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Roku teamed up with TV manufacturers TCL and Hisense

A lot of smart TVs today are coupled with set-top boxes because they just don't seem as smart as they claim. But Roku has put a set-top box inside the TV with its latest offering.  

Roku has announced its own television called Roku TV, which is exactly what it sounds like: an HDTV with a Roku box built right inside. 
 

Roku teamed up with TV manufacturers TCL and Hisense to build a line of Roku TVs ranging from 32 inches to 55 inches. Of course, the Roku user interface is built into the TV for instant access to 31,000 movies and 1,200 apps (also called "channels"). 

The TVs also come with a newly-designed remote control, which features only 20 buttons (about half the buttons found on a traditional remote). This makes it a lot easier to use, as Roku only placed necessary and straightforward options on the device. 


According to Roku, it will be the one taking care of software updates on the Roku TVs, which means that all Roku TVs will receive them at the same time. It can be a pain when the updates are handled by the manufacturers, because that means some are being updated faster than others. 

Roku will, of course, still sell its set-top boxes alongside the new TVs. Just months ago, Roku announced a new family of streaming media players, including the Roku 1, Roku 2 and Roku 3. 

Source: Roku



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Why?
By TheEquatorialSky on 1/6/2014 1:52:03 PM , Rating: 2
Why would anyone buy this?

1) Simplicity (one remote, no STBs)
2) ???




RE: Why?
By Rott3nHIppi3 on 1/6/2014 2:24:24 PM , Rating: 4
Eh... cause you're in the market for a new TV and you don't plan to use cable/satellite. And buying a new TV and a Roku box when you know you need both just doesn't make sense?

Would you buy a TV without a digital converter? There's external boxes with remotes available for that as well. Just say'n!


RE: Why?
By TheEquatorialSky on 1/6/2014 3:05:41 PM , Rating: 1
TVs should last 10+ years. There are no new compelling technologies that would encourage Joe Schmoe to upgrade his TV like the HD revolution.

3D? No.
4K? No.
OLED? No.

While their boxes are popular, Roku is still a two-bit operation in the grand scheme of things. The chances of them going bankrupt, losing provider contracts or just changing the UI for the worse seems too high over a 10+ year period to justify vendor lock-in.

...and yes, I would buy a TV without a digital converter. A TV really only needs to be a display. I'd rather the money be spent improving *that* feature than on gimmicks...


RE: Why?
By Rott3nHIppi3 on 1/7/2014 1:23:12 PM , Rating: 3
I think you're missing the point. I didn't say this was an 'upgrade' option for people who already have kick-ass LED TVs. I said this was marketable to people... say .... single mom living in 2 bedroom apt with her 2 kids and already pays for internet service. As for the lack of 3D or OLED... I'd imagine this is to target lower income families who shop Walmart for deals.

As for 10 yr life... TVs are becoming as disposable as printers and phones. You must be a proud owner of many things you're unwilling to let go of!! LOL!


RE: Why?
By ven1ger on 1/6/2014 4:49:34 PM , Rating: 2
Having the Roku box seperate from the tv makes it a whole lot more flexible if you want to move the Roku box to another room. Technology is changing really fast, whatever tech you have with the Roku in the TV is one you're going to be stuck with for a few years, no matter the software updates, as that can only go so far.

I have a TV PAD 2 for my wife, and it is convenient to be able to just move it to another TV, eventually may give it to her mother and buy my wife a TV PAD 3. Would I buy a TV with TV Pad built-in, no way.

TV PAD allows my wife to view Asian content on the TV. Majority is Chinese, but some Japanese, Korean, and even Vietnamese content can be viewed. No monthly fees, just buy the box (approx $200) and get Asian content on the tv. Have had it for about 4 months and so far its been worth it to get my wife off my back about getting Asian videos.


By BurnItDwn on 1/7/2014 11:24:50 AM , Rating: 2
I see this as being successful among the elderly.
This would allow them access to the various streaming services without having to deal with multiple remotes or trying to program a universal remote.

Maybe I'll get one for my mom, she still uses my old 27 inch Tube that I bought used my Junior year of high school (late 1996), and every year she claims she doesn't want a new one.




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