A year ago, at the CES event, many TV manufacturers have announced that they will start making 4K TVs, because 4K content started appearing in advance and the public didn’t have many available options of devices to view movies with this resolution. Samsung, LG, Sony were some of the manufacturers who promised to bring 4K TVs, but, in 2015, a few companies (Roku, Amazon, Nvidia and TiVo) that produce home digital media products have managed to release streaming boxes with support for 4K resolution. But Roku is now considering integrating its 4K streaming services into TCL’s latest 4K TVs.
This news didn’t come as a surprise, as in 2015, both Roku and TCL have participated at the CES 2015 event and the Chinese TV manufacturer hold a press conference, where it was mentioned the future collaboration with Roku.
At the beginning of January, before CES 2015 kicked off, Chas Smith, General Manager, OEM has posted on Roku’s official blog that “We are releasing the Roku TV HDR reference design for TV partners to incorporate HDR technology into future 4K UHD Roku TV models. We are working closely with Dolby to implement support for Dolby VisionHDR into the reference design, which also includes support for the HDR 10 standard. TCL will be an initial TV partner to integrate the Roku TV HDR reference design.”
Soon, the first 4K Roku TV made in collaboration with TCL will hit the stores and the new device will support voice search capabilities and the Roku Feed alert system. Neither Roku, nor TCL has mentioned anything about the hardware specs and features, or if the TV will match the high-end Roku 4 streaming box. And neither its price has been announced.
Last year, Roku and its OEM partners have released around 40 TVs. The fans can purchase models with screen sizes between 28-inch and 65-inch from manufacturers such as Haier, Hisense, Insignia, Sharp and TCL. In 2016, 60 new Roku TV models will be introduced.