Roku rolls out OS 7.5 update for Roku TVs, devices

Roku today is rolling out a new OS that comes with several new features including one that gives owners of Roku TVs who supplement their SVOD experiences with over-the-air broadcasts the ability to pause a broadcast program for 90 minutes.

Roku’s new OS7.5 starts auto-deploying to existing devices today.

The Live TV pause allows Roku TV users to pause and playback digital broadcasts as long as they have a 16 GB or larger USB storage device attached to their TVs.

Also for Roku TV owners (and their roommates or significant others who get tired of listening to marathon binging sessions) Roku is enabling any mobile device to provide private listening while streaming. Paired with Roku’s latest mobile app (V3.6.0) users can use ear buds to enjoy the gnashing of “Walker’s” teeth and bashing of heads as loud as they like without bothering squeamish neighbors.

A few other perks with the new OS:

A new Audio Guide for Roku TV models in the U.S. as well as select Roku streaming players (4640X, 4630X, 4620X, 3710X, 3700X, 3600X) uses text-to-speech to assist with navigation of the Roku user interface and onscreen menus.

Roku streaming player models with remotes that feature volume buttons (4640x, 4630x, 4400x, 4230x, 4200x) can now control the volume level of TVs and audio receivers that support volume control via HDMI Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) technology.

Users now can quickly provide feedback on your experience with streaming channels by pressing the Options button “*” on your Roku streaming player or Roku TV remote control when the channel tile is highlighted.

Screen mirroring is now available on the Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra. Screen mirroring, enabling users to wirelessly mirror compatible Android, Windows Mobile, Windows 10, or Windows 8.1 device’s screen onto a TV screen.

An update to Roku search provides results more quickly as a user enter the title, actor or director they want to search. Relevant search results are displayed as soon as users begin entering text.

Improvements in the overall streaming performance of Roku devices. Videos will start more quickly in some channels and channels supporting video playlists have more seamless video transitions.

Stay tuned.

Jim O’Neill is Editor of Videomind and Principal Analyst at Brightcove. You can follow him on Twitter @JimONeillMedia and on LinkedIn