As you prepare for the extra streaming time you’ll have over the holidays, there’s lots of new channels to check out. You didn’t think we’d leave you for the holidays without something new to stream, did you?

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The U.S. Roku Channel Store just surpassed 2,000 channels! The choice and breadth of our streaming channels is unmatched. If you haven’t take the time to browse through the Channel Store in a while I encourage you to do so. With over 200,000 movies and TV episodes, plus music, news and weather, sports, kids and family, fitness, international and more, there’s no doubt you’ll find something to fulfill your streaming heart’s desire. With that said, here are a handful of new streaming channels we launched this week:

In addition to more streaming channels to enjoy we’ve made finding what you love even easier. Roku Search now includes 15 top streaming channels — FOX NOW, CinemaNow, FXNOW, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO GO, Crackle, Vudu, M-GO, Time Warner Cable, Popcornflix, Blockbuster On Demand, Snagfilms and Acorn TV. Search for movies and TV shows and view pricing by channel or search actors and directors and view filmographies. The entertainment possibilities are endless.

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Happy holiday streaming!

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What’s your favourite Christmas movie? According to a recent survey conducted by OnePoll in the U.K. on our behalf, you love to watch Home Alone and Elf! More than half of you plan to cuddle up on the couch and watch a festive movie with your partner or family this season.

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We bet you’re already planning to spend Boxing Day in front of the TV too. All age groups we surveyed are planning a binge-watch session – especially true for women. Over 40% intend to spend Boxing Day in front of the TV after a busy Christmas Day. With your Roku player, it’s easy to watch what you want, when you want. With all the streaming channels available, Sky Store, Sainsbury’s Entertainment, NOW TV, to name a few, chances are you’ll be watching your Christmas entertainment on-demand. 37% of those aged under 35 are planning to stream on-demand content through the holidays.

Other fun facts:

  • The Snowman starring in The Snowman (Channel 4, 1982) was named as the most popular Christmas character by women.
  • Scrooge from the movie A Christmas Carol (Renown Film Productions, 1951) is the favourite Christmas icon amongst men in the U.K.
  • Wales and Northern Ireland top the U.K. for streaming, with 40% of adults planning to use on-demand services such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer over Christmas.
  • East Anglia and Yorkshire are the areas least likely to spend lots of time in front of the TV in general.
  • Those in the North East are the most romantic with 70% planning to snuggle on the sofa with a partner to watch TV.

Merry Streaming Christmas & May All Your Streams Come True!

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This week we just had to do a Christmas special for you! There is so much festive content on Roku it’s hard to know where to start but here is our pick of the best Christmas entertainment that you can start streaming now…

Let us know what you watch this Christmas in the comments box below!

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  • Home Alone – Voted the nation’s favourite Christmas film in our recent survey, we just had to include this Macaulay Culkin comedy in our round-up! A young scamp is left behind when his family go on holiday. Easy pickings for sneaky burglars Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, or so they think. Unfortunately for them, the kid is smarter than they’ll ever be. John Candy pitches in as a jazz musician who helps to reunite frantic mum Catherine O’Hara with her little boy. Catch both Home Alone and Home Alone 2 on Sky Store now.
  • Scrooged – A cold-hearted TV exec is about to discover the true meaning of Christmas — the hard way — in this 1988 wild, woolly spin on Dickens’s A Christmas Carol featuring Bill Murray. Watch it now on Netflix.
  • Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger – Supply teacher Mr Peterson (David Tennant) has to juggle a pregnant wife and a class of unruly children (plus a baby) on a road trip to the National ‘Song for Christmas’ Competition in Wales. Not helped but hindered by bumbling classroom assistant Mr Poppy (Marc Wootton), it’s a fraught journey that will see them whitewater rafting and scaling misty peaks… with a donkey. This seasonal sequel from writer-director Debbie Isitt will appeal to younger children as it makes a virtue out of its lack of sophistication. Available now on Sky Store.
  • The Royle Family Christmas Special (2000) – Enjoy the Millennium Christmas special all over again on Netflix. While the Royles are bloated with Christmas turkey, Barbara is wondering what to feed her future in-laws, who are vegetarian.
  • Frozen – In “Frozen,” fearless optimist Anna teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Catch it now on Google Play.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas – Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere! Watch it now on Google Play.
  • Arthur Christmas – Santa’s youngest son Arthur embarks on a magical adventure to deliver the final gift to a child to save Christmas. Watch it now on the Sainsbury’s Entertainment Channel.
  • Elf - Winningly daft comedy starring Will Ferrell as Buddy, a human who is raised as an elf at the North Pole but, having outgrown his surroundings, returns to New York to find his true identity. Unfortunately, Dad (James Caan) is a greedy children’s book publisher who’s landed himself on Santa’s “naughty list”. Zooey Deschanel is the shop assistant who becomes Buddy’s little helper while Peter Dinklage is at his scene-stealing best as an arrogant author. Available on Now TV.
  • Miracle on 34th Street – This classic Christmas fantasy from 1947 stars the perfectly cast Edmund Gwenn as a lovable department store Santa who sets out to prove to a child that he is the real Father Christmas. This deservedly scooped three Academy Awards – including one for Gwenn – and also features an eight-year-old Natalie Wood. A genuinely heart-warming tale, given a crispier edge with its anti-consumerism message. Watch it on Now TV.
  • Die Hard – A controversial Christmas choice. New York City Detective John McClane becomes the only hope for a small group of hostages, one of whom is his estranged wife, trapped in a L.A. high-rise office building when it is seized by terrorists. Catch it now on the Sainsbury’s Entertainment Channel.
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‘Tis the season of giving – and we’re giving you what we know you love most – more movies and TV shows. We’re happy to announce that FXNOW is available today on Roku players and Roku TV in the U.S. In addition, the channel has been added to Roku Search, which will now include FXNOW shows and movies. Roku Search shows you which of many top streaming channels have the content you’re searching for in one place, letting you choose to watch the streaming channel that’s best for you.

FXNOW offers on-demand access to the biggest and best lineup of critically acclaimed dramas, hit comedies and blockbuster movies from three networks: FX, FXX and FXM. TV lovers can watch the latest episodes of Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story, The League and much more. New episodes of FX and FXX original series are available next day – just in time for the new seasons of Justified, Archer and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia coming in January.

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Fans of The Simpsons are really in luck. FXNOW delivers a one-of-a-kind Simpsons experience with access to every episode ever. That’s 26 seasons!

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Customers who subscribe to FX through the following providers can access the FXNOW channel on their Roku players and Roku TV:

  • AT&T U-verse
  • Bright House Networks
  • Cable ONE
  • Charter
  • Comcast XFINITY
  • Cox
  • Midcontinent Communications
  • Optimum
  • Suddenlink
  • Time Warner Cable
  • WOW!

You can find FXNOW under “Movies and TV” in the Channel Store now on *current-generation Roku players and Roku TV.

*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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Great news for streamers in Germany! Back in October, we announced a partnership with Sky Deutschland to bring the Roku streaming platform to the Sky Online TV Box through our *Roku Powered™ program.

We’re pleased to announce, the Sky Online TV Box is available today with a special offer for new and existing Sky Online and Snap customers in Germany. It enables Sky Online and Snap customers to stream their entertainment of choice in a fast and easy way to their TV.

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On top of the Sky Online and Snap service customers can also select additional channels from the Sky Online TV Box Channel Store. There are various channels available at launch including Wall Street Journal Live, Vimeo, TuneIn Radio and special interest channels including FitnessMagazine and iFood.tv. Sky is planning to add more channels over time to the Channel Store.

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The Sky Online TV Box can be ordered now by new and existing Sky Online and Snap customers for €49.90 at http://www.sky.de/tvbox.

*The Roku Powered program enables Pay TV service providers such as Sky to license the Roku streaming platform and gain access to a simple and intuitive user interface, ongoing software updates, a broad selection of streaming entertainment and low-cost streaming players. With the Roku Powered platform, Pay TV service providers can accelerate time to market, expand their reach, and reduce customer churn by delivering an innovative entertainment experience to customers.

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The folks over at PC Mag compiled their ultimate holiday shopping list including the very best products they’ve reviewed this year. We are thrilled to share that the TCL Roku TV made the list, dubbed the “Best Budget HDTV of 2014.”

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“The TCL 48FS4610R offers 48 inches of LED-backlit 1080p picture combined with a plethora of online services and apps through the Roku Channel Store, thanks to Roku’s media hub interface built directly into the screen itself. All of that, plus relatively accurate colors, can be found for under $500.” Continue reading or take a peek at their in-depth review on pcmag.com.

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comcast-xfinity-LogoThe holidays are nearly here, and if you’re like me, you’re already planning which movies and TV shows to catch up on with the extra time off at home. The Newsroom and Boardwalk Empire from HBO and Homeland and The Affair from SHOWTIME®, to name a few, are on my stream list. Needless to say, the HBO GO and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® channels stream some of my favorite TV shows.

Just in time for the extra holiday streaming time, we’re pleased to announce Comcast has been added to the list of participating television providers that support HBO GO and SHOWTIME ANYTIME on your Roku device. We are glad to be able to bring this long-awaited feature to Xfinity TV customers.

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Roku customers tell us they get more value out of their pay TV subscriptions when they have additional ways to watch through “TV Everywhere” channels. These channels, like HBO GO and SHOWTIME ANYTIME provide unlimited access to original series, hit movies, comedy, sports and much more. Whether it’s Game of ThronesTrue Detective or Silicon Valley on HBO GO or Ray DonovanMasters of Sex or Penny Dreadful on SHOWTIME ANYTIME, you can indulge in every episode of every season of the best HBO and SHOWTIME shows.

So how do you activate your Xfinity TV subscription on your Roku player or Roku TV? If you don’t have the HBO GO or SHOWTIME ANYTIME channels installed, head over to the Channel Store. You can find both channels in the “Movies and TV” category.

  • To activate HBO GO, start up the channel and click “Activate your Device.” Next, visit com/activate, choose “Roku,” click “Continue” and choose your provider from the list. You’ll see a pop-up to enter your provider’s ID and password. Once you sign in, you’ll land on a page to enter your activation code – enter the code you see on your TV screen. Once you see the following message, you’re ready to go: “Your device has been successfully linked to your hbogo.com account.”
  • To activate SHOWTIME ANYTIME, start up the channel and click “Activate SHOWTIME ANYTIME.” Next, choose your provider from the list then visit com/activate. Click “Log in” and choose your cable provider again. In the pop-up enter your provider’s ID and password, then choose “Roku Streaming Players” from the pull-down menu and enter your activation code – enter the code you see on your TV screen. Once you see the following message, you’re ready to go: “You have successfully activated SHOWTIME ANYTIME on your Roku Streaming Player.”

In addition to Comcast, customers who subscribe to HBO through the following providers can also access the HBO GO channel on their Roku device:

  • ATT U-verse
  • Bright House Networks
  • Charter
  • Cox
  • DirecTV
  • DISH Network
  • Mediacom
  • Optimum
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Verizon FiOS
  • View the entire list

And those who subscribe to Showtime through the following providers can also access the SHOWTIME ANYTIME on their Roku device:

  • ATT U-verse
  • Bright House Networks
  • Charter
  • Cox
  • DirecTV
  • Mediacom
  • Optimum
  • RCN
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Verizon FiOS
  • View the entire list

Big thanks to Comcast for expanding support to Roku! If you do not see your provider listed above, we encourage you to contact your provider and request that they add support for HBO GO or SHOWTIME ANYTIME on Roku devices.

Stream on!

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Roku Recommends Logo_finalWhether you’re a super streamer or new to the Roku family, there’s always something new to discover from our more than 1,800 streaming channels available on the Roku platform. From movies and TV episodes to cooking and fitness channels, there are so many hidden gems discover in the Roku Channel Store. And that’s where our new Roku Recommends channel in the U.S. comes in! Each week, we’re thrilled to bring you Roku Recommends, a Roku-produced channel. Our host, Ellen Fox, will share a look at the latest and greatest streaming channels, movies, TV shows, games, Roku tips and more. We know you’ll love Ellen. She’s a huge TV and movie buff – you might recognize her from The Rotten Tomatoes Show, Wizard Wars on SyFy, Eye Opener TV, among other things.

We’re kicking off our first Roku Recommends episode with the Holidays in mind – we’ll cover the Christmas movies (you voted as your favorites in our @rokuplayer Twitter poll), holiday music essentials, tips for using the Roku mobile app and more.

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If there’s something you’d like to see on the Roku Recommends channel, we’d love to hear your feedback. Let us know on our Facebook Page or Twitter with #RokuRecommends. You might just see your name on the big screen!

Enjoy this sneak peek of our first episode. Add the Roku Recommends channel from the U.S. Roku Channel Store on all current-generation Roku players and Roku TV models to see the full episode.

We hope you enjoy watching Roku Recommends and look forward to your feedback!

*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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This week’s selection…Dead Shows.  Paradise waits for all of you Deadheads out there. This new (free) channel is built to last by tapping into all of the Grateful Dead’s live recordings (audio only) that are posted on archive.org – from their early beginning in 1965, the music never stopped until their final show in the summer of 1995. If you, or anyone else you know, is a fan of the Dead, your life will be sweeter for this channel. Whether you are from Tennessee, Cucamonga, El Paso, or anywhere else, you’ll have such a good time listening to your favorite Dead eras. All of the concerts are sorted chronologically so you just gotta poke around, hit OK, and listen to the music play. After spending some time wondering what to choose, I easily found the recording for my first show from the Fall ’87 tour in Providence, RI. Check it out…if you want to dance and shake your bones.

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Anyone who can name the song references mentioned above gets a virtual Deadhead high-five! Leave your guesses in the comments.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! With only twelve days to go, can you squeeze in all these must-see holiday classics?

Use Roku Search to find the family friendly movies below (click here for the adult picks) or head over to the channel denoted directly from your Roku device. If you don’t have one of these channels, add them from the “Movies and TV” section of the Channel Store.

Happy Streaming!

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