Roku and Netflix are rolling out a new version of the streaming app that promises to offer instant streaming for the set-top box that actually will stream content instantly. According to Tom’s Guide, the updated Roku app should launch on Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick devices starting on Tuesday, June 24.
Tom’s Guide had a chance to demo the new Netflix app, and likened the experience it to the company’s speedy mobile service instead of the slow-to-load set-top box experience we’ve all suffered through at least once. Unfortunately, the update is only available for the Roku 3 and the company’s streaming stick, which offer more powerful processors compared to older models. Anyone still using the original Roku, Roku 2 or Roku LT won’t see an increase in speed.
It’s unclear exactly how Netflix will speed up its load times on Roku, and the company hasn’t issued an official statement announcing the news. It’s possible the app could predict which shows you want to watch and pre-load them ahead of time, similar to Amazon’s Fire TV. Netflix certainly has the data to make those kinds of predictions, though it’s also possible the new app is simply using Roku’s built-in processors to their full potential.
If you don’t see the update immediately tomorrow, you can try speeding up the process by heading into the Roku’s Settings menu, clicking on “System Update” and picking “Check Now.”