Roku’s TV Ready program has Polk Audio and more on board

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Roku today announced the expansion of its “Roku TV Ready” certification program, incorporating new brands Polk Audio and Westinghouse early next year (and joining recent manufacturers Philips, JVC and Element).

First released in 2020, Roku TV Ready makes it easy for audio products (like soundbars) to connect to a Roku TV. Customers with supported soundbars enjoy full integration of audio settings and volume control into the Roku TV interface, all using a single remote control.

Owners of some of the early Roku TV Ready audio devices (such as the Bose TV speaker) only needed to connect the speaker hardware to a Roku TV via HDMI – but newer devices like the TCL Roku TV Wireless Soundbar may just work without a cable.

Roku reiterates some of the program’s benefits in today’s announcement, including what the company describes as an “easy to implement” SDK as well as hardware benchmarks for easily creating a wireless soundbar. .

A first Roku TV Ready setup screen for the Bose TV speaker.
Image: Roku

Roku’s ecosystem of easy-to-install smart TVs and soundbars can be appealing to people looking for a simple home theater and streaming solution. It’s common to see a homogeneous display wall of inexpensive Roku TVs at big box retailers, which makes them a real take-out solution as a gift or for a spare bedroom.

Despite a few short-lived software bugs, Roku continues to provide a good platform for smart TV and soundbar makers targeting the low to mid-range home audio / video market. TCL recently released a Google TV version of its 6 and 5 Series TVs which were taken off the market due to slow software (later corrected) that the Roku versions did not suffer from.

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