A new $50 Streaming Stick 4K by Roku substitutes for one of the greatest players of the brand

The Roku Streaming Stick 4K, the company’s latest streaming device, was announced today by the company. The new product, which is priced at $49.99, takes the place of the popular Streaming Stick Plus, which has long been a go-to recommendation as one of the finest streamers under $100 on the market.

The upgraded hardware outperforms the previous model thanks to features such as Dolby Vision HDR and faster performance. It now boots up 30 percent faster and features a long-range Wi-Fi receiver that delivers rates that are up to twice as fast as the previous generation. According to Roku, the gadget is capable of intelligently optimising bandwidth and streaming performance based on your network configuration. The Streaming Stick 4K, like its predecessor, is compatible with Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, and it can be integrated into smart homes controlled by Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

The Streaming Stick 4K has a design that is identical to the Streaming Stick Plus, which it is intended to replace.

A new $50 Streaming Stick 4K by Roku substitutes for one of the greatest players of the brand
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As is customary, the Streaming Stick 4K connects straight to an HDMI connection on a television and can be placed out of sight. Roku comes with a voice remote (along with TV controls), which is capable of responding to push-to-talk voice commands. Streaming Stick 4K Plus is a $69.99 upgrade for those who prefer hands-free controls when searching for something to watch. As a bonus, you’ll also receive the Roku Voice Remote Pro, which features a rechargeable battery and mid-field microphones that allow the remote to pick up your voice searches or instructions even while the remote is resting on a table or surface. Those voice controls include the ability to quickly identify the Voice Remote Pro if it becomes misplaced among the couch cushions or disappears somewhere else in the living room, which is particularly useful.

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A new $50 Streaming Stick 4K by Roku substitutes for one of the greatest players of the brand
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Alternatively, Roku stated today that it is expanding its ability to build a surround sound system using a Streambar or a Streambar Pro, two pairs of its Roku Wireless Speakers, and a wireless subwoofer by combining these components. (Previously, you were only able to use the soundbar, subwoofer, and rear surround speakers.) When used in this configuration, the soundbar serves as a dedicated centre channel, allowing the front left and right speakers to create greater immersion.

Roku claims the Streaming Stick 4K will be available at retailers in the United States and the United Kingdom in mid-October, and will be available in Canada, Mexico, and other Latin American nations in the coming months. In addition to Roku.com and all major stores in the United States, the Streaming Stick 4K Plus will be available in October.

Aside from the hardware announcements, Roku also revealed some new features that will be included in the company’s Roku OS with the release of version 10.5 of the software.

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