Hisense and TCL Announce Availability of Roku TV Sets
Roku announced that it would partner with Hisense and TCL to create Roku connected televisions back at CES in January, but as with a lot of CES announcements the products themselves weren't quite ready. Today, the three companies made good on that announcement by releasing the availability dates and specs for the first Roku TVs.
Both Hisense and TCL are aiming for value shoppers with their releases. Hisense will sell four sets (40-, 48-, 50-, and 55-inch models) in late September. All four will offer HD resolution, with a 120Hz native refresh rate on the larger two and a 60Hz refresh rate on the smaller two. Each will have three HDMI ports, as well as USB and digital audio connectors. Hisense isn't announcing MSRP pricing, but will leave pricing up to the retailer.
TCL will also release four models: 32-inch ($229), 40-inch ($329), 48-inch ($499), and 55-inch ($649). They're available for preorder on Amazon now, and will be available from major electronics retailers in the next few weeks. All of TCL's sets will have a 1080p resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and three HDMI ports.
The sets have more similarities than differences since all run on the Roku operating system and include integrated dual-band Wi-Fi. The Roku TV OS is almost identical to the Roku set-top box OS, but with the ability to connect and access an HD antenna, cable box, game console, Blu-ray Player, and even a set-top box. The Hisense and TCL versions of the Roku OS have only slight cosmetic differences.
All Roku TVs will come with Roku's compact and simple remote. Since the remote lacks a number pad, owners will use their cable or satellite remote when accessing pay TV channels.
A Hisense Roku TV with remote.
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