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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...
Perhaps you’ve heard this before, but Amazon is rumored to be launching its own set top box in a bid to gobble up more TV content and streaming market share. The purported Amazon box would be designed to compete with the likes of Roku and Apple TV by allowing users to stream content with a unit that’s not tied to a cable or satellite pay-TV provider. Of course, Amazon’s box would surely be tied in some way to its own Amazon Prime Instant Video service. Amazon Prime has a growing catalog of titles, and it’s heavily investing in a new crop of original programming. The device... Read more...
Roku has made a name for itself with its demure streaming players, but the company is evolving its product offerings from those little boxes to actual TVs. The Roku TV, like the streaming boxes, will give users access to the Roku Channel Store and its cadre of 31,000 movies and 1,200 channels, and users will be able to control it with iOS and Android devices with the Roku app. “Roku TV removes all of the complicated layers and menus, and unnecessary features and settings that plague smart TVs today, and instead provides a Roku home screen that brings together all content sources,” wrote... Read more...
If you're a Roku user looking on at your Chromecast-owning brethren in envy, we have good news for you. PlayOn today made its PlayCast channel available in the Roku channel store. Using the PlayCast app, Roku users can stream online videos to TVs and mobile devices, in essence giving the Roku crowd the Chromecast-like ability to send virtually any video from a PC browser to a Roku-connected TV. "PlayCast is the last piece of the puzzle needed to give Roku devices functionality comparable to Chromecast," said Jeff Lawrence, CEO, MediaMall Technologies. "With PlayOn and PlayCast, Roku users can now... Read more...
Roku’s family of streaming media boxes have proven as popular as anything in that market, and the company is rolling out a refreshed lineup with new names: the Roku 1 and Roku 2 (which are more in line moniker-wise with the Roku 3, launched earlier this year), as well as an entry-level offering called the Roku LT. The Roku LT will run you just $49.99 and offers up to 720p HD quality. The Roku 1 is a step up and offers 1080p HD for $59.99, and the Roku 2 ($79.99) adds a headphone jack and dual-band wireless capabilities. The flagship Roku 3 ($99.99) has the same features as the Roku 2 but... Read more...
Sony made several announcements about new and updated products, including confirming that the U.S. release of the PlayStation 4 is November 15th and that the mobile PlayStation Vita is getting a refreshed look, but the big news concerned a small streaming micro console called the PlayStation Vita TV. The device has several roles in the home entertainment setup; on the one hand, it’s a streaming set-top box not unlike Roku or Apple TV, and you can watch “movies, TV shows, and video services” on it. It also serves as a lightweight gaming console, and you can actually pop in PS Vita,... Read more...
Here's a question: what company is going to be the one to reinvent television? Everyone in the world knows it needs to happen, and we're all just seemingly waiting indefinitely for it to happen. Will it be Apple? A start-up we've never heard of? Microsoft? Intel? Earlier this year, Intel confirmed that it would soon be shipping some type of set-top box to introduce its own spin on pay-TV and the entire living room experience, but we've heard little since. Shocking, right? The content creators and pay-TV operators are being remarkably rigid. The unbelievable amount of fear of having the industry... Read more...
Roku has already crafted a bit of a name for itself as the best, slickest, most fully-featured streaming box around, and it's about to get even better. Redbox Instant, the latest streaming service to rival the likes of Hulu, Amazon and Netflix, already launched on Google TV -- but soon, it'll be in far more homes due to the added support of Roku. The service will hit the Roku streaming platform "this summer," offering up $8/month access to tons of digital content as well as four credits for use at Redbox kiosks. "We've received overwhelming demand from our customers for Redbox Instant by Verizon... Read more...
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