Roku is bringing a fresh lineup of streaming devices to the fall tech season this year. Their entire range is being overhauled with five new devices. They’re making some of last year’s premium features a little cheaper in the process, while adding some new premium features and offering their cheapest streamer yet with the $30 Express.
The top of the line device is the Roku Ultra, which includes everything Roku’s got. Like the Roku 4, it’s capable of streaming 4K content at 60 fps, but it also adds HDR compatibility. Using an internal quad-core processor, it can upscale content up to whatever your television is capable of. Besides HDR, the Ultra stands out thanks to a special remote with a headphone jack and voice search, along with audio out for use with a receiver or a soundbar. There’s also Dolby Digital Plus audio decoding for surround sound systems. The Ultra also has a microSD card slot and an ethernet port.
The next step down is the Premiere and Premiere+. At this tier, the premium audio features get stripped away, but 4K streaming and upscaling remains. The Premiere has a standard remote and lacks HDR, but the Premiere+ adds both of those features, plus the ethernet port and the microSD card slot that the Ultra has. Meanwhile, the Express tier is just basic HDMI streaming, topping out at 1080p and including the basic IR remote. The Express+ adds legacy support with a composite jack and included A/V cables.
With these new releases, Roku is making 4K streaming a little more accessible. It used to just be on their high-end Roku 4 box, but the new Premiere line makes the feature available on a streamer for under $100. Compatibility with HDR content is a first, so we’re not too surprised that that’s only available on the two most expensive models. That makes the Premiere+ look like a pretty great deal at $100 if you don’t need premium audio features on your streamer.
All five devices can be preordered now, and will be in stores on October 9. From high to low, the new streamers cost $130, $100, $80, $40, and $30.