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Roku teams up with Sharp for new smart TVs

by Jacob Kleinman | May 6, 2015May 6, 2015 8:00 pm PST

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Roku has already partnered with a handful of companies including TCL, Hisense, Haier and Insignia to produce smart TVs using its own software. Now, the company is teaming up with yet another television-maker to expand its reach in North America.

The latest Roku TVs will come from Sharp in 43-inch and 50-inch variants for $379 and $499, respectively. Both models offer a 1080p resolution, a 60Hz refresh rate and a black design. The new TVs are available exclusively from Best Buy both in-stores and online this month. That covers locations in the U.S. as well as Canada.

“We believe the benefits of the Roku platform combined with the superiority of the Sharp brand makes an appealing combination for consumers looking for a great smart TV experience,” said Sharp Electronics direct of technology planning Vishnu Rao.

Roku TV offers access to the company’s popular set-top box software along with traditional cable, gaming consoles and other media players. Roku’s own Channel Store boasts more that 2,000 channels and a universal search function that lets you scan the entire library at once. There’s also Roku Feed, which tells you when videos you might be interested in become available to stream.

We’re big fans of Roku in all its forms, which range from an HDMI stick to full sized television. Now there’s one more way to experience the company’s awesome smart TV platform for yourself.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...