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Roku has unveiled a new Streaming Stick, the first update to the device since 2012.

It has a cool new feature called 'private listening'. Available through the Roku Mobile App, this feeds the audio from what you're watching through your phone, so you can plug in a pair of headphones and enjoy it on your own.

That means you won't annoy anyone else in the room who's trying to read, work or listen to music. Plus it'll help immerse you in whatever you're watching.

The feature was previously available using the Roku remote control. But this is the first time it's been available through the app.

The Roku Streaming Stick is also eight times more powerful than the previous model. Roku claims its quad-core processor is faster than both the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Google Chromecast.

new roku streaming stick (2016)

However, it's only available to pre-order in the US at the moment, with "no plans" to launch it in the UK. But we wouldn't be surprised if it comes to these shores in the coming months.

It will go on sale in the US later this month, and cost $50 (£35).

"The Roku Streaming Stick is one of our most popular models," said Sharad Sundaresan, senior vice president of product management at Roku. "Consumers appreciate having access to the complete Roku streaming experience in a portable, low-cost device.

"The new Roku Streaming Stick takes our popular experience to the next level with a significant upgrade in power and performance, as well as features that are specifically designed to get people the entertainment they want to watch quickly and easily whether they're at home or on the go."

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