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Official Roku 4 Thread

The Roku 4 will launch on 21 October.

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Up to 4K UHD (3840 × 2160) on 4K UHD TVs
Up to 1080p HD (1920 x 1080) on HD TVs
Up-scales 720p to 1080p HD on 1080p HD and 4K UHD TVs
Up-scales 1080p HD to 4K UHD on 4K UHD TVs
4K UHD 60 fps HEVC Playback
4K UHD 30 fps VP9 Playback (YouTube)
Playback from USB drives

Audio Output

Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound passed through via HDMI or optical output

Storage Expansion

microSD card port for additional game and channel storage
USB port for personal media expansion


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Enhanced remote with voice search, point anywhere use, headphone jack, and motion-control for gaming.
Player includes IR receiver, compatible with various universal remotes.
Speaker for Remote Finder alerts

Power Consumption

12.4W (typical) when streaming 4K UHD video

Power Input

12V – 1A power adapter

USB Media Formats

Video: MP4 (H.264), MKV (H.264), HEVC (H.265)
Audio: MP3, Apple Lossless, WMA, AAC
Image: JPG, PNG, up to 4K UHD resolution


Size

6.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches

Weight

0.9 lb.

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Well guess I'll be comparing this to the firetv later this month. This seems to have more of what I need. Hopefully it doesnt come with all the issues the Firetv has.
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Well guess I'll be comparing this to the firetv later this month. This seems to have more of what I need. Hopefully it doesnt come with all the issues the Firetv has.

Same.

I really do like the Fire TV. I love how it has all my pictures (I save everything on their cloud) ... videos and whatnot. But right now, with Netflix not streaming in 5.1 and the UHD that crashes my receiver, the Fire TV is making it really hard for me to keep it.

I even tried calling their customer support but getting someone in Indonesia, well, it didn't work out so well. They took 10 minutes just to find that I did, in fact, order the Fire TV.
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The newer Roku 2 has been rock solid for me. There is really nothing in the model that I would need as I am still on 1080p.

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I have two 4K setups, one in the bedroom the other in my main den. Right now, the Amazon has been moved to the bedroom ( bedroom is a Bose 2.1 audio set up) replacing a Roku 3. I think I will check out the new Roku 4 for my main room ( 7.1 Audio setup )..
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With Amazon, NetFlix and Vudu this is the device that's high on my list.


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I'm very disappointed they didn't add DTS-MA or Dolby TrueHD passthrough. Looks like I'll have to pick up the NVidia Shield TV, which just added support for it.

Now if they'll just release an Amazon Video app for the Shield...
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I'm very disappointed they didn't add DTS-MA or Dolby TrueHD passthrough. Looks like I'll have to pick up the NVidia Shield TV, which just added support for it.



Now if they'll just release an Amazon Video app for the Shield...

I'm not sure if they need to. This is a streaming device 1st and until someone starts offering those formats there is no real need for Roku to add them (especially if there are extra licensing costs). I would bet that 95-98% of their customer base has no use of those formats at this time.


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To me this the best 4K streaming device so far for my needs as it has optical out to go with my non-HDMI 2.0 receiver compared to Nvidia Shield or FireTV. Has the pricing been announced?

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What about HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.0? HDR??
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to me this the best 4k streaming device so far for my needs as it has optical out to go with my non-hdmi 2.0 receiver compared to nvidia shield or firetv. Has the pricing been announced?
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I have the new Fire Tv not impressed at all. I pre-ordered the Roku 4 and will be returning the Fire TV


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I have the new Fire Tv not impressed at all. I pre-ordered the Roku 4 and will be returning the Fire TV


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Same. Sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ...
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To me this the best 4K streaming device so far for my needs as it has optical out to go with my non-HDMI 2.0 receiver compared to Nvidia Shield or FireTV. Has the pricing been announced?
I have the Nvidia Shield and it's amazing in terms of performance, through my ROKU 3 out the window. They just added support for optical audio via usb converter to the shield in V.2.0 so you might want to take a re-look. Kodi is amazing on the Shield with Blu-Ray streaming and Roku can't even come close with that. The 2.0 upgrade has some issues though that have to be resolved like gamma and 24p frame switching with certain apps.
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Same. Sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ...

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I have the Nvidia Shield and it's amazing in terms of performance, through my ROKU 3 out the window. They just added support for optical audio via usb converter to the shield in V.2.0 so you might want to take a re-look. Kodi is amazing on the Shield with Blu-Ray streaming and Roku can't even come close with that. The 2.0 upgrade has some issues though that have to be resolved like gamma and 24p frame switching with certain apps.

Does it do Amazon 4K? Or Vudu? Remember this is a steaming device 1st. The shield is more of a media player. People buying the Roku are not necessarily looking for a media player.


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I'd like to know if the remote is wifi again (I assume it is), and whether it can be turned off in favor of the supported IR remote capabilities so I can avoid interference with my home networks.
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Does it do Amazon 4K? Or Vudu? Remember this is a steaming device 1st. The shield is more of a media player. People buying the Roku are not necessarily looking for a media player.


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It does neither actually right now, but Vudu announced support for the shield in the near future with support for Dolby Vision HDR. I don't think the Roku will ever have that, but I could be wrong.
Even if your only looking for a streaming device, I would think you would still want to stream the best quality and features you could.

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My concern with Shield is that I am not using it for gaming & will never use it's full potential as a media player. By the time I am done adding remote & USB to SPDIF converter to Shield it will probably cost north of $300.00. That's why atleast for my use Roku 4 seems like a perfect device at this time.
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I have absolutely love my Roku 3s...Plex, Pandora, Netflix, Amazon all work great with good quality picture and sound.

The Spotify client however has always been a disappointment...I couldn't find any info if the new Roku 4 would have Spotify Connect of it that's just a Roku Spotify client missing feature in general.
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Does it do Amazon 4K? Or Vudu? Remember this is a steaming device 1st. The shield is more of a media player. People buying the Roku are not necessarily looking for a media player.


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That is exactly correct. The Roku is an absolutely killer streamer, but only a reasonably decent media player. That is an easy trade off to make if you are looking for a single simple device to do everything.

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It does neither actually right now, but Vudu announced support for the shield in the near future with support for Dolby Vision HDR. I don't think the Roku will ever have that, but I could be wrong.
Even if your only looking for a streaming device, I would think you would still want to stream the best quality and features you could.

We've seen the near future before, hopefully it does come true. For those that also wish to have access to Amazon however it would make a hard sell. Paying almost double if not more for the shield doesn't make sense for owners (those who that Roku is targeted at) for possibly less streaming choices. I with the money left over I could probably buy a dedicated media player that handles my local media specifically (something I do now). The Shield is getting close to a one stop shop, but there are still a few things (at least for me) that would hold me back from buying one just yet.


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Minor point, but I'm surprised that they didn't go to gigabit Ethernet like their competitors.
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Wondering if my receiver needs to be HDCP 2.2 compliant for it to pass 4k video from this Roku 4?
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Wondering if my receiver needs to be HDCP 2.2 compliant for it to pass 4k video from this Roku 4?

Most likely yes. If your AVR isn't 2.2 then you would need to use ARC from your TV.


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I'd like to know if the remote is wifi again (I assume it is), and whether it can be turned off in favor of the supported IR remote capabilities so I can avoid interference with my home networks.
According to posts on the Roku forum the bundled remote is still Wi-Fi Direct. Also Roku 4 adds optical digital audio port, both Apple and Amazon removed it.

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I wonder why they haven't specified the speed of the processor. Inquiring minds would like to know. I'm guessing it's the same as the fire tv or slightly faster.
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I want to know if it will finally support hdmi cec. Would make things so much easier for me.

I think my roku 3 will pass dts from my mkv doing btstream from my media server. Recently ripped a bunch of blurays and when watching on in my main room, hit info on the yamaha and recalled seeing dts.

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