Roku has announced its third-generation set-top box content streamer, featuring a new user interface and upgraded internal specifications that are claimed to be five times faster than previous generations. 

Dubbed the Roku 3, it features a new curvier design on the outside, with a more powerful processor, 1080p HDMI content, and dual band Wi-Fi on the inside.

Roku has also announced a new remote for the streamer that features a 3.5mm audio out port (with included headphones) for private listening over Wi-Fi.

As for the software, it has been revamped to make it easier to navigate. The homescreen is streamlined with a list of channels to the right and a menu to the left that lists My Channels, the Channel Store, Search, and Settings. Roku now brags 750+ channels are available on the Channel Store.

The software update launching on the Roku 3 will be available for the Roku 2 models, Roku HD (model 2500), Roku LT, and the Roku Streaming Stick sometime in April, according to the company.

The Roku 3 will be available for $99 (£64) in the US on Amazon and Roku's website. It will hit big-box retailers in April. No word on UK availability, but we've asked for more information and when we get it, we'll pass it on.

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The baby of the Lint team, Jake is responsible for covering the latest news out of the US. He began writing technology news at 15, covering the world of Apple for several publications. He has a deep interest in the latest gadgets and gizmos. Outside of breaking news, Jake enjoys drumming, music and photography.

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