Howdy, streamers. We’re excited to share two updates today – the next phase of search and discovery on the Roku platform and upgrades to two of our popular streaming players.
A Simple Way for Consumers to Find, Discover and Select Entertainment – On Their Terms
Roku is known for having the most comprehensive and unbiased search – find what you want to watch and decide how to watch it. Search for movies, TV shows, actors and directors and receive all available results listed by price from top streaming channels, up to 17 today. With 250,000 movies and TV episodes available for streaming, Roku Search is a convenient way for consumers to view filmographies and discover availability and pricing options they otherwise wouldn’t have known about.
Today we are adding the ability to search within the Roku Channel Store by streaming channel name, making it fast and easy to find favorites like CBS News, HBO GO and Sling TV – to name a few of the more than 2,000 streaming channels available today.
We’re also introducing a new feature called “Roku Feed” that lets people follow entertainment they want to watch. We’re launching it with a focus on “Movies Coming Soon,” ending the guessing game around when a box office hit is available for streaming, which services offer the movie or how much it costs at a given time. The new “My Feed” shortcut can be found on the Roku home screen.
New Roku 3 and Roku 2 Streaming Players Offer Superior Streaming Performance
We’ve made the best streaming players on the market even better!
The new Roku 3 now includes voice search adding a fun, fast way for people to search for what they want to watch. Like its predecessor, the new Roku 3 is the company‘s top-of-the-line streaming player. It is fast and fully loaded with features. The included enhanced remote control features a button to activate voice search, a headphone jack to enable private listening and motion control to play casual games. The new Roku 3 is available today from Roku.com and retailers nationwide for an MSRP of $99.99.
The new Roku 2 matches the speed and performance of the new Roku 3 and is the perfect streaming player for those who want to watch video and music without the new Roku 3 enhanced remote. The new Roku 2 is available today from Roku.com and retailers nationwide for an MSRP of $69.99.
Updated Roku Mobile App and New Features Available Starting Today
The software rollout that delivers the Roku Feed and Channel Store search features to all current-generation* Roku players and Roku TV models begins today and is expected to be completed by the end of April.
An updated version of the free Roku Mobile App for Android is available today and iOS will be available this week. This update includes support for the new search and discovery features.
*Current generation players are those introduced after June 2011 and include Roku 3 (4200X), Roku 2 (2720X), Roku 1 (2710X), Roku Streaming Stick, both HDMI (3500X) and Roku Ready (3400X, 3420X) versions, Roku LT (2400X, 2450X, 2700X), Roku 2 HD (3000X), Roku 2 XD (3050X), Roku 2 XS (3100X) and the Roku HD (2500X).