Roku sets a remote on your wrist with the latest Apple Watch app

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The Roku remote is appearing to your wrist. 

The company published today the start of an Apple Watch app that allows you to control your Roku device.

This includes Roku media players and Roku TVs, with a tap — quite like the Roku mobile app, only sized for your wrist.

The Features of The Roku Remote

Besides the restricted screen real estate, the app is reasonably robust in terms of its feature set.

In addition to the assumed media controls, like the capability to play and pause what you are watching, the app also gives a home button, the select button, a back button, and directional arrows. 

The app involves a way to start your preferred channels, which are arranged in order of the most lately launched to make them simpler to access. 

That way, if you continuously watch Netflix, you do not have to scroll down to locate it.

Adding to this, the small remote app adds the voice search functionality. 

To initiate, you tap the voice icon, then tell things like “Launch Hulu” or “search for comedies,” or also change sources, like “switch to HDMI 1” for your Roku TV, the company describes. 

How Can Users Avail Roku Remote?

This will run on Apple Watch versions 1 to 5.

Plus, if you own a Roku Ultra or a Roku TV with the Remote Finder functionality, which utilizes an audible chime to find a lost remote control in the couch cushions, you can also use the Roku Apple Watch app to indicate your Roku remote to begin making the noise.

All these characteristics will be familiar to anyone who has previously used the Roku remote for smartphones, as the Apple Watch app is only a miniaturized version. 

The only thing it is needing is the capability to stream The Roku Channels’ free movies.

Although clearly, that is not a feature you will want on your wristwatch. 

To obtain the Roku Apple Watch app, you will require to download or update your Roku iOS app to the newest version (6.1.3).

And the app will come on your Watch as long as you have not shut the “Automatic App Install” in the Watch’s Settings.

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