April 17th, 2015
Roku, the company taking cord-cutting outside of maternity wards, recently announced two updates to their service â€“ an improved search function and upgrades to two of their players.
The improvement to Rokuâ€™s search feature is a humble but efficient ability to search for programming by streaming channel name. With over 2,000 streaming channels available, this provides Roku users an easier way to locate their favorite content. â€œRoku Feedâ€ is another helpful addition to Rokuâ€™s service, which allows users to follow programs and movies they want to watch. â€œWeâ€™re launching it with a focus on â€˜Movies Coming Soon,â€™ ending the guessing game around when a box office hit is available for streaming, which services offer the movie or how much it costs at a given time,â€ said Roku CEO Anthony Wood in an April 6th blog post.
Upgrades to the Roku streaming devices are a mix of fun and helpful. The Roku 3 ($99.99 list price) now allows voice search, giving Siri a run for her money. Along with a headphone jack for privacy â€“ or not keeping anyone else awake while you binge watch â€œHouse of Cardsâ€ â€“ and motion control for gaming, Roku 3 lives up to being Rokuâ€™s top streaming device.
Though not as flashy, the Roku 2 has been improved to match the speed and functionality of Roku 3. If you can live without talking to your Roku and not having motion control to play games, the $69.99 model might be the Roku youâ€™re looking for.