Roku might not be a household name, but it's a pretty big deal in the world of streaming boxes. Not only does it make its own range of streaming set-top boxes and dongles, it also lends its designs to Sky for its Now TV Box and Now TV Smart Box. Now it has a few of its own models up its sleeve, and they look like being the most advanced yet.
The next top-of-the-range Roku will reportedly support HDR technology. This stands for High Dynamic Range, and is a way of allowing more luminosity into the image, giving it more depth.
HDR is said to be the next big thing in TV tech, with companies like Amazon and Netflix already supporting it (albeit in a limited way).
Roku will also do away with its numbering naming system. The Roku 2 will be replaced by the Roku Premiere, the Roku 3 will be substituted for the Roku Premiere Plus, and the Roku 4 will have its place taken by the Roku Ultra.
All three models will also support 4K (though only the Ultra will have HDR). 4K has four times as many pixels as HD. Sky supports it, as does BT, but both only have a limited amount of 4K content at the moment. That's because 4K TVs still aren't that common (though they are coming down in price).
Roku is also replacing its budget player, the Roku 1. This will be replaced by the Roku Express and Express Plus. Neither will have 4K, but both are likely to have faster processors and – in the case of the Express Plus – a voice-activated remote control. Plus they're likely to support RCA ports for older TVs, for those who are yet to upgrade to an HDMI-compatible telly.
For while HDR and 4K are exciting technologies, they're still a long way off for some people.
We should see the new boxes announced in the coming weeks, most likely around the end of September or beginning of October.
Source: Zats Not Funny