Roku Announces Wireless Speakers for TV

Posted on July 16, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Music + Videos, Smart Home with 3 Comments

Roku today announced its first step into the smart speaker market with its Roku TV Wireless Speakers. But as its name suggests, this solution addresses a very limited part of that market.

“With Roku TV Wireless Speakers, we’re able to offer our customers a simple and affordable way to further immerse themselves into the TV, movies, and music they love, while providing them with a better whole-home entertainment experience,” Roku CEO Anthony Wood notes in a prepared statement.

What he doesn’t say, at least not very clearly, is that the Roku TV Wireless Speakers only work with Roku TV-branded smart TVs that are sold by a handful of hardware makers. That is, the speakers don’t work with the far more popular Roku set-top boxes, or with most smart TVs.

Looking beyond this limitation, the Roku TV Wireless Speakers appear to work much like other TV-attached soundbars and speakers. They improve on the audio provided by the TV and offer a simplified setup experience. They’re also not very expensive, and are on sale from the get-go: If you order today, you’ll pay just $150, about $50 off from the normal price.

You can learn more about the Roku TV Wireless Speakers from the Roku website.


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Comments (3)

3 responses to “Roku Announces Wireless Speakers for TV”

  1. Simard57

    how is it possible to sell wireless speakers in 2018 that are proprietary to specific products?

    sounds like a marketing blunder to me.

  2. HellcatM

    I thought the box in the picture was a new Roku it would work with. I guess that's a remote? I'm guessing in the future they'll come out with a Roku that the speakers will work with. It would be kind of dumb to just have it for TV's with Roku built in.

  3. stmorr82zw5zml

    Year 2022: You have 14 speakers in front of your TV as you subscribe to 7 different streaming services and they all require their own smart speaker and virtual assistant. There are no open standards because manufacturers want to lock you into their ecosystem. Welcome to AOL TV.