Roku, which launched a flagship Roku 3 streaming media player earlier this spring, has now passed its update wand across the rest of its player lineup, adding the Roku 1 and Roku 2 models and revamping its entry-level Roku LT model. Two things that aren't changing: pricing and the lack of direct access to YouTube.
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To that end, Roku is increasing the number of channels it offers from about 700 to 1,000 in the U.S., the company says. Its channel lineup now includes the recently launched M-Go entertainment streaming service, which lets you rent or buy TV shows and movies.
All new Roku players feature an updated design. At $50, the Roku LT is the least expensive model, and the only one currently limited to 720p resolution. Stepping up to the new $60 Roku 1, which replaces the 720p Roku HD, gets you support for 1080p video quality.
The $80 Roku 2, which replaces the Roku XD, adds two features—dual-band Wi-Fi and a remote control with a built-in headphone jack—that were previously available only on the Roku 3. It also has analog connections, something the Roku 3 lacks. But the Roku 3 has a faster processor, plus a USB port and an Ethernet jack for a wired network connection, which aren't available on the other models. It also has an enhanced motion-sensing remote for games.
You can preorder the new Roku models, due in stores next month, through Roku.com.