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Roku updated its posh Ultra model with stronger Wi-Fi, a faster system overall, and the ability to stream in Dolby Vision, a feature we noted was lacking in its predecessor. The Ultra has all the features we've talked about so far, like dual-band Wi-Fi and voice search. It also has an Ethernet port for more stable wired connections, a headphone jack on the remote so you can watch TV shows in private while other folks sleep (the new version comes with Roku-branded headphones rather than JBL ones, but they are surprisingly decent), and a host of other small features like a USB slot and a remote finder.

There's also Night listening mode, which levels out audio so explosions in movies won't wake the whole household, and the remote has two programmable favorites buttons, which make it super easy to quickly launch YouTube or another app. It's worth noting that it lacks support for HDR10+, unlike the top streaming devices from Google and Amazon. It's unlikely you'll notice this, or own a TV and speaker set that takes advantage of these high-end features. 

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Roku

Brand of streaming media players

Not to be confused with Ruku.

For the company which makes the devices, see Roku, Inc. For other uses, see Roku (disambiguation).

Roku (ROH-koo) is a brand of hardware digital media players manufactured by American company Roku, Inc. They offer access to streaming media content from various online services.

The first Roku model, developed in collaboration with Netflix, was introduced in May 2008. Roku devices have been considered influential on the digital media player market, helping to popularize the concept of low-cost, small-form-factor set-top boxes for over-the-top media consumption.[1] Roku has also licensed its platform as middleware for smart TVs.

As of August 2021, Roku has more than 55 million active accounts, according to its quarterly earnings report.[2]

History[edit]

Roku was founded by Anthony Wood in 2002, who had previously founded ReplayTV, a DVR company that competed with Tivo.[3] After ReplayTV's failure, Wood worked for a while at Netflix. In 2007, Wood's company began working with Netflix on Project:Griffin, a set-top box to allow Netflix users to stream Netflix content to their TVs.[3] Only a few weeks before the project's launch, Netflix's founder Reed Hastings decided it would hamper license arrangements with third parties, potentially keeping Netflix off other similar platforms, and killed the project.[4]Fast Company magazine cited the decision to kill the project as "one of Netflix's riskiest moves".[4]

Netflix decided instead to spin off the company, and Roku released their first set-top box in 2008.[5] In 2010 they began offering models with various capabilities, which eventually became their standard business model.[5] In 2014, Roku partnered with smart TV manufacturers to produce TVs with built-in Roku functionality.[3] In 2015, Roku won the inaugural Emmy for Television Enhancement Devices.

In 2019, Roku acquired dataxu, an advertising technology company for $150 million.[6]

Roku streaming players[edit]

First generation[edit]

Original form factor XD/S

The first Roku model, the Roku DVP N1000, was unveiled on May 20, 2008. It was developed in partnership with Netflix to serve as a standalone set-top box for its recently introduced "Watch Instantly" service. The goal was to produce a device with a small footprint that could be sold at low cost compared to larger digital video recorders and video game consoles. It features an NXP PNX8935 video decoder supporting both standard and high definition formats up to 720p; HDMI output; and automatic software updates, including the addition of new channels for other video services.[7][1][8]

Roku launched two new models in October 2009: the Roku SD (a simplified version of the DVP, with only analog AV outputs); and the Roku HD-XR, an updated version with 802.11n Wi-Fi and a USB port for future functionality. The Roku DVP was retroactively renamed the Roku HD. By then, Roku had added support for other services. The next month, they introduced the Channel Store, where users could download third-party apps for other content services (including the possibility of private services for specific uses).[9][10]

Netflix support was initially dependent on a PC, requiring users to add content to their "Instant Queue" from the service's web interface before it could be accessed via the Roku. In May 2010, the channel was updated to allow users to search the Netflix library directly from the device.[11]

In August 2010, Roku announced plans to add 1080p video support to the HD-XR.[12] The next month, they released an updated lineup with thinner form factors: a new HD; the XD, with 1080p support; and the XDS, with optical audio, dual-band Wi-Fi, and a USB port. The XD and XDS also included an updated remote.[13]

Support for the first-generation Roku models ended in September 2015.[14]

Second generation[edit]

In July 2011, Roku unveiled its second generation of players, branded as Roku 2 HD, XD, and XS. All three models include 802.11n, and also add microSD slots and Bluetooth. The XD and XS support 1080p, and only the XS model includes an Ethernet connector and USB port. They also support the "Roku Game Remote"—a Bluetooth remote with motion controller support for games, which was bundled with the XS and sold separately for other models.[15] The Roku LT was unveiled in October, as an entry-level model with no Bluetooth or microSD support.[16]

In January 2012, Roku unveiled the Streaming Stick - a new model condensed into a dongle form factor using Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL).[17][18] Later in October, Roku introduced a new search feature to the second-generation models, aggregating content from services usable on the device.[19]

Third generation[edit]

Roku unveiled its third-generation models in March 2013, the Roku 3 and Roku 2. The Roku 3 contains an upgraded CPU over the 2 XS, and a Wi-Fi Direct remote with an integrated headphone jack. The Roku 2 features only the faster CPU.[20][21]

Fourth generation[edit]

In October 2015, Roku introduced the Roku 4; the device contains upgraded hardware with support for 4K resolution video, as well as 802.11ac wireless.[22]

Fifth generation[edit]

Roku revamped their entire streaming player line-up with five new models in September 2016 (low end Roku Express, Roku Express+, high end Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+, and top-of-the-line Roku Ultra), while the Streaming Stick (3600) was held over from the previous generation (having been released the previous April) as a sixth option.[23] The Roku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra support HDR video using HDR10.[24]

Sixth generation[edit]

In October 2017, Roku introduced its sixth generation of products. The Premiere and Premiere+ models were discontinued, the Streaming Stick+ (with an enhanced Wi-Fi antenna device) was introduced, as well as new processors for the Roku Streaming Stick, Roku Express, and Roku Express+.[25]

Seventh generation[edit]

In September 2018, Roku introduced the seventh generation of products. Carrying over from the 2017 sixth-generation without any changes were the Express (3900), Express+ (3910), Streaming Stick (3800), and Streaming Stick+ (3810). The Ultra is the same hardware device from 2017, but it comes with JBL premium headphones and is repackaged with the new model number 4661. Roku has resurrected the Premiere and Premiere+ names, but these two new models bear little resemblance to the 2016 fifth-generation Premiere (4620) and Premiere+ (4630) models. The new Premiere (3920) and Premiere+ (3921) are essentially based on the Express (3900) model with 4K support added, it also includes Roku Streaming Stick+ Headphone Edition (3811) for improving Wifi signal strength and private listening.

Eighth generation[edit]

In September 2019, Roku introduced the eighth generation of products.[26]

The same year, Netflix decided not to support older generations of Roku, including the Roku HD, HD-XR, SD, XD, and XDS, as well as the NetGear-branded XD and XDS. Roku had warned in 2015 that it would stop updating players made in May 2011 or earlier, and these vintage boxes were among them.[27]

Ninth generation[edit]

On September 28, 2020, Roku introduced the ninth generation of products.[28] An updated Roku Ultra was released along with the addition of the Roku Streambar, a 2-in-1 Roku and Soundbar device. The microSD slot was removed from the new Ultra 4800, making it the first top-tier Roku device since the first generation to lack this feature. On April 14, 2021, Roku announced the Roku Express 4K+, replacing the 8th generation Roku Express devices, the Voice Remote Pro as an optional upgrade for existing Roku players, and Roku OS 10 for all modern Roku devices.[29]

Tenth generation[edit]

On September 20, 2021, Roku introduced the tenth generation of products.[30] The Roku Streaming Stick 4K[31] was announced along with the Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ which includes an upgraded rechargeable Roku Voice Remote Pro with lost remote finder.[32] Roku announced an updated Roku Ultra LT with a faster processor, stronger Wi-Fi and Dolby Vision as well as Bluetooth audio streaming and built-in ethernet support.[33] Roku also announced Roku OS 10.5 with several new and improved features.[34]

Feature comparison[edit]

Model Introduced Video outputs Video resolutions Audio output Network USB Remote Processor Memory Channel storage [note 1]micro
SD
slot
Netflix with Profiles
Composite,
S-Video
Component,
HDMI
480i,
480p
720p,
1080p (HD)
2160p
(4K)
Analog Optical,
HDMI
Ethernet 802.11
wireless
First generation
Roku DVP (N1000) May 2008 Both Both Both 720p No Yes Both Yes b/g No IR PNX8935 400 MHz [35][36][37]256 MB 64 MB[38]No No
Roku SD (N1050) Oct 2009 Composite Neither 480i Neither No Yes Neither Yes b/g No IR PNX8935 400 MHz[38][39]256 MB 64 MB[38]No No
Roku HD (N1100) Nov 2009 Both Both Both 720p No Yes Both Yes b/g No IR PNX8935 400 MHz[38][39]256 MB 64 MB[38]No No
Roku HD-XR (N1101) Oct 2009 Both Both Both Both[note 2]No Yes Both Yes a/b/g/n dual-band Yes IR PNX8935 400 MHz[38][39]256 MB 256 MB[38]No No
Roku HD (2000) Sep 2010 Composite HDMI Both 720p No Yes HDMI Yes b/g No IR PNX8935 400 MHz[38]256 MB 64 MB[38]No No
Roku XD (2050) Sep 2010 Composite HDMI Both Both[note 2]No Yes HDMI Yes b/g/n No IR PNX8935 400 MHz[38][40]256 MB 64 MB[38]No No
Roku XDS (2100) Sep 2010 Composite Both[note 3]Both Both[note 2]No Yes Both Yes a/b/g/n dual-band Yes IR PNX8935 400 MHz[37][42]256 MB 256 MB[38]No No
Second generation
Model Introduced Video outputs Video resolutions Audio output Network USB Remote Processor Memory Channel storage [note 1]micro
SD
slot
Netflix with Profiles
Composite,
S-Video
Component,
HDMI
480i,
480p
720p,
1080p (HD)
2160p
(4K)
Analog Optical,
HDMI
Ethernet 802.11
wireless
Roku LT (2400) Nov 2011 Composite HDMI Both 720p No Yes HDMI No b/g/n No IR BCM2835 600 MHz[38][43]256 MB 256 MB[38]No No
Roku LT (2450) Apr 2012 Composite HDMI Both 720p No Yes HDMI No b/g/n No IR BCM7208 405 MHz[38]256 MB 256 MB[38]No No
Roku HD (2500) Apr 2012 Composite HDMI Both 720p No Yes HDMI No b/g/n No IR BCM7208 405 MHz[44]256 MB[44]256 MB[44]No No
Roku 2 HD (3000) Jul 2011 Composite HDMI Both 720p No Yes HDMI No b/g/n No IR[note 4]BCM2835 600 MHz[38][45]256 MB 256 MB[38]Yes No
Roku 2 XD (3050) Jul 2011 Composite HDMI Both Both[note 5]No Yes HDMI No b/g/n No IR[note 4]BCM2835 600 MHz[38][45]256 MB 256 MB[38]Yes No
Roku 2 XS (3100) Jul 2011 Composite HDMI Both Both[note 5]No Yes HDMI Yes b/g/n Yes IR, Bluetooth BCM2835 600 MHz [45][46]256 MB 256 MB[38]Yes No
Roku Streaming Stick, MHL (3400, 3420) Oct 2012 Neither MHL only 480p Both[note 6]No No HDMI No b/g/n dual-band[47]No Wi-Fi Direct BCM2835 600 MHz[38]256 MB[48]512 MB No No
Roku Streaming Stick, HDMI (3500) Mar 2014[49]Neither HDMI Neither Both No No HDMI No a/b/g/n dual-band No Wi-Fi Direct BCM2835 600 MHz 512 MB 256 MB No Yes
Third generation
Model Introduced Video outputs Video resolutions Audio output Network USB Remote Processor Memory Channel storage [note 1]micro
SD
slot
Netflix
with
Profiles[50]
Composite,
S-Video
Component,
HDMI
480i,
480p
720p,
1080p (HD)
2160p
(4K)
Analog Optical,
HDMI
Ethernet 802.11
wireless
Roku LT (2700) Sep 2013 Composite HDMI Both 720p No Yes HDMI No b/g/n No IR BCM7218 600 MHz 512 MB 256 MB No No
Roku 1, SE (2710) Sep 2013 Composite HDMI Both Both No Yes HDMI No b/g/n No IR BCM7218 600 MHz 512 MB 256 MB No No
Roku 2 (2720) Sep 2013 Composite HDMI Both Both No Yes & Remote HDMI No a/b/g/n dual-band No IR, Wi-Fi Direct BCM7218 600 MHz 512 MB 256 MB No No
Roku 3 (4200) Mar 2013 Neither HDMI Neither Both No Remote[note 7]HDMI Yes a/b/g/n dual-band Yes IR, Wi-Fi Direct BCM11130 900 MHz 512 MB 256 MB Yes Yes
Roku 2 (4210) Apr 2015 Neither HDMI Neither Both No No HDMI Yes a/b/g/n dual-band Yes IR[note 8]BCM11130 900 MHz 512 MB 256 MB Yes Yes
Roku 3 (4230) Apr 2015 Neither HDMI Neither Both No Remote[note 7]HDMI Yes a/b/g/n dual-band Yes IR, Wi-Fi Direct, Voice Search BCM11130 900 MHz 512 MB 256 MB Yes Yes
Fourth generation
Model Introduced Video outputs Video resolutions Audio output Network USB Remote Processor Memory Channel storage [note 1]micro
SD
slot
Netflix
with
Profiles[50]
Composite,
S-Video
Component,
HDMI
480i,
480p
720p,
1080p (HD)
2160p
(4K)
Analog Optical,
HDMI
Ethernet 802.11
wireless
Roku Streaming Stick (3600) [51]Apr 2016 Neither HDMI Neither Both No Stream to smartphone HDMI No a/b/g/n dual-band No Wi-Fi Direct BCM2836 900 MHz[52][53]512 MB 256 MB No Yes
Roku 4 (4400) [54]Oct 2015 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes Remote[note 7]Optical & HDMI Yes, 10/100 Mbps a/b/g/n/ac dual-band Yes IR, Wi-Fi Direct, Voice Search STV7723A01 [55]1.5 GB 512 MB Yes Yes
Fifth generation
Model Introduced Video outputs Video resolutions Audio output Network USB Remote Processor Memory Channel storage [note 1]micro
SD
slot
Netflix
with
Profiles[50]
Composite,
S-Video
Component,
HDMI
480i,
480p
720p60,
1080p60 (HD)
2160p60
(4K)
Analog Optical,
HDMI
Ethernet 802.11
wireless
Roku Express (3700) Oct 2016 Neither HDMI Neither Both No Stream to smartphone HDMI No b/g/n No IR MStar MSA3Z177Z1[56] 900 MHz 512 MB 256 MB No Yes
Roku Express+ (3710) Oct 2016 Composite HDMI 480i Both No Yes & Stream to smartphone HDMI No b/g/n No IR MSA3Z177Z1 900 MHz 512 MB 256 MB No Yes
Roku Premiere (4620) Oct 2016 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes Stream to smartphone HDMI No a/b/g/n/ac dual-band No IR MStar MSO9380 1.2 GHz 1 GB 512 MB No Yes
Roku Premiere+ (4630) Oct 2016 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes Remote[note 7] & Stream to smartphone HDMI Yes, 10/100 Mbps a/b/g/n/ac dual-band No IR, Wi-Fi Direct MStar MSO9380 1.2 GHz 1 GB 512 MB Yes Yes
Roku Ultra (4640) Oct 2016 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes Remote[note 7] & Stream to smartphone Optical & HDMI Yes, 10/100 Mbps a/b/g/n/ac dual-band Yes IR, Wi-Fi Direct, Voice Search MStar MSO9380 1.2 GHz 1 GB 1 GB Yes Yes
Sixth generation
Model Introduced Video outputs Video resolutions HDR format Audio output Network USB Remote Processor [57]Memory Channel storage [note 1]micro
SD
slot
Netflix
with
Profiles[50]
Composite,
S-Video
Component,
HDMI
480i,
480p
720p60,
1080p60 (HD)
2160p60
(4K)
HDR10/Dolby Vision Analog Optical,
HDMI
Ethernet 802.11
wireless
Roku Express (3900)[58]Oct 2017 Neither HDMI Neither Both No No Stream to smartphone HDMI No b/g/n No IR ARM Cortex A53 512MB 256MB No Yes
Roku Express+ (3910)[59]Oct 2017 Composite HDMI 480i Both No No Yes & Stream to smartphone HDMI No b/g/n No IR ARM Cortex A53 512MB 256MB No Yes
Roku Streaming Stick (3800)[60]Oct 2017 Neither HDMI Neither Both No No Stream to smartphone HDMI No a/b/g/n/ac dual-band No Wi-Fi Direct, Voice Search ARM Cortex A53 512MB 256MB No Yes
Roku Streaming Stick+ (3810)[61]Oct 2017 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes HDR10 Stream to smartphone HDMI No a/b/g/n/ac dual-band No Wi-Fi Direct, Voice Search ARM Cortex A53 1GB 512MB No Yes
Roku Ultra (4660)[62]Oct 2017 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes HDR10 Remote[note 7] & Stream to smartphone HDMI Yes, 10/100 Mbps a/b/g/n/ac dual-band Yes IR,Wi-Fi Direct, Voice Search ARM Cortex A53 1GB 512MB Yes Yes
Seventh generation
Model Introduced Video outputs Video resolutions HDR format Audio output Network USB Remote Processor Memory Channel storage [note 1]micro
SD
slot
Netflix
with
Profiles[50]
Composite,
S-Video
Component,
HDMI
480i,
480p
720p60,
1080p60 (HD)
2160p60
(4K)
HDR10/Dolby Vision Analog Optical,
HDMI
DTS Dolby Atmos Ethernet 802.11
wireless
Roku Premiere (3920) Sep 2018 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes HDR10 Stream to smartphone HDMI Yes Yes No b/g/n No IR ARM Cortex A53 1 GB[47]512MB No Yes
Roku Premiere+ (3921) Sep 2018 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes HDR10 Stream to smartphone HDMI Yes Yes No b/g/n No IR,Wi-Fi Direct, Voice Search ARM Cortex A53 1GB[63]512MB[63]No Yes
Roku Ultra (4661) Sep 2018 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes HDR10 Remote[note 7] & Stream to smartphone HDMI Yes Yes Yes, 10/100 Mbps a/b/g/n/ac dual-band Yes IR,Wi-Fi Direct, Voice Search ARM Cortex A53 1GB 512MB Yes Yes
Eighth generation
Model Introduced Video outputs Video resolutions HDR format Audio output Network USB Remote Processor Memory Channel storage [note 1]micro
SD
slot
Netflix
with
Profiles[50]
Composite,
S-Video
Component,
HDMI
480i,
480p
720p60,
1080p60 (HD)
2160p60
(4K)
HDR10/Dolby Vision Analog Optical,
HDMI
DTS Dolby Atmos Ethernet 802.11
wireless
Roku Streaming Stick+ (3810) Sep 2019 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes HDR10 Stream to smartphone HDMI 2.0a Yes Yes No a/b/g/n/ac dual-band Yes*, for long-range wireless receiver IR,Wi-Fi Direct, Voice Search ARM Cortex A53 1GB 512MB No Yes
Roku Express (3930) Sep 2019 Neither HDMI Neither Both No No Stream to smartphone HDMI 1.4b Yes Yes No b/g/n Yes*, for power IR ARM Cortex A53 512MB 256MB No Yes
Roku Express+ (3931) Sep 2019 Neither HDMI Neither Both No No Stream to smartphone HDMI 1.4b Yes Yes No b/g/n Yes*, for power IR,Wi-Fi Direct, Voice Search ARM Cortex A53 512MB 256MB No Yes
Roku Premiere (3920) Sep 2019 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes HDR10 Stream to smartphone HDMI 2.0a Yes Yes No b/g/n Yes*, for power IR ARM Cortex A53 1GB 512MB[63]No Yes
Roku Ultra LT (4662) Sep 2019 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes HDR10 Remote & Stream to smartphone HDMI 2.0a Yes Yes Yes a/b/g/n/ac dual-band No IR,Wi-Fi Direct, Voice Search ARM Cortex A53 1GB 512MB Yes Yes
Roku Ultra (4670) Sep 2019 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes HDR10 Remote & Stream to smartphone HDMI 2.0a Yes Yes Yes a/b/g/n/ac dual-band Yes IR,Wi-Fi Direct, Voice Search ARM Cortex A53 2GB 512MB Yes Yes
Ninth generation
Model Introduced Video outputs Video resolutions HDR format Audio output Network USB Remote Processor Memory Channel storage [note 1]micro
SD
slot
Netflix
with
Profiles[50]
Composite,
S-Video
Component,
HDMI
480i,
480p
720p60,
1080p60 (HD)
2160p60
(4K)
HDR10/HDR10+/Dolby Vision/HLG Analog Optical,
HDMI
DTS Dolby Atmos Ethernet 802.11
wireless
Roku Express 4K (3940X) May 2021 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes HDR10, HDR10+, HLG Stream to smartphone HDMI 2.0b Yes No Yes, with compatible USB Ethernet adaptera/b/g/n/ac dual-band MIMO No IR Realtek 1315 1GB 4GB No Yes
Roku Express 4K+ (3941X) May 2021 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes HDR10, HDR10+, HLG Remote & Stream to smartphone HDMI 2.0b Yes No Yes, with compatible USB Ethernet adaptera/b/g/n/ac dual-band MIMO No IR,Wi-Fi Direct, Voice Search Realtek 1315 1GB 4GB No Yes
Roku Ultra (4800) Oct 2020 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes All Remote & Stream to smartphone HDMI 2.0b Yes Yes Yes a/b/g/n/ac dual-band MIMO Yes IR,Wi-Fi Direct, Voice Search Realtek

1319

2GB 4GB No Yes
Roku Streambar (9102R) Oct 2020 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes HDR10, HLG Remote & Stream to smartphone Optical, HDMI 2.0a Yes Yes Yes, with compatible USB Ethernet adaptera/b/g/n/ac dual-band Yes IR,Wi-Fi Direct, Voice Search MStar C2 1GB 512MB No Yes
Tenth generation
Model Introduced Video outputs Video resolutions HDR format Audio output Network USB Remote Processor Memory Channel storage [note 1]micro
SD
slot
Netflix
with
Profiles[50]
Composite,
S-Video
Component,
HDMI
480i,
480p
720p60,
1080p60 (HD)
2160p60
(4K)
HDR10/HDR10+/Dolby Vision/HLG Analog Optical,
HDMI
DTS Dolby Atmos Ethernet 802.11
wireless
Roku Streaming Stick 4K (3820R) Sep 2021 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes All Stream to smartphone HDMI 2.0b Yes Yes No a/b/g/n/ac dual-band MIMO No IR,Wi-Fi Direct, Voice Search Realtek

131x

1GB 4GB No Yes
Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ (3821R) Sep 2021 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes All Stream to smartphone HDMI 2.0b Yes Yes No a/b/g/n/ac dual-band MIMO No IR,Wi-Fi Direct, Voice Search Realtek

131x

1GB 4GB No Yes
Roku Ultra LT (4801RW) Sep 2021 Neither HDMI Neither Both Yes All Remote & Stream to smartphone HDMI 2.0b Yes Yes Yes a/b/g/n/ac dual-band MIMO No IR,Wi-Fi Direct, Voice Search Realtek

1319

2GB 4GB No Yes

Roku TV[edit]

Roku announced its first branded Smart TV and it was released in late 2014. These TVs are manufactured by companies like TCL, Westinghouse and Hisense, and use the Roku user interface as the "brain" of the TV. Roku TVs are updated just like the streaming devices.[64] More recent[vague] models also integrate a set of features for use with over-the-air TV signals, including a program guide that provides information for shows and movies available on local antenna broadcast TV, as well as where that content is available to stream, and the ability to pause live TV (although the feature requires a USB hard drive with at least 16GB storage).

On November 14, 2019, Walmart and Roku announced that they would be selling Roku TVs under the Onn brand exclusively at Walmart stores, starting November 29.[65]

In January 2020, Roku created a badge to certify devices as working with a Roku TV model.[citation needed] The first certified brands were TCL North America, Sound United, Polk Audio, Marantz, Definitive Technology, and Classé.[citation needed]

In January 2021, a Roku executive said one out of three smart TVs sold in the United States and Canada came with Roku's operating system built-in.[66]

Software[edit]

The Roku box runs a custom Linux distribution called Roku OS. Updates to the software include bug fixes, security updates, feature additions, and many new interface revisions. Roku pushes OS updates to supported devices in a staggered release. OS updates are rolled out to a percentage group of candidate devices to ensure the build is stable before being made available en masse.

Content and programming[edit]

Roku provides video services from a number of Internet-based video on demand providers.

Roku channels[edit]

Content on Roku devices is provided by Roku partners and are identified using the term channel. Users can add or remove different channels using the Roku Channel Store. Roku's website does not specify which channels are free to its users.

Service creation for Roku Player[edit]

The Roku is an open-platform device with a freely available software development kit that enables anyone to create new channels.[67] The channels are written in a Roku-specific language called BrightScript, a scripting language the company describes as 'unique', but "similar to Visual Basic" and "similar to JavaScript".[68]

Developers who wish to test their channels before a general release, or who wish to limit viewership, can create "private" channels that require a code be entered by the user in the account page of the Roku website. These private channels, which are not part of the official Roku Channel Store, are neither reviewed or certified by Roku.[69][70]

There is an NDK (Native Developer Kit) available, though it has added restrictions.[68]

The Roku Channel[edit]

Roku launched its own streaming channel on its devices in October 2017. It is ad-supported, but free. Its licensed content includes movies and TV shows from studios such as Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros., Disney, and Universal as well as Roku channel content publishers American Classics, FilmRise, Nosey, OVGuide, Popcornflix, Vidmark, and YuYu. It is implementing an ad revenue sharing model with content providers. On August 8, 2018, The Roku Channel became available on the web as well.[71] Roku also added the "Featured Free" section as the top section of its main menu from which users can get access to direct streaming of shows and movies from its partners.[72]

In January 2019, premium subscription options from select content providers were added to The Roku Channel.[citation needed]

Originally only available in the U.S.,[73] it launched in the UK on April 7, 2020, with a different selection of movies and TV shows, and without premium subscription add-ons.[74]

On January 8, 2021, Roku announced that it had acquired the original content library of the defunct mobile video service Quibi for an undisclosed amount, reported to be around $100 million.[75][76] The content is being rebranded as Roku Originals.[77]

Controversies[edit]

Non-certified channels[edit]

The Daily Beast alleged that non-certified channels on Roku eased access to materials promoting conspiracy theories and terrorism content.[78]

In June 2017, a Mexico City court banned the sale of Roku products in Mexico, following claims by Televisa (via its Izzi cable subsidiary), that the devices were being used for subscription-based streaming services that illegally stream television content without permission from copyright holders. The devices used Roku's private channels feature to install the services, which were all against the terms of service Roku applies for official channels available in its store. Roku defended itself against the allegations as such, stating that these channels were not officially certified and that the company takes active measures to stop illegal streaming services.[79] The 11th Collegiate Court in Mexico City overturned the decision in October 2018, with Roku returning to the Mexican market soon after; Televisa's streaming service Blim TV would also launch on the platform.[80]

In August 2017 Roku began to display a prominent disclaimer when non-certified channels are added, warning that channels enabling piracy may be removed "without prior notice".[81][70][82] In mid-May 2018, a software glitch caused some users to see copyright takedown notices on legitimate services such as Netflix and YouTube. Roku acknowledged and patched the glitch.[83][84]

Carriage disputes[edit]

Pay television-styled carriage disputes emerged on the Roku platform in 2020, as the company requires providers to agree to revenue sharing for subscription services that are billed through the platform, and to hold 30% of advertising inventory.[85] On September 18 of that same year, Roku announced that NBCUniversalTV Everywhere services would be removed from its devices "as early as this weekend", due to its refusal to carry the company's streaming service Peacock under terms it deemed "unreasonable".[85] It reached an agreement with NBCUniversal later that day.[86]HBO Max was unavailable on Roku since its launch until December 2020 due to similar disputes over revenue sharing, particularly in regards to an upcoming ad-supported tier.[87][88] On December 17 of that same year, HBO Max began streaming on Roku.[89]

Another dispute, starting mid-December 2020, caused Spectrum customers to be unable to download the Spectrum TV streaming app to their Roku devices; existing customers could retain the app, but would lose it upon deletion, even to fix software bugs. This dispute was resolved on August 17, 2021.[90][91]

On April 30, 2021, Roku removed the over-the-top television service YouTube TV from its Channels Store, preventing it from being downloaded. The company accused operator Google LLC of making demands regarding its YouTube app that it considered "predatory, anti-competitive and discriminatory", including enhanced access to customer data, giving YouTube greater prominence in Roku's search interface, and requiring that Roku implement specific hardware standards that could increase the cost of its devices. Roku accused Google of "leveraging its YouTube monopoly to force an independent company into an agreement that is both bad for consumers and bad for fair competition."[92][93]

Google claimed that Roku had "terminated our deal in bad faith amidst our negotiation", stating that it wanted to renew the "existing reasonable terms" under which Roku offered YouTube TV. Google denied Roku's claims regarding customer data and prominence of the YouTube app, and stated that its carriage of a YouTube app was under a separate agreement, and unnecessarily brought into negotiations.[94] As a partial workaround, YouTube began to deploy an update to its main app on Roku and other platforms, which integrates the YouTube TV service.[93][95]

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  2. ^ abc1080p at p24 or p30 only.
  3. ^The component video connector on the Roku XDS (2100X) is a nonstandard 3.5mm connector and a proprietary adapter cable, which is sold separately, is effectively required to use this.[41]
  4. ^ abBluetooth remote optional.
  5. ^ ab1080p at p60 only.
  6. ^1080p at p24.
  7. ^ abcdefgAnalog audio output is available only through the headphone jack on the remote.
  8. ^WiFi Direct Remote optional.

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If you’re toying with the idea of buying a Roku, chances are you’re pretty confused about the pricing side of it. You might have the same questions circling around your head, like: How much is Roku? Are channels free? Do I have to sign up for a subscription? Can I rent a movie on Roku? This Roku pricing guide aims to answer all of your questions.

Although Roku is one of the most budget-friendly streaming devices you can get, there are different costs involved when tallying up the total price of using one. For starters, the device cost varies considerably, but confusion often revolves around the actual channel prices.

To curb your confusion, we’ll go over the cost of each Roku device. We’ll also run through the different prices for Roku channels, as well as any subscriptions you may opt for. You can read our Roku beginner’s guide to learn more about Roku in general and we also have a Roku history piece in case you’re wondering when did Roku come out.

How Much Does Roku Cost In Total?

The total cost for using a Roku will vary from user to user. That’s because you first need to decide on a device, and they’re all very different in both price and features. A Roku device can cost as little as $29 or as much as a few thousand dollars. How much you spend really comes down to what you want.

different roku devices

Aside from the actual device, though, there are costs involved with certain channels and streaming services. Some channels and services are free, but others require you to set up a subscription or pay a one-off fee. However, even those that cost money aren’t at a set price. Again, it depends on what you want.

On top of that, there are on-demand channels, such as Redbox, that offer a pay-as-you-go option. The initial Redbox account is free; you can then rent or purchase movies as you please.

How Much Is Roku?

In this section, we’ll list all of the current Roku devices, along with their prices and features. From there, you can pick a device that suits your needs (our Roku buyer’s guide goes into more detail for each device).

Roku Express — This is the cheapest option, but it can only stream up to HD 1080p, not 4K. It includes a Simple remote. It’s great for first-time streamers, second TVs or if you’re on a budget. 

Price: $29.99.

Roku Premiere — The Premiere may look a little different, but it’s basically the same as the Express except for one detail — it can stream in 4K.

Price: $34.99.

Roku Streaming Stick+ — This is Roku’s most portable device. It’s about the size of a flash drive and plugs directly into your TV’s HDMI port. It also has a long-range wireless receiver and includes the Enhanced Voice remote.

Price: $39.99.

Roku Ultra LT— The Ultra LT is intended to be a permanent entertainment system. It includes extended wireless and it’s the cheapest Roku with an Ethernet port. You can insert a micro SD for expanded channel storage, and it comes with the Enhanced Voice remote. However, it doesn’t include an HDMI cable.

Price: $79.99.

Roku Ultra — This is the 2020 model, the Ultra 4800R. It is the fastest and most powerful option you can get. It includes the best wireless receiver and an Ethernet port. It also supports Bluetooth connectivity and can stream in Dolby Vision, on top of its 4K capability.

Price: $66.01.

Roku Smart Soundbar — The Smart Soundbar is a great option if you’re looking to improve your TV’s sound, as this is basically a powerful speaker that has a Roku player built in. It supports Dolby Audio, and has different sound modes and speech clarity options. It also supports Bluetooth and has a USB port for local playback. It comes with the Voice remote.

Price: $257.76.

Roku Streambar— This is another 2020 model. It’s basically the same as the Smart Soundbar but cheaper and more compact. One main difference, though, is that it doesn’t have a dedicated Ethernet port, but you can use the USB port to connect an Ethernet adapter. Like the Smart Soundbar, you get the Voice remote.

Price: $99.00

Roku TV — This is the most expensive way to bag yourself a Roku player, but it could prove worthy if you’re already looking to upgrade your TV. Having a TV with a Roku player built in gives you a unique smart TV experience. It comes with the Simple remote.

Price: We can’t give you an exact price due to the different brands and sizes available, but they start around $270.00 and can go into the thousands.

What Are the Prices for Roku Channels?

As we mentioned before, the pricing of Roku channels varies. We’ll go over the basics of the different types of channels and costs you may come across, but you can check out our dedicated piece on Roku channels for more detailed information.

First, although Roku calls them “Roku TV channels,” they’re actually just apps. As with many other devices, such as the Amazon Firestick, you can add apps for TV channels and streaming services — like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video — to your home screen (also read our Roku vs Firestick comparison).

roku channel types

There are thousands of channels available, too, and you can search for them in the Roku Channel Store. Roku even has its own channel, The Roku Channel. It includes lots of ad-supported but free content, as well as some optional premium content. 

However, having both “Roku channels” and “The Roku Channel” is part of the reason things got confusing in the first place. The latter is simply another app.

There are other free channels, too, such as network TV channels, like FOX News and ABC. Plus, there are some free apps that have a selection of content available, like Pluto TV, which has free sports, news and live TV channels, as well as some on-demand movies and TV shows.

Paid Roku Channels

After that, there’s the paid content, and that can come in the form of a one-off payment or a subscription. For instance, you might want to ditch your cable or satellite provider but still benefit from the same type of channels. For that, you can subscribe to a service like Hulu, which starts at $5.99 per month, or FuboTV or Sling TV (both $30 per month).

roku subscriptions

If you’re more inclined to watch movies and series, you might prefer a subscription with Netflix or Apple TV. Oh, and let’s not forget the Disney fans, who might want to sign up for Disney+. Such subscriptions can start at as little as $4.99 per month.

As you can see, after the initial device cost you could pay absolutely nothing and enjoy some great TV. When it comes to the cost of content, it really depends on what you want, and possibly what you already have. 

Add together the cost of any TV channels and streaming platforms you want to subscribe to, and there’s your usage cost. Remember that you may have subscribed to some of them before investing in a Roku, though.

Is There a Monthly Subscription Fee for Roku?

There is no subscription fee for a Roku. Once you’ve paid for your device, that’s it. If you then add paid channels and subscriptions to your account, that’s your choice. There are many free trials available, though.

If you have preexisting subscriptions, you can simply add the channel to your Roku home screen and log in. Otherwise, you can add a credit card or other payment method to your account and manage your Roku subscriptions through there.

To get the best free experience from your device, you can check out our Roku free channels guide.

Final Thoughts

We hope our Roku price guide has cleared up any confusion you had about how much TV with Roku costs. To put it simply, you have the device price and that’s it. There’s no Roku subscription. You’ll only pay extra if you decide to subscribe to a channel or service, or pay a one-off fee for some content. 

New channels and new content are added frequently, and devices are updated automatically, so you’ll never miss out on new Roku streaming options. Plus, our best VPN for Roku guide will help if you want to access channels or services that aren’t available in your region.

If you’re ready to start streaming with Roku, you can check out our guides on how to set up Roku and how to add channels to Roku.

What do you think about the options available in the Roku Channel Store? Is there a Roku device that you would recommend? Do you think we’ve missed anything? Let us know in the comment section and, as always, thank you for reading.

FAQ

  • A Roku device is not free -- you need to purchase the device. After that, though, you can certainly use the free channels with Roku.

  • You will need to pay for your Roku device initially. After that, Roku does not charge a fee. There’s no monthly subscription.

  • No. You will only need to pay for a subscription if you sign up for a TV channel or streaming service.

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Here are the five best Roku devices for your entertainment center, recommended based on functionality and price

Included in this guide:

The best Roku devices are pretty fantastic ways to stream, and Roku just shook up its lineup by updating the best streaming device (the Roku Streaming Stick Plus) to the Roku Streaming Stick 4K (and there's a 4K Plus model too). 

Roku was one of the first big brands to develop a stand-alone streaming player, and now it's the top streaming platform in the industry, with Amazon Fire TV nipping at its heels. But, like any other product with a decade-plus history, Roku's lineup has gotten a little tangled, and has maybe one too many devices. We also just reviewed Roku's new Express 4K Plus, which made it to this list as the best Roku device under $40.

Roku's elegant menu system puts apps (and not ads) first, and offer everything from inexpensive Full HD streaming, to premium 4K picture quality coming straight out of a soundbar. As long as you pick one of the best Roku sticks or players, you will get snappy streaming at a competitive price. 

And while Roku typically has every single streaming service of note, a spat with Google currently has pulled YouTube TV out of the Roku Channel Store. It didn't delete the app off devices, though.

Roku sells sticks and boxes, budget gear and premium players, and even soundbars and speakers. Heck, there are even Roku TVs, but that's a conversation for another day.

In this guide, we've singled out six Roku devices for different scenarios. This isn't to say that other Roku devices aren't worthwhile, but this is at least where you should start your search. Depending on what kind of TV you have, how fancy you want your remote to be, and how much money you want to spend, here are the  best Roku devices for your entertainment center.

1. Roku Streaming Stick 4K

The best Roku device overall

Specifications

Size: 3.7 x 0.8 x 0.5 inches

Max Resolution: Up to 4K UHD at 60 fps

Ports: HDMI, USB

Remote: Voice Remote

Device Type: Stick

Reasons to buy

+Excellent 4K HDR quality+Dolby Vision, finally+Snappy perfomance

Reasons to avoid

-No Dolby Atmos-Amazon offers better live TV

The Roku Streaming Stick 4K replaces our previous pick for the best Roku device, the Streaming Stick+. While it's not a huge leap over that model, it keeps everything we loved and fixes one of the biggest flaws of its predecessor by adding Dolby Vision. Roku has also added a new quad-core processor in the Roku Streaming Stick 4K, for what it claims provide 30% faster app boot times. That's a bit hard to measure, but the Roku Streaming Stick 4K felt snappy and fast enough. Major apps opened within 11 seconds. 

Now that the stick supports Dolby Vision (along with HDR10/+), you can stream all your shows and movies just as beautifully as anything else. The picture plays in crisp UHD image quality. However, the device is lacking on audio standards, missing the spatially-focused Dolby Atmos sound technology. The standard remote works fine, but if you want the superior Voice Remote Pro, check out our write-up of the Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ below.

Read our full Roku Streaming Stick 4K review.

2. Roku Ultra (2020)

The best premium Roku device

Specifications

Size: 4.9 x 4.9 x 0.9 inches

Max Resolution: 3840 x 2160

Ports: Ethernet, USB

Remote: Enhanced voice remote

Device Type: Box

Reasons to buy

+Great performance+Inventive remote control+USB port

Reasons to avoid

-Expensive-Almost nothing new from last year's model

The Roku Ultra is expensive, but true to its name, it will give you the most comprehensive Roku experience that money can buy. As with other high-end Roku devices, you get thousands of channels, full 4K resolution and extremely fast navigation. But with the Ultra, you also get an Ethernet port for a steadier Internet connection, as well as a USB port to provide your own videos and music. 

Also, the 2020 Roku Ultra is a bit faster in places (though you might not notice it all the time) and offers improved wireless streaming range. The voice-enabled remote includes two programmable buttons, as well as a headphone jack for private listening, and a handy "remote-finder" feature if it gets lost in the couch cushions.

Read our full Roku Ultra (2020) review.

3. Roku Express 4K Plus

The best Roku device under $40

Specifications

Size: 3.3 x 1.5 x 0.7 inches

Max Resolution: 3840 x 2160

Ports: None

Remote: Network Voice remote

Device Type: Box

Reasons to buy

+Excellent 4K HDR performance+Decent navigation+Improved remote

Reasons to avoid

-Awkward design-No Dolby Vision or Atmos

Getting crisp 4K streaming at under $40 is rare, and always comes with a caveat or two. The new Roku Express 4K Plus fixes one of the big annoyances of the Roku Premiere it replaces, by giving you a better remote. This remote doesn't require a direct line of sight, so you can point it in whichever direction you please. That upgrade, plus fast performance and UHD streaming makes the Roku Express 4K Plus a great option for those trying to get a 4K Roku (and all the apps that it comes with)  at the lowest price.

That said, we still have two reasons to consider paying a little more. Its design is a little too light, so you might spend a minute fiddling with it to have it lie flat on a surface — making the Streaming Stick Plus' easy-to-use design even better by comparison. Also, there's no Dolby Vision or Atmos Audio, but some might not see that as worthy of going higher up the price-chain. The Roku Express 4K Plus won a Highly Recommended award in the 2021 Tom's Guide Awards for Best Streaming Devices.

Read our full Roku Express 4K Plus review.

4. Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus

The best Roku device packaged with the best remote

Specifications

Size: 3.7 x 0.8 x 0.5 inches

Max Resolution: Up to 4K UHD at 60 fps

Ports: HDMI, USB

Remote: Voice Remote Pro

Device Type: Stick

Reasons to buy

+Dolby Vision+Voice Remote Pro is a great upgrade+Speedy performance

Reasons to avoid

-Lacks Dolby Atmos-Not a big upgrade from previous model

The Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus is slightly faster and more powerful, is finally capable of playing high-quality Dolby Vision and comes with the excellent Voice Remote Pro. It has everything we loved about the previous model, the Streaming Stick Plus, with a bit more juice and features.

The Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus delivers all the ultra-HD streaming, video quality and speed that anyone could need, along with a wonderfully simple OS, and at a very reasonable price. And it comes with the excellent Voice Remote Pro, which won the 2021 Tom's Guide Award for Best Streaming Device Remote. It's got a rechargeable battery, an optional always-listening function and two customizable buttons. 

Read our full Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus review.

5. Roku Express

The best cheap Roku device

Specifications

Size: 3.0 x 1.5 x 0.8 inches

Max Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Ports: None

Remote: Standard IR remote

Device Type: Box

Reasons to buy

+Improved design+Good performance+Customizable interface

Reasons to avoid

-Too light to sit still-Imprecise remote

The Roku Express has come a long way since its first iteration in 2016. Back then, the device was underpowered and inconveniently designed. Now, the Express is a worthwhile investment for 1080p TV owners who want the simplest streaming solution. At $30, the Roku Express is the cheapest streaming player from a major manufacturer, and you get plenty of features for that price. In addition to thousands of streaming channels and a highly customizable interface, you can access voice search and private listening through a smartphone app. The only big downside is the standard IR remote, which doesn't always always work as well as it should.
Read our full Roku Express review.

6. Roku Streambar

The best Roku device that's also a speaker

Specifications

Size: 14.0 x 4.2 x 2.4 inches

Max Resolution: 3840 x 2160

Ports: Optical audio, HDMI, USB

Remote: Voice remote with TV volume and power controls

Device Type: Soundbar

Reasons to buy

+4K streaming+Clear, loud sound+Compact design

Reasons to avoid

-Bass could be stronger-Lacks Ethernet port

When you want the excellence of the Roku platform, but your TV doesn't have the strong sound you want? Well, the Roku Streambar is a great solution that's often on sale. It's design won't take up too much space on your counter top or entertainment center, but also provides quality sound with both loudness and clarity. Its bass leaves something to be asked for, though, but that's not a problem for most TV. And this way, you can combine your streaming device and soundbar into the same package, and save more space.
Read our full Roku Streambar review.

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past six-plus years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.

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