We've told you about the different ways to cut the cord to cable, and Roku has always been an excellent option to do so, with high-quality TV and movie streaming, plus thousands of "channels" you won't find anywhere else.
However, it's been a little while since Roku has released a new gadget, which wasn't good news with the streaming of new releases from Apple, Amazon and Google. Fortunately, it looks like it had something brewing behind the scenes.
Today, Roku released the Roku 4, which is going to go head-to-head with the new Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast. You can start pre-ordering the Roku 4 today and it will be shipped to your house by the end of the month. When you open the box, you'll find a Roku 4 that's bigger and better than ever.
The extra large case hosts an even more powerful processor than past models. In fact, it lets the Roku display 4K video, which you can find on Netflix, Amazon and YouTube. Amazon's Fire TV is the only other streaming gadget that can do that right now.
The Roku 4 also has 802.11ac Wi-Fi for faster streaming of high-quality video. The remote looks nearly identical to the Roku 3's but now includes dedicated buttons for Netflix and other popular services.
As with the Roku 3, the Roku 4 includes voice commands, but they've been upgraded to compete with Siri and Alexa in the Apple TV and Fire TV. You can ask the Roku 4 to pull up a show, find a movie or fast forward through a scene or two. Just press the voice command button on the new remote and ask your question clearly.
Like the other streaming gadgets, Roku lets you control the Roku 4 from your Android or Apple smartphone. You can get the free app from the iTunes or Google Play Store and use it to switch channels and control your media. You can even display a photo slideshow from your gadget when using the Roku 4 app.
The Roku 4 will run you $130, which is a bit pricier than your other options, including the still-excellent Roku 3 at $100. Still, it's less expensive than the Apple TV, and it does 4K streaming, which the Apple TV doesn't.
See how the Roku 4 stacks up to your other opens in our Streaming Media Player Comparison Chart.