Spotify coming back to Roku, adding Spotify Connect

Donna Miller
September 24, 2018

Instead of the rounded box of earlier media streamers, the Premiere is a small black plastic block a few inches long, created to be placed under or in front of your TV.

The Roku Premiere+, meanwhile, takes the Premiere and builds on it with a new remote. Besides the remote, the Premiere and Premiere+ are otherwise identical. They can plug into the headphone jack on the Roku Ultra's voice remote, for private listening. Once that's done, if you've got a Roku Streaming box, like Roku Ultra or Roku Streaming Stick - or the just-announced Roku Premiere - you'll be able to pause and search for content, or launch channels. Its price remains unchanged at $99.99. As for the Roku Premiere+, that will arrive in Walmart stores and at Walmart online in early October. While rival set-top boxes may be looking to complex features and TV gaming, Roku's new models focus on price for those new to a 4K ecosystem.

The OS updates are pushing the Roku Wireless Speakers - meant for Roku-powered TVs - back a few weeks to November. As of November, an update will allow you to change the lost remote finder sound to a number of different tones, including SportsCenter's DaDaDa from ESPN, or the theme song from HBO's Game of Thrones. New volume leveling functions will also be added, with a Night mode that reduces frequency extremes to avoid disrupting neighbors and a Speech Clarity mode that enhances dialog. Spotify will also be returning to Roku. If you've got Spotify Premium, you can use the Connect control through the Spotify app.

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Roku OS 8.2 is now being rolled out to Roku TVs with full implementation planned for November.

While Amazon didn't have many updates to its Fire TV lineup to show us at its Seattle event last week, Roku is using the last part of 2018 to update its player lineup with a new version of the Roku Premiere and Premiere+.

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