Haier Announces Roku TV Line for 2015

Haier Roku TV 55E4500S
Haier 55E4500S Roku TV. PRNewsFoto/Haier America

Dateline: 08/11/2015
When it comes to TV viewing, Internet Streaming, Netflix, and Roku are three words that come to mind. In the past year, several TV makers have made it easier for consumers to access Netflix (and a host of other content services) by incorporating the Roku operating system right into the TV, rather than requiring the connection of an external stick or box.

Sharp, Insignia, TCL, and Hisense, and now Haier, are all offering Roku-equipped TVs for consumers.

Haier's contribution to the Roku TV landscape consists of four models, the 32E4000R, 43E4500R, 49E4500R, and 55E4500R.

Roku TV Features

The Roku feature is the same on all the sets, which includes a personalized home screen that provides easy access to not only internet streaming content, but all other TV functions, such as input selection and operational settings.

For streaming, Roku provides access to over 2,000 channels (some depend on country location). The channels can be accessed via the Roku store. Many channels are free (YouTube), but there are also many that require monthly subscriptions (Netflix) or pay-per-view fees (Vudu). Instead of scrolling through all the channels to find what you want to watch, Roku also provides a search function, as well as its Roku Feed, which can remind you when a specific show or event is coming, and if there is a fee to watch it.

In addition to content streamed from the internet, all of the TVs are DLNA-compatible which means that they can be used to access compatible audio, video, and still image files from your home network connected devices, such as a PC.

Haier's Roku TVs can be controlled via the provided Roku-designed remote control, or via a compatible remote control app available for iOS and Android devices. You can even stream videos, photos, and music from compatible smartphones directly to the TV via Miracast.

Also, to connect to the internet, all the sets provide both Ethernet and Wifi options.

Additional TV Features

Of course, in addition to all the internet streaming features provided as a result of the incorporation of the Roku operating system, traditional TV features are definitely included.

All four sets provides the following:

- Direct LED Backlighting (no local dimming) with a 60hz screen refresh rate.

- Built-in ATSC/NTSC/QAM tuners for over-the-air and unscrambled digital cable TV signals.

- Thin frame design (1/2-inch w/o stand).

- 3 HDMI inputs (for connection of Blu-ray Disc/DVD players and other compatible set-top boxes)

- 1 set of Shared Composite/Component Video inputs.

-1 USB port for access to compatible audio, video, and still image content stored on USB flash drives.

- Built-in two-channel stereo sound system.

- 1 headphone jack (3.5mm).

- Digital optical output for connection to a home theater receiver, sound bar, or under-TV audio system.

- Audio Return Channel-enabled for easier connection with compatible home theater receivers, sound bars, or under-TV audio systems that are also Audio Return Channel equipped.

In addition, the 32E4000R features a 32-inch screen size with 720p native display resolution, while the 43E4500R (43-indes), 49E4500R (49-inches), and 49E4500R (55-inches) all have a native 1080p display resolution.

More Info

Suggested Prices: 32E4000R ($299.99), 43E4500R ($449.99), 49E4500R ($599.99), 55E4500 ($749.99). Official Product pages and price comparisons coming soon. According to Haier, all sets will be available at local authorized dealers or internet outlets beginning the week of August 10th, 2015.

Source: Official Announcement via PRNewsire and additional information provided by Haier.