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Confirmed : Roku Has Three New Streaming Players Coming This Fall

ROKU-4-REMOTE-3QUARTER-USBWe may be about to see a full refresh of the Roku 1, 2, and 3 line or it could be a new Roku 2, 3, and 4. Variety just spotted 3 new streaming players being field by Roku with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Right now we have very limited details but if I had to guess I would say we are about to see a Roku 1, 2, and 3 refresh as the description in the lineup seems to point to boxes similar to the ones listed earlier.

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Key features from the FCC filing:

  • 2 of the 3 boxes will have a Remote Locator something currently only the Roku 4 has
  • Only 2 of the 3 boxes will have a USB port
  • 2 of the boxes will have Optical Audio Out
  • Only 1 of the boxes has an Ethernet port
  • Only one of the boxes will have a Micro SD slot (Something currently both the Roku 2 and 3 have.)

From this data we firmly believe one of these boxes is a revamped Roku 1. (The Roku 1 is currently the oldest Roku box still for sale.) Past a revamped Roku 1 we really have no clue of what we are seeing here. I do not think we are going to see a Roku Stick as the new Roku Stick is only a few months old. It is possible we will see a new Roku 4 or Roku 5 but from what I am seeing here it looks like Roku 4 features like the find my remote are coming to the Roku 2 and Roku 3.

Source: Variety

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5 Responses to Confirmed : Roku Has Three New Streaming Players Coming This Fall

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    Kravimir August 4, 2016 at 7:59 am #

    Luke, I think you might be reading that table backwards. It is definitely confusing, but do you think that the higher-end model, which presumably has the highest model number, won’t have the features?

    It seems they’re adding some of the Roku 4 features to the Roku 3. However, do they really need to offer 5 models (1, 2, 3, 4, and the streaming stick)? However, I suppose there is value for some people if they continue offering composite-video support in the low-end box. And I suppose this might mean that the Roku 1 is getting dual-band wi-fi.

    I wonder if Roku has records of how many users have used the USB port or installed a microSD card? (I don’t recall ever using the USB port but have installed a 4GB microSD card in each of my Rokus.)

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    Alan Smithee August 19, 2016 at 6:05 pm #

    Just hope at least one of these uses a Netflix interface that DOESN’T break into the end credits automatically!

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      Kravimir September 19, 2016 at 5:49 pm #

      I agree that that is annoying (why Netflix and Amazon allow disabling of autoplay but not disabling that, I really don’t understand), but it’s only the legacy version of the Netflix channel that doesn’t show an overlay during the end credits. The lowest end model may still use that old channel version, but then it probably won’t be much different from the 2015 Roku 1.

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    CX1 September 19, 2016 at 3:54 pm #

    Hopefully these will support HDHomerun natively without running a server/app.

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      Kravimir September 19, 2016 at 6:06 pm #

      There are two different reasons why you can’t access a HDHomerun directly from a Roku. One is that Roku only support H.264 and only the HDHomerun Extend has a transcoder to convert to that from MPEG-2. (The Roku 4 supports H.265/HEVC as well.) The second is that there needs to be a “protocol,” like DLNA, that both the HDHomerun and Roku understand. HDHomerun Extend claims to support DLNA (while the other models don’t) but people report it doesn’t work with Roku and some other DLNA clients.