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As we arrive closer to Apple’s scheduled September 9th keynote for the Apple iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, we’re beginning to learn a bit more about the next generation Apple TV, which is almost guaranteed to be announced at the same event. According to a report from the incredibly well connected Mark Gurman, the fourth generation Apple TV will be priced much higher than its predecessor, and could cost up to twice as much as its best-selling competition. Whereas the current generation Apple TV is priced at $69 — it received a $30 price cut earlier this year — the next generation media streamer... Read more...
Advertising on the popular Roku set top box is about to get a big boost, thanks to a partnership between Roku and Innovid. Your Roku has a front-row seat to your viewing habits, so it’s not unexpected that the company has been looking for a way to turn that information into targeted advertising. Some outlets are reporting that Roku will sniff your Wi-Fi network for devices and base ads on the info collected from those devices, but that’s simply not true. Roku has refuted the claims and asked that the erroneous information be removed. Innovid has already worked with Facebook and other companies... Read more...
An increasing number of cable and satellite TV subscribers are cutting the cord and joining the streaming movement, and the landscape is becoming highly competitive as a result. Through it all, Roku's managed to keep the lead in streaming, and to help ensure it continues to be a front runner, Roku today upgraded its Roku 3 and Roku 2 players, and also unveiled new ways to search and discover streaming contnet. The upgraded Roku 3 now includes the ability to search content by voice. This is a feature that Amazon has heavily advertised with its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices, and now Roku lets... Read more...
Apple has announced that it is reducing the price of the Apple TV from $99 to $69, likely in an effort to help the wireless media streamer gain a bit more traction against more full-featured alternatives like Amazon Fire TV and the Roku 3 (not to mention cheaper streaming sticks like the Fire TV Stick, the Roku Streaming Stick and Google Chromecast). But what may be the biggest boon for the platform is the announcement that HBO Now will be a launch-exclusive for Apple. The streaming service will give you access to all HBO programing — past and present — including blockbusters titles like The... Read more...
Cord cutters rejoice! AMC is now available on Dish Network’s $20 per month Sling TV service. That means that you’ll be able to catch new episodes of hit shows like Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead; not to mention the second half of the final season of Mad Men starting in April and numerous Breaking Bad marathons. In addition to AMC, IFC also comes to Sling TV’s $20 “Core” package starting today. This adds some robustness to a channel lineup that already includes ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, ABC Family, CNN, and Food Network. Hollywood Extra, a new $5 add-on package, has also been announced that... Read more...
With the rise of online services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and host of others, consumers looking to “cut the cord” have plenty of options to select. However, ditching entrenched series like cable and satellite often means giving up such “luxuries” as network television broadcasts (ABC, NBC, CBS, etc.) and live sports channels like ESPN. Plugging rabbit ears into your HDTV can mostly solve the former, but the latter is a bit more troublesome. Dish Network is hoping to come to the rescue with its new Sling TV service that was announced last month and was available via an invite-only system... Read more...
GoPro is getting ready to launch its own channel on Roku sometime this spring, the company announced today. The custom-designed streaming channel will deliver on-demand GoPro content to Roku owners while expanding its audience to millions of more viewers. This will make Roku the latest in a growing line of distribution partners that include Xbox, LG, and Virgin America. The GoPro channel will have featured playlists that allows viewers to explore various types of content, everything from "Deep Sea" to "Fully Throttle," the company says. It will also have a Favorite video section where you can access... Read more...
With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas kicking off today, you can expect a bevy of product and service announcements, one of them being Roku's plans to support 4K Ultra HD streaming for future Roku TV models. The company said it's prepared a Roku TV reference design for 4K smart TVs and will license the blueprint to OEM partners. That's great for the hardware side of things, but what about software? On that front, Roku is working its connections to bring more 4K content into homes. That includes greasing the wheels at Netflix, which Roku says will provide 4K content for streaming... Read more...
As new players enter the streaming media category, some in the “old guard” are finding it hard to retain their once lofty market share numbers according to Parks Associates. The market research firm’s latest analysis shows that Roku remains the number one hardware vendor when it comes to streaming devices despite tumbling from a 46 percent share in 2013 to 29 percent in 2014. Since last year, Roku has seen a few newcomers enter the fray including Google with the $35 Chromecast and Amazon with the $99 Fire TV. Amazon also started shipping the $39 Fire TV Stick to customers late last month, but we’re... Read more...
Black Friday is officially in the rear view mirror, but it's full "stream" ahead for Cyber Monday. No, we didn't mean to say "full steam," not when there are so many deals on streaming devices to be had, including a delightful $11 savings on Google's Chromecast dongle. We've been fans of Chromecast ever since we reviewed the device over a year ago, and it's only gotten better since then.Head over to Amazon and you'll find Chromecast marked down to $24 (make that $23), a savings of nearly 32 percent over its regular selling price of $35. That's about as cheap as it's ever been (we've previously... Read more...
Up until now, if you wanted to enjoy Roku on your television, you needed to purchased a dedicated set-top box or HDMI dongle. Now you have two more options -- purchase a Hisense or or TLC smart television with built-in Roku support. This is a vision Roku first shared with the public back at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last January, and it's now come to fruition. "Just like our Roku players, Roku TV offers an exceptional streaming experience filled with endless entertainment choices. But we didn’t just stick a Roku player inside the TV. We enhanced the Roku operating system... Read more...
It’s hard to imagine what else the CEO of a company that makes streaming media boxes would say, but Roku CEO Anthony Wood boldly claimed that it’s just a matter of time before DVRs become a thing of the past. “To me, it's pretty clear that all TV is going to be streamed. It's either going to be streamed to a smart TV, a gaming console or a streaming player,” said Wood In a Q&A with the AP. “Things like DVD players are going to go away. Cable boxes are obviously going away, too. DVRs are just a stepping stone technology.” Roku streaming boxes He also said... Read more...
At long last, you don't need two streaming boxes just to have a suite of services on one, and YouTube on the other. Roku has made a name for itself in the streaming box industry, but it has lacked perhaps the most demanded channel on the planet for as long as the company has existed. Yes, we're talking about YouTube. This week, Roku announced that it was adding a YouTube streaming channel to its Roku Channel Store for all current-generation Roku devices in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland. Plus, you can also send YouTube videos from your Android devices, iPhone and iPad to your TV,... Read more...
It's not the size of the dongle that matters, but what you can do with it. As long as we're judging them in this fashion (and why wouldn't we?), Roku has about 1,200 reasons why it thinks you should pick its new HDMI Streaming Stick (3500R) over Google's Chromecast device even though Roku's offering carries a pricing premium. Here's the deal -- the Roku Streaming Stick is available now for $50 from Roku.com, Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Target.com, and Walmart.com, and will be in stores sometime around early April. That's $15 more expensive than the Chromecast, a device we liked from the get-go and... Read more...
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