Your browser is not Javascript enable or you have turn it off. We recommend you to activate for better security reasonThe new Roku 4 supports 4K video & has faster WiFi - FlatpanelsHD

The new Roku 4 supports 4K video & has faster WiFi

06 Oct 2015 | Rasmus Larsen |

Roku has announced its latest media player for $129. The Roku 4 is the first player with support for 4K video. It also features faster WiFi (ac), HDMI, optical audio out, a new remote, and an updated operating system.

Roku 4 supports 4K

The living room war has only just started and major players have placed their bets. Apple has unveiled a new Apple TV, Amazon a new 4K Fire TV, Nvidia the Shield, and Google a new Chromecast.

Roku 4


Today, Roku has announced its latest media player, Roku 4. The most significant change is support for 4K video at up to 60 frames per second, unlike Amazon’s new Fire TV, which only supports 4K at 30fps. 60fps support suggests that Roku’s box comes packed with HDMI 2.0 but Roku has yet to confirm that detail. The new box also has faster WiFi based on the “ac” standard, USB ports and an optical audio out. Presumably the new box supports HEVC decoding but Roku has yet to release a full specifications list.

Roku says that you will have access to 4K entertainment from Netflix, M-Go, Amazon Instant Video, ToonGoogles, Vudu and YouTube.

Roku 4 is significantly larger than the other Roku boxes. Roku says that the bigger size is to accommodate the faster hardware and to keep the box cool. There is also a new “Find me” button on the box designed to find the remote. Once pressed, the remote control will start pinging. The remote still has a headphone out port.

Roku 4


Roku is updating its operating system and mobile app. The new OS 7 supports 4K video, has an improved “My Feed” and a new “Follow” feature. My Feed can now alert you when new movie releases are available or when movies or TV shows drop in price. A new 4K app has been added for finding 4K video.

There is also a new Hotel Connect feature built in for easier setup at hotels. The new mobile app incorporates the Follow and My Feed features but Roku continues to lack a solid Airplay/Cast-like feature. The updated operating system will hit current Roku players between mid-October and November.

Roku 4


Roku now offers 3000 apps/channels. More than 2.5 billion hours of video and music have been streamed to Roku boxes in the first half of 2015, says Roku. In the whole of 2014, 3 billion hours were streamed.

Roku 4 will be available for pre-order today on www.roku.com and will ship later in October for $129.

Specifications

Support for 4K UHD and HD
Quad-Core processor, up to 60 fps 4K streaming, HDCP 2.2 and Optical Audio Out
1080p home screen and user interface
802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi
4K entertainment from Netflix, M-Go, Amazon Instant Video, ToonGoogles, Vudu and YouTube
Curated 4K Spotlight channel exclusive to Roku 4 offers instant access to 4K movies, TV shows and more
Remote control with voice search, headphone jack for private listening, and Remote Finder
Roku mobile app for Android and iOS offering full device control, personalized screensavers for the Roku 4 and soon, on-the-go access for following entertainment when away from home



Latest news

Marantz HDMI 2.1 receivers

Marantz unveils its first receivers with HDMI 2.1

14 Jul 2020 | Rasmus Larsen |
LG CX FreeSync Premium

LG releases FreeSync Premium update for its CX, GX OLED TVs

13 Jul 2020 | Rasmus Larsen |
Samsung Filmmaker Mode

Samsung rolls out Filmmaker Mode for 2020 "QLED" LCD TVs

13 Jul 2020 | Rasmus Larsen |
Samsung HW-Q950T Atmos

Samsung unveils 2020 Atmos / DTS:X soundbars, including 9.1.4ch HW-Q950T

09 Jul 2020 | Rasmus Larsen |
VVC H.266

New VVC (H.266) codec promises same quality 4K video at half the size

09 Jul 2020 | Rasmus Larsen |
Amazon user profiles

Amazon Prime Video rolls out user profiles & Windows 10 app

08 Jul 2020 | Rasmus Larsen |
Xiaomi OLED TV

Xiaomi unveils its first OLED TV - HDMI 2.1, VRR, 9 speakers

07 Jul 2020 | Rasmus Larsen |
Sony X900H HDMI 2.1

Sony launches X900H (XH90), its first 4K TVs with HDMI 2.1

03 Jul 2020 | Rasmus Larsen |