Roku Ultra | 4K/HDR/HD streaming player
Before I begin, this review is coming from someone who has only owned the Amazon Fire TV products only. I wanted to try this new Roku Ultra out, so I pre-ordered it, to see how it compares to the Fire TV. The Fire TV was becoming really slow and laggy.
The Roku Ultra takes a few minutes to set up. Since this was my first time ever using the Roku, I just let is set up what it thought was best to do. It recognized my TV, which I was surprised by because it is probably about 10 years old. All the buttons on the remote, Power and Volume, set up just fine and works great.
After setup was complete, my first impression is that the interface is a lot easier to navigate than the Fire TV. So easy, that my mother-in-law was able to turn it on and figure it out herself without even asking.
It is really easy to download apps, if you have access to the website. You just go onto the website, log in, and add the channels you want. Then poof, they appear on your Roku.
All of the apps I have tried so far run pretty smooth. Some are different than their counterparts on the Fire TV, but I am adjusting to the new set ups, and I like them more on here.
The remote itself has the ability to use voice control, as well as plugging in your headphones for a personal listening session. I have not tried either of these features yet. It also has A & B buttons for games. My only complaint about the remote is that it has preselected services for quick access. Mine came with Netflix, Hulu, Sling, and HBO Now. I only use Netflix and Hulu. It would be nice to have an option to change what app these open.
If you are thinking of cordcutting, which I will do a article on that at some point, I highly recommend this, or one of the other Roku products.
About the Product:
Our ultimate streaming experience. The next-generation Roku Ultra is our most powerful player, with a quad-core processor and our best wireless performance. A great choice for avid streamers and users of cable replacement services such as DirecTV NOW, Sling TV, and more. Whether your TV is 4K or HD, Roku Ultra will optimize your content for the best picture resolution possible. Experience the visual rush of crisp details and rich HDR color. Plus, the Roku Ultra is fully loaded with features you’ll love. Our new voice remote lets you easily control your TV with buttons for TV power and volume. Headphones let you listen in private. And no more tearing the family room apart with our lost-remote finder. Plus, enjoy 500,000 Plus movies and TV episodes, including blockbusters, award-winning original series, kids’ shows, live network TV, and more-across thousands of free or paid channels like Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO NOW, and PBS KIDS.
- New 2017 Model!
- Powerful quad-core Processor and best wireless performance
- Brilliant 4K, HDR, and HD streaming
- Voice remote with TV Power and volume
- 500, 000 Plus movies and TV episodes
- With headphones for private listening and lost-remote finder
The ultimate streaming player. Brilliant 4K, HDR, and HD picture quality.
The next-generation Roku Ultra is Roku's most powerful player, with a quad-core processor and best wireless performance. Brilliant picture quality creates an immersive experience. Whether your TV is HD, 4K or HDR, Roku Ultra will optimize your content for the best picture resolution possible. Plus, it is fully loaded with features you’ll love. A new voice remote with buttons for TV power and volume control makes it easy to control both your TV and Roku player. Enjoy 500,000+ movies and TV episodes across thousands of free or paid channels. Use your voice to search across top channels by actor, show and more. Includes headphones for private listening and a lost-remote finder.
Power. Picture. Performance.
Top-of-the-line with a quad-core processor and our best wireless, the Roku Ultra is perfect for heavy streaming in HD, 4K, and HDR.
Get a connection that stands up to what you want to stream with dual-band wireless—or use the Ethernet port for wired streaming.
It’s got all the bells and whistles, including a voice remote with buttons for TV power and volume on compatible TVs, headphones for private listening, lost remote finder, and night listening mode.
Clear, immersive picture quality
Don’t just watch your favorite shows, be immersed in them. Whether you’re streaming in HD, 4K, or HDR, you’ll get picture quality that’s optimized for your TV with crisp details and rich color.
500,000+ movies and TV episodes
Movies. TV. Original series. Kids’ shows. News. Sports and more. Watch almost anything across thousands of free or paid channels available in a click. And with the 4K Spotlight channel it's easier than ever to find 4K and HDR content for your TV.
Fantastic free entertainment
Access hundreds of live-streaming and on-demand free channels, including The Roku Channel, packed with Hollywood hits.
Search across channels
Search by title, actor, or director and get unbiased results across 500+ channels to see where you can stream your favorite shows free or at the lowest cost.
The free Roku mobile app
Turn your iOS or Android device into the ultimate streaming companion. Control your Roku player, search with your keyboard, plus get features like: Private listening, voice search, and cast to TV.