It's been well over a year since we first heard that Roku would be bringing AirPlay 2 support to its set-top boxes, and now it looks like the company is finally nearly ready to pull the trigger on the new feature. Eligible customers who buy a Roku device from 23 October to 31 January will get Apple TV+ free for three months. The upcoming version of this software, Roku OS 9.4 is officially announced.
What does AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support mean for Roku?
Streaming market matters Roku's latest releases enter the picture as the company continues to jockey with Amazon's Fire TV platform and Google's Android TV and Chromecast offerings for streaming supremacy. The SVOD is not now available on Roku devices, with the companies seemingly at an impasse over the app's status within Roku's channels ecosystem. This year's model finally adds support for Dolby Vision, the proprietary HDR mastering format produced by sound pioneer, Dolby Laboratories.
Roku promises rich Dolby Audio despite the Streambar's small size, as it packs four speakers whose volume is actively controlled and adjusted by the device to remain crisp and immersive. The update includes the previously mentioned AirPlay 2 and HomeKit uphold, permitting you to stream content legitimately from your iOS gadget.
Firstly, this feature will not be out for all the Roku devices.
Today's (September 28th, 2020) announcement from Roku will be music to the ears of those people, as they announce the arrival of the latest addition to their product catalogue: the Roku Streambar.
Roku's 2020 holiday lineup looks solid, with a respectable update to the Ultra, and the Streambar is an affordable way to add 4K streaming and high-quality audio to your TV.
And HomeKit support will allow users to control their Roku device using Apple's Home app and Siri on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch or HomePod. It will also provide performance enhancements such as faster initial setup, better launch times or faster video start times. Users can select the "Live TV" input tile on the Roku home screen and access more than 115 free live streaming channels from The Roku Channel. If you have an antenna connected, you'll be able to view a combined program guide with free streaming channels and over-the-air broadcast channels.
The new Roku Streambar is an extremely compact sound bar with 4K HDR streaming and cinematic sound created to upgrade the audio from your flatscreen TV.
You will now see hints directly on the screen that will remind you to use Roku Voice to access features much easier.