updated 10:19 am EDT, Tue August 19, 2014
Roku TV takes software from set-top box for smart TV functions
The first smart televisions running on Roku OS are heading to market. The Roku TV, ranges created by TCL and Hisense originally announced at CES in January, uses similar software to drive its smart TV functionality as the Roku set-top box, giving users a simplified interface and access to a selection of over 1,500 streaming channels offering over 200,000 movies and TV shows.
Just as with the set-top device, the Roku TV includes the same cross-channel search option, as well as a Roku-style remote control, and the ability to use iOS and Android smartphone apps to navigate the TV. Three HDMI inputs can also be selected, in order to access a cable box or game console, with users also able to wirelessly transmit video, music, and photos from their mobile devices for viewing on the larger display.
TCL Roku TV
TCL's Roku TV range, consisting of 1080p sets with a 120Hz refresh rate, is available for pre-order now, ranging from the 32-inch model priced at $229 to a 55-inch screen for $649. Hisense's Roku TV H4 will be shipping in late September in 4-inch, 48-inch, 50-inch, and 55-inch variants, though pricing has yet to be revealed.