Roku is finally adding a much-awaited feature to its 4K stick- the Dolby Vision HDR, which will prove helpful for home theatre fans. The company started supporting the same from last year. What’s more, the new Streaming Stick is faster than the earlier model as well. It boots up around 30 percent faster than earlier. In addition to that, it has a new wireless receiver that delivers twice as fast speeds.
Dolby Vision has capabilities to allow higher peak brightness levels and more nuanced dark scenes. It can perform the same dynamically, meaning that it can alter the contrast and brightness levels for every individual frame in a film or TV show. It is something that HDR10 cannot perform, however, the new version of HDR10+ format supports it. It is worth noting that the internet is filled with Dolby Vision content as of now.
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The 4K streaming stick comes with Roku’s normal voice remote, but you can upgrade to the $70 Streaming Stick 4K+ bundle to get the company’s new Voice Remote Pro. The smarter clicker, which costs $30 extra, has hands-free voice searching (rather than pressing a button) and a rechargeable battery. If you want something a little more powerful, the $80 Roku Ultra LT, which is only available at Wal-Mart, will gain Dolby Vision, a faster processor, and stronger Wi-Fi this year.
The Roku Streaming Stick 4K is likely all you’ll ever need as a streaming device for most people. The $100 Roku Ultra offers quicker bandwidth and better connectivity, while the $179 Apple TV 4K has a superior interface and gaming environment. When it comes to simply streaming media in the finest possible formats, however, spending more than $50 is unnecessary. The new Roku Streaming Stick 4K will be available in the United States in mid-October, then in Canada, Mexico, and other Latin American nations in the coming months.
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