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Roku Ultra | HD/4K/HDR Streaming Media Player. Now includes Premium JBL Headphones. (2018)
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- Our most powerful and feature packed media player that streams HD/4K/HDR
- Ultimate connectivity with dual band wireless and Ethernet port; Power input: 12V – 1.5A power adapter
- 500,000+ movies and TV episodes, with voice search across 1,000+ top channels Plus, catch hit movies, popular shows and more with no subscription or fees on The Roku Channel
- NOTE: Please refer to the user manual and safety instructions before use
- Tons of streaming services available from movies and series on Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Now, Showtime, to cable alternatives like Sling TV to live sports and news on CBS News, ABC News and ESPN
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Entertainment lovers, this is for you. The Roku Ultra is our top of the line player with a powerful quad core processor, our best wireless, and an Ethernet port, for ultimate connectivity that stands up to what you want to stream. Whether youre watching in HD, 4K Ultra HD, and HDR, youll get picture quality thats optimized for your TV with crisp detail and rich color. Plus, its got all the bells and whistles, including a voice remote with TV power and volume buttons, private listening, lost remote finder, night listening mode, and premium JBL headphones, valued at $39.95.
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1)If you need to connect by WiFi in a room far away from your WiFi router,I would recommend the Roku Streaming Stick PLUS or Roku Ultra.
2)If you have a 4K TV,I would recommend the Roku Ultra or Roku Streaming Stick PLUS. The Premiere 2018 model also plays 4K video.
3)To search for content using your voice,go with either the Streaming Stick,Streaming Stick PLUS or Ultra.All 3 of these models also have a remote that can control the power and volume on a TV.There is also a Roku app for Android & iPhone/iPad that lets you use your smartphone/tablet to control any Roku device and use your phone/tablet on-screen keyboard or voice for searches.
4)If you want a wired ethernet connection,go with the Roku Ultra.
5)If you want to connect to an old TV with RCA/Composite audio/video jacks,you will need the Express PLUS
6)The Express and Premiere 2018 models have a remote where it has to be pointed at the device,unlike the other Roku models.
7)If you are only going to buy one Roku device,I would recommend the Roku Ultra.The Ultra has many unique features that the other Roku models don't such as:
-Gaming buttons to play video games
-Remote finder to find a lost remote control
-Ethernet port for a wired connection
-Micro SD card slot
-Night listening mode (this lowers the volume of loud,explosive sounds and raises the volume of soft sounds like whispers.Bravo!)
-Headphone jack on the remote for listening without disturbing others
For those who have not used a Roku before,here are some tips that might be helpful:
1)There is no monthly fee to use a Roku.There are many free channels/apps with free movies,music and TV programs and some people use Roku only for the free channels and do not pay any fees.
You do NOT have to enter credit card info if you only wish to view free content and you can always add credit card info to your account later for paid channels/apps.If you plan on viewing free content only,I suggest setting up a Roku account before you activate the device.When you reach the page to enter credit card info,some browsers will show a "Skip,I'll add later" option at the bottom.If you do not see this option,simply log out of your account,then log back in.You may have to then enter a different activation code for your device if you skip entering credit card info during device set up,but you do NOT have to enter credit card info if you only want to view free content.
2)Some of the most popular free channels/apps are: YouTube,Pandora radio,The Roku Channel,Pluto TV,Tubi TV,Crackle,CBS News,NBC News,ABC,PBS, PBS KIds and many more.You can also find a free live stream of FOX News on YouTube by searching "Fox News Live" on YouTube.
3)Some of the most popular paid channels/apps are Netflix,Hulu,Amazon video,HBO Now,Vudu,Sling TV,Spectrum TV and Direct TV Now.
4)If you are looking for a bundle of channels of live TV to replace cable TV,check out Sling TV,YouTube TV,Spectrum TV,Direct TV Now,Hulu,Pluto TV and Playstation Vue.All of these are paid services except for Pluto TV,which is free.
5)To find and add new channels on Roku,just press the Home button on the remote control,scroll down and select "Streaming Channels".There you will find thousands of channels/apps in many different categories and many of them are free.
My one gripe about Roku (and other streaming devices) is the lack of a fully functional web browser and I hope Roku will include web browsing on models in the near future.I have been surfing the web on the big screen for years and find it ridiculous when an internet connected TV device does not allow you to surf the internet and forces one to switch to yet another internet connected device to do so.
I am aware of the screen mirroring function from a smartphone/PC/tablet but find that a poor excuse to not include a web browser.Many people who type a lot of messages and/or emails like myself prefer typing on a wireless keyboard rather than a phone/tablet/remote control.
Bottom Line:You can now get a Roku device to replace your cable TV box & service or to replace an antenna for free local network TV.And of course you can create your own custom TV experience that simply is not possible with cable or antenna TV.
Outside of the initial purchase cost of ROKU and your recurring internet Bill, THIS IS FREE TV. Don't let the other reviews mislead you about credit cards. YOU DON'T NEED A CC to watch ROKU programming, and there's a LOT of programming to watch!
If I remember correctly, all you need to activate your ROKU is a valid email address to register your device.
ROKU is also Google and Amazon video friendly. If you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you can get that on your ROKU. You can also get YOUTUBE, YouTube TV , and VUDU 4K on this ROKU ultra 4k device. Can firestick do all that? NO!
To the best of my knowledge, you can't add KODI add-ons to ROKU like you can with the firestick.
Addressing other reviews that complain about credit cards- that's for other add on services, like HULU, SLING, NETFLIX, etc. ROKU doesn't charge you for that, it's those services that charge you for those specific services.
ROKU ULTRA 4K supports DOLBY ATMOS and HDR 10 up to 60fps.
IDK if Dolby Vision is any better than HDR, and if it is, I doubt I'd be able to discern the difference. Technology is getting to the point where it's getting beyond the limits of human perception. From 20 ft I can barely tell the difference between 1080p and 4k.
Anyway, some folks complain about no support for Dolby Vision.
Hey, it's HDR compliant. All the DOLBY VISION TV's I know of also support HDR. I've seen the store displays. I can't tell the difference.
My current TV is a 70" Vizio 4k with HDR.
When I watch true 4k material from the ROKU ULTRA it's amazing how much depth perception I perceive in the screen. It's very comparable to 3-D, but no glasses are required.
I subscribe to HULU for about $13/month, and am a PRIME member. I also watch a lot of VUDU content. I have more than enough options for my viewing habits. My firestick is collecting dust now.
BTW, if you want 4k material, you may need to upgrade your data plan to around 20+ mbps. I think 8-10mbps was adequate for 1080. If you're only getting internet speed of 10 mbps or less and can't get 4k to stream, that's not ROKU's fault. That's your ISP's fault or YOUR fault for not doing your homework and thinking it out.
If you're on the fence about this, or getting a firestick device- get this ROKU ULTRA. With the voice command features, the lost remote finder, the ability to use your remote with the supplied wired ear buds to listen to programming without disturbing anyone else are winning features in my book.
I'd buy it again and highly recommend this device to anyone with a 4k ultra HDR compliant TV and internet service capable of streaming 4k material.