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Roku Expands its Product Line and Adds New Content Channels

by Sean P. Aune | September 25, 2013September 25, 2013 3:00 pm PST

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Roku took the wraps off of three new versions of its popular streaming device today, and bringing cohesion to the entire product line.

When Roku launched the Roku 3 earlier this year it was still joined by the likes of devices such as the Roku 2 HD, which could lead to some confusion for consumers as to which had the most robust features. All of that guessing has been pretty much eliminated today with the launch of the Roku 1 and Roku 2 to join the Roku 3, but the Roku LT survives on as the entry level device.

For those of you on a budget and just want to get streaming on your TV any way you can, the Roku LT will set you back $49.99 and will work with just about any TV out there, but it is limited to 720p play back. Stepping up to the new Roku 1 will run you $59.99, and the only difference that $10 will get you is 1080p playback. The Roku 2 – which feels odd as the company already had a Roku 2 once before – will add a headphone jack to the remote as well as Wi-Fi support for a suggested retail price of $79.99.

The Roku 3 is still the same model it was earlier this year, and that has everything the Roku 2 has plus motion control in the remote for games, a faster processor, and ports for Ethernet, USB and microSD cards. This model will run you $99.99.

Hardware wasn’t the only news announced by Roku today. The Roku 3 finally launched in the U.K. and Ireland today, which many customers had been waiting for. Additionally, the M-GO streaming service has also now joined Roku as a new channel with integrated billing with your Roku account so there will be no need for a separate account.

You can check out all of the players in the galleries below, and the Roku 3 is available now, while the other three models are currently on pre-order.

Roku LT

Roku 1

Roku 2

Roku 3

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...