Roku is unveiling a pair of new streaming sticks, both of which are designed to stream 4K HDR content.
The Roku Premiere costs $40, which means it’s one of the cheapest options out there if you want to stream 4K content. The Premiere+ costs $49.99, and aside from a few small differences, the two devices are the same. That means they both offer 4K streaming with HDR10 support (there is no Dolby Vision support), along with Wi-Fi (b/g/n), a quad-core processor, and Dolby and DTS Digital Surround over HDMI.
The Premiere+ includes a remote that supports voice controls for searching. Otherwise, they are the same streaming sticks. They go up for preorder today, and start shipping early in October.
Meanwhile, the other big news is that Roku devices will be updated to Roku OS 9 soon, and when they do they will be getting support for Google Assistant. When the feature arrives, Roku users will be able to use their voice to open apps, control playback, search for content they want to watch, and “go home”. To get this to work, though, you’ll need a Google Home product in your house, or the Google Assistant app on your phone. Roku TV owners with voice control support will be able to turn their TV on or off, adjust the volume, change inputs, and switch to a specific channel received by an antenna.
Roku OS 9 will begin rolling out in early November.