It's been a good few years since Roku released anything in the UK, leaving Brits with the woefully obsolete Streaming Stick and Roku 3 while the competition gets more advanced. Now, though, Roku has announced its bringing two of its latest products to the UK.
Coming are the 4K Streaming Stick+ and the budget Roku Express. Roku's press release promises that this express is five times more powerful than its predecessor, though since it wasn't released in the UK to begin with that comparison is fairly moot. It's small, with a basic Roku remote, and plugs into your TV's HDMI cable. The £30 miniature box comes bundles with 802.11 (b/g/n) Wi-Fi, and streams in up to 1080p resolution. It doesn't have anything fancy like expandable storage or ethernet, and it's powered by micro USB.
So that's pretty basic, and designed for people who are new to this whole 'streaming box' game. Most of you will be more interested in the Streaming Stick+ which offers 4K resolution picture with HDR, and without losing the USB stick-style form factor. It costs £80, comes with a power cable with built-in Wi-Fi antenna (which supposedly offers faster speeds), 4K upscaling, and up to 60fps framerate. The remote is also capable of controlling your TV's volume and power.
As ever, though, we're getting shafted on the price with both of these. In the US the Express and Streaming Stick+ both cost $29 and $69 respectively. Not so bad for the Express (but not great), but the conversation on the Streaming Stick+ is absurd.
Both the Roku Express and Streaming Stick+ will be available to buy from 19th October.