Roku will be releasing a new Roku Streaming Stick+ capable of 4K and HDR video this year, according to Dave Zatz of Zatz Not Funny, who has accurately leaked several Roku announcements in the past. The new device will also come with a new remote that features power and volume buttons for controlling your television.
Roku tends to refresh their extensive lineup of streaming devices around this time each year and it looks like this year is no exception. Several new 2017 models are expected to be released this year, according to the report. One of those will be a “4K HDR Roku Streaming Stick+” to either replace or be sold alongside the existing Roku Streaming Stick, which was released in the middle of last year. The new device is said to maintain the stick form factor, instead of adopting a pendant form factor like the Chromecast Ultra has and the upcoming “Needle” 4K Fire TV device will have.
While images of the new devices are not available, Dave Zatz has managed to leak an image of the new remote, which is said to be included in multiple bundles. The new remote adds a power button and volume buttons that are said to control the television the Roku device is connected to. It’s unknown at this time if this will be done through IR, making it compatible with most TVs, or through HDMI-CEC, which would mean it could only control newer TVs.
Dave Zatz also says the ridiculously inexpensive Roku Express “will see a significant performance bump” this year. If Roku leaks are what you’re after, be sure to check Zatz Not Funny regularly over the coming weeks.