Roku just refreshed its media streaming products on Monday with better processors and other improvements. The company also revealed Roku OS 8 to all the new and older devices which includes features such as search and voice control and carries the over-the-air and over-the-top viewing and searching experiences near together.
Before Roku, both Apple and Amazon have also revealed updates to their own video streaming boxes in recent weeks.
The new updating devices include the Roku Streaming Stick, the Roku Streaming Stick Plus, the Roku Express, the Roku Express Plus, and the Roku Ultra.
The most interesting updates are coming to the Roku’s Streaming Sticks. It is getting a processor update which is 50 percent faster and will cost at $49.99 as same as last year’s model. Then Roku Streaming Stick Plus will effectively replace last year’s Roku Premier 4K box, and cost $69.99. The Roku Express and Express Plus which is known as tiny Roku boxes also getting processor updates and will cost at $29.99 and $39.99.
For controlling the functions of the TV set, the remote is also getting voice control functionality with additional power and volume buttons. Roku keeps the most popular dedicated TV streaming hardware platform.
Roku is including single sign-on for paid TV customers, starting with 30 TV channels.
According to the Roku, the OS 8 update is free and it will be available on Roku boxes, streaming sticks, and partner TV sets over October and November.