Roku has launched ‘Roku TV’, the company’s first television built-in partnership with two TV manufacturers and will be built-in with streaming features.
Hisense and TCL are the TV makers who will launch the smart TV’s that provide access to several Android apps and a library of channels. The TV’s will come in three sizes with the starting price of $229 for a 32-inch TV and $649 for the 55-inch. California-based Roku, launched in 2002 is known for developing set-top boxes and ‘sticks’ that provides access to streaming services like Hulu, Netflix and others is set to provide the experience the company’s first TV.
Roku’s app for iOS and Android can also be integrated with the smart TV’s which can be used as a remote control. The company will also offer a remote with 20 buttons with the Roku TV, the company said. The company’s ‘sticks’ similar to Google Chromecast has the ability to turn any TV into a smart TV as the latter is high-priced and requires replacement once the software is outdated.
However, Roku TV’s are low-priced in comparison with other manufacturers in the market and has promised to provide software updates. The company boasts a catalog of 1,700 channels with categories for fitness, news, children, music and many more. TCL’s products are already available for pre-order on Amazon and will offer sizes from 32 to 55 inches and will be available in the coming weeks. Hisense TV’s will be available from September end and will offer 32 to 55 inch variants.
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