Roku was one of the first companies to tap the power of the Internet to make the home television experience more pleasant. Everyone wants to watch YouTube videos, but why watch them on a phone screen when you can watch them on a full-sized television like an adult? Since then, Roku has only expanded their offerings while improving their services, and this latest announcement from the company may be the biggest, and best, news of all. Roku is launching their first line of streaming-video televisions dedicated to streaming video.
If you want to stream it, you can. Cable or antenna service is only added after you request it during television set-up, but streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Walmart’s VUDU, Rdio, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, and more are all included from the jump, with the bigger services (Hulu, Amazon, VUDU, and Rdio) having one-touch launch buttons on the remote. The televisions range in size from a 32-inch model for $229 to a 55-inch model for $649 and feature three HDMI inputs, just in case you didn’t have enough with 1500 available streaming channels. The televisions are all 1080p full HD and are compatible with the Roku app for control via tablets and smartphones.
The sets themselves will be manufactured by Hisense and TCL, both Chinese companies, and will feature the same features with the same remotes; the Hisense models don’t have an MSRP, with sellers able to set prices. The TCL sets will be for sale beginning in late August, while the Hisense sets will be available by September.Technorati Tags: hdtv, Hisense, Home Theater, media tv, roku, roku streaming tv, roku streaming video tv, streaming media television, streaming media tv, streaming video television, TCL, television