As ROKU has launched it’s new OS 9.1. The ROKU Developers added new amazing features to this update for the better user experience, like enhancements to voice capabilities – Voice Search, Guest Mode, Automatic Account Link and other improvements to overall streaming performance across ROKU devices.
What are Voice Enchantments?
This new feature will help customers to access TV and movie channels using voice command or voice search. TV shows and movies in The ROKU channel will begin playback, rather than displaying a search result screen. Movie or TV series will begin playback if it’s available on The ROKU channel or when customer specifies the channel name with the complete name of the desired movie or show. If in case the voice command isn’t available for a specific movie or show, the customer will continue to see unbiased search results ordered according to the price.
UPDATE (5/6/19) – what it is all about?
As of May 6, 2019, more than 20 channels support this new update. When using voice search, movies and TV shows telecast at these channels i) AHC GO, ii) Animal Planet GO, iii) Boomerang, iv) Cartoon Network, v) Destination America GO, vi) Discovery Life GO, vii) Discovery GO, viii) DIY Network, ix) Food Network, x) HGTV, Hulu, xi) Investigation Discovery GO, xii) NBC, Science Channel GO, xiii) Spectrum TV, xiv) Starz, xv) The Cooking Channel, xvi) The Roku Channel, xvii) TLC GO, xviii) Travel Channel, xix) Tubi, and xx) Velocity GO, automatically begin playback in most instances, instead of displaying search results screen. For optimal results, it’s best to include the name of the channel in the voice request, such as, “Play The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.”
Roku Developers also introduce helpful voice commands including the ability to say “replay” to go back a few seconds while watching a movie or show, as well as quickly toggling closed captions on/off by simply saying “turn closed captions on.” with this new update. If a customer owns a Roku TV and has the Fast TV Start feature enabled, they can use a voice command to turn the TV display on or off while streaming selected music channels including Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn by using phrases like “turn the display off.”
What is Guest Mode?
ROKU developers named “Auto Sign Mode” as “Guest Mode” in the updated version. When enabled on a customer’s device, this mode allows visiting guests to sign in to their subscribed channels using their credentials. Guests can also specify a date on which they will be automatically logged out from ROKU device. To enable Guest Mode; go to Settings>>System>>Guest Mode.
A new sub-feature is added in Guest Mode. Customer can now turn Guest Mode on/off for specific ROKU devices by scrolling to the “My linked devices” section on their “My Account” page. In addition, customer can use their account page to remotely sign a guest out of a device if the guest left early or by mistake selected the incorrect sign-out date.
What “My Offers” exactly is?
Customer can see “My Offers” in the left navigation menu of the ROKU Home-Screen if they are eligible for special offers or discounts on ROKU devices. If a customer sees “My Offers” on Home-Screen he/she can select it to view all the available offers and can choose the desired offer to purchase a new ROKU device with a few clicks. If there are no offers available, “My Offers” will not appear on Home-Screen.
Automatic Account Link – is it really automatic?
With this new feature, it’s easier for customers to set up their subscription channels when activating additional ROKU devices on their ROKU account. If a customer has already logged in to a supported subscription service on a ROKU device, he/she will not require to enter the account credentials again when launching the same channel to their newly subscribed ROKU device.
This is designed to make subscription streaming on multiple ROKU devices easier for customers. It is supported on nearly 10 subscription streaming services including Pandora, Sling TV etc.
Automatic Volume Leveling For ROKU TV Models
This feature enables a uniform audio level across various types of contents, so it will no longer cause chaos for you to lower down the volume or increase it, according to the situation like when a commercial comes on or when streaming channels are changed. It can be turned on/off within the “Volume Mode Setting” that appears in the options menu after pressing the “*” star button on your ROKU TV Remote. This is available on ROKU streaming Players and ROKU TVs that are paired with ROKU TFV wireless speakers
The devices which are supported to have ROKU OS 9.1 ->
ROKU Streaming Players – 4661X, 4660X, 4640X, 4630X, 4620X, 4400X, 4230X, 4210X, 4200X, 3921X, 3920X, 3910X, 3900X, 3810X, 3800X, 3710X, 3700X, 3600X, 3500X, 3420X, 3400X, 3100X, 3050X, 3000X, 2720X, 2710X, 2700X, 2500X, 2450X, 2400X
ROKU TV – All ROKU TV models.