Unlike its competitors, it seems that Roku TV is receiving a steady flow of updates every once in a while that adds new useful features. The newest update does not disappoint in this regard thanks to the cool functions it adds to all Roku TV devices.
Most other developers are not particularly keen on releasing frequent updates for their TV connected devices, but Roku is a company that likes to break from the fold and already announced a new update to company’s line of smart TV systems.
The update to Roku OS 7.5 comes with a number of new, interesting and useful features which are available even on the first generation of the Roku TV, released back in 2014. The most useful feature might be the option to pause even live transmissions on TVs with an antenna attached. Known as Live TV Pause, it allows users to pause up to 90 minutes of a live broadcast, after which users can fast-forward as well as rewind to any point in the transmission.
However, in order for the new feature to work, you will need to plug in a USB drive so that the Roku TV can save the live video on it for future viewing. This type of function was generally available to only DVR owners and streaming services, but now even consumers who rely on an antenna for their broadcasts can enjoy the same benefits thanks to Roku’s update.
Another cool feature included in the update is that the mobile private listening function will be available to Roku’s entire user base. Until now, this was only available on select Roku devices such as the Roku streaming stick, which was developed to compete with devices such as Amazon Fire and Google Chromecast. The new feature allows users to listen to TV as loud as they want to without bothering others in the house. All you need to do is plug-in a pair of headphones in your phone while the Roku app is started and enjoy your favorite content.
Other features included with the new OS 7.5 update are screen mirroring, improved search experience, and streaming performance. A number of bugs are also fixed such as display problems for specific models Roku players.
The update is available for free to all Roku TV users, and it is already being deployed with older models receiving the update in the coming weeks.
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