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Major Roku upgrades include voice search for $100 Roku 3, new hardware for US$70 Roku 2

Michael Brown | April 7, 2015
Roku announced major upgrades to its popular media streamers on Tuesday. The flagship Roku 3 ($100) gets an all-new remote control with an integrated mic that can be used for voice searches, and the new Roku 2 (US$70) is now based on the same hardware as its more-expensive sibling.

Roku will report when the movie is available for streaming, which service it's available on, and how much it costs. Each time the movie becomes available on a new channel or changes price, your feed will get an update. "It's like search that keeps on searching," said Anderson. "It does the work for you."

Anderson said the new Roku 2 and Roku 3 are available today, although it will take some time for the devices to reach all retail channels. Deployment of the new software — plus all-new Android and iOS companion apps — also starts today.

The new software that embraces all Roku models back to the 2011 vintage sounds extremely promising. Even the biggest fans lose track of some new movies they didn't get a chance to see in theaters, so the "movies coming soon" feature is also compelling. Roku says we'll get hardware to review sometime this week, so I'll be able to report soon on whether everything lives up to its promise. 


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