First Look: Roku’s New Voice Assistant

Last week Roku announced a new Voice Assistant as part of their new Roku Connect program, which will bring Roku to your smart soundbar and smart speaker.

The new whole-home entertainment licensing program will enable manufacturers to build soundbars and smart speakers, surround sound, and multiroom audio systems that use Roku Connect software to work together as a home entertainment network. This frees the manufacturers of the expensive development and maintenance that comes with the software side of hardware.

Yesterday Cord Cutters News got a first look at this new Roku Assistant during the TCL Press Conference with special guest Anthony Wood, Roku’s CEO.

Here is the video they showed:

We learned a few things about the new Voice Assistant during the TCL press conference: TCL said that by fall 2018 the Roku Assistant will be rolling out to select Roku TV models.

The new Roku built-in voice remotes will work with the new Roku Voice Assistant.

The new Roku Voice Assistant will work without a remote and respond to voice commands such as “Hey Roku” to activate through Roku Connect devices like the TCL smart speakers with Roku Connect.

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5 Responses to First Look: Roku’s New Voice Assistant

  1. Michael January 9, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

    I dunno, It’s getting pretty crowed in my house with all these assistants. Cortana, Alexa, Siri, Google. You have to stop and think who you’re talking to!

  2. David Batten January 9, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

    Oh great. Just what we needed…. Another voice assistance!
    Plus another device that can record everything that happens inside our homes 🙂

  3. Garry January 9, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

    I have a TVL ROKU 55” with Yamaha YAS-107 sound bar. I did settings I wanted on sound bar. It comes on and off with ROKU also plays music from iPhone via Bluetooth on sound bar. ROKU app has voice control. I don’t understand why I would need anything else. Keep ROKU simple, that’s why I like it.

  4. REP January 9, 2018 at 6:32 pm #

    Everyone trying to copy everyone..HEY SIRI….HEY CORTANA…..HEYYY Alexxxxaaaaa… Now, here come heyyyy Roku? First of all, didn’t they already have voice command on their remote? I am sure they did.