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The stage is set for the Seattle Seahawks to take on the New England Patriots this weekend. Get in game mode for Super Bowl XLIX by posting up in front of the TV with one of these feel-good football movies. Whether you’re a football fan or not, these flicks are sure to inspire you.

Are we missing any of your favorite football movies?

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  • Rudy (Movie, 1993) – With heart and determination an Illinois youth tackles shortcomings to play Notre Dame football. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, Crackle, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Varsity Blues (Movie, 1999) – When the star quarterback is injured, a rigid high school football coach expects an irreverent player to lead the team to victory. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Radio (Movie, 2003) – A high school football coach becomes a mentor to a mentally impaired young man in 1970s South Carolina. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • The 5th Quarter (Movie, 2010) – Jon Abbate helps lead Wake Forest to its most- successful season in school history, in memory of his younger brother, Luke. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • All Things Fall Apart (Movie, 2011) – Deon, a promising running back, tries to make it through his senior year of college while battling a deadly disease. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video.
  • Brian’s Song (Movie, 1971) – Chicago Bears rookie Gale Sayers forms a bond with running back Brian Piccolo, dying of cancer. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Remember the Titans (Movie, 2000) – A Virginia high school hires a black football coach after undergoing integration in 1971. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow and Vudu.
  • Any Given Sunday (Movie, 1999) – A football head coach and an aging quarterback clash with the new, contemporary, money-oriented owner of their team. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and M-GO.
  • The Longest Yard (Movie, 2005) – At a Texas penitentiary, jailed NFL veterans train their fellow inmates for a football game against the guards. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • The Blind Side (Movie, 2009) – A well-to-do white family takes in a homeless black teen and helps him realize his potential on and off the football field. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
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With the cold snap set to continue this weekend, and more nasty weather on the way, it’s the perfect time for another TV marathon!

Here are a few ideas to get things going. Let us know what you’ll be streaming…

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  • Sons of Anarchy (Series) - A man in his early thirties struggles to find a balance in his life between being a new dad and his involvement in a motorcycle club. After seizing control of its town, the club, known as the Sons of Anarchy, soon butts heads with rival biker gangs, racist groups and the law. Watch it now on Netflix.
  • The Riot Club (Movie) – Max Irons and Sam Claflin play two freshmen at Oxford who revel in the notoriety when they are invited to join the university’s elitist brotherhood, ‘The Riot Club’. But the rites of initiation pale by comparison when the rich boys descend on a quiet pub in the country for a special night of debauchery. The triple threat of peer pressure, privilege and alcohol is fiercely exposed by An Education director Lone Scherfig and her uniformly excellent cast in playwright Laura Wade’s adaptation of her own stage hit ‘Posh’. Watch it on Sky Store now.
  • Pets – Wild at Heart (Series) – A documentary that uses innovative techniques to reveal the secrets of pets’ behaviour. In this episode, a hamster uses his remarkable senses to stage an escape! Watch it now on BBC iPlayer.
  • Gone Girl (Movie) – Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike head an all-star cast in this thriller based on Gillian Flynn’s bestseller about a man suspected of wrongdoing when his wife goes missing. Watch it now on Sainsbury’s Entertainment Channel.
  • Mr Selfridge (Series) – Mr Selfridge tells the story of ‘Mile a Minute Harry’, a man with a mission to make shopping as thrilling as sex. Harry wanted to indulge and empower women and so he opened the doors of his lavish department store, on London’s famous Oxford Street. Watch the start of the third series on ITV Player.
  • Inside RAF Brize Norton (Documentary) – A fascinating access-all-areas documentary shedding light on the servicemen and women who work at the biggest and busiest military airbase in the UK. Watch it on Now TV.
  • Life After Beth (Movie) – Zach is devastated after his girlfriend, Beth, unexpectedly dies. When she suddenly rises from the dead, he sees it as a second chance and decides to do and say everything he wishes he had while she was still alive. Stream it now on Google Play.
  • Walking the Nile (Series) – Explorer Levison Wood sets out on a nine-month walk along the length of the River Nile, visiting rainforests, deserts, cities and war zones, and encountering modern Africa, its people and its wildlife. Catch up on the final episodes on 4oD now.
  • Britain’s Flashiest Families (Documentary) – Documentary featuring some of the UK’s most unashamedly excessive spenders. In Doncaster, multimillionaires Noelie and Robin are not afraid to splash their cash, thinking nothing of spending £375,000 on a new boat, while dog groomer Leanne openly admits to having spent tens of thousands of pounds on her Maltese terrier. Catch it now on Demand 5.

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  • Rocky (Movie) – An icon was born in this Oscar-winning crowd-pleaser starring Sylvester Stallone as Philadelphia heavyweight boxing hopeful Rocky Balboa – a down on his luck prize-fighter who finds himself fighting for the heavyweight title of the world when champ Apollo Creed decides to give a nobody a shot. Now TV
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Who doesn’t love puppies? With the recently improved Animal Planet Live channel it’s easy to watch puppies play their little hearts out on their 24/7 feed (great stress reliever!). And it doesn’t stop with adorable canines, Animal Planet Live also offers viewers a variety of other animal cams — pandas, sharks, even sloths. One of my favorites is the Bigfoot camera— be sure to let us know if you see anything on that one. You can find this free channel in the Internet TV category in the Roku Channel Store. Check it out…if you want to connect with your animal instincts.

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From Scarlett Johansson’s superhuman abilities and crime fighting turtles to Marvel’s strongest superheroes and Batman and Robin, there’s something super to stream for everyone. Check out some of these new releases and tell us what you’re planning to stream this weekend.

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We’ve had a busy week this week with not one, but three, new channel launches to kick off 2015. You can now stream WWE Network, Sports Illustrated and The Daily Cut on your Roku players! However, if wrestling isn’t your thing there is plenty of entertainment on our other channels for you this weekend.

Here are our recommendations to get you started!

Let us know what you watch!

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  • The Good Wife (Series) – In this courtroom drama, attorney Alicia Florrick finds herself forced to return to work after a scandal lands her politician husband in prison. Catch it now on Netflix.
  • Before I go to Sleep (Movie) – Following a brain injury in her twenties, 40-year-old Christine has a form of amnesia that wipes out her memory every time she sleeps. So every morning, her husband Ben must fill in the details of her life. But when a psychologist urges her to keep a video diary, it forces her to question everything she’s been told about her past… and who she can trust in the present. Watch it on Sky Store now.
  • Chef (Movie) - When Chef Carl Casper suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner, he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife, his friend and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen – and zest for life and love. Stream it now on Google Play.
  • Up the Women (Series) – Sitcom following the Banbury Intricate Craft Circle as they join the suffragette movement. Watch the start of the second series now on BBC iPlayer.
  • National Television Awards – Britain’s best-loved stars and a host of fans join host Dermot O’Leary live from The O2 in London to celebrate the UK’s favourite TV shows and top talent, as voted for by viewers. Missed the awards? Watch them now on ITV Player.
  • The Bachelor King with David Attenborough (Documentary) – Filmed on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia over a period of five months, this immersive documentary explores the extraordinary lives of King Penguins and imagines what one penguin’s life could be like. Watch it on Now TV.
  • Ramsay’s Hotel Hell (Series) – Gordon Ramsay checks in to Murphy’s Historic Hotel near Sacramento in northern California, where owners Brian, Kevin and Joel are distracted from business by the party going on in the rowdy bar. Catch up on the first episodes on 4oD now.
  • Freaky Eaters (Series) – American documentary series looking at unhealthy eating choices. 34-year-old Kelly has been unable to eat anything except her favourite food – potatoes smothered in cheese – since she was four. She believes that her problem is related to a traumatic experience involving relatives who forced her to eat food she disliked when she was younger. Catch the second series on Demand 5.
  • Boyhood (Movie) – Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a ground-breaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason. Watch it now on Sainsbury’s Entertainment Channel.

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  • Taxi Driver (Movie) - Robert De Niro’s unhinged cabbie Travis Bickle encapsulates the dark side of New York in Martin Scorsese’s bleak and disturbing vision. First latching onto political campaigner Cybill Shepherd before appointing himself the saviour of child prostitute Jodie Foster (an Oscar-nominated revelation at 12 years old), Bickle’s descent into vigilantism and violence is as inexorable as it is unnerving. “You talkin’ to me…? You talkin’ to ME?!” Now TV

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If you have you have children at home, you definitely need to check out the PBS Kids channel on Roku players and Roku TV. This channel features both full episodes and clips from dozens of shows like Curious George, Dinosaur Train, and The Cat in the Hat. You can also check out brand new shows like the Odd Squad, the Wild Kratts, and the very popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is an animated series that is based on one of my favorite shows growing up – Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Add the channel from the Kids & Family section of our Channel Store, or you can look for it under Search from your main menu. Check it out…if you want the perfect programming for your little ones.

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Great news for WWE Network fans in the UK and Ireland – we are starting the New Year with a bang (and a slam) with the launch of the WWE Network on Roku players in the UK and Ireland. This is just in time for the next big event, Royal Rumble, live on January 25th.

With the WWE Network channel, fans can sign up for the first-ever 24/7 streaming network featuring all 12 WWE Network live pay-per-view events – including WrestleMania®, ground breaking original programming, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches and a massive video on demand library.  Go to wwe.com to sign up for the WWE Network for £9.99 in the U.K. and €12.99 in Ireland.  There is no commitment, cancel anytime.

Find the WWE Network channel in the “Sports” section of the Roku Channel Store!

Visit here for more information on subscribing to the WWE Network.

Happy Streaming!

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How YOU doin? Awesome now that the complete series of Friends is available to stream on Netflix!? Stream one of our favorite classics, like Friends, a new movie or TV show release.

Tell us what you’re streaming this weekend!

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  • Friends: The Complete Series (TV Show, 2004) – Six friends living in New York hang out at a coffee bar. Available on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Mean Girls (Movie, 2004) – Attending high school for the first time, a teenager becomes friends with three popular but manipulative friends. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Footloose (Movie, 1984) – A hip Chicago teen moves to a Midwestern town where, thanks to a pastor, dancing is outlawed. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Labor Day (Movie, 2013) – An escaped convict convinces a lonely divorcee and her adolescent son to take him into their home. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Frank (Movie, 2014) – An aspiring musician finds himself way out of his element after he joins a pop group led by an enigmatic figure who wears a giant fake head. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Empire Season 1 (TV Show, 2015) – When a music CEO learns he is seriously ill, his sons and ex-wife begin battling for his life. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, FOX NOW, Hulu and Vudu.
  • Z Nation Season 1 (TV Show, 2014) – Following a zombie apocalypse, some people transport a survivor of the plague to the last functioning viral lab that waits for his blood. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Bird People (Movie, 2014) – An overstressed American businessman and a French chambermaid make a connection at an airport hotel in Paris. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.
  • John Wick (Movie, 2014) New York City becomes the bullet-riddled playground of a former assassin as he hunts down the Russian mobsters who destroyed everything he held dear. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Predestination (Movie, 2014) – A temporal agent embarks on a final time-traveling assignment to prevent an elusive criminal from launching an attack that kills thousands of people. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
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Apparently we are soon due to experience another ‘weatherbomb’ or ‘thunderbomb’– whatever you wish to call it – it’s not going to be nice outside this weekend. So what better excuse do you need to stay in for the ultimate TV marathon?

Here are our recommendations for you this week. Let us know what you watch!

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  • Pretty Little Liars (Series) – Rudderless without their missing leader, four formerly tight high school friends band together when a blackmailer threatens to spill their dirt. Catch it now on Netflix.
  • Left Behind (Movie) – Philandering pilot Rayford Steele plans to seduce his flight attendant at a U2 concert after a flight from New York to London. However, as soon as the plane is over the Atlantic it receives a slight jolt…and all the kids onboard – as well as a smattering of religious believers – vanish into thin air. Directed by former stunt man Vic Armstrong, this off-kilter thriller is centred on the religious “rapture” where good Christians are gathered up ahead of the Second Coming. Catch it on Sky Store now.
  • The Undateables (Series) – Tim, who has a mild learning disability, meets Laura. Essex boy Ali has achondroplasia, and has never had a girlfriend. And will love blossom when raver Alec meets research scientist Charlie? Catch the first two episodes of the new series now on 4oD.
  • The Guest (Movie) – Still struggling over the loss of their oldest son, Caleb, to the war in Afghanistan, the Peterson family finds some solace when an unexpected visitor knocks on their door. David, a steely eyed and charismatic soldier who was recently discharged, is welcomed into their home when he comes to fulfil a promise he made to his fallen comrade. Though he appears to be the perfect houseguest, a mysterious and sinister chain of events causes Anna to question whether David is actually whom he claims to be. Watch it on Google Play.
  • Waterloo Road (Series) – School-based drama. It is the start of Waterloo Road’s new bike bank scheme, which Vaughan hopes will show the school off to the community. But Scott Fairchild has other ideas. Catch up now on BBC iPlayer.
  • The Rover (Movie) – Set in the near future, the world of The Rover is one where mankind’s greed and excesses have pushed civilization to the breaking point. Rent it now from the Sainsbury’s Entertainment Channel.
  • The Real Housewives of Cheshire (Series) – The latest reality series from new channel, itvBe. As one of the biggest nights in the social calendar approaches, it is a whirlwind of cryotherapy treatments and last-minute dress fittings. Watch it now on ITV Player.
  • The Secrets of the Tea Chimps (Documentary) – This documentary brings this incredible story up to date, catching up with Choppers, one of the last surviving tea chimps, at Twycross Zoo. When Choppers is reunited with the woman who saved her life, it seems that she remembers more than expected from her performing days. Catch it now on Demand 5.

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  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Movie) - Audrey Hepburn delivers her most winningly spirited cinema performance as fun loving New York party girl Holly Golightly. George Peppard is the struggling writer living in New York who slowly falls for his eccentric neighbour’s charms while Martin Balsam plays Holly’s deserted husband Buddy. Romantics will fall for the final chase in the rain for the beloved Cat while it would take a hard heart not to be moved by Hepburn’s 1961 Oscar-winning rendition of Moon River. A classic available on Now TV.

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SI_HD_logoIt’s a great time to be a sports fan: the Super Bowl is weeks away, the NBA and NHL seasons are underway and MLB’s Spring Training is on the horizon. And now there’s a new way to stay up-to-date on all the happenings in the sports world on your Roku players and Roku TV. We’re happy to announce Sports Illustrated has been added to our expansive lineup of sports streaming channels in the Roku Channel Store in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Ireland.

With Sports Illustrated on Roku players and Roku TV, it’s easy to find the latest news for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAAF, Golf and more. The channel also includes SI Now, a feature that discusses sports’ latest issues with experts, athletes and celebrities.

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The Sports Illustrated channel also makes it very easy to find information that matches your personal interests. For example, if you’re looking for the latest Lebron James news, you can click the options button (*) to search by athlete or team to arrive at their recent coverage.

You can find Sports Illustrated under “Sports” in the Channel Store now on current-generation* Roku players and Roku TV in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Ireland.

*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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