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Roku adds voice search and feedsCNET's favorite streaming boxes get minor makeovers for the first time since March 2013, with voice search coming to the new Roku 3 and faster performance to the new Roku 2. Improved software coming to all Rokus also lets users "follow" new movies to...
Today, a pair of new Roku streaming boxes are available in the U.S. They cost the same as the current Roku's and the updates they receive are relatively minor, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The Roku3 has been CNet's favorite streaming box for years, thanks to its lightning quick response time and a remote with a built in headphone jack. Now it's remote is getting a new feature, voice search. It has a dedicated button and a built in mic, much like similar searches on Amazon's fire tv box or your phone, you talk into the mic to get search results. The new Roku2 meanwhile is being upgraded so it's just as fast as the Roku3. It keeps the same price at $69 in the U.S., but loses the headphone remote feature of the current Roku2. Customers in the UK will be able to buy the new Roku 2 in May, but won't get the new Roku 3. Finally, Roku is rolling out a new software upgrade to all of its devices. The biggest addition is Roku Feed, which lets you follow certain new movies that aren't yet available to stream and be notified when they hit Roku, and how much they cost. The upgrade will roll out in April in the US, and begin in May in the UK. Stay tuned for a full review of the new Rokus coming soon. I'm David Katzmaier for CNet.