Roku today outlined new features coming to its streaming devices as part of the Roku OS 9.1 software update. The new update includes an opt-out feature for its Auto Sign Out Mode (now called Guest Mode), easier automatic sign-in for select apps on new Roku devices, and new updates to its voice search feature.
The latter update to voice search is the one most worth looking into more deeply; the company’s wording suggests Roku will give preferential treatment to its increasingly conspicuous Roku Channel.
“When you use voice search, movies and TV shows on The Roku Channel will now begin playback rather than display search results, including those available on 25[-plus] Premium Subscriptions services,” reads a press release announcing the update. This appears to mean that if the show or movie you’re searching for is in the
The release goes on to say, “Playback will occur in most instances when the movie or show is available in The Roku Channel, or when a customer specifically indicates the channel name in their voice command.” The update appears to be more evidence of a pullback from
Along with the voice search update, Roku has added more useful updates such as an optimized feature in
As referenced above, the update also allows for automatic sign-in on new devices for 10 services, including Sling TV and Pandora, when you’ve already signed in to those services on a previous Roku device. Other updates include a My Offer feature that will let you know if you’re eligible for any discounts or special offers on
The new Roku OS 9.1 update will be rolling out on all
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