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Roku Regulatory Filings Hint at New Devices

A number of filings with the Federal Communications Commission suggest that Roku is getting ready to introduce updated streaming devices in time for the holiday season.

Filings for the Roku 2 and Roku 3 streaming devices passed the FCC Wednesday, indicating that the company may be getting ready to introduce new versions for both devices.

A Roku rep declined to comment.

Altogether, the FCC filings mention a total of six different models, identified by the model numbers 4210X, 4230X, 4210X1, 4230X1, 4200X1 and 4205X1. Photos accompanying the filings show two streaming boxes that look virtually identical to the existing Roku 2 and Roku 3 devices, and the filings themselves don’t offer many clues about new features either.

There had been some rumors that Roku may be introducing a 4K-capable streaming box. The company said earlier this year that it was beginning to support 4K video playback for TV sets built by partners like TCL, but didn’t disclose any plans for 4K-capable streaming boxes at the time.

Meanwhile, Roku informed users of older, “classic” boxes earlier this month that it is phasing out support for those models.

Roku’s new models come as competitors are introducing significant upgrades to their streaming devices as well: Apple’s new Apple TV is the company’s biggest update since the introduction of the device, and Amazon’s new Fire TV is the first major streaming box selling for less than $100 that supports 4K video playback.

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