today announced a new lineup of streaming players with features, prices and performance for every kind of streamer. Setting a new milestone, Roku® launched its tiniest streaming player yet – the new Roku Express offers a fast and complete experience with 1080p HD streaming for $39.99 MSRP. Roku Express and Roku Express+ are a great solution for consumers who want a low-cost way to start streaming or for those who wish to extend TV streaming throughout their home inexpensively.

For those who seek incredible performance through a quad-core processor and the capability to stream 4K Ultra HD up to 60 frames per second (fps), Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+ offer an amazing value. The Roku Premiere+ also supports HDR for vibrant picture quality and includes a point-anywhere remote with a headphone jack for private listening. Rounding out the line is the fully loaded Roku Ultra for an ultimate streaming experience which also includes support for HDR, Dolby Digital Plus, voice search and lost remote finder. These five new streaming players complement the very popular Roku® Streaming Stick® introduced in April, and offer consumers the most complete streaming player lineup.
“Roku stands for streaming innovation and today we’re celebrating the biggest player launch in our company’s history, including the introduction of the Roku Express player which delivers a complete streaming experience for a shockingly low price of CAD 39.99,” said Anthony Wood, Roku Founder and CEO. “Whether consumers simply want fast HD streaming via an inexpensive device or are looking for a top-of-the-line player with advanced features such as 4K and HDR, Roku is an easy choice.”

Roku devices are powered by the Roku OS and feature a simple home screen with access to 2,500+ streaming channels, including 100,000 movies and TV episodes in Canada. Roku devices feature unbiased search that allows consumers to search across top channels. Search a movie, TV show, actor or director and the Roku OS will display where content is available and serve results in order of price; from what is free or lowest price to the most expensive, exposing the viewer to results they may not have otherwise discovered. 

Features like Hotel and Dorm Connect make it easy to access public Internet networks to stream when away from home. Consumers can use the simple included remote control or the free Roku mobile app for iOS® and Android™ mobile devices which acts as a remote, includes a keyboard and offers features like voice search, private listening, and more for this new line of Roku streaming players.
Roku Express and Roku Express+
$39.99 MSRP and $49.99 MSRP, respectively – our most affordable streaming players ever launched; Roku Express is for TVs with HDMI®and Roku Express+ supports older TVs and can use a legacy Red/White/Yellow connection
o   Fast 1080p HD streaming
o   Simple IR remote control with popular streaming channel shortcut buttons
o   802.11 b/g/n wireless
o   Optional removable adhesive strip for mounting to a TV
o   High Speed HDMI® cable included
·         Roku Express+ also includes:
    • Composite jack and included composite A/V cable (red/white/yellow)

Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+
$89.99 MSRP and $109.99 MSRP, respectively – powerful performance and stunning HD and 4K up to 60 fps streaming plus HDR on the Roku Premiere+
o   Works with both HD and 4K UHD TVs
o   4K UHD video playback, delivers crisp detail and brilliant, life-like images
o   HDCP 2.2 compatible and capable of up to 60 fps 4K UHD playback
o   Can upscale 720p to 1080p on HDTVs, and from 720p or 1080p to 4K up to 60 fps on 4K UHD TVs
o   Fast quad-core processor
o   802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless
o   Simple IR remote control with popular streaming channel shortcut buttons
o   Night listening mode setting adjusts audio sounds to maintain volume consistency
·         Roku Premiere+ also includes:
o   HDR support displays an incredible range of colours including brighter whites and deeper blacks
o   Enhanced point anywhere remote with headphone jack for private listening
o   MicroSD card slot for additional channel storage
o   Ethernet for wired internet connectivity

Roku Ultra
$139.99 – our ultimate player that’s fully loaded and can deliver powerful HD, 4K up to 60 fps and HDR streaming
In addition to everything offered on the Roku Premiere+, the Roku Ultra also features:
    • Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital Plus decoding for advance surround sound for home theaters
o   Optical digital audio out port to connect to a receiver or sound bar
o   USB port for local media playback
o   Convenient point anywhere remote control with voice search, headphone jack for private listening and gaming buttons
o   Lost remote finder feature finds remotes stuck in the couch with the touch of a button on the player

Roku Express, Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra streaming players will be available from retailers such as Best Buy, London Drugs, Staples, Walmart, and other retailers, and are expected to be in stores in October.

TORONTO, Canada - VMedia Inc. today announced the launch of its VMedia TV streaming channel on the Roku® streaming platform in Canada. With VMedia TV, consumers will be able to watch up to 20 live TV channels, including Canadian and US networks such as CTV, CBC, GLOBAL, ICI, TVA and V, as well as CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and PBS, all in HD - streamed to their TVs for convenient viewing from the comfort of home.

VMedia TV is available as of tomorrow on Roku TVs and streaming players in Canada, joining Roku’s wealth of 2500+ streaming channels targeted at Canadian consumers.
Canadians with a Roku player or Roku TV™ will be able to access VMedia TV and register directly with VMedia through their device, and immediately start to enjoy a free 7-day trial offering all the channels. In addition, VMedia TV features VMedia's unique VCloud cloud-based ‘look back’ feature, which allows users to catch up on shows they missed in the past week.
After the free 7-day trial, Canadians can subscribe to VMedia TV for only $17.95 per month. The service requires no commitment or contract, credit check or hardware installation, and customers can cancel anytime.

"VMedia's mission is to make the live TV experience enjoyable, affordable and accessible - we aim to keep live TV an important part of everyone's entertainment universe," said Alexei Tchernobrivets, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of VMedia. "We are thrilled to work with Roku, which is a pioneer in delivering over the top content to the world. Roku users in Canada can now subscribe to live TV, from VMedia, directly through a Roku device. It doesn't get any easier, and they will get the benefit of the best live TV prices in the market."

VMedia, launched just three years ago, offers TV, internet and home phone services in Ontario, Quebec and the western provinces, and is able to reach over eight million Canadian homes. It is the only triple-play alternative to the major players available in all those markets, and now serves over 20,000 homes with its affordable and innovative services.

“VMedia is committed to providing Canadians with great prices, choice and flexibility, and innovation in their live TV experience," said George Burger, Co-Founder and Director, “and making our Skinny TV package available on the Roku platform meets all of those objectives. We are proud to launch our live TV service on Roku devices in Canada, which after Sling Television is the second in North America.” 2 | P a g e

“Adding VMedia TV to the Roku Channel Store is great news for our Canadian customers. It enables them to watch live TV, from Canadian and US TV channels they are accustomed to, in addition to the wealth of on demand entertainment our platform offers,” said Ziba Kaboli-Gerbrands, director content acquisition at Roku.