Roku’s 2016 4K UHD set-top boxes will come with the 4K UHD AND HDR support

by on August 30, 2016

Stephan Jukic – August 30, 2016

After the superb Roku 4 4K set-top box was released in 2015, it garnered plenty of praise for the quality of its content selection, its easy usability and for plenty of other internal features. However, what Roku 4 lacked was the now even more crucial feature of high dynamic range support, and perhaps with good reason since HDR was much less developed on the consumer market in mid-2015 than it is now in late 2016.

Either way, the company behind the Roku 4 is coming up with yet another 4K UHD set-top streaming media player box and it might be just the device for those of you who held off on getting the Roku 4 or did get it but want something with an even more cutting edge level of video technology in it.

The new big upgrade from Roku is coming in the form of the high-end new “Roku Ultra” and “Roku Premier Plus” set top boxes which are supposedly coming to us, at least according to recent leaks from the website

Roku will also apparently be releasing other updates to other 2015 Roku boxes but only the Roku Ultra and Roku Premiere Plus will have High Dynamic Range specs and support for some type of HDR standard included from what we know so far.

To break down the details, the three Roku 4K boxes for 2016 will be the Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere Plus and Roku Ultra set-stop systems. These new devices are the 2016 replacements for the Roku 2, Roku 3 and Roku 4 boxes of 2015 respectively and all three of them will include 4K ultra HD video support for streaming media like Netflix, Amazon and Vudu but only the Roku Premiere Plus and Ultra boxes will also come with HDR, as stated above.

The Roku 4 from 2015 received lots of praise for its features and usability

The Roku 4 from 2015 received lots of praise for its features and usability

The Roku Premiere Plus box is mostly identical to the Roku Premiere except that the Plus features the aforementioned inclusion of HDR capacity (possibly), Ethernet connectivity  and a microSD slot and the leak speculation from zatznotfunny hints at a possible better remote control, as is the case between the existing Roku 2 vs. Roku 3.

Then there’s the flagship Roku Ultra box, replacement to the 2015 Roku 4 and the most capable of the new line of 2016 set-top boxes from Roku. The Ultra will include HDR, 4K video streaming, a remote control finder, optical output and will be the only model to feature USB for local media access from external devices.

As for prices and release dates on these new boxes, there’s no word yet but part of the rumor around them indicates a release date for some time in September and prices look to stay similar to those of the 2015 counterparts of each new Roku box.

Roku will also reportedly be releasing an update to the Roku 1 box, called the Roku Express. This is the most affordable set-top device in the 2016 lineup and doesn’t include 4K UHD video or HDR support.

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    September 1, 2016 at 6:55 am

    HDR support is a step in the right direction, but I was hoping to see Dolby Vision, as well. The first streaming box that does so gets my sale.


  • Mark
    September 8, 2016 at 6:23 am

    I think a lot of them are waiting to see where the standards end up; HDR10 or Dolby Vision. Thats Disneys excuse for not getting into the UltraHD Bluray forum yet.


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