Roku Begins Rolling Out OS 8.1 Update To Devices

Roku has begun rolling out the latest firmware update to it’s device, OS 8.1.

Roku sent out an email outlining the update:

Roku OS 8.1 introduces a new memory-level API for detecting when channels enter low- or critical-memory states, providing the opportunity to free up memory before the channel terminates.

The new firmware also deprecates five roDeviceInfo member functions, replacing them with parallel functions. Developers have one year to update their channels to adopt the new APIs.

This update also focuses heavily on DRM capabilities. Roku OS 8.1 adds new DRM metadata control attributes, beta support for Widevine DRM, and updates a subset of Roku devices to PlayReady 3. 

To learn more about these new features, as well as other BrightScript and SceneGraph enhancements, review our Roku OS 8.1 developer release notes.

Full release notes can be found at this link.

William B. West

William B. West

William B. West has been an internet journalist since 1998. Writing for a total of 25 pro wrestling news sites at his peak, before retiring only to return to online journalism in 2011. Currently William is editor of, a contributor to, and editor in chief of &

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