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Roku unveils whole home entertainment licensing programme

Roku unveils whole home entertainment licensing programme

That's why one main area of focus of Roku and its hardware partners are going to be smart sound bars, which double as internet-connected speakers when the TV screen is turned off.

"Consumers will love the benefits of a home entertainment network, such as having more affordable options, adding one device at a time, using their voice, having a simplified set up and Wi-Fi connectivity, and holding just one remote control", Wood said in a statement.

Now, Roku is looking to further extend its reach by expanding its technology licensing program to include smart speakers and soundbars, which will connect to Roku TVs and Roku settop boxes using Roku Connect. Four years ago, the company launched its licensing program for manufacturers to build Roku functionality into their TVs.

After focusing the core of its business around television software, Roku is now planning an expansion into the home audio market. Instead of marketing the software as artificial intelligence that can schedule your appointments, turn off your bedroom lights and order your groceries, the Roku assistant's primary job will be to help you play music and video on devices throughout your house. Funai is already including Roku TV on many of their Philips-branded TVs.

The Entertainment Assistant will be attached to devices that run Roku OS.

It likewise said that Magnavox will be the ninth and most up to date TV brand to offer Roku TVs, as a component of its CES 2018 declarations. The Roku TVs, which started shipping in August of that year, were basically low-priced smart TVs that ran on Roku's operating system and defaulted to the Roku interface on the TV.

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Suntha also said he has reached out to Baraka to thank him for the video and to thank him for bringing the situation to light. A review is now being conducted into the incident and disciplinary action could be taken against the employees involved.

The assistant is called Roku Entertainment Assistant (bit of a mouthful, that) and is expected to roll out to all Roku devices sometime this autumn.

Smart Soundbar: Designed to work with TVs that feature HDMI ARC.

"Roku is in an interesting position in implementation of voice in the video space", Sappington said.

Smart Speaker: This is a stand-alone solution that can be used as part of a whole-house audio system or as a single audio product. All three have renewed their efforts in the living room over the past year, using smart speakers and audio hardware as a way to pitch their respective digital assistants.

With Roku Connect, manufacturers of audio equipment like soundbars would be able to build products that connect wirelessly to Roku devices.

The Roku Connect platform is now being offered to hardware manufacturers for use in upcoming devices.


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