Roku Announces the $130 Streambar and Updated Ultra Set-Top Box

Roku Streambar with remote controlRoku

Whether you realize it or not, Roku is the most popular streaming platform in most parts of the world. Its popularity is due in part to a large number of products that meet the demand of buyers. Roku is now expanding its family of streaming boxes with the addition of the Streambar and an updated Ultra set-top box, both launched with Roku OS 9.4.

Roku introduced a sound bar which included its built-in streaming software in 2019. Now with the Streambar, the company is taking that all-in-one package and minimizing it. While not as powerful under the hood, the Streambar can still stream 4K HDR content.

For $ 130, you can put this little soundbar in front or under your TV and instantly get a better sound system and streaming box. As the holidays approach, the Streambar is fast becoming an incredibly popular Christmas stocking.

Exploded view of Roku StreambarRoku

Don’t be fooled by the small size of the Streambar. Roku claims to have designed the soundbar to fill your entire room with Dolby Audio while ensuring voice clarity. But if the four built-in speakers are not enough, you can pair the Streambar with Roku Wireless Speakers and subwoofer.

The Streambar can also be used as a speaker without launching the Roku software. Pair the soundbar with your smartphone and start playing music via Bluetooth or using Spotify Connect.

As mentioned above, the Roku Streambar retails for $ 129.99. It is available for pre-order now directly on Roku website. The miniature soundbar will begin shipping in October.

Roku Ultra 2020 with remote and headsetRoku

The updated Roku Ultra (2020) is the premium option for those looking for the set-top box with the best viewing experience. The outgoing model already packed 4K and HDR. With updated internals and a quad-core processor, the new Ultra is faster and now includes support for Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and the AV1 codec.

Roku includes everything you need in the Ultra box to get up and running. This set includes the set-top box itself, a voice remote control with programmable buttons, headphones for private listening, an HDMI cable and, of course, a power cord. Paired with 50% better Wi-Fi, all you need to do is find a TV to plug the Roku Ultra into.

The Roku Ultra (2020) is available for pre-order today direct from Roku website for $ 99.99. The decoder is expected to ship in October. Unfortunately, a specific shipping and availability date for third-party retailers has not been announced.

For a limited time, buy a new Roku and get a three-month subscription to Pandora Premium, three months of Apple TV +, and a 30-day trial of Showtime, Starz, and Epix. Learn more about what’s included with your purchase at Roku website.

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