Roku Introduces SoundBridge Radio Complete Wi-Fi Music System Combines Ease-of-Use of a High-Quality Tabletop

Radio With Digital Music Streaming and Internet Radio Features



    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., DEMOfall, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Roku, the
 company that perfected the network music player, introduces SoundBridge Radio,
 a complete wireless (Wi-Fi) music system.  With a traditional tabletop radio
 form factor, SoundBridge Radio combines incredible-sounding stereo speakers
 with a subwoofer, AM/FM radio, alarm, and Internet radio and digital music
 streaming features into a single stylish, compact component.  Roku takes the
 original market-leading SoundBridge network music player, which won 2004 and
 2005 CES Innovations Awards, a step further in audio power and ease of use
 with the introduction of this new product.  SoundBridge Radio lets consumers
 access traditional AM/FM radio along with their digital music library using
 simple and familiar radio controls.  A few simple buttons for presets, scan,
 and source select make digital music easily accessible.  Other features
 include a SD/MMC card slot and a volume-ramping alarm that wakes users to
 digital music, Internet radio, AM/FM, playlists, podcasts, or choice of
 several alarm tones. SoundBridge Radio will be demonstrated on-stage to
 attendees at the DEMOfall conference, which begins today.
     SoundBridge Radio comes with a bright, vacuum-fluorescent display (VFD)
 that is double the resolution of the original SoundBridge -- resulting in a
 crisp, vivid image that can show more information.  The remote control is also
 similar to that of the original SoundBridge, so consumers can browse and
 select digital music by artist, title, album, composer or genre from across
 the room.  As consumers listen to music, the display shows the name of the
 song and artist playing.  Ultra-accurate clock updates from the Internet
 eliminate worrying about setting the time.  A built-in light sensor auto dims
 the display at night and the headphone jack lets users enjoy their music
 without disturbing others.
     "There are 40 million regular listeners using PCs to access Internet radio
 in the US. SoundBridge Radio gives those users a way to comfortably bring
 Internet radio away from their PCs and into their bedrooms," said Anthony
 Wood, Roku founder and chief executive officer. "With the SoundBridge Radio,
 consumers get traditional radio, Internet radio and digital music combined in
 a simple, high-quality product that's easy to use."
     SoundBridge Radio includes all of the traditional features of SoundBridge
 as it can access playlists from both Mac- and Windows-based computers, and
 support music streaming in MP3, WMA, AIFF, WAV and un-protected AAC formats.
     In addition to supporting all major digital music formats, SoundBridge
 Radio has earned Microsoft's PlaysForSure certification, so it is guaranteed
 to play music from services using Windows Media DRM 10 such as Napster,
 Walmart.com and Musicmatch.  SoundBridge is certified to work with Real
 Networks' Rhapsody music service.  Apple iTunes support allows playback of
 un-protected AAC or MP3 files.  SoundBridge Radio streams Internet radio with
 one-press preset access to stations, even if the PC is off.
     SoundBridge Radio will sell for $399 beginning in early November when it
 arrives at consumer electronic retail stores nationwide. It will be available
 for pre-order beginning today at www.rokulabs.com. Those who order before Oct.
 31 will receive a $50 discount.  Roku will continue to sell the popular
 original SoundBridge to customers who wish to connect their digital music
 library or Internet radio to their existing powered speakers or stereo system.
 
     About Roku
     Roku is a privately held digital media company located in Palo Alto,
 Calif., and founded by Anthony Wood, the inventor of the digital video
 recorder (DVR). Roku designs sleek digital media products that maximize the
 digital home entertainment experience. Roku's award-winning products include
 Roku SoundBridge network music players and Roku PhotoBridge HD digital media
 players.
 
 

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