Roku Expanding To Canada And UK In 2012: Who's Next?

Roku Expanding To Canada And UK In 2012: Who's Next?

Roku's hardware expansion efforts have been duly noted, but now they're looking to follow in the footsteps of Netflix and spread their wings into international markets. The company's streaming platform is now making a beeline outside of America, as the company expects that consumers in the United Kingdom and Canada will be able to purchase Roku streaming players beginning in early 2012. Roku is expanding its open platform to support region-specific channels. Publishers of video, music, games and other Internet-delivered content can now reach their customers' TVs directly through Roku. Content can be free, ad supported or paid. Those interested in developing for Roku should contact partners@roku.com.

Roku launched the first Netflix streaming player in 2008 and is now the leading streaming platform in the U.S. With more than 350 channels of content, Roku delivers the best collection of streaming entertainment available for the TV. Roku's open streaming platform brings new content providers to the TV screen and expands the offerings of existing platforms such as channels found on traditional cable and satellite networks.


"This year has been one of many accomplishments for Roku in the U.S. In July, we introduced Roku 2 which brings casual games to the TV and last month we unveiled the $49.99 Roku LT. We've added casual games including Angry Birds and PAC-MAN as well as premiere channels including HBO GO," said Roku Founder and CEO Anthony Wood. "And now we're looking forward to kicking off 2012 by expanding to Europe and Canada and providing consumers abroad with the best in streaming entertainment -- a natural evolution for Roku."

So, Canada and the UK are next -- but who's in line after that?
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This is really good news for a lot of people who have been wanting this to happen... 

I'm doubt it will be that great though... If I was living in the U.S. I'm sure I would already own one lol, but in Canada, what will the Roku be good for, other than (our crappy) Netflix (which is slowly getting better) and some games?

Canada has terrible distribution laws which make it so we can't see very much of anything when it comes to US channels or videos. 

Hulu - forget it

Amazon - forget it

Videos on TV websites, such as ABC, FOX etc - forget it

Even some videos on Youtube are being blocked from Canadians now.

 

So I'm guessing (for videos) we will just get Canadian made channels with Canadian made shows/movies??

I don't know much about Roku so if I'm wrong someone please let me know.

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Well you do have Global, CTV, CityTV and the CBC, and they carry some of the stuff that the four major networks over in the US do right?

I do detest that three of them are owned by cable companies but hey, what can you do?

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Yes and they do offer streaming (I stream them on my iPad) but their shows are limited. :(

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You can use services like http://www.UnoTelly.com to get around all these geo-restriction blocks on Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, etc.

I just moved to Canada from US with my Roku box and realized I'm missing so many channels until I found UnoTelly.

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I live in Canada and I bought 2 Roku XS players through Amazon US.

They work fine with my Canadian Netflix account. Other good channels are Crackle, Disney, and Roku Newscaster. There are hundreds of channels to choose from, some require a subscription but many don't. A few don't seem to work - I'm assuming because they are area restricted, like Pandora.

The downside is that there is not a lot of "live" TV, at least with the free services. The upside is that Roku is open source, and the software is upgraded regularly, so this will be the way to watch TV in the future. You will be able to get only the programs you want, with many different services competing for your business. You will also be able to choose whether you watch for free with commercials, or pay to watch without them.

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