will be adding an audio output to the remote control for its Streaming Stick
, according to filings with the Federal Communications Commission. The filing
reveals two version of the remote control, showing a version with the headphone socket built into the side of the device, as well as a more conventional model with the new addition removed from view.
There does not appear to be any other changes to the remote, according to Zats Not Funny
. It does offer the same sort of functionality as the remote supplied with the Roku 3
, in that it will allow users to listen to media playing on the device privately instead of using the television's audio, with controls and audio streaming provided by a Wi-Fi Direct connection.
The Roku Streaming Stick plugs into an MHL port on a HDTV, and provides a similar experience to the normal Roku devices, except that it is hidden behind the television itself. Connecting over Wi-Fi, it can display 1080p HD video and is being pitched as a low-cost and simple way of providing smart TV capabilities to a TV with no Internet-connected features.
Currently, the Roku Streaming Stick is being sold
for $99. It is not clear if or when the company will replace existing remote controls with the new version, or if it will sell the updated-audio version separately in the future.