Roku has refreshed their hardware lineup of streaming media players for 2017. Their lower end models are getting fast processors, their highest end Roku Ultra is getting a price drop, and their mid-tier Premiere models are being replaced by a new Roku Streaming Stick+ capable of 4K and HDR video.
Starting at the high end of Roku’s 2017 hardware lineup is an updated Roku Ultra. The new box is very similar to last year’s model and still includes 4K at 60fps, HDR10 (no Dolby Vision support), an SD card slot, USB port, and wired Ethernet. This year’s model drops the optical audio port from last year but also lowers the price from $129.99 to $99.99. The Ultra is now the only Roku that includes their premium remote which includes features like a headphone jack, gaming buttons, and a remote finder.
To replace last year’s Roku Premiere and Premiere+ boxes is an all-new Roku Streaming Stick+. Like the Roku Ultra, it’s capable of the same 4K at 60 fps and HDR10 video playback, but offers nothing else as far as ports or expandability. The Stick+ does come with an “advanced wireless receiver” that moves the WiFi radios into the power cable, which Roku claims delivers 4x the range. Included with the Stick+ is a new remote that now has power and volume buttons to control your TV. It will cost $69.99.
The regular Roku Streaming Stick is sticking around and getting a slight processor bump that Roku says is 50% faster than last year’s model. It also comes with the same new remote as the Stick+ and will cost the same $49.99 as last year’s model.