Roku 3 to hit the market
Note:source for some of this information comes from the Roku Blog
Clocking in at over five times faster than previous players, the Roku 3 will get you to your favorite movies and TV shows in a flash. Even better, the Enhanced Remote with an integrated headphone jack makes it easy to enjoy TV time anytime.
Just plug in the included in-ear headphones and Roku instantly switches audio to the headphones while muting your TV speakers.
The new Roku interface features a streamlined layout to provide quicker access and greater visibility – especially if you have many channels installed. The Roku Channel Store and Search are now fully integrated into the home screen, and both have been redesigned with the new on-screen experience. Over 750+ channels are available on Roku, and you’ll find that perfect movie or show effortlessly in our updated Roku Channel Store.
The new interface debuts on the Roku 3 and will automatically roll out as a free software update in April to all Roku 2 models, Roku HD (model 2500), Roku LT and the Roku Streaming Stick.
The Roku 3 will be available for $99.99 in the U.S. through Roku.com, Amazon.com and several other leading online retailers. It will be available at major retail chains beginning in April. To get this in New Zealand get a you shop account and get it delivered there, it will cost you a little more (maybe an extra$25) but it is worth it
New Roku3 experience
Roku Press Release
Introducing Roku 3: the Fastest, Most Powerful Roku Player to Date
Flagship Player Debuts Remote with Headphone Jack for Private Listening and New Interface
Saratoga, Calif. – March 6, 2013 – Today Roku® is making it easier and quicker than ever to access more than 750 channels of the best movies, TV shows, sports, music and games with the new Roku 3. The fastest, most powerful Roku streaming player to date, Roku 3 delivers useful innovation – including a faster processor and an enhanced remote with a headphone jack for private listening – and marks the introduction of Roku’s new user interface enabling more fluid browsing and navigation.
“As Roku continues to build the largest selection of streaming entertainment, we are always exploring ways to improve the TV experience for our customers,” said Anthony Wood, founder and CEO, Roku. “Roku 3 introduces thoughtful new features that customers will love. The intuitive new interface makes it easy to find movies and shows quickly while the private listening mode is perfect for late-night streamers who don’t want to wake up the family.”
The Roku 3 enhanced remote features a built-in headphone jack for private listening with the included in-ear headphones. Volume buttons on the remote offer a convenient way to control audio while private listening mode is in use. Additionally, the remote doubles as a motion-sensing game controller for playing games like Angry Birds Space. For even more entertainment possibilities, Roku’s free app for iOS® and Android™ devices transforms a phone into the ultimate Roku command center.
Roku’s new interface maintains the simplicity that Roku is known for, while providing improved access to channels. And the fully integrated Roku Channel Store and one-stop search lets customers easily pinpoint what they want to watch – and get there instantly. The new interface will automatically roll out as a free software update in April to all current-generation Roku devices – Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS and the Roku Streaming Stick™.
Roku 3 comes fully loaded with more than 750 channels of entertainment, 1080p HD support, dual-band wireless, Ethernet and USB ports, and a microSD slot.
Recently launched channels on the Roku platform include TWC TV™, BlockBuster On Demand and iHeartRadio. Other channels launching soon include FOX NOW, PBS and PBS KIDS.
Pricing and Availability
The Roku 3 streaming player is available now in the United States through Roku.com and Amazon.com for a suggested retail price of $99.99. It will also be available in retail stores nationwide beginning in April.