All the current TCL TVs in the UK use Android TV, including the latest TCL C82 Mini LED and C72 QLED range.
However, US users have had access to TVs equipped with the popular Roku platform for a while now, and this is finally coming to the UK.
It has been a few years since I have used any device running Roku, but the interface is famously easy to use, and they support one of the widest ranges of streaming services on the market.
Roku also prides themselves on their updates and the updates get rolled out to devices that are several years old. This is something that can’t always be said about some brands running Android TV, and I am struggling to recall the last time my Toshiba TV with Firefox OS got an update.
The new TVs fall into the more affordable end of the market, and this should work well with Roku, giving uses an excellent all in one solution.
The TVs themselves are not short on features. Along with the extensive streaming services, the TVs support HDR Pro, which uses Dynamic Colour Enhancement through 3D LUT technology to deliver vivid colours for all signal types, including HDR10, HLG and SDR. Both series also feature Freeview Play and an integrated Freeview tuner, enabling consumers to enjoy live and on-demand TV.
The 4K RP620K series, you also get Dolby Vision, which preserves and delivers entertainment in all its intended glory.
Price & Availablity
All the RP620K models are 4K TVs while the RS520K are HD
- RP620K 43-inch: £349
- RP620K 50-inch: £399
- RP620K 55-inch: £449
- RP620K 65-inch: £549
- RS520K 32-inch: £229
- RS520K 40-inch: £279 (the 40-inch RS520K TV is FHD)
Full Press Release
Today, TCL Electronics (1070.HK) and Roku, Inc. announced that they will be launching TCL Roku TV models in the UK. TCL Roku TV models will be available in both HD and 4K UHD resolution, in sizes ranging from 32” to 65”, offering consumers a great smart TV experience at home.
The TVs will be available online at currys.co.uk. UK consumers can register their interest now at Currys.co.uk and receive a £20 discount voucher code.
Both the 4K UHD (RP620K) and HD (RS520K) models support HDR Pro which uses Dynamic Colour Enhancement through 3D LUT technology to deliver vivid colours for all signal types icluding HDR10, HLG and SDR. Both series also feature Freeview Play and an integrated Freeview tuner, enabling consumers to enjoy live and on-demand TV.
The RP620K series offers enhanced picture quality thanks to the 4K UHD resolution and advanced UHD upscaling for entertainment of a lower resolution. For movie and streaming content, the RP620K series supports Dolby Vision, which preserves and delivers entertainment in all its intended glory.
Bernie Chen, TCL’s UK Country Manager said: “I am thrilled to be launching TCL Roku TVs in the UK. The combination of our affordable premium TVs with Roku’s operating system, offers consumers excellent picture quality and ease of use, alongside a huge variety of features and streaming channels. I am confident that this partnership will help us maintain our strong UK sales growth and increase our market share.”
TCL Roku TV models come with Roku’s operating system built-in, offering consumers automatic updates, a customisable home screen, thousands of free and paid streaming channels and advanced features like fast and easy search across top channels with results ranked by price, and private listening through the free Roku® mobile app. Control TCL Roku TV models by using voice with Alexa or Google Assistant enabled devices. With Apple AirPlay 2, effortlessly stream, control and share content directly from iPhone, iPad or Mac. TCL Roku TV models also support HomeKit, which allows users to easily and securely control Roku devices using Siri or the Home app on their Apple devices.
“TCL was one of the first TV brands to embrace the Roku OS and together we have created numerous award-winning TVs with great picture quality and ease of use,” said Arthur van Rest, VP International at Roku. “TCL Roku TV models are powered by the Roku OS offering consumers simplicity, choice and incredible value. The Roku OS offers consumers an always current smart TV experience, it is not without reason that the Roku OS is the #1 selling smart TV OS in the US and Canada.”
The TCL Roku TV home screen puts a customer’s favourite entertainment all in one place making it easier than ever to watch what they love. With a TCL Roku TV, consumers can stream movies, TV episodes, news and sports, and access external inputs such as set top boxes, game consoles or an antenna from the simple home screen.
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