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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 favorites and recently watched videos. And for curious folks, the channel will have a Product... 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 on the Roku platform in 2015. "As one of the first streaming services to offer 4K Ultra HD content to our customers, it’s important for... 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 not sure that enough of those devices are in consumer hands to make a difference in Park Associates’... 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 seen it on sale for $25, and sometimes that's for a refurbished model), and quite frankly a steal considering... 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 to power the entire TV experience," Roku CEO Anthony Wood explained in a blog post. "That means we’ve... 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 that he ditched the DVR when his broke--five years ago. He says in his house, all of their TV watching... 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, when you’re connected on the same Wi-Fi. Current generation players are those introduced after... 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 one that keeps getting better. So, is the extra $15 worth it? Without having one in-house to evaluate,... 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 will allegedly run (some version of) Android, and so it follows that the box would possibly run apps... 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 the company in a blog post. Roku TV Roku is working with “top global TV manufacturers”... 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 watch nearly any online video on their TV. Even YouTube videos can be cast to the TV with PlayCast."... 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 with Ethernet and USB ports, a remote control, and motion control support. And of course, the devices... 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, PSP, and PSPOne games and play them with full controllers on the big screen. Further, it features... 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 change even the slightest is preventing any progress and innovation from seeping in. But according... Read more...
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