Funai Corporation has announced the availability of the first Magnavox TV series under the Roku TV licensing program. The new Magnavox Roku TVs will feature the Roku OS offering with an ‘intuitive’ home screen, remote control and access to more than 1/2 million movies and TV episodes alongside other inputs such as cable boxes, HD antennas and game consoles.

Debuting this month in the U.S. at BJ’s Wholesale Club – and coming soon to Sam’s Club – is the 32-inch 720p LED LCD Magnavox Roku TV. A 50-inch 1080p Full HD Magnavox Roku TV model will also be available soon, according to the company

“Smart is no longer expensive,” said Youssef Ibrahim, Sr. Product Marketing Manager. “With the Magnavox Roku TV, every room in the home can easily and affordably be a portal to great content and entertainment experiences!”

The Roku OS promises to offer access to thousands of free or paid channels, the ability to search across hundreds of channels, and see results in order by price, as well as what’s playing live if there is an HDTV antenna attached. Access to free content can be found with The Roku Channel, which offers access to award-winners, cult classics and live news with no subscriptions and no fees. ‘Featured Free’ provides users with direct links to free in-season episodes of network shows and past-season catch-ups. ‘Smart Guide’, meanwhile, is an electronic program guide which will integrate information for local broadcast TV via an antenna with streaming options. This, in turn, will allow users to search for – and find – preferred entertainment. For HD antenna users, the connection of a 16 GB or larger USB drive will enable pausing of up to 90 minutes of live TV.

The new Magnavox Roku TVs will receive automatic Roku OS software updates, which include the ability to control Magnavox Roku TVs with Google Assistant devices when the functionality rolls out in the coming weeks. Customers will also get the recently announced Roku OS 8.2 and Roku OS 9.0 versions. Roku OS 8.2 is expected to roll out to Roku TVs beginning this month and will give access to and voice control of iHeartRadio, Pandora and TuneIn. Roku OS 9.0 will begin rolling out to Magnavox Roku TVs in early 2019.

The Roku remote is designed to fit in one hand and includes one-touch access to channels. Users can also search with a keyboard or by voice, engage in private listening and cast to the TV via the Roku mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

Via Wireless LAN 802.11ac MIMO, the Magnavox Roku TVs can connect to wireless networks. The models provide a range of connectivity features, which include the ability to hook up gaming consoles, set top boxes, and other HDMI 2.0 compliant devices. HD viewing has a ‘Brilliant Motion Rate’ (BMR) 120 with backlight control to improve clarity and sharpness, plus progressive scan.

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