Roku TVs From Sharp and Insignia For 2015

Sharp and Insignia Roku TVs
Sharp and Insignia Roku TV Examples. Images provided by Roku

Dateline: 05/07/2015
In a previous post, I reported on the new TVs from TCL and Hisense that incorporate Roku's streaming platform right into the TV.  In addition to traditional TV features, they can also access to over 2,000 channels of audio and video streaming content without the need to plug in an extra box or stick.

Now, it looks like in addition to TCL and Hisense, Sharp and Insignia have also jumped on board the Roku TV bandwagon with their own sets that incorporate Roku's popular streaming platform.

Just as with the TCL and Hisense models, all the Sharp and Insignia sets are LED/LCD TVs and are equipped with both Ethernet or WiFi for connection to the internet (wired or wireless router required). However, keep in mind that even though the TV will allow you access to a lot of channels through the Roku platform - not all of the channels are free, some may require a pay-per-view fee or a pre-paid monthly subscription.

On the other hand, all the TVs have HDMI and other inputs for connecting a Blu-ray Disc, DVD player, or other video source device, a well as output options for connection to your home theater audio system.

Sharp is offering up two models, the 43-inch LC-43LB371U and the 50-inch LG-50B371U. In addition to built-in Roku, both models feature 1080p display resolution and 60Hz screen refresh rate, 3 HDMI inputs, and a USB input for access digital media content on flash drives or other compatible devices, as well as a headphone jack for private listening.

The LC-43LB371U is priced at $379.99 - Check Price

The LC-50LB371U is priced at $499.99 - Check Price

Insignia (Best Buy's house brand), is offering two models as well, the 32-inch NS-32DR420NA16 and the 55-inch NS-55DR420NA16. Although the screen size offerings differ from the Sharp models, the core features (1080p resolution, 60Hz refresh rate) and connectivity (Ethernet/Wifi, HDMI) are the same.

The NS-32DR420NA16 is priced at $229.99 - Check Price

The NS-55DR420NA16 is priced at $549.99 - Check Price

Stayed tuned as more info on the Roku TV strategy as it becomes available...