Roku Launches New Streaming Player6 Mar, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Roku 3 features faster processor, remote, headphone jack and new user interface
Roku Inc. March 6 bowed a new streaming player enabling users to better maneuver 750 content channels, including new and pending channels from Time Warner Cable TV, Blockbuster On Demand, iHeartRadio, Fox Now, PBS and PBS Kids.
The Roku 3 retails for $99.99 and is available at Roku.com and Amazon.com, among other e-commerce sites. It hits retail stores in April.
The new interface will also be available as a free software update in April to all current-generation Roku devices, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS and the Roku Streaming Stick.
Roku's 750 channels largely feature third-party content requiring a subscription or authentication.
Saratoga, Calif.-based Roku helped launch the subscription video-on-demand market with a Netflix-branded streaming player in 2008.
The remote features a built-in headphone jack for private listening with headphones included. Volume buttons on the remote allow users to adjust audio in the private listening mode.
The remote doubles as a motion-sensing game controller for playing games like Angry Birds Space. Additional games can be found at Roku’s app for iOS and Android devices.
“The intuitive new interface makes it easy to find movies and shows quickly while the private listening mode is perfect for late-night streamers who don’t want to wake up the family,” founder and CEO Anthony Wood said in a statement.