Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Roku TV unveiled: Television sets with Roku streaming built-in : Roku is partnering with Hisense and TCL to release six TVs this fall that have the company's superb Smart TV platform built-in -- no box required.

CNET reports:
No one outside Cupertino knows if we'll ever see an Apple Television, but we won't have to wait long to see a Roku TV.

Roku announced the Roku TV platform today at CES 2014, partnering with Chinese manufacturers Hisense and TCL to produce the first sets. Six models are slated to launch this fall -- three from each company -- in sizes from 32 to 55 inches.

A Roku TV is exactly what it sounds like: a standard HDTV that essentially has a Roku box built-in. The idea isn't all that different than the Smart TV features included by most TV manufacturers, except that it's Roku's excellent software, which means Roku TVs will have access to over 1,000 channels, cross-platform search for movies and TV shows, and a clean, simple user interface. Roku's best-in-class streaming software is one of the main reasons the company's boxes have earned CNET's Editors' Choice Award over tough competitors like the Apple TV and Google Chromecast.

Bigger choice than public education or ObamaCare!