A new Roku HD player has arrived on the FCC, bringing a few additions to Roku’s lineup of media streamers. As you can see above, the new Roku HD player looks nearly identical to the Roku 2 HD player from the front. However, turn the Roku around, below, and you can see that the new Roku HD player features composite outputs – something we haven’t seen since the Roku 1 HD. Roku dropped full sized composite outputs with the Roku 2 in favor of a more compact 3.5mm composite adapter.
FCC reports also show that the new Roku HD player will get an upgraded remote control. The device will now come with the Roku remote that has quick launch buttons. This remote is currently offered with the Roku 2 LT.
Also notable is the lack of a microSD card slot on the new Roku HD. On the Roku 2 HD, this slot was located near the top left of the device’s rear. It appears that the new Roku HD has done away with this slot entirely.
Roku has not yet announced the new Roku HD player. However, the Roku 2 HD is currently listed as “Out of Stock” on Roku’s website – an indication that Roku will soon replace the Roku 2 HD with the new Roku HD player pictured here.
FCC documents also include internal photos of the new Roku HD as well as schematics. Here we can see that the new Roku HD player will have 2GB of NAND flash memory and a Broadcom BCM7208 processor. Check out the full gallery below:
Who loves Roku? We do. The company’s second generation HD, XD and XS players put Netflix, Hulu, Pandora and Rdio streaming in a box that measures just 3.3 inches wide. And today, thanks to the FCC, we get to see internal photos of Roku’s gen 2 players, giving us a good idea of what makes these devices tick.
According to FCC internal photos, the internals of HD and XD (models 300X and 3050X) players are identical. Both devices relly on Broadcom silicon for their Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities, and Hynix flash memory for storage. It appears that a Samsung processor powers the devices, although we don’t get a good look at the chip’s model number.
Roku’s XS player (model 3100X) also relies on Broadcom Bluetooth and WiFi chips, but use Toshiba flash memory. The XS also has an SMSC processor which we’re guessing powers the device’s USB media playback capabilities. It appears that the XS uses the same processor as the HD and XD.
Check out the full gallery of Roku 2 teardown pics below.
Apple may have generated a ton of press with their revamped Apple TV, but lets not forget about Roku. They do streaming video too…and for Roku, streaming video ain’t just a hobby.
Today the company unveiled a new version of their Roku HD player, as well as two new players, the Roku XD and Roku XDS. We spotted all three of these players on the FCC earlier this month – the Roku XD appeared first, followed by the new Roku HD, and the Roku XDS.
The new Roku HD streams 720p video and features 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Ethernet and HDMI out. The HD costs $60 – not a bad entry-level price.
The Roku XD and XDS both feature 1080p support, 802.11 b/g/n, HDMI and an Instant Replay feature that rewinds media in 10 second increments. The XDS model, the top of Roku’s XD line, also features dual band wireless-N, optical audio, and a USB port for external USB storage. The XD will run $80, while the XDS will cost $100.
All three Roku players measure less than 5 inches wide and 1 inch tall, and will feature all sorts of streaming options, including Netflix, Amazon, Pandora, MLB.TV, UFC, Vimeo, NBA Game Time and more.
While we did spot the HD, XD and XDS players on the FCC, we also spotted a device manufactured by Netgear called the Roku XD Player. We’re not sure if Netgear’s filing was just for the wireless features of the Roku XD, or if this is a different device entirely, but we’ll keep you up to date as we learn more.
You can pick up the new Roku boxes at Roku’s website, or preorder the devices at Amazon.