King of the streaming sticks updates its range

Both Amazon and Apple updated their streaming devices last month. While Microsoft’s Xbox One S is a great alternative to the $199 Apple TV — if you are looking for something cheaper, Roku has some new hardware shipping next week. Roku is coming out with an updated range of streaming boxes and sticks. The company’s new range of streaming hardware is more powerful, and cheaper. It’s launching the new Roku Express, Express+, Streaming Stick, Streaming Stick+ and the Ultra today.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Roku Express: 5 times more powerful than its predecessor, starts at $29.99
  • Roku Express+: 5x more powerful than its predecessor, option to connect via HDMI or composite A/B ports, starts at $39.99. Only available from Walmart.
  • Roku Streaming Stick: Updated quad-core processor, 802.11 AC dual-band MIMO wireless, new voice remote, HD streaming, starts at $49.99.
  • Roku Streaming Stick+: Updated specs like the Stick, but with 4K Ultra HD and HDR streaming at up to 60fps, starts at $69.99. Nice.
  • Roku Ultra:  The most powerful — now available for $99.99, which is around $30 cheaper than its predecessor. It comes with 4K UHD streaming, HD streaming at up 60 FPS, ethernet port, microSD slot, and even a headphone jack on the remote.

All of them will be able to stream content from Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and more. Roku’s newest range of streaming sticks and boxes are available for pre-order starting today from Roku, Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy. They’ll start shipping on the 8th of October.

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