New Roku 3 Includes Faster Processor & More Channels
The Roku 3 set-top box provides a new list of options that includes a new interface, a motion-sensitive remote control and a built-in headphone jack for private listening.
There was once a time in which the electronics industry collectively snubbed its nose at a developing set-top box (STB) category that promised to cheaply deliver a range of streaming entertainment solutions to consumers without taking up much space in their entertainment systems. Back then these products were categorized as cheap hobbyist products and many so-called industry experts predicted they would exist in the market as niche, enthusiast solutions for the techie crowd.
The funny thing about this once developing market is that it matured rapidly and now the manufacturers within this new-era product category are finally earning respect through market estimates like the CEA’s prediction that sales of these products could grow more than 13 percent to eclipse the 7.5 million plateau. One of the category’s earliest supporters is Roku and not too long ago the company bolstered its product line through the introduction of its Roku 3 STB.
Anthony Wood, founder and CEO of Roku, says the company launched the new product because it wanted to bring new features to the market. “As Roku continues to build the largest selection of streaming entertainment, we are always exploring ways to improve the TV experience for our customers,” he says. “Roku 3 introduces thoughtful new features that customers will love. The intuitive new interface makes it easy to find movies and shows quickly while the private listening mode is perfect for late-night streamers who don’t want to wake up the family.”
Among the Roku 3’s new features is a built-in headphone jack that is designed to provide homeowners with a quiet, late night usage option that supports private listening sessions. Roku includes a pair of in-ear headphones with the product and volume buttons on the remote enable users to control the volume during private listening sessions. Roku also points out the remote also incorporates motion-sensing capabilities that allow the unit to be used as a game controller for games such as “Angry Birds Space.” Additional control options include Apple iOS and Android apps that allow users to utilize the Roku 3’s full entertainment capabilities.
Roku says the device also features a newly updated user interface that includes a fully integrated Roku Channel store and one-stop search function that allows users to find specific content. In total Roku says the Roku 3 comes with more than 750 channels, 1080p HD video support, dual-band wireless capabilities, Ethernet connection options, USB connections and a MicroSD card slot. Some of the latest channels added to the Roku 3 include TWC TV, Blockbuster On Demand and iHeartRadio. Roku notes that soon it will be adding Fox Now, PBS and PBS Kids to its product line-up.
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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at email@example.com
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