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Years of scheming and manipulating have finally brought Francis and Claire Underwood to the White House. Today marks the (actual) release of Season 3 of House of Cards! Ready. Set. Binge!

Will you be binging on the new season this weekend? If pork and politics aren’t your thing, check out below for some other new releases.

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  • House of Cards (TV Show, 2013) – A ruthless politician plots revenge on those who have thwarted him. Watch the new season exclusively on Netflix and catch up on past seasons on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Parks and Recreation – The final season (TV Show, 2009) – The absurd antics of an Indiana town’s public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu PlusM-GO, Vudu.
  • Better Call Saul (TV Show, 2015) – An attorney of questionable reputation defends criminals in this Breaking Bad prequel. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Dumb and Dumber To (Movie, 2014) – Witless wonders Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne go on a road trip to find the daughter that Harry never knew he had. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Whiplash (Movie, 2014) — A first-year music student wins a seat behind the drums in a jazz band led by a teacher who uses fear and intimidation to push his students to perfection. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and Vudu.
  • The Immigrant (Movie, 2013) – After her sister is quarantined at Ellis Island, a Polish nurse is forced into prostitution by a theater manager who moonlights as a pimp. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Two Faces of January (Movie, 2014) – After he kills a detective, a con artist and his wife must trust a potentially dangerous stranger to help them get out of Greece. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • The Overnighters (Movie, 2014) – A pastor sparks a controversy in his North Dakota town by opening his church doors to homeless workers who are seeking jobs at nearby oil fields. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Save the Date (Movie, 2012) – After breaking up with her boyfriend, a bookstore manager resists a seemingly perfect guy’s attempts to woo her. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.
  • White Bird in a Blizzard (Movie, 2014) – A teenager relishes her newfound freedom after her disturbed mother vanishes, but the strange facts of the disappearance soon begin to haunt her. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
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Did you know there are more than 1,000 channels available in the UK Roku Channel Store? That means as well as watching your favourite TV shows on Netflix, 4OD and ITV Player, there’s loads of additional content to discover too.

After last week’s tips on personalising your Roku player, this time we’ve got seven channels that you’ve just got to tune in to.

1. Moonlight Movies

So you’re already a regular streamer of the latest movie releases on the likes of Google Play and Sky Store. But if the classics are your thing too, this channel has a great selection of films from Hollywood’s golden age for you to stream.

Moonlight Movies2. UFOs and Aliens Channel

Did you know extra-terrestrial life is catered for on your Roku player? This channel is a must-watch for those interested in life beyond our planet, with some gripping videos exploring alien encounters and conspiracy theories from the 1930’s to the present day.

3. DailyBurn
With channels like DailyBurn, your Roku player can become the perfect fitness companion. The channel provides both a daily workout video and an extensive video workout library. You can also choose a workout by level or duration.

4. 911
Sometimes real life is far better than any drama out there, as 911 proves. This captivating channel allows you to listen to a number of real-life emergency calls from the past. From recordings involving celebrities to a man who claims he’s been robbed by McDonald’s, 911 has it all.

5. CNET
If you’re a lover of technology then CNET is a must-add channel! Watch all the latest tech shows, gadget reviews, event coverage and get tips from CNET’s many experts as they serve up everything you need to get the most out of tech.

6. Driving Sports TV
If motors are your definition of sport, the official Driving Sports Roku channel is the thing for you. It boasts a range of original automotive shorts and driving entertainment clips and is well worth installing.

7. Cruise Addicts
There’s plenty of holiday based channels on the Roku platform, featuring the highlights each destination has to offer. But did you know there was a special channel dedicated to cruise holidays? Cruise Addicts has it all covered, from the latest news to regular podcasts.

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Special report! News lovers now have even more options to view breaking stories from around the world on their Roku players and Roku TV models – Bloomberg TV+, a live 24-hours global business and financial news TV channel, is now available for free in the Roku Channel Store in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Republic of Ireland.

The Bloomberg TV+ channel delivers Bloomberg Television live, 24-hours a day! To easily find the news you want to see, you can click the options button (*) to swap between the U.S., Europe or Asia live news feed. You can also view the news you want on-demand organized by top videos, most watched, and channels including Bloomberg shows, Charlie Rose, Bloomberg West!, Bloomberg Bottom Line and more.

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Just interested in the latest news coming out of Paris or the most up-to-date NFL updates? Click the options button (*), enter your search term and stream stories on the topics that match your personal interests.

You can find Bloomberg TV+ under “News and Weather” in the Roku Channel Store now on current-generation* Roku players and Roku TV models.

*Current generation players are those introduced after June 2011 and include Roku 3 (4200X), Roku 2 (2720X), Roku 1 (2710X), Roku Streaming Stick, both HDMI (3500X) and Roku Ready (3400X, 3420X) versions, Roku LT (2400X, 2450X, 2700X), Roku 2 HD (3000X), Roku 2 XD (3050X), Roku 2 XS (3100X) and the Roku HD (2500X).

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With the NBA and NHL seasons in full swing, I’m glued to WatchESPN on my Roku player. I wish my kids shared my love for Sportscenter. They’re constantly hogging the Roku player to stream Doc McStuffins and Little Einsteins on WATCH Disney Junior. Sound familiar, fellow parents?

The Disney network’s streaming channels have been favorites among Roku customers and we’re happy to report that DirecTV has been added to list of participating television providers that support WatchESPN, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior and WATCH Disney XD on Roku players. Just a few days ago we announced that Roku TV customers can stream the WatchESPN channel now while the remaining Disney channels mentioned above will be available on Roku TV models in the near future.

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In addition to DirecTV, customers who subscribe to ESPN, Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD through the following providers can also access the WatchESPN, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior and WATCH Disney XD on Roku devices.

Happy Streaming!

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WatchESPN on Roku TV

Since the launch of Roku TV, we’ve had many customers ask us about the availability of WatchESPN. We’re pleased to announce that WatchESPN is now accessible on Roku TV. The exciting news doesn’t stop there. We are working with Disney to bring WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior and WATCH Disney XD to Roku TV in the near future.

WatchESPN on Roku TV provides a one-stop destination for sports fans with live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, Longhorn Network, SEC Network and much more for customers who receive ESPN’s networks as part of their subscription from an affiliated provider. Those without a cable subscription can access the latest news clips.

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We’re very excited to be recognized by Disney as a leading streaming platform and bring these premium channels to Roku TV customers.

Stream on!

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If you’re a big YouTube fan like me, you’re in for a pleasant surprise today. We’re happy to bring you a snappier YouTube experience. In less than a blink of an eye you’ll be watching cat videos galore. The improved YouTube channel experience is available today on Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Republic of Ireland.

Go ahead and fire up the YouTube channel and give it a try. If you need a search suggestion, we recommend the latest Lip Sync Battle with Will Ferrell on The Late Night Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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We’re always working to make your experience with the Roku platform one you truly love. Your feedback is so valuable to us, so please continue to send us your suggestions and feature requests here on the blog. We’re always listening. Oh, and we definitely like to hear when we’re doing a good job too. :)

Happy Snappy Streaming.

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Crunchyroll Roku channel

If you like anime, you should check out Crunchyroll. This free channel has one of the largest lineups of current and classic anime programs around. They have hit shows like Naruto Shippuden, Sailor Moon and so much more. If you love anime you may want to upgrade to be a premium member which will let you watch ad-free and you’ll get access to shows as soon as one hour after airing in Japan. Crunchyroll is even offering a 14-day free trial of their premium version. You can find Crunchyroll in the “Movies & TV” section of the Roku Channel Store. Check it out…if you want to see the world’s best anime.

Get a more in-depth peek at the channel – watch out latest Roku Recommends episode for the full episode.

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The little gold statues are up for grabs this weekend! If you still need to catch up on the Academy Award contenders, we’re here to help you get red-carpet-ready.

Which film are you rooting for to win Best Picture?

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  • The Theory of Everything (Movie, 2014) –During the 1960s, Cambridge University student and future physicist Stephen Hawking falls in love with fellow student Jane Wilde. Despite a diagnosis of a devastating disease, he and Jane break new scientific ground. Available to watch on Amazon Instant VideoM-GO and Vudu.
  • Big Hero 6 (Movie, 2014) —Six reluctant first-time crime fighters team up to save their city. Available to purchase on Amazon Instant VideoM-GO and Vudu (available to rent on 2/24/15).
  • Birdman (Movie, 2014) —Michael Keaton heads an all-star cast in this riveting story of a former superhero film star grappling with dwindling fame, an estranged daughter, theatre critics and inner demons. Available to rent on Amazon Instant VideoM-GO and Vudu.
  • Gone Girl (Movie, 2014) –A man reports that his wife has gone missing on their fifth wedding anniversary, but his public portrait of their blissful union begins to crumble under police watch. Available to watch on Amazon Instant VideoCinemaNowM-GO and Vudu.
  • Boyhood (Movie, 2014) –A youngster makes the long journey to adulthood over the span of 12 years, as he, his sister and his mother move around Texas. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNowM-GO and Vudu.
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Movie, 2014) –A concierge at a posh European hotel is framed for murdering an elderly dowager with whom he had a sexual relationship and who left him a priceless painting in her will. Available to watch on Amazon Instant VideoCinemaNowHBO GOM-GO and Vudu.
  • Ida (Movie, 2014) – In 1962, Anna is about to take vows as a nun when she learns from her only relative that she is Jewish. Both women embark on a journey to discover their family story and where they belong. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, Netflix and Vudu.
  • The Judge (Movie, 2014) – A slick Chicago lawyer returns home to Indiana upon the passing of his mother, then soon becomes engaged in defending his estranged father, a recovering alcoholic who will be tried for a hit-and-run death. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • The Boxtrolls (Movie, 2014) – A boy and his new friend hatch a plan to save a community of mischievous cavern-dwellers from the villainous townsman who plans to exterminate them. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Finding Vivian Maier (Documentary, 2014) – The life and work of career nanny Vivian Maier and her amazing collection of 100,000 photographs. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video.
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So you’re the proud owner of a Roku player and love catching up with the latest TV and movies on offer from the likes of Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Sky Store.

But how can you make sure you personalise your Roku experience?

This week, we’ve got five tips that will help you set up your Roku player so it’s perfect for you!

Change of theme

In addition to a selection of screensavers, you can also change the theme that appears as the background on your Roku home screen. There’s a range of themes to choose from, including the star themed Nebula option and the bright Daydream theme. On top of this, make sure you keep a lookout for the special featured themes released to mark major occasions such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween and New Year’s Eve!

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Order, Order!

In the My Channels section of the home screen, your channels will display by default in the order you add them. But if you fancy switching them around you can! All you need to do is select the channel, then simply press the options button (*) on your remote to bring up the option to move a channel. You can then have your channels appear in an order that suits you.

Total (remote) control

Have a habit of ‘misplacing’ that remote control? Fear not, because there’s a free Roku mobile app for that – available for iOS, Android and Windows! You can launch channels, pause, fast-forward, rewind and much more.

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Smile for the camera

Want something to look at when you pause the TV for that cup of tea? There are a number of different screensavers available to use in the Settings menu and various screensavers in the Roku Channel Store. You can also set your Facebook newsfeed or pictures as a personalised screensaver. To do so just install the Facebook channel from the Roku Channel Store and follow the activation steps!

Know Your Channels

We all have our favourite channels, but did you know there are more than 1,400 channels available in the UK Roku Channel Store? That means hours of excellent content to be found in addition to all of the better-known channels. Take time to scroll through and discover the full range on offer. Did you know you can also browse channels through the mobile app while watching a TV show or movie on your TV? From fitness channels, such as Daily Burn and eFit, to cookery channels specialising in a wide variety of cuisines, there’s something for everyone.

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If you have kids, National Geographic Kids is perfect for your little ones. While this channel requires a subscription to get access to their full library, the nice folks at National Geographic offer over a dozen free full-length children’s videos to give you a sample of their terrific programming. A popular show in our house is Survive This which follows several teenagers  struggle to survive in wilderness with the help of Les Stroud – who you might know from his popular Survivorman TV series. You can find this channel in the Kids & Family section of the Roku Channel Store. Check it out…if you want get your kids excited about adventure, science, and nature.

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