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Roku has officially announced some new models alongside a new OS. What makes this release unique is the new remote and OS8. OS8 has a couple of new features including Single sign on and an emphasis on OTA TV, where the new OS can list live TV content if you search for a show (if available). Roku OS8 should be coming out soon for most of the Roku lineup, though not all of them will get the update (First gen aka models with a model number below 2400)

The other big change is the hardware. Roku Express and Express plus now have a CPU that is 5x more powerful than last year which should bring an improved experience for those who like to stream their content in HD. Express Plus is still only available at Walmart, but there probably is not that much demand for a SD capable streaming box.

Not to be forgotten, the current 1080p streaming stick gets a CPU that is now 50 percent faster, and a new remote with voice search, power and volume control buttons.

Another change is the new 4K streaming stick which now includes a new USB power cable that integrates a Wifi antenna which should improve Wifi reception along with HDR. Still uses the stick form factor, but it is a great option for those who want a cheap Roku 4K streamer. I believe this takes place of the Premiere and Premiere Plus boxes as I found those to be a bit of an oddity in the lineup.

Finally, we have the carryover Roku Ultra which now includes a lower price ($99 instead of $129) and a new IR remote that includes Power and volume control capabilities and can even do private listen of OTA content in addition to streaming.

In the end, we have a solid streaming player lineup, and while others might be more attractive to some, Roku is probably the best all around streaming device.

Edit: All Roku devices with a model number above 2400X will get the update.

Apparently, Roku is working on a new 4K Streaming Stick with HDR that will retain the stick form factor and not a dongle like the Chromecast. Plans are to include a new remote on some models that can control your TV better, along with a new Roku Express with a significantly better CPU for those who dont have a 4K TV, or just want a basic streamer. Not sure if there will be a Roku Express+ for those with SD TV, perhaps there will be one available. No new information on better models other than the remote. Rather than using IR for this new enhanced Roku Remote, perhaps it will use HDMI CEC (if your TV can support it). Expect these new Roku devices to be available later this year.

Edit: Seems like the new remote will be IR not HDMI CEC.
Yesterday, XETV had their final day of broadcasting as an English station. Yes, you have heard the rumors on this site that it will be changing to Canal 5 (Mexican station). I have decided to take off the XETV forum in the main OTA section. Those who wish to view the section can now do so in the General OTA forum. I might consider making a Mexican OTA forum, but not sure what the demand is for that particular forum.

XETV going away is a sad thing. People did lose jobs in regards to this change, but a lot of them find jobs. I wish from San Diego HDTV, that those at XETV who are still looking for a job, will find one that pays well in this current job market.

What is considered to be a sad day to those who like San Diego TV, this is only the beginning as I wish KFMB very well with their new venture and I hope it does well and last another 64 years, just like XETV, but then again the FCC and "special interests" want to change the OTA service to ATSC and give OTA operators as little frequency as possible to serve their profits.

Here is a video from Heymannyg on Youtube showing the final moments of XETV as an English station! Goodbye XETV for entertaining us San Diegans for 64 years. Not many things have been able to claim they have been running for 64 years.

RIP (as English station) 1953-2017 Yesterday, XETV had their final day of broadcasting as an English station. Yes, you have heard the rumors on this site that it will be changing to Canal 5 (Mexican station)....
I have decided to turn on Tierrasanta 2.0 which is an updated version of Tierrasanta which is more optimized for modern web usage. Like all themes on this site, this theme is indeed responsive, so it works on any and all devices out there.

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It appears that KFMB has been sold to TEGNA for $325 million. Deal has not been approved yet, but this has been known for a while on TVNewstalk. I guess this means that KFMB is getting MMJ's and Tegna could be an interesting operator. Not sure if they are going to keep the AM and FM stations as Gannett company has not operated AM/FM stations in a while.

On March 15, XHDTV will be broadcasting Azteca America as a subchannel in a new affiliation deal with Azteca America and Entravision. The plan is to air Azteca America as a subchannel until July 1 when XHAS will no longer be broadcasting Telemundo and will move over to XHAS. 90 minutes of Noticias en Espanol will be aired at 5-6PM and 11-11:30PM.

Not sure what will happen with Scripps but I guess they did not see Azteca America as profitable and what not. Maybe Scripps will put another channel on KGTV as they seem to have other channels in other markets. KGTV was formerly a McGraw-Hill station so they were the ones that have the channel 15 on Cable as well as made the Azteca America deal.

I guess Comcast is thinking of the long term viability of KNSD by offering a new Telemundo station. Yes, KNSD will have terrible PQ, but this is really for Comcast (NBC) to lock up the Spanish viewers in San Diego, as Comcast has a nearly unlimited budget for a proper operation on a full power transmitter. This should not add much to the cost as they can use a lot of the same infrastructure and their new state of the art Kearny Mesa studio. Since it will be a subchannel, I guess that TELX (39.2) is just a place holder and this will be the spot for Telemundo in HD. I wonder if there will be a major channel like 12 or even 14 on Cable, as that would make a significant form of branding instead of the current cable channels.

XHAS would likely go to Azteca America or even Univision. Univision is a possibility as Televisa is investing in Univision as a part of their future IPO. Though there were rumors on the TVnews boards that XETV was going to get Univision as it would make for an attractive signal being full power and to also compete with Telemundo. I guess Televisa and Bay City saw the writing on the wall for CW after KFMB announced their secondary CW affiliation on 8.2. Entravision could move MyNetwork TV to XHAS, but that is unlikely. I think Gala TV going to XETV on 6.1 with Canal 5 on 6.2 is the likely scenario. XHAS could go indie or another Tijuana station could be added to it.

It seems like AT&T wants to control the content distribution by acquiring Time Warner. Maybe this is the plan to stop cord cutting as they know that they can keep big bundles. Trump and Sanders are against this merger, and I agree with them. This merger will be just another Comcast/NBC deal where the concessions were not strong and enforceable to make this deal palatable. AT&T will probably be pushing up to $200 billion in debt, so I wonder if this is a ploy to file for bankruptcy so they can "rightsize" the company and offload wired assets and go to profitable wireless. I don't think there is a concession good enough to make this deal ok. This deal will probably keep the status quo of high cable prices and big bundles, not skinny bundles which a lot of consumers are starting to catch on to.

While this may not be the latest news, Roku did announce new streaming video players. Express, Express + (Walmart Exclusive), Premiere, Premiere +, and Ultra.

I find this to be a bit confusing for the non tech consumer, but it is pretty easy and straight forward. No streaming stick but Roku did lower the price to $30 for the Express which does 1080p, but no fancy remote. If you do not have a 4K set, I do recommend last years Roku 2 and 3, if you can find a good deal.

Here is the breakdown!

Express is the basic 1080p wifi streamer with basic remote. Express+ (Apparently a Walmart exclusive) adds composite video for SDTV's. Uses a USB port for power, so you could use a USB charger or power it through a TV's USB port. $30 for Express, add $10 for the Express+ ($40).
Premiere and Premiere Plus add 4K at 60 fps support while Premiere+ adds HDR. Not sure why they could have not just made 1 model and had HDR, but I digress. ($79.99 for Premiere, $99.99 for Premiere+).
Ultra is the Premiere + but with Dolby Digital Plus support! Models look good, but again, if you don't need 4k, but want the nicer features, last years models are pretty good. Roku Ultra also includes a USB port and an enhanced remote capable of Voice search with A & B buttons for games on Roku. Even the streaming stick is nice as well. ($129.99)

I guess the Express plus with its cheap price is designed to compete with streaming sticks! I really like the Roku interface, but I am contempt with my Samsung 4K TV apps! I still have my Roku 3 hooked up to a Sony 55" TV, and it works great. I do wonder if the Roku Express gets the enhanced Netflix interface, as I also have a Roku 1 and it does not have that. Express might make a good stocking stuffer for those who want a nice streaming device. Who knows, if Roku will offer a Black friday deal, but I think this is...
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