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|Item model number||Roku Ultra|
|Batteries||2 AA batteries required. (included)|
Roku Ultra - HD and 4K UHD Streaming Media Player with HDR, Enhanced Remote with Voice Search
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- Perfect for HD and 4K Ultra HD TVs, features fast quad-core processor and 802.11ac dual-band wireless.
- Exceptionally brilliant picture quality. 4K Ultra HD at 60fps with four times the resolution of 1080p HD.
- Vibrant HDR displaying an incredible range of colors, brighter whites, and deeper blacks.
- Fully loaded with digital audio output, convenient point anywhere remote with voice search and remote finder, headphones for private listening, and gaming controls.
- Dolby Audio over HDMI and optical
- NOTE: Kindly refer the Instructional Video from the Image Section and User Manual from the Technical Specification before use which is highly recommended.
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Introducing Roku Ultra
Looking for our ultimate streaming player? Meet the new Roku Ultra for HD and 4K Ultra HD TVs. It comes fully loaded and delivers powerful streaming―quad-core processing and 802.11ac dual-band wireless ― plus brilliant 4K* and 1080p HD streaming at 60fps, and vibrant HDR* color. Enjoy a lost remote finder, digital optical audio output, point anywhere remote, voice search, and headphones for private listening.
*The 4K experience requires a compatible 4K TV and 4K content. HDR requires a compatible HDR TV and HDR content. Such content will not be available on all channels. Check with the 4K channel partner for specific bandwidth requirements to access its 4K content.
Brilliant 4K picture quality and vibrant HDR
Roku Ultra delivers brilliant picture quality to your 4K UHD or 1080p HD TV with crisp, life-like images that practically jump off the screen. Get the visual rush of 4K Ultra HD streaming when using a compatible 4K TV and content. Get rich, realistic color detail—even in the darkest shadows and brightest highlights—when you stream HDR content on a compatible HDR TV. HDR displays a wider range of colors, brighter whites, and deeper blacks to create more natural, beautiful, and true-to-life imagery. The Roku 4K Spotlight channel helps to find 4K and HDR content. Check with the channel partner for bandwidth requirements.
Roku Ultra is our ultimate streaming player for 1080p HD/4K/HDR streaming
Amazing content, endless choice
Stream blockbusters, broadcast TV, big entertainment brands, and niche channels. Movies, TV shows, live sports, news and music. Roku has the only streaming players that work with all these channels: Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, VUDU, Sling TV, and PBS KIDS. Easily access 450,000+ movies and TV episodes across 4,500+ paid or free channels.
Unbiased Search across top channels
From the latest movies and shows to cult classics, find where your favorites are free or cheapest to watch with unbiased search across top channels. Search through a wide selection of paid or free channels by actor, title, or director using your Roku remote, Roku mobile app, or voice search.
Get incredible features like an enhanced point anywhere remote with voice search, premium headphones for private listening, and gaming buttons. With voice search, just tell the enhanced remote what you’re looking for and get fast unbiased results by title, actor, or director.
Remote buttons may vary.
Remote finder included
Gremlin hid your remote? Just press the button on your Roku Ultra and your remote will tell you where it is. You'll never have to dig through your sofa cushions again. Or turn your smartphone or tablet into a convenient streaming companion. Use your mobile device as a fully functional remote control and so much more!
|Roku Streaming Stick||Roku Express||Roku Premiere||Roku Premiere+||Roku Ultra|
|Access to 450,000+ movies & TV episodes from 4,500+ streaming channels||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|TV Compatibility||HDMI port||HDMI port||HDMI port (4K video via HDCP 2.2 HDMI)||HDMI port (4K video via HDCP 2.2 HDMI)||HDMI port (4K video via HDCP 2.2 HDMI)|
|4K Ultra HD @ 60fps||✓||✓||✓|
|1080p HD support||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Wifi||802.11 b/g/n dual-band MIMO||802.11 b/g/n||802.11ac dual-band MIMO||802.11ac dual-band MIMO||802.11ac dual-band MIMO|
|Night Listening Mode||✓||✓||✓|
|Ethernet and micro SD port||✓||✓|
|Remote finder, gaming buttons, USB port, digital optical audio output, Dolby Audio||✓|
|Roku app with private listening and voice search||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
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|Connectivity Technology||Wi-Fi and Ethernet||Wi-Fi||Ethernet||Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi||Ethernet, Wireless WIFI|
|Item Dimensions||3.3 x 1.4 x 1.7 in||4.9 x 4.9 x 0.85 in||8.15 x 8.15 x 2.68 in||1.6 x 0.8 x 5.5 in||4.9 x 4.9 x 1.7 in||4.9 x 4.9 x 0.85 in|
|Item Weight||1.2 lbs||7.68 ounces||—||—||1.2 lbs||0.5 lb|
|Internet Applications||Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu||Netflix||Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO||Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Hulu, Vudu, Netflix||Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu||Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, HBO NOW, Showtime|
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Looking for our ultimate streaming player? Meet the new Roku Ultra for HD and 4K Ultra HD TVs. It comes fully loaded and delivers a powerful streaming experience with a quad-core processor, 802.11ac dual-band wireless, and the latest streaming technology. Immerse yourself in the action with brilliant 4K* Ultra HD at 60fps for ultra smooth video, or stream full 1080p HD. See incredibly rich and realistic color detail with vibrant HDR.* Stream just about anything with access to 4,500+ paid or free channels. And get incredible features like a lost remote finder and a point anywhere remote with voice search, gaming controls, and headphones for private listening. *The 4K experience requires a compatible 4K TV and 4K content. HDR requires a compatible HDR TV and HDR content. Such content will not be available on all channels. Check with the 4K channel partner for specific bandwidth requirements to access its 4K content.
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Having previously had experience with an extremely disappointing Roku 2 XS in August 2011 (which I gave a scathingly negative one-star review), a great first generation Roku 3 in March 2013 and the truly impressive aforementioned Roku 4, I was interested in seeing what new and improved capabilities the Roku Ultra would bring to the world of television streaming.
Note that if you currently own a properly functioning Roku 4 without any of the known overheating/fan noise issues or other intolerable glitchy behavior, I do not recommend purchasing a new, significantly smaller and cooler Roku Ultra (40% smaller and draws about 75% less wattage) at full price; the technical improvements overall are too minor to make this a worthwhile undertaking. Wait until the next Roku upgrade – whenever that might be – or until your Roku 4 bites the dust. The one possible exception to this would be if you already own or plan on purchasing a new HDR-capable TV and are just itching to use this feature. In that case getting a Roku Ultra or alternatively a Roku Premiere+ is the only way to go.
In short the Roku Ultra definitely does not disappoint: It is an even more lethal adversary for cable companies and other entertainment media providers, possibly their worst nightmare! The vast selection of 3,500+ available streaming channels and 350,000+ movies/TV episodes (both free and fee-based) keeps growing all the time. And the continued use of a quad-core processor as in the Roku 4 - at least to my eye – does make for an even better overall entertainment experience, especially with regard to streaming speed, reliability and resulting picture quality. Note that I still do not have a 4K Ultra HD TV (but I do plan on purchasing one in the near future) and thus cannot comment on the 4K+HDR features. Nevertheless, with the advanced high-quality upscaling for HD content I can discern a difference even with my standard Toshiba HD TV which was purchased here on Amazon.com in 2011.
Initial setup of this compact streaming device, which now about 40% smaller (just 4.9” x 4.9” x 0.75”) than the larger footprint of the Roku 4 (6.5" x 6.5" x 0.75”), is an easy-as-pie procedure and should take no more than a few minutes in most circumstances. A brief illustrated overview of what needs to be done is included in the box and more detailed, step-by-step information is available on the Roku website. My setup procedure was definitely a speedy undertaking. Entering logon details for first time access to Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, etc. took longer than the setup itself.
All of the annoying issues of interference with other devices (sound bar, digital picture frame, Internet radio, etc.) in my living room, which I first experienced with the Roku 2 XS and which were completely absent with the excellent Roku 3 and the Roku 4 have not returned with the Roku Ultra. There are no interference issues whatsoever with this new and improved streaming device, despite the fact that I am still using a Sennheiser RS 175 RF Wireless Headphone System (see my review) in combination with my Roku Ultra.
I have the headphone transmitter base located near my Roku Ultra in the living room and there is absolutely no interference when streaming and simultaneously using the Sennheiser headphones. However, I should note that I have my Roku Ultra set to stream at 5.0 GHz on my dual-band AC router. There may or may not be a problem if your WiFi network with connected devices located near the Sennheiser transmitter is set to function in the 2.4 to 2.8 GHz range which is used by the headphones. You’ll just have to try it and see what happens. If necessary, appropriate device relocation - a greater distance of separation – should resolve any difficulties like it did for me and a digital picture frame that uses the same frequency range as these Sennheiser wireless headphones.
I have not had any Internet connectivity issues. The Roku Ultra connects quickly, easily and reliably to my private/secure WiFi network (ARRIS/Motorola SURFboard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem - Retail Packaging – White and Belkin AC 1800 DB Wi-Fi Dual-Band AC+ Gigabit Router [F9K1118] - see my reviews) and streaming of the available channels (a truly overwhelming selection with many hundreds of free channels and others at nominal monthly cost) is fast and extremely smooth just like a conventional TV program not originating on the Internet. The now DOLBY audio signal is loud and crystal clear.
As of October 2016, I have an approximately 150 Mbps broadband download speed available, but 20-40 Mbps also has worked reasonably well in the past and I would recommend this as the minimum bandwidth requirement for enjoyable viewing without recurrent periods of prolonged buffering/loading of whatever program you happen to be watching.
The large percentage of unhappy Roku 4 reviewers who have previously complained about excessively loud cooling fan noise emanating from the device can now breathe a sigh of relief since the Roku Ultra is not only notably smaller than the Roku 4, but also notably cooler and quieter. Personally, I can't hear and/or feel anything bothersome at all emanating from the device itself.
If anyone should still claim to be experiencing overheating and/or cooling problems with the Roku Ultra in the future, it might be a good idea for them to enable the Auto Off after 30 minutes of inactivity option under the Roku Ultra settings menu; this is disabled on the Roku Ultra as it ships. I have had no need to do this on my device. Additionally, anyone wanting some protection against future wear and tear issues affecting their Roku Ultra should consider getting an extended warranty for their player. SquareTrade offers hassle-free and extremely reasonable coverage of 2-3 years duration (see their web site or Amazon).
To avoid disappointment before purchasing any Roku model be sure to do your research concerning available programming/channels beforehand. Check the Roku website on the Internet to see what is and what is not available as far as channel selection is concerned, as well as what is absolutely free and which programming is associated with a clearly specified recurring monthly fee.
Two sites on the Internet - Roku Guide and Roku Channel Database - also can provide extremely useful information on Roku programming, especially the lowdown on free private channels (such as BBC World News and others) and the needed codes to add them to your Roku device. As of October 2016, I have 157 absolutely free channels installed on my Roku Ultra including all-time-favorites favorites such as YouTube and the like. During the past year, I have also had a single fee-based channel option – Sling (a package of 25 cable channels) - for which I pay a recurring $19.99 monthly fee.
Especially if you are news junkie, you will be able to get much more than your needed fix and possibly be at serious risk of overdosing from all the English language (and many foreign language) newscasts available from the USA and diverse international sources (UK, Japan, China, Australia, Canada, Russia, the entire EU - most notably Germany and France, Israel, South Africa and many others). Even some of my local broadcast channels make their daily newscasts directly available on Roku.
I have read quite a few reviews posted here on Amazon giving the prior Rokus a one-star rating, because the purchaser's incorrect and unrealistic expectations were not met, namely being able to see everything live on all broadcast channels just like he/she could with cable/dish television but for free. And I imagine that over time comparable reviews might be posted here concerning the new Roku Ultra. Let’s get real! Obviously these individuals did not properly research what this streaming device does and does not do before purchasing it. They are the ones who have earned a one-star rating, not the Roku Ultra or earlier Roku models!
The remote control provided is simple to use and responds quickly when appropriate buttons indicating one's selections are actuated and it need not be pointed at the Roku Ultra. The OK button is now located at the center of the UP/DOWN LEFT/RIGHT buttons instead of directly beneath them as in the Roku 4. Handy, larger and colorful, dedicated buttons are provided for Sling, Netflix, Hulu and Showtime (on the Roku 4 these were for Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Rdio and Sling). Programmable buttons would have been preferable since they are more versatile. Otherwise the Roku 4 and Roku Ultra remote controls are identical.
The program voice search feature works OK for English language broadcasts, although I personally find it to be somewhat gimmicky. How well voice search works overall is a function of how you pronounce words - your enunciation. Slower and as clearly as possible (no heavy accent!) is always bound to yield better results. I was perfectly happy using the text-based search functionality on my Roku 4 and will likely continue doing so on my Roku Ultra, at least most of the time. Nevertheless, be it for reasons of personal preference, possibly increased search speed or perhaps physical disability, a reasonably reliable and efficient voice-based search capability that searches across all available channels and distinguishes between free and fee-based content is available for those who need it or simply enjoy mixing things up a bit.
The misplaced/lost remote finder is a great convenience and a real time saver. It functions just like one of those sound-emitting key fobs that help you locate keys that have gone astray for whatever reason. If you can’t find the remote, just press the button on top of your Roku Ultra and your remote will let you know where it is hiding by emitting a sound of your choosing until you press any key on the remote to confirm that you have found it (five options - some more easily noticeable than others - are available under Settings with Sonar - a relatively soft, persistently repetitive, bell-like sound - being the default) . If your TV is already on when you do this, a dialog will also appear on the screen.
I haven't yet had occasion to use the included earphones or try out the memory expansion capability with a microSD card, but I really don't expect any problems here. In light of my available Sennheiser wireless headphone system mentioned above, it is unlikely that the Roku Ultra earphones will be getting much if any use around my house anyway. The available free smartphone app is also something that I have previously downloaded for use with my Roku 4 and will continue to use with my Roku Ultra.
As a few other reviewers have reported, the USB port presently appears to be non-functional and is awaiting an appropriate firmware update from Roku. Keep this in mind if you absolutely must have access via USB; a different Roku model (Roku 4 or Roku Premier+?) may be more appropriate for you. Personally, this does not affect my use of the device - as long as a fix is on the way.
I also have not experienced any of the other problems reported by some reviewers who have had to repeatedly reboot their Roku Ultra to restore functionality either with the device itself or the remote. As in the case of the Roku 4, quality control of the units selling initially appears to be poor and the luck of the draw will decide whether or not you get a Roku Ultra that works correctly from the get-go. If you purchased your Roku Ultra here on Amazon, an exchange within 30 days at no cost to you - if required - should not be problem.
Overall, this is a very impressive example of technical virtuosity. The Roku Ultra - when functioning properly - is well worth its price of approximately $130.00 (as of October 2016) which for many people represents the monthly cost of cable/dish television. It may sound good to have potential access to 200-300 channels, but in reality you're probably really only interested in regularly watching a small percentage (10% ?) of what you're being forced to pay for in those inconvenient channel packages. With Roku Ultra and other streaming devices channel selection is always a la carte.
If you're a really smart consumer what you'll do is purchase one of these newly available game-changing Roku 4 streaming devices (or even a Roku 3 which is still available), pair it with a small and nifty indoor antenna like the Mohu Leaf (now called Mohu Leaf 50) or the Terk HDTVa Antenna Pro (see my reviews here on Amazon) to also receive TV channels the old fashioned and no-cost way via the airwaves and then cut the cable company/dish cord for good.
I have done this and have been cable-free since August 2011 and am loving it! You too can liberate yourself from cable company/dish slavery and save the cost of a brand new HDTV every year (about $1200.00+ annually depending on your monthly cable bill). Go ahead, cut the cord and finally set yourself free!
Note that if you do decide to pursue a cable-free, dish-free TV lifestyle, don't skimp on the broadband connection that you will need to ensure smooth streaming with minimal buffering; this is especially important with a WiFi connection. Sufficient bandwidth (see above) is essential for the Roku Ultra or any other streaming device to provide an enjoyable TV viewing experience; it can't work miracles without it.
UPDATE ON 12/22/2016
I have just recently upgraded my Belkin AC router with one of the new mesh WiFi systems, specifically the "Orbi Home WiFi System by NETGEAR. Better WiFi Everywhere with 3 Gigabit Speed, Tri-Band Mesh WiFi, Easy Setup, Replaces WiFi Range Extenders" which is available here on Amazon.com (see my review).
This particular system consists of the router itself and a satellite unit which I have placed in my living room where all the action is. Since the satellite has four available (4) Ethernet ports I have now been able to switch my Roku 4 from a WiFi to a wired connection and the overall improvement in performance is definitely noticeable. You simply can't beat Ethernet for video streaming!
Anyone who has been forced to rely on a WiFi connection for their Roku (whatever the model) because of router location in another room (like me), etc. might want to investigate this innovative solution further.
There are competing mesh WiFi systems currently available (eero, Luma, AmpliFi HD & LR, Google WiFi with likely more to come), but as of the date of this update it is the Orbi system by Netgear that has been rated best by PC Magazine for throughput over distance and overall performance. You can consult the PC Magazine website for several detailed articles and pertinent tests on all of the aforementioned mesh WiFi systems.
Anyway, all was great until January 17th when Roku sent an over the air OS upgrade to version 7.5.1
In the course of that upgrade the Roku reverted back to 4K UHD and will not allow me to set it back to 4K UHD HDR. As most readers will know the 4K UHD gives the super clarity while the HDR gives the beautiful color depth to an HDR compatible TV like my LG which I paid dearly for.
I have tried bypassing the Integra Receiver, different cables, etc. no help. Its’ not just me there are lots and lots of people on their own forum with the exact same issue. Here’s the rub and why I’m disappointed in the company. When you call support, they deny an issue, say it must be a compatibility issue, and no nobody else is complaining. I must tell support read the forum. By the way, HDR is working just fine with the LG on board apps and with my Blu-ray HDR player.
So Roku has an OS problem, a big problem, it’s been a month and they won’t even acknowledge the problem. It’s dishonest and I don’t like to be treated like that. If the issue gets resolve I post it here.
Since I have received my replacement from Amazon roughly a couple weeks ago, I have not experienced any more freezing or resets that I was seeing previously.
However, from time to time after loading the Netflix app, the audio is very quiet while 5.1 audio is enabled. Turning off my sound system or TV does not resolve the issue. Within the Netflix app, if I arrow down and toggle it to regular stereo and then back to 5.1 it resolves the issue. While I don't ever notice this problem when streaming via gaming consoles to the same sound system, I can't say for sure that it's due to the Roku hardware or something that could be fixed by an updated Netflix App on the Roku.
EDIT: *** Update 1 ***
After about 2-3 days of normal use during which it worked great, it now flashes to an all green screen and freezes up. I reboot the device and it works for about 15-20 minutes until the same thing happens again. On occasion it will also now reboot own it's own at random and lock up. I tried to factory reset and run through the setup again but it did not fix the issue. I am sending it back for a return and I will post an update after I get some time with the replacement. For now I have put my Roku 3 back in place which of course, works great still! I have reduced the star rating for now due to the defective unit. If the replacement does not have any issues I will update it.
**Original Review Below**
I upgraded from a Roku 3, so I can't speak on any differences (whether good or bad) from the Roku 4.
Things I noticed right away:
1) Picture quality during playback is noticeably improved even while running at 1080p.
2) The device is very quiet (No high pitch sounds or fans/buzzing as some users mentioned with the Roku 4).
3) The UI responsiveness feels roughly the same as at least the Roku 3, maybe slightly better.
4) Transcoding from DD+ to DD audio works natively now.
If you are coming from at least the Roku 3 you probably won't notice much of a difference at all in the UI. I don't think the faster processor is really being utilized for tasks like navigating the UI. However, where you will likely notice improvements is the crispness and overall general quality of the picture. On the Roku 3, I was able to see noticeable degradation in the picture (Note: My Internet connection is 1Gigabit Fiber) when compared to other devices like gaming consoles. The Roku Ultra has closed that gap.
The primary reason I decided to pick up the Roku Ultra was because of it's newly added capability to transcode Dolby Digital Plus (DD+) signals to standard Dolby Digital (DD). It's worth noting that the Roku's auto detect feature for audio did not seem to enable this correctly despite saying it had detected DD as the highest level of audio my system could receive. It wasn't until I set the audio mode manually to DD that it began working. I can now open the Netflix App (Which streams 5.1 content in DD+ natively) and see the 5.1 icon listed on titles that support it. Also, during playback I am able to arrow down and verify that 5.1 Audio is enabled and being used. On the old Roku 3, there would not be any audio at all on Netflix while 5.1 was enabled with my sound system. For anyone interested, my connections are as follows: Roku via HDMI to the TV, then from the TV it's an optical audio to a Vizio 5.1 soundbar/surround sound combo (which has no HDMI port itself).
With the the improved picture quality even while running at 1080p, low noise profile, and added audio features I am very happy with the product. 5 Stars.
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