Technology Roku discounts its streaming devices ahead of Father's Day
FCC votes to expand Wi-Fi into 6GHz band, adding new bandwidth for next-gen devices
The unanimous decision opens 1,200MHz of new bandwidth for Wi-Fi 6E devices that are expected to begin arriving this year."To accommodate that increase in Wi-Fi demand, the FCC is aiming to increase the supply of Wi-Fi spectrum with our boldest initiative yet: making the entire 6GHz band available for unlicensed use," reads the FCC's announcement of the plan to vote. "By doing this, we would effectively increase the amount of spectrum available for Wi-Fi almost by a factor of five.
Roku is hoping that you’ll buy a media streaming device for Father’s Day, and it’son its players to match. Retailers like Amazon and Best Buy are selling Roku’s lineup significantly below their official prices, and it might be tempting if the fatherly figure in your life could stand a living room upgrade.
The steepest discount is for Roku’s flagship media hub,(pictured up top). You can find it at Amazon for instead of the normal $100, while Best Buy is carrying it for the . The appeal, as you might imagine, is that it does seemingly everything. On top of 4K and HDR playback, you’ll get a voice remote with personal shortcuts, fast channel launching, Ethernet networking, USB (for local playback) and microSD (for channel expansion).
Wi-Fi 6E devices can operate in the 6GHz band. Here's why that's a big deal
The FCC voted to expand Wi-Fi into the 6GHz band, paving the way for new Wi-Fi 6E connections that'll be the fastest yet. Here's what that means for you. The Wi-Fi Alliance wants you to look for the Wi-Fi 6 logo.
There’s also a good deal to be had if you’re only looking for slightly more than the essentials. Amazon is selling thefor a modest (also at ) instead of the usual $39. You won’t get a sophisticated remote or expansion, but it’ll still stream 4K and HDR in a tiny, no-frills package.
Roku Streaming Stick+
Looking for a stealthier and potentially more practical option? Amazon is selling thefor (also at ), down from the usual $50. You’ll get 4K HDR and a voice remote, but the real highlights are its dongle form factor and a long range. This is the player if you either want a tidy setup or want to upgrade a TV far from your WiFi router.
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Roku Userbase Grows to 43 Million Active Accounts .
Streaming time on its devices grew by 65 percent to 14.6 billion hours. "The re-platforming of TV to streaming has accelerated," the company said in a letter to shareholders. "We believe that Roku’s products and services are more relevant than ever, that we are an essential partner to content owners who want to reach large streaming audiences, and that our modern tools and incremental reach over linear TV drive great results for brands."Roku's total revenue for the quarter was $356 million, up 41 percent year-over-year. It lost $19.1 million during the period.