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Roku version 3.1 comes to first generation players

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Roku isn’t letting its early adopters out in the cold, instead the their players are now receiving and update that teh Roku 2 and Roku LT received last week. Earlier Roku players are now able to upgrade to version 3.1 which brings a few new features and improvements.

With the upgrade to version 3.1 early Roku players will now be able to use the Roku iPhone app which was released last week. So now you don’t need to upgrade your Roku to control it via your iOS device. Along with the new control option the update brings support for the new Amazon Instant Video channel. The new layout looks nicer, and is presumably a bit easier to use.

Other updates include improved MP4 playback which should make the video file play more smoothly over the web or from a USB drive. Perfect for that DRM-free Louis CK video. The grid layout has also been improved to fix some issues that were present in the previous version of the Roku software.

Finally, there’s a new option to buy new Roku players and accessories through the new Roku Channel Store, for when you’re finally ready to upgrade to the Roku 2. Not that there seems to be much of a rush. So far Roku is still supporting older devices, you just have to wait a week or so to see the new features and improvements. That’s not a bad deal at all.

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