Our biggest U.S. Black Friday savings ever! Plus, Canada and UK offers

Why head to the crowded mall? Shop from the comfort of your couch and take advantage of our lowest prices ever on the Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) and Roku LT in the U.S.! Plus, you’ll get 60 days of Rdio Unlimited included – a nearly $20 value. That’s access to 30+ million songs on demand, endless radio stations, new and classic albums and more.

Hurry though, this offer ends 12/1/14, while supplies last.

*Cancel before trial ends to avoid subscription fees. Full terms: http://www.roku.com/rdio-offer

Canada

Canadian shoppers are in luck. With any new Roku player purchase, you’ll receive a *$25 Cineplex Store credit AND 60 days free* of Rdio Unlimited. That’s nearly $45 in free movies and music streaming entertainment!

*Cancel before trial ends to avoid subscription fees., excludes Quebec. Full terms: http://www.roku.ca/offers 

UK

UK streamers, when you purchase any new Roku device, you’ll get 60 days free* of Rdio Unlimited! That’s access to 30+ million songs on demand, endless radio stations, new and classic albums and more.

Cancel before trial ends to avoid subscription fees. Full terms: http://www.roku.co.uk/rdio-offer 

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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 28th November 2014

Have you spent too much money on today’s Black Friday deals? That’s before you’re tempted by Cyber Monday offers. If you’re looking for a more relaxing weekend on the couch like me, check out our streaming recommendations for the weekend!

Let us know what you’re watching!

  • Gotham (Series) – For fans of the great DC Comics, Gotham is a gripping new series chronicling the original story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. Catch up on the latest episodes on Demand 5.
  • Bad Robots (Series) – This new comedy series from Channel 4 is a hidden camera show in which technology acts up, much to the bemusement of unsuspecting members of the public.Watch the newest episode now on 4oD.
  • X-Factor (Series) – There were more sad farewells last week as two more acts got the chop on this popular talent show. Catch up on all the latest glittering performances on ITV Player now.
  • Remember Me (Series) – This exciting new drama stars Michael Palin and follows a contemporary ghost story set in Yorkshire. Tom Parfitt’s arrival at a local retirement home leads to an eerie unexpected death. Who is to blame? Disillusioned cop Rob Fairholme can’t find answers, but 18-year-old care worker Hannah is drawn to Tom’s house and the mystery surrounding him… Catch up now on BBC iPlayer.
  • House (Series) – Hugh Laurie stars as the ornery Dr. Gregory House, a paradoxical physician who loathes his patients but is a genius at treating mysterious ailments. Watch it now on Netflix.
  • In Your Eyes (Movie) – Written and executive produced by Joss Whedon, In Your Eyes is a romance with a supernatural twist. Rebecca (Zoe Kazan), a lonely housewife in New Hampshire, suddenly discovers that she shares a strange connection with Dylan (Michael Stahl-David), a struggling ex-con in New Mexico…they can see through one another’s eyes and experience sensations felt by the other. Though they’ve never met, the two share a unique, unparalleled intimacy. Catch it now on Google Play.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (Movie) - In the far reaches of space, US pilot Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan (Lee Pace). In order to escape his clutches, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a group of misfits including Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), and Groot (Vin Diesel). Available now Sky Store.
  • Starlings (Series) – Starlings is a humble, heart-warming affair, casting an observant eye on the foibles and flaws of everyday family life for a particularly hectic household. Watch it on Now TV
  • Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman (Series) – Reflecting on the great mysteries of the cosmos, Academy Award-winning actor and space enthusiast Morgan Freeman seeks answers. Catch up on Season Two now on Now TV.

Golden Oldie:

  • The Birdcage (Movie) – We’re celebrating the life of director Mike Nichols with this 1996 comedy. Starring Robin Williams and Gene Hackman, the camera follows long-time gay lovers Armand and Albert as they feel compelled to pass themselves off as a “normal” family when Armand’s son announces his intent to marry. Catch it now on Netflix.

 

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Six tips to get the most from your Roku player or Roku TV

The entertainment options are truly endless on your Roku player and Roku TV. Here are six tips to keep you streaming like you’ve never streamed before!

What is your best Roku tip? Share it in the comments.

#1 Explore the endless possibilities in the Channel Store

It’s impossible to be bored with a Roku device with our extensive entertainment channel options. Go ahead – expand your horizons!

Jam out to The Black Keys on Pandora or a classic Queen concert on Qello Concerts. Impress your family with the new recipes you learned on Chow, catch up on your news and sports or watch the latest NASA mission live. Squeeze in a quick workout on Daily Burn or brush up on your Spanish language skills…see, we told you – endless possibilities.
Also, did you know we add about a dozen new channels every week? Head to the New section in the Roku Channel Store to explore the latest.

#2 Add the Roku Media Player

The Roku Media Player channel enables you to play back personal video, music and photo files from a DLNA server on your local network or through a USB drive (Roku players with a USB port include Roku HD-XR, Roku XDS, Roku 2 XS, Roku 3).

You can find out which media files The Roku Media Player supports here.

#3 Cast from YouTube

With the YouTube app, cast videos from your smartphone or tablet straight to your TV. No need to squint on your tiny mobile phone screen anymore. Send the latest Jimmy Kimmel Live video to your TV and include everyone in the living room in on the fun! And if you haven’t already, be sure to add the YouTube channel to your Roku player or Roku TV.

Casting is also available through the Netflix mobile app.

*Note: be sure your smartphone or tablet is connected to the same WiFi network as your Roku player.

#4 Send your personal photos to the big screen

Have you downloaded our free AndroidiOS or Windows Phone mobile app? It’s not only a great remote control, but the Play On Roku feature on our mobile app enables you to stream music, photos and videos straight from your mobile phone to your Roku device. Go ahead, show off those holiday photos on the big screen!

*Play On Roku video for Windows Phone will be added in a later release.

#5 Utilize the headphone jack for private listening

Guess what? You can sneak your favorite shows late night without disturbing the household!

Here are some valuable tips from our Twitter followers on how they utilize the feature:

“My wife and I also use a headphone splitter so we both can watch quietly so as not to wake the baby up!”

“Perfect for on the treadmill. Blaring TV doesn’t wake the kids, and it’s easier to hear anyways!”

“So I don’t disturb my wife when she is asleep.”

Roku 2 and Roku 3 support private listening.

#6 Take your Roku player with you on the road

Have you met your new travel buddy? The Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI™ Version) makes it easier than ever to stay entertained on a trip. No excuses – it takes up less space than a pair of socks! Our other Roku players are easy to travel with too – they’re the size of a hockey puck. Read more tips for traveling with your Roku.

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Channel of the Week: CNET

This week’s selection…CNET. With Black Friday just a few days away, are you struggling with what to get your friends and family this holiday season? Well stop your wondering –  the gadget elves over at CNET have you covered. Every year the staff at CNET creates fantastic holiday gift guides that breakdown the coolest products to bring out anyone’s inner geek. From wearable tech, to smartphones, to the latest in computers, CNET can help you pick the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. And you know they have great taste since they selected the Roku 3 as the “best streamer anywhere.”

You can find CNET under “Science & Technology” in the Roku Channel Store. Check it out…if you want to want to get on everyone’s ‘nice’ list.

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

Thanksgiving week really is one of the best times of the year: quality time with the family, good eats, and plenty of time to relax. So go ahead, grab that slice of pie and stream your way through the start of the holiday season!

  • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (Short Film, 1973) – Invite yourself to Charlie Brown’s for dinner this Thanksgiving feast. Available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street (TV Show, 2014) – On the hottest day of summer, Gortimer and his two best friends, Mel and Ranger, discover a way to end the heat by solving a mystery involving an intimidating neighbor and an even more intimidating frog. Exclusively available on Amazon Instant Video.
  • American Son (Movie, 2008) — A freshly graduated Marine returns home to his dysfunctional family for Thanksgiving. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, Netflix and Vudu.
  • The House of Yes (Movie, 1997) – During Thanksgiving, a man and his fiancée visit his warped clan, complete with dark mansion and incestuous twin sister.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles (Movie, 1987) – An ad exec and a shower-curtain-ring salesman become co-travelers on the way to Thanksgiving in Chicago. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife (Movie, 2009) – The unusual genetic makeup of a librarian causes him to travel back and forth through time, so that he and his beloved are always out of sync.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Ratatouille (Movie, 2007) – A Parisian rat who enjoys fine food lives beneath a famous restaurant and longs to be a great chef. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Sabotage (Movie, 2014) – Members of an elite DEA task force are eliminated one by one following their successful robbery of a powerful drug cartel’s safe house. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Maleficent (Movie, 2014) – Maleficent rises to protect her peaceful forest kingdom from invaders, but a terrible betrayal turns her pure heart to stone and twists her into a creature bent on revenge. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and Vudu.
  • If I Stay (Movie, 2014) – After a car wreck leaves her suspended between life and death, a teenager faces a choice that will determine her ultimate fate.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and Vudu.

 

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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 21st November 2014

Happy World Television Day! Can you think of a better occasion to fire up your Roku player and stream our viewing recommendations for the week?

Stream on!

  • Suits (Series) – When he impresses a big lawyer with his razor-sharp mind, a college dropout scores a coveted associate job, even though he has no legal credentials. Watch it now on Netflix.
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Movie) – Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and Andy Serkis star in the thrilling next chapter of Planet of the Apes. Ten years after a deadly virus destroys most of humanity, the human survivors find themselves on the brink of war with a group of genetically enhanced apes led by Caesar, a war that could determine which species will dominate Earth. Catch it now on Google Play.
  • How to Train your Dragon 2 (Movie) - Five years after uniting Viking and dragon kind, young hero Hiccup and his scaly best friend Toothless take to the air to stop a vengeful warlord from destroying the peace. As the mission unfolds, Hiccup must draw on all his bravery to deal with the foes of the present, a daunting future, and – after encountering a mysterious dragon rider – a long-lost face from the past. Soaring to new heights in action and animation, this ultra-worthy sequel is a real scorcher. Available now Sky Store.
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (Movie) – Idris Elba plays the African National Congress legend who overcame apartheid to become the first black president of South Africa. Director Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) chronicles Nelson Mandela’s journey from his childhood in a rural village via 27 years in solitary confinement through to his inauguration as the country’s president. A solid, richly-peopled biopic distinguished by a career-best performance from Elba. Watch it on Now TV.
  • Tethered (Series) – This Discovery Channel documentary sees two polar opposite survival experts endure 21 days in one of the harshest environments on earth, tied together at the waist by a 6ft steel cable. Catch up on the first two episodes on Now TV.
  • Confessions of a Copper (Series) – Exploring how life for once-omnipotent professionals has changed in the last 50 years, eight police officers reveal what it was like for them in the ‘good old days’, when they could do their job as they saw fit. Watch the first episode now on 4oD.
  • The Secret Life of Pets (Series) – This delightful series gets under the sometimes leathery skin of our animal friends, exploring how we live with them, care for them and also rely on them to protect and defend as well as comfort us in our time of need. It also takes a look at the individual personalities of our beloved pets, including the way in which they communicate and how they cope with domestication. Catch up on the latest episodes on Demand 5.
  • I’m a Celebrity, Get me out of here (Series) – It’s only been a few days yet we’ve already had plenty of trials and tribulations including shock departures. Catch up on all the jungle goings on and the bushtucker trials on ITV Player now.
  • People like us (Series) – This documentary follows the lives of young people growing up on a housing estate near Birmingham. The latest episode meets Charlie from the chip shop, who wants to swap Chelmsley Wood for Hollywood. Catch up now on BBC iPlayer.

Golden Oldie:

  • Hoffa (Movie) – It was Danny De-Vito’s 70th birthday this weekend so we’re recommending his Oscar-nominated movie Hoffa from 1992. This biopic traces the rise of Jimmy Hoffa and takes a guess at what happened when Hoffa disappeared in 1975. Catch it now on Netflix.
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New on Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version): Tetris

Tetris, the world’s most-loved puzzle game is now available on Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) in the U.S., U.K., Ireland and Canada. Casual gaming is a great feature available on Roku players and is perfect for a little friendly competition on family game nights. The addition of the Tetris game to the Roku Channel Store provides another great option for a fun, engaging game to keep your whole family entertained.

It’s also an exciting year for Tetris – the brand is celebrating 30 years of bringing puzzle-gaming fun into living rooms around the world! Even after 30 years, it’s still one of my favorite games of all time.

Install the channel to try out a free Marathon game mode level. Want more of a challenge? Upgrade to the Premium version for $4.99 and get unlimited access to the Marathon, Ultra and Sprint levels. As an added bonus, you can turn back the clock and experience the Tetris game with a special nostalgic theme that is sure to bring back fond memories for seasoned Tetris fans.

You can find Tetris under “Games” in the Channel Store now for the Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version).

Happy playing!

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Update to the Roku mobile app for Windows Phone (v2.0)

Following our Roku mobile app launch for Windows in June, we’re pleased to share the v2.0 update for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 tablets and devices in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Republic of Ireland.

The Roku mobile app for Windows Phone gives you the option to control your Roku player or Roku TV from your smartphone or tablet. It comes in handy if you’ve misplaced your remote or it’s just a little too far out of reach. Like our Android and iOS mobile apps, the Roku mobile app now supports Roku® Search, Play On Roku and Roku Channel Store access in addition to the remote control functionality and My Channels mobile access we launched this summer.

Roku Search

The Roku Search feature helps you quickly find exactly what you want to watch. Simply search the name of a movie, TV show, actor or director and quickly select from results available from our top streaming channels including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, VUDU and many others. For example, tap on Jennifer Lawrence to get her available filmography. Want to watch X-Men: Days of Future Past? Just tap the movie, choose your preferred channel and your Roku player will automatically switch to the entertainment, leaving you just a click away (or less) from watching.

Play On Roku

The Play On Roku feature on the Windows version of our Roku mobile app makes it easy to send the music and photos you have saved on your smartphone or tablet right to your TV. Don’t huddle around your tiny mobile screen to see your vacation photos – share them with the entire living room on the big screen!

We expect to add Play On Roku video support in a later release.

Channel Store

You now have access to the 1,800 channels in the Roku Channel Store at your fingertips from your smartphone or tablet. Want to check out the funny YouTube video on the big screen or get the latest news on the LA Times Originals channel? Just log into your Roku account to browse the Channel Store by categories. We make it easy to add, remove or rate any channel. After a quick install, you can launch a channel with the tap of your finger!

Look for the update or download it free on your Windows Phone 8.1 and/or Windows 8.1 tablet or device.

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Channel of the Week: holidaykitchen.TV

This week’s selection…holidaykitchen.TV.

Trying to figure out what to make for the upcoming holidays can get stressful. But don’t worry, help is on the way with the holidaykitchen.tv channel on Roku players and Roku TV. Click your way to holiday cooking heaven with this free channel that features a cornucopia of recipes to make your holidays a little bit easier and a lot more fun. They have an entire playlist dedicated on all the different ways you can make Turkey – whole turkey, turkey chilli, turkey waldorf salad and even turkey tetrazzini.

You can find it under “Food” in the Roku Channel Store.  Check it out…if you want something to gobble about!

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Top 10 Martin Scorsese searches on Roku

With Martin Scorcese’s birthday coming up on Monday, we’re dedicating this week’s post to his 40+ year career directing some of our all-time favorite films. While he’s known for his intense dramas such as Goodfellas and Raging Bull, Marty has softened up bit recently directed the critically acclaimed children’s film, Hugo, and even voiced Sykes in Shark Tale.

These are the top ten searched Martin Scorsese movies on Roku in 2014. Are any of your favorites missing?

  1. The Wolf of Wall Street – Sex. Money. Power. Drugs. Brace yourself for an outrageous true story. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a young stockbroker hungry for a life of non-stop thrills, where corruption was king and more was never enough. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and VUDU.
  2. Goodfellas - Martin Scorsese exposes the fascinating, mysterious and violent underworld of New York’s Mafia families through the life of insider Henry Hill. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and VUDU.
  3. The Departed - The Departed’ is set in South Boston where the state police force is waging an all-out war to take down the city’s top organized crime ring. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and VUDU.
  4. Shutter Island – When U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) arrives at the asylum for the criminally insane on Shutter Island, what starts as a routine investigation quickly takes a sinister turn. As the investigation unfolds and Teddy uncovers more shocking and terrifying truths about the island, he learns there are some places that never let you go. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and VUDU.
  5. Gangs of New York – As waves of immigrants swell the population of New York, corruption thrives in lower Manhattan’s Five Points section. Young Irish immigrant Amsterdam returns seeking revenge against the rival gang leader who killed his father. But Amsterdam’s personal vendetta becomes part of the gang warfare. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and VUDU.
  6. Casino - Las Vegas 1973 is the setting for this fact-based story about the Mob’s multi-million dollar casino operation where fortunes and lives were made and lost with a roll of the dice. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and VUDU.
  7. Shark Tale - Oscar is a small fish who dreams of making something of himself, and when a dropped anchor accidentally kills Frankie, Oscar is suddenly celebrated as “the shark killer.” Oscar’s overnight fame attracts the attentions of Lola, a slinky dragon fish who woos Oscar away from his steady date, Angie. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and VUDU.
  8. Taxi Driver - Paul Schrader’s gritty screenplay depicts the ever-deepening alienation of Vietnam Veteran Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro in a tour-de-force performance), a psychotic cab driver who obsessively cruises the mean streets of Manhattan. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video and VUDU.
  9. Cape Fear - Martin Scorsese brings heart-pounding suspense to this thriller about a psychopath (Robert De Niro) who emerges from prison with one mission — to seek revenge on his attorney (Nick Nolte). Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and VUDU.
  10. Hugo - Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and VUDU.
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