Roku OTA

Roku Shows Off Their First Player With Built-in OTA in Australia


For years many have asked Roku to build a streaming player with built-in support for over the air TV. You can already get this with Roku TVs that offere a great over the air TV experience that is about to get better with a new grid guide coming out in November. Sadly though Roku players had no option to integrate over the air TV without an additional device like a Tablo DVR.

Now Roku is showing off a new streaming player with built-in support for over the air TV. Not only is there support for over the air TV (OTA) the box also supports 4K HDR. For now, this device is currently licensed to Telstra an Australian pay TV provider.

Well, this is currently only available in Australia there is hope that it will roll out to new countries. “Our new 4K HDR hybrid streaming player is ideal for countries where over the air TV is available. It really brings together entertainment sources in a clever way, so consumers can watch live and on-demand entertainment with one single remote control,” Andrew Ferrone, vice president pay TV at Roku, said in a statement.

Hopefully, Roku brings this device to more countries soon.

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  • Robert Frankenfield

    I would definitely like to see this come to the states.

    • Chris K.

      Me too. I’ve been asking for this for a LONG time now. This could be that stepping stone that many people would need to cut the cord. Even if they can’t access their locals through their chosen cable-replacement service like Sling or Vue, they could still access it on the same Roku.

  • Joseph ewing

    I have many Roku boxes and a Roku TV. I would LOVE to see the Roku TV experience come to the Sticks.

  • Fred Koot

    Maybe I believe in Australia they use mpeg 4 h.2.64. In the US we use Mpeg 2 which Roku doesn’t support

    • Phuq_Me

      Well Roku TVs in the US certainly support ATSC 1.0 since TVs are required by law to do so.

      • Fred Koot

        It’s not the Roku OS that supports it. Its the tv

        • Phuq_Me

          Have you seen the Roku OS that will incorporate OTA into the guide? Tuners aren’t that big, ever see a converter box? No reason why a Roku box can’t include a TV tuner the Aussie one does.

          • Fred Koot

            It makes no difference if Roku refuses to decode mpeg 2, Nothing will play

          • Phuq_Me

            Oh god are you obtuse on purpose or is it natural? Show me a link ANYWHERE that claims that Roku won’t make a box in the states because it 100% refuses to support ATSC 1.0?

          • Fred Koot

            You can’t be that dumb I never said Atsc 1.0. I said they refuse to support mpeg 2 which OTA is broadcast in.

          • Keith Foster

            This is 100% Roku did not and still does not want to pay the MPEG 2 licencing fee. The hardware can do it, but they don’t want to pay. I have said over and over I would be willing to pay the 2-3 bucks to “unlock” MPEG2.

          • Fred Koot

            Even with mpeg 2 decoding, do you think Roku’s can handle deinterlacing?

          • Keith Foster

            Pretty much everything from Roku 3 forward should be able to. Regardless good question.

        • b_e_q

          That’s an interesting question, does Roku handle all the firmware/codec/chipset/tuner support for Roku TV’s? If so they’re already doing the ATSC decoding work.

          • Fred Koot

            Roku does not support Mpeg 2 which OTA uses. The tv does. That’s why the OTA Roku functions only work for Roku tv’s

  • b_e_q

    Remote looks older/lower-end though. No voice search, headphone jack, TV power/volume, etc?

    • Sunflower

      Meh. Those are Not important to some folks. The OTA feature is.
      Wish this was in stores here. Cord Cutters are asking for OTA and DVR features.

  • TaiPeng

    You still require an antenna with this? How is this any different from all the devices which require an antenna?

    • Vegas Steve

      I believe it would have a ‘channel’ where you could watch live OTA feed. Kinda like Roku TV is now.

      • TaiPeng

        I have to see what that is on my Roku.

      • TaiPeng

        Does Roku TV use a TV tuner card on the device so that no antenna is required? I live in an apartment with coax inputs but I don’t have cable TV service. I use high speed DSL @25MBps for internet.

        • Vegas Steve

          Roku TV is just like any other TV, but with a Roku interface, so it does have a TV tuner, but you also need an antenna if you want local channels. But only for OTA content. You could use it as a Roku device w/o an antenna.

    • John

      It’s similar to what AirTV does so you don’t have to switch inputs, you can make any old tv a smart and integrate your ota channels.

      • TaiPeng

        You still need antenna though. Why can’t these devices include a TV tuner card that you just hook the coax cable to so that no antenna is required as the device can decode local OTA TV signals without placement and distance issues for people in the country?

  • Ken Oath

    No antenna is required…..

  • Vietvet

    (Roku) and TiVo should merge