Channel of the Week: Smithsonian Channel

This week’s selection….Smithsonian Channel.

Experience all the world has to offer without leaving the comfort of your own home.  Just like the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C., it’s all free! Plus, they’ve got something for everyone in your household: history, wildlife, science, travel, space, culture, nature, and much more. From The King’s Speech Revealed and Secrets: Easter Island to Blondie’s New York and Silicon Valley Rebels, you’re sure to find something up your alley.

You can find it under “Movies and TV” in the Roku Channel Store.  Check it out…you’ll be glad you did!

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

Without further ado, start to tackle your overbooked watch list by indulging in Westerns, thrillers, alien adventures and must-see historical dramas.

  • Mr Peabody & Sherman (Movie, 2014) – Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) is an inventor, scientist and genius who just happens to be a dog. With his son Sherman, he will embark on the most extraordinary adventure imaginable as they race against time to repair history and save the future. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and VUDU.
  • Swelter (Movie, 2014) – Ten years after their last casino heist, four escaped convicts trace their former partner to a desert town, where he is now a lawman with no memory.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Tammy (Movie, 2014) — After losing her job, wrecking her car and discovering her husband’s infidelity, a woman hits the road with her feisty grandmother. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Earth to Echo (Movie, 2014) – Youngsters investigate the source of strange, encoded messages on their cell phones and discover a stranded mechanical alien who desperately needs their help. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Doctor Who Season 8 (TV Show, 2014) – A Time Lord travels through the universe and time. Recently released on Amazon Instant Video and also available on Vudu.
  • The Tomorrow People Season 1 (TV Show, 2013) – Stephen helps genetically advanced teenagers hide from the paramilitary group and they work together to defeat the forces of evil.  Recently released on Netflix.
  • Cowgirls n’ Angels (Movie, 2012) – A girl joins rodeo trick-riders and embarks on a tour with them in the hope that she will find her long-lost father along the way. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.  
  • Why Stop Now? (Movie, 2012) – Scoring drugs for his addict mother is but one of piano prodigy’s problems as he tries to get his family’s affairs in order before he heads out to an important audition. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.
  • Heatstroke (Movie, 2013) – On a trip through the African desert, a scientist is murdered by an arms dealer. His girlfriend has to evade the killers, protect the scientist’s teenage daughter. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Defiance (Movie, 2009) – In 1941 three refugee brothers turn a daily struggle to survive into a personal battle to save their people from the Nazis. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 16th October 2014

This week we’ve seen some of our favourite shows return with a brand new series. These include The Apprentice, The Walking Dead, Sleepy Hollow and Peaky Blinders. And the good news is that they are all available to watch on Roku whenever you like! There’s lots more to watch though, read some of our recommendations below and let us know what you watch by posting in the comments box below.

  • Whitechapel (Series) – When a modern-day killer mimics the murders of Jack the Ripper, a team of detectives and a tour guide join forces to bring the copycat to justice. Watch it now on Netflix.
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Movie) – Thorin and his band of dwarves flee the Orcs, pushing Bilbo toward a confrontation with the dragon Smaug in the second instalment of the Hobbit saga. Watch it now on Netflix.
  • Workaholics (Series) – Meet Blake, Adam and ‘The Ders’ – Three best friends who work together from 9 to 5, live together from 5 to 9 and party together 24/7! Watch the start of season 3 on Now TV.
  • For a Few Dollars More (Movie) – Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name returns for another fistful of spaghetti Western action, hooking up with Lee Van Cleef’s rival bounty hunter to track down a sadistic killer. With anti-heroes as dry and unforgiving as the desert, maniacally laughing villains, and expertly conducted gunplay, it’s another great blast from Serge Leone’s West. Catch it on Now TV.
  • Where the Devil Hides (Movie) – In the devout community of New Bethlehem, six girls are born on the same day to different mothers. Eighteen years later they are approaching adulthood when – one by one – they start to mysteriously disappear. The finger of suspicion points at the village leaders led by Elder Beacon (Colm Meaney) but there are also rumours of a serial killer…or a more supernatural terror. Watch it now on Sky Store.
  • Starred Up (Movie) – An explosively violent 19-year-old offender (Jack O’Connell) is transferred to adult prison where he finally meets his match in a jail-hardened lifer – his father (Ben Mendelsohn). Rupert Friend is the counsellor who tries to reconcile the two, but his work is cut out under the uncaring regime of a pitiless governor (Sam Spruell). Available on Sky Store.
  • Freshers (Series) – Reality entertainment series exploring the experiences and personal stories of freshers as they laugh, cry, party and panic through their way through the first week at university. Watch the first episode now on ITV Player.
  • Drifters (Series) – Watch the second series of this comedy exclusively on 4oD. In the first episode Meg is traumatised when her parents announce a trial separation. But perhaps fit new neighbour Scott, who offers to practise his counselling skills on her, can ease the pain?
  • The Apprentice (Series) – Catch up with the first two episodes of the latest series which sees ambitious entrepreneurs start their fight for a life-changing investment from Lord Sugar. Both are available now on  BBC iPlayer.
  • No Foreigners Here – 100% British (Documentary) – This series takes a warm and humorous look at what it means to be British. The first three episodes, covering both weddings and parenting, are available to stream now on Demand 5.

Golden Oldie:

  • Thelma and Louise (Movie) – Good girls Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis ditch their unworthy menfolk and take a wild ride into movie folklore in Ridley Scott’s exhilarating road movie. Not only a feminist rebel yell but a touching tale of friendship, it takes everyone on a funny and unforgettable trip over the edge. Watch this 1991 drama on Now TV.


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New on Roku: Los Angeles Times Originals

We can’t think of a better way to start your Thursday than to let you know that you’ll have a new Roku channel waiting for you when you get home. Today, we’re happy to announce that Roku players are the first streaming devices to offer the new Los Angeles Times Originals channel.

Available now in the Roku Channel Store, the Los Angeles Times Originals channel features more than 70 short and long-form videos across a variety of categories including Entertainment, Lifestyle, Sports, and Documentaries. The videos, which are all original productions, capture some of the most compelling, unique video content available anywhere. But then again, what else would you expect from the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country?

In addition to the available video categories, the Los Angeles Times Originals channel will feature a Breaking News category that will dynamically appear in the channel when a major news event is taking place.

A few examples of videos that are available in the channel today include:

  • “The Envelope Screening Series”– Times entertainment writers in lively and revealing behind-the-scenes discussions with the stars and filmmakers of award season hopefuls
  • “Space Shuttle Endeavour Remembered” – charting the course of the spacecraft from its construction to its final trek through L.A. and its new home at the California Science Center
  • “Market Fresh” – food editor Russ Parsons’ engaging tips on how to select the best ingredients and take care of them once you’ve brought them home
  • “Out of Bounds” – sports reporter Melissa Rohlin’s off-court interviews with Clippers and Lakers players

The content available today is a great indication of what you can expect from new videos that will appear on the channel on a regular basis. I know this channel will quickly take a spot among my personal Roku favorites.

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New on Roku: CosmoBody

Get in shape before the New Year! CosmoBody is now available on Roku in the U.S. on all Roku players and Roku TV.

CosmoBody on Roku offers members unlimited access to a growing library of online yoga, cardio, dance, interval, and strength training videos – all under 30 minutes! Easy-to-follow fitness programs and fresh workouts added weekly help you beat workout boredom and avoid plateaus.

Work out like an A-lister with CosmoBody’s celebrity trainers. They’ll share moves and routines they use to get Jessica Alba, Beyonce, Hugh Jackman and many others into red carpet-shape.

In addition to the huge library of fitness videos, CosmoBody delivers healthy food recipes, tips on living healthier, relationship advice and more.

So what are you waiting for? You can add the CosmoBody channel for $9.95 per month after a free 10-day trial.

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New on Roku: CinemaNow

Your weekend just got more entertaining! CinemaNow is now available on Roku in the U.S. on all *current-generation players and Roku TV.

CinemaNow on Roku offers the hottest new movie releases such as Million Dollar Arm, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sleeping Beauty and much more. Don’t know what you want to watch? It’s easy to browse their movie library by genre or studio and add them to your CinemaNow Wish List to stream later.

Also, don’t miss CinemaNow’s Halloween movie sale going on now – it includes popular titles such as Beetlejuice (don’t say that three times!), The Shining, Gremlins and more.

Missed this week’s American Horror Story episode? Don’t fret. CinemaNow delivers Next Day TV in addition to a vast collection of TV show seasons so you can catch up anytime.

Decisions, decisions…so, what’s on your stream list this weekend?

*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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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 10th October 2014

We’re staying topical with our viewing recommendations this week! Freshers and returning students will be settling back in to university life so what better to watch with your new housemates than the hilarious Fresh Meat. The ‘Indian Summer’ has officially (and quickly) transitioned in to autumn so stay indoors to watch our golden oldie and be grateful you aren’t in ‘The Day after Tomorrow’. While if you want to be able to participate in any social conversations this week – whether it be in the workplace or on the bus – make sure you’ve familiarised yourself with the Great British Bake Off final!

Let us know what you watch in the comments box below.

  • Fresh Meat (Series) - This comedy series follows six young individuals embarking on the most exciting journey of their lives so far: university. Catch the original series on Netflix now.
  • The Family (Movie) – The Manzonis, an infamous mob family, are relocated to Normandy, France, by the witness protection program and have some difficulty fitting in. Watch it now on Netflix.
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West (Movie) - Writer-director Seth MacFarlane – creator of Family Guy and the magnificent Ted – goes gunning for the politically correct posse once again with this riotous comedy western. He plays a yellow-bellied rancher who falls for the newest and purrtiest lady in town (Charlize Theron) only to discover that she not only has a husband (Liam Neeson), but he’s the meanest gunslinger in Arizona. Crude, lowbrow and often hilarious, MacFarlane keeps those saddles blazing with the fastest gags in the West. Watch it on Sky Store.
  • Mr Peabody and Sherman (Movie) – When talking dog Mr Peabody, a business hound, scientist, gourmand and double Olympic Gold medallist, adopts orphan Sherman, life is anything but a walk in the park. When the youngster bites a brattish schoolmate on the arm, Mr Peabody must convince the authorities he’s a fit father. However, he doesn’t bargain on his mischievous charge whisking his victim back thousands of years in their time machine. Watch it on Sky Store.
  • Mount Pleasant (Series) – Starring Sally Lindsay and Daniel Ryan, Sky’s comedy drama follows the daily adventures of thirty something Lisa Johnson and her loveable husband Dan, who live in the cosy cul-de-sac of Mount Pleasant, Manchester. With the fourth season having just begun, catch up from the start on Now TV.
  • Great British Bake Off: The Final – The final has arrived and just three challenges lie between the remaining three bakers and the trophy. Each baker is worthy, but who will be crowned winner? Watch it now on BBC iPlayer.
  • Brat Camps (Documentary) – Brat Camps are an extreme youth disciplinary concept that’s firmly embedded in American culture. Every year thousands of American children are transported to one of over 1000 private facilities dotted across the United States. This True Stories documentary aims to shed light on the world of behavioural modification camps and other child intervention programmes, illuminating the beliefs and ambitions that underpin this controversial industry, many of which contrast starkly with British norms. Catch the first episode on 4oD.
  • Bar Rescue (Series) – This compelling new US reality series sees bar and nightclub owner Jon Taffer and his team of experts attempting to salvage the fortunes of struggling bars by giving their owners a strong dose of honest, no-nonsense advice about their failing businesses. Catch up now on Demand 5
  • Grantchester (Series) – In the village of Grantchester, the funeral of a parishioner leads vicar Sidney Chambers to become involved in a murder investigation – and a confrontation with the local police. Watch this new ITV drama on ITV Player.

Golden Oldie:

  • The Day After Tomorrow (Movie) – Can you believe this is 10 years old? The seas are rising while the temperature is plummeting. Against the background of climatic catastrophe, meteorologist Dennis Quaid has to snow-shoe his way across the Eastern seabord to find his son in New York. Splendid special effects from the director of Independence Day ensure this sub-zero thriller will leave you chilled to the bone. Watch it on Now TV.


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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

This week we have everything from family friendly Disney titles to heartfelt rom-coms to scary horror titles. Something for everyone!

Happy streaming.

  • Million Dollar Arm (Movie, 2014)  A true inspirational story of self-discovery, second chances and personal triumph in the face of adversity. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Sleeping Beauty (Movie, 1959) – Disney’s fairy tale classic about a princess saved by true love’s kiss. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Stretch (Movie, 2014) – A guy with a dark past takes a job as a mysterious billionaire’s chauffeur in hopes of a big payday.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and M-GO.
  • Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series (TV Show, 2007) – A woman endeavors to raise a daughter on her own in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.  The complete series has recently been added to Netflix. Also available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Carrie (Movie, 1976) – An outcast teen with telekinetic ability lashes out with her deadly power when the high school “in crowd” torments her with a sick joke at the prom. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • In a World… (Movie, 2013) – A vocal coach competes with her own father and his main rival for a prestigious gig doing the voice-over on a trailer for a big-budget movie. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Sleepless in Seattle (Movie, 1993) – A recently engaged saleswoman becomes obsessed with meeting a grieving widower she heard on a late-night radio call-in show. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • The Wedding Planner (Movie, 2001) – A lonely organizer falls for an engaged pediatrician while coordinating his wedding reception.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • The Vampire Diaries Season 5 (TV Show, 2013) – Vampire brothers battle for a beautiful teenage girl and face new evil. Recently added to Netflix and also available to watch on Amazon Instant VideoM-GO and Vudu.
  • The Following Season 2 (TV Show, 2013) – The FBI hunts an escaped serial killer who has formed a network of killers to follow his every command. Available to watch on Amazon Instant VideoHuluM-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
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Roku TV on The Ellen DeGeneres Show!

In case you missed it, the TCL Roku TV made a special appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week. We’re just way too excited not to share.

Expect to see TCL Roku TV throughout the season, as we’re Ellen’s TV partner for season 12!

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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 3rd October 2014

It’s a new month so what better time to start watching a new box set than now? With modern day classics such as House of Cards, Breaking Bad, Lost and 24 all available to view on Roku, you are spoilt for choice.

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

  • Blended (Movie) - After a disastrous blind date, Jim (Adam Sandler) and Lauren (Drew Barrymore) find themselves stuck together at a family resort in Africa, where they discover that previously missing spark. But will his daughters blend together as well with her sons? Sandler reunites with The Wedding Singer team of Barrymore and director Frank Coraci for a surprisingly sweet romantic comedy. Stream it now on Sky Store.
  • Mildred Pierce (Series) – A good series to get started on, Kate Winslet stars in this elegant mini-series which follows the fortunes of a suburban housewife who strives to make ends meet in depression hit 1930s California. Watch it on Now TV.
  • Life below Zero (Documentary) – This reality adventure series on Netflix follows individuals who’ve chosen to live in the remote Alaskan wilderness, miles from civilisation.
  • The Driver (Series) – Vince McKee’s life is turned upside down when he agrees to be the driver for a criminal gang in this three-part BBC drama. Catch up on the first two episodes now on BBC iPlayer.
  • Postman Pat: The Movie (Movie) – Children’s TV favourite Postman Pat delivers the feature-length goods in a bonkers adventure that sees him rise to fame on a TV talent show. But while he’s on the road to stardom, a sneaky mail company executive replaces him back in Greendale by a robotic clone who isn’t going to win popularity contests. Watch this family favourite on Sky Store.
  • 24 Hours in Police Custody (Series) - This series opens with an extraordinary episode which sees the dawn arrest of a man on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. The film documents the work of the lead detectives as they investigate and interview the suspect about his involvement in a plot to shoot a man. Watch this first episode now on 4oD.
  • The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door (Documentary) – This brand new series goes behind closed doors to find out what really happens between neighbours when disputes arise, looking at some of the most extreme and extraordinary cases in Britain today. Catch up now on Demand 5.
  • Oldboy (Movie) – Spike Lee’s remake of the notorious Korean shocker stars Josh Brolin as a drunken exec who is kidnapped, framed for his wife’s murder and locked in a hotel room… for 20 years. Eventually set free, he goes all out for revenge on his captors. Whoever they are. Never one to shy from a challenge, Lee coolly executes a thriller that’s as brutal, compulsive and unsettling as Park Chan-wook’s original. Watch it on Now TV.
  • Scott and Bailey (Series) – This latest series continues to explore both the personal and professional lives of DC Rachel Bailey and DC Janet Scott – both members of the Manchester Metropolitan Police Major Incident Team, whose task is to track down killers. Watch the latest series now on ITV Player.

Golden Oldie:

  • Good Will Hunting (Movie) – When professors discover that an aimless janitor is also a math genius, a therapist helps the young man confront the demons that are holding him back. Watch it now on Netflix.
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