This past weekend, Roku announced and pushed out a new firmware update, version 4.3 build 1057, to all Roku 2 and Roku LT boxes. The update primarily focused on the Netflix channel. Audio-video sync issues for Dolby Digital Plus titles were fixed. There were also performance enhancements to screen navigation and the time it takes to start streaming a title. The update also included updates to HLS, the live streaming protocol.
One of my gripes about the Roku’s Netflix channel was having to manually select the Dolby Digital Plus soundtrack each time. The firmware update fixes that. Once you choose Dolby Digital Plus, the Roku remembers the choice. So, if you exit Netflix or even reboot the box, you will no longer need to select the surround soundtrack each time. Kudos to Roku for fixing this. Now, if the Roku could auto-detect the frame rate of streaming content and break up TV episodes by season, the Roku 2 could reclaim its title as the overall “Best Netflix Player”. While there is a new Roku in the works, I’ll be anxiously awaiting for what the next firmware update has in store for us.
via Engadget HD