Friday, September 30, 2016

Hellloooo... Roku!

New Roku devices have been announced. They won't actually be available until October, so we haven't had the opportunity to use them.

It looks like a good lineup refresh. The lineup that's being replaced has been around since 2013. Yes, there have been minor refreshes to the lineup since then, but they were mostly 2013-era boxes. This changes.

They've actually expanded the lineup. The Roku 1 will be replaced with two devices: Roku Express and Roku Express + (or Express Plus). The Roku 2 is replaced with the Roku Premiere, while the Roku 3 is replaced by the Roku Premiere + (or Premiere Plus). The Roku 4 is replaced by the Roku Ultra. The Streaming Stick was refreshed earlier this year and hasn't changed, from what I can tell.

I've noticed some things I like and some things I don't like. However, until I get my hands on them, it'll be hard to determine if my initial impression is correct. We'll wait and see.

In the meantime, we'll patiently wait for the devices to begin appearing on the shelves.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Goodbye, Apple TV (3rd Generation)

Apple TV 3rd Generation
There has been no official word that we've seen from Apple, but the third-generation Apple TV has been removed from Apple's Website. The device can still be found in retail stores such as Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and others.

The third generation device was originally released in early 2012, and received a hardware refresh the next year.

When the new Apple TV (4th generation) device was released in late 2015, Apple didn't discontinued the older device, but dropped the price of the 3rd generation Apple TV from $99 to $69.

No one is really surprised by this move. I was actually surprised -- and pleased -- that when Apple kept the 3rd generation device in its inventory after the 4th generation device was released. Although the newer device has the ability to add apps and games, and includes Siri search support, the 3rd generation Apple TV was a reliable workhorse for years. I'm sad, but not surprised, to see it finally go.