it is in expansion its line of wireless speakers with a new, more affordable subwoofer. The Roku Wireless Bass, , it’s $50 less than the Roku Wireless Bass Pro. It has a 5.25-inch subwoofer, compared to the Pro’s 10-inch subwoofer, and it’s front-firing instead of downward. The Wireless Bass also has less oomph, with 120W of peak power versus 250W on the Wireless Bass Pro.
Still, Roku says the speaker will bring “deep, dynamic bass” and “great depth” to movie, TV, and music playback. It has a slim design and can be placed anywhere within 30 feet of your TV. You’ll need to pair it with a Roku Streambar, Streambar Pro, Smart Soundbar, or Roku TV with wireless speakers. It’s available for pre-order as a standalone item or as part of a $250 bundle with the Roku Streambar. It will be shipped on November 7.
Roku also revealed a new version of its entry-level streaming media player, Roku Express. The latest model comes with dual-band WiFi, which will likely improve streaming performance. The $30 device streams video in 1080p quality, so you’ll need to if you want to watch 4K TV and movies. The Roku Express also comes with the company’s simple remote, which doesn’t have a headphone jack. The new Roku Express is and will ship on October 13.
Meanwhile, Rock the next version of its operating system, which introduces more content discovery features and will be rolled out to compatible devices in the coming months. SO 11.5 years will add a new feature called The Buzz to the home screen. There you will find posts with trailers, interviews, and clips from various streaming channels. You can follow channels to keep up with the news, save promoted content in posts to watch later, or start streaming the show or movie right away.
The Continue Watching feature (found on the What to Watch screen) should make it easy for you to resume something you didn’t finish on Netflix, HBO Max, Paramount+, The Roku Channel, and other compatible apps. Also in the What to Watch menu and on the Roku mobile app, you’ll find a Save List. You can save movies and shows to watch later from various applications and access them all from the Save List.
Elsewhere, Roku will bring its private listening mode to the latest Roku Ultra, Roku Streambar, and Roku Streambar Pro. You’ll be able to connect Bluetooth headphones to these streaming players directly. Until now, private listening was only available through Roku’s mobile app and by connecting the headphones to the company’s high-end remotes, so this should simplify things a bit. Among other updates, Roku OS 11.5 will rename the channel store as The Roku Store and introduce categories in the live TV guide.
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