2017 Roku Models and OS8

Discussion in 'Streaming Media' started by Admin65, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. Admin65

    Admin65 Administrator Staff Member


    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.
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2017
  2. Admin65

    Admin65 Administrator Staff Member

    CordCuttersNews has some great speed comparisons on last year vs this years Roku models. Roku Express is pretty quick and it has an animated boot up screen and boots up faster. Many of the apps work better with the new CPU. 2017 Ultra is a little bit faster but not by much. All 2017 Roku's are running OS 8, though existing players will eventually have it by the end of the year including Roku TV's. Roku TV's will be getting OS 8 starting next month.

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