Shut Up and Take My Money: Roku Premiere (4K)

By on September 24, 2018

shut_up_and_take_my_moneyRoku is leading the pack again in terms of value. Announced today, the new Roku Premiere brings 4K streaming to your HDTV for just under $40.

The Roku Premiere supports HDR10 for HDR streaming (doesn’t include Dolby Vision support) and is equipped with a quad-core processor.

It’s capable of 802.11n Wi-Fi as well (supports WEP, WPA, and WPA2). It also supports Dolby Audio and DTS pass through via HDMI.


There are a couple downsides. If you like searching via voice using the remote control, the Premiere doesn’t support that. You have to upgrade to the Premiere+ at $50 (Walmart Exclusive).

If you want 802.11ac dual-band MIMO support, you have to upgrade to the Streaming Stick (also $50). If you want an Ethernet port, you need the Roku Ultra at $100.


However, the Premiere opens up a hefty gap between competitors like Amazon and Google. Amazon’s cheapest 4K capable Fire TV streamer is $70 (although it often goes on sale at $40) and Google’s cheapest model is the ChromeCast Ultra at $69.

Expect to see sale prices on the Premiere at the $30 to $35 level. The Premiere+ may drop to $40 around Black Friday as well. You can watch the announcement video below:

About Mike Flacy

By day, I'm the Editor-in-Chief for The CheckOut in addition to being the content manager for Steve's Digicams and High-Def Digest. During my free time, I love to write about pop culture, home theater, digital photography, social media, mobile technology and cool gadgets!

One Comment

  1. Doug Dingle

    October 5, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Have not had much luck with Roku 4K products – the two I’ve owned both failed after warranty was up. One just died, the other would hang when trying to update the OS.

    The HD version 3 I have in my shop continues to perk right along, though.


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