Roku puts 4K streaming video on a stick for $70

Roku puts 4K streaming video on a stick for $70

Roku's new $70 Streaming Stick+ streams in the same 4K HDR at 60fps video resolution as the $179 Apple TV 4K, but for under half the price.

And Roku is also beefing up a variety of features for its lower-priced Express and Streaming Stick models, including voice-activated searching on all of its remote controls and an increased Wi-Fi antenna range to capture signals in more distant corners of an owner's home.

In past years, we've found the Roku Streaming Stick to be a bit faster than the other two - but Amazon has clearly done a lot of work on its new player. The device also includes advanced wireless performance, an ethernet port for wired connectivity, a micro SD slot, and a voice remote. That's in turn a higher price point than Amazon's Gen 3 Fire TV, with 4K HDR support leading both lists of main features and key selling points. The former is still the same old device, but with a chipset that Roku says is five times faster than what we saw in 2016's model. A major update to its operating system will soon roll out for both stand-alone streaming players and the growing lineup of Roku sets from Element, Hisense, Hitachi, Insignia, RCA, Sharp and TCL, which is on track to encompass more than 150 individual models in North America by the end of the year. It's meant to rival Amazon's new Fire TV dongle.

After surging 64% in its IPO debut Thursday and building with double-digit gains again Friday, Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) is giving back some gains today, down 10.8%. It brings voice control to Roku TVs.

Today, Roku announced its 2017 range of streaming devices, from its budget-friendly Roku Express to the premium Roku Ultra.

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Additionally, a 4K spotlight serves up 4K, HDR, and Dolby Vision content.

Those features are joined by private listening functionality for over-the-air shows, allowing you to listen in without disturbing others by using either the Roku mobile app or the headphone jack included on some Roku remotes. Roku's guide and search features will now help you navigate over the air broadcasts, which is going to be a very handy feature for anyone who's cut the cable cord and uses an HD antenna to watch local network channels. Roku's entire platform is built on showing you content from every source, and barring the unremovable Fandango app, doesn't play favorites with any one service.

Even with that strong start on Wall Street, Roku still only has a market value of $2.5 billion, making it a relative David battling two Goliaths in Apple ($800 billion market value) and Amazon ($462 billion).

Along with the new hardware, Roku is refreshing its operating system.

Disclosure: I worked at CBS Interactive in 2014 and 2015, and some of my work involved CBS All Access and Star Trek: Discovery.

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