September 28, 2022

Roku updates software, adds new Express device, subwoofer (NASDAQ: ROKU)

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from Roku (NASDAQ: ROKU) the latest refresh not only includes its new operating system, but also an updated Roku Express streaming player as well as a new subwoofer.

Roku’s OS 11.5 includes updates to its audio, video and content discovery areas.

Among the features coming in the “coming months” to the home screen menu is “The Buzz”, a “frequently updated collection of posts featuring short entertainment-centric content from streaming services and popular entertainment brands”. This could include video clips, images, trailers, interviews, and other content to help users learn about programming.

A new “Continue Watching” section will collect programming to make it easier to resume watching, and a save list will provide a single destination for bookmarked content on the platform.

The Roku store will also be added to the home screen menu, giving users a more visual destination to browse, find and add channels.

On the audio front, Roku expands Bluetooth Private Listening to include compatibility with the latest Roku Ultra, Roku Streambar, and Streambar Pro. And new visual tools will help improve the use of Roku Voice navigation.

The Live TV Channel Guide gets new categories for easier navigation, and it will get a dedicated button on the mobile app remote to give customers one-click access.

As for new hardware, Roku has updated its Roku Express streaming device with dual-band Wi-Fi and increased storage. Channel start times are also faster, Roku says. It’s available for pre-sale at a suggested retail price of $29.99 and will ship in mid-October, with general retail availability on October 16.

The Roku Wireless Bass is a subwoofer meant to be an easy addition to Roku’s Streambars or wireless speakers. It’s available for pre-order at a suggested retail price of $129.99 and will generally be available on November 7. A Streambar/Wireless Bass set costs $249.99.