The $129 Roku 4 may be the flagship of Roku’s streaming lineup, but that doesn’t mean that the company has forgotten about the folks that don’t need a voice-controlled remote or 4K support. That’s where the new Roku SE comes in, which is for people that just want the basics when it comes to a streaming box.
First of all, the Roku SE has a suggested retail price of just $49.99, however, it will debut on Black Friday with a price tag of $25. The Roku SE will be available in “limited supplies” from Roku’s online store and select retailers, so if you’re at all interested, you’d better order it fast as this appears to be a SKU that won’t stay around for very long.
The Roku SE of course supports 1080p resolutions (you’re obviously not going to get 4K at this price point) and it comes with Wi-Fi, but you won’t find an Ethernet port, a remote finder or voice support. But if all you want is a cheap box to access Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video, it’s hard to go wrong with the Roku SE. And at $25, it’s priced $10 less than Google’s more limited second generation Chromecast.
“The popularity of streaming to the TV continues to grow, and streaming players are sure to be at the top of many holiday wish lists,” said Roku CMO Matthew Anderson. “The Roku SE player sets a new precedent in streaming player value this Black Friday. From 4K UHD streaming with the new Roku 4, to the simple and portable Roku Streaming Stick, to the affordable Roku SE; there’s a Roku player for everyone.”
It should also be noted that the Roku SE will come out of the box with Roku OS 7, which is the latest software release supporting 3,000 streaming channels and 300,000 movies.