Roku firmware 2.9 b1509 available, brings 1080p to Roku XR and improved HULU

Just in time for the holidays, you get an early gift from Roku that significantly improved your Roku XR media streamer. Thanks to the new firmware version 2.9 b1509, all Roku XR media streamers can now stream in all 1080p full glory. Beside the higher resolution for this model, the update bring additional bug fixes for loading large images, buffering issues  in Roku Newscaster, incorrect aspect ration, channel re-ordering, etc.

The update also improves the existing HULU streaming application adding quicker navigation, playback, especially on networks with higher latencies.

You can choose to get the new firmware via automatic update over the next several days or manually triggering it if you can’t wait by going to Settings->Player Info->Check for Updates.

Roku media streamers are currently among the most featured Internet players and support web clients for popular web services like Netflix (one of the best clients) , Amazon Video On Demand, MLB.TV, Hulu Plus, Pandora, YouTube, Flickr, NHL, UFC, Vimeo, Flickster, NASA, Facebook Photos and tens of others.

We’ll add a review for the new version as soon as possible.