Roku players become even more powerful with Roku OS 7.5 update
Roku has long been the leader in set top box players. Now, they are rolling out some major, and minor, improvements to their OS to help keep their place as the leader of their market.
The Roku OS 7.5 update is slowly rolling out to Roku owners over the next few weeks. If you don’t have it yet, just keep checking back every week or so.
Let’s take a look at some of the most noteworthy changes.
Pausing live TV — The most significant change is the ability for Roku TV’s to pause and rewind live over-the-air TV. Yes, now your Roku TV, from companies like TCL, will work similar to a DVR. Roku says you can pause digital broadcasts for up to 90 minutes. You will need a USB flash drive with at least 16GB of space to use the feature.
Private listening — Roku OS 7.5 brings the very popular private listening, that’s currently available on select Roku streaming players, to all Roku TV models. Roku TV owners can now enjoy private listening via their mobile device while watching streaming content. With private listening, you can listen as loudly as you like while not disturbing others in the house. Simply launch the Roku mobile app while connected to the same wireless network as your Roku TV, then connect a pair of headphones to your mobile device and enjoy.
Volume control — Ever wish you could control your TV’s volume without the need for a second remote? Now you can with the new 7.5 update. Roku streaming players, with remotes that feature volume buttons like those on the Roku 3 and Roku 4, can now control the volume level of TVs and audio receivers that support volume control via HDMI® Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) technology.
Screen mirroring — Now, more Roku players will support screen mirroring from devices like Android, Windows Mobile, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. This allows you to cast the screen on your phone or PC to your Roku with a Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra.
Improved search — The 7.5 Roku update will give faster results as you search for a favorite title, actor or director. Relevant search results are displayed as soon as you begin entering text to help make finding what you want to watch easier. In addition, the relevancy of search results across the 100+ channels now included in Roku search has been improved.
Performance improvements — Roku OS update 7.5 includes a variety of updates to improve the overall streaming performance of Roku players. Some of the most noticeable improvements are videos that will start more quickly in some channels, while channels supporting video playlists will have more seamless video transitions.
All of these changes are very impressive for an update marketed as just a .5 update. That raises the question of what Roku is working on for their Roku OS 8. Full blown DVR? New UI? Expanded app support? Only time will tell, but the Roku 7.5 update is an impressive one that should offer something for every Roku user. In the meantime, you should definitely check out the Roku Streaming Stick. Generally speaking, streaming sticks aren’t as powerful as a full-sized set top box, but there are great reasons to choose a streaming stick over a full-sized Roku player.