Introducing Roku LT and a Sneak Peek at HBO GO

One of my goals at Roku is to make sure we bring you the best content at the best price. I see no reason you shouldn’t have your cake and eat it too! To that end, I’m excited about the two announcements we are making today—a partnership with HBO to bring HBO GO to Roku later this month, and a new addition to our Roku family.

HBO GO is our second authenticated channel and will house more than 1,400 titles of HBO programming, including every episode of every season of the best HBO shows. Now I can finally catch up on all the Game of Thrones episodes I have missed this season (arguably Sean Bean’s best role, outside LOTR). The channel will be available to all Roku customers who also subscribe to HBO via their cable or satellite provider. Follow us on Facebook and be among the first to know when we launch.

HBO GO pushes us to over 320 channels available on Roku and with our commitment to adding more entertainment, streaming to the TV will become even more appealing to consumers this year. And to get our Roku player in every house, we are announcing the Roku LT, a new streaming player that’s setting an industry record with a $49.99 price!

The LT is everything you expect from a Roku player – a ton of entertainment, simple to use and a snap to set up. It looks very similar to the Roku 2 family, streams all 320 channels and carries the familiar award-winning Roku interface. The LT offers high-definition at 720p via HDMI, it also features built-in wireless (b/g/n) and sports an A/V output for standard definition, so it will run on the new and the not-so-new TVs.

The Roku LT will be available in early November from Roku.com, Amazon and at major retailers. We think the LT is the perfect streaming player for the first, second or third TV in the house, and at half the price of the competition, it’s going to be tough to turn down!

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  • Bchwlknbee

    Since I don’t even know what a Roku is – could you please explain? – does it interface with my PC? – how would I get GBTV on my HD TV, with this device? – is it pricey? – and is it wireless, or plugin? thank you.

    • Hurrrrrrr durrrrrrrrrr

      Bchwlknbee; try reading the article you commented on.

      “The LT offers high-definition at 720p via HDMI, it also features built-in wireless (b/g/n) and sports an A/V output for standard definition, so it will run on the new and the not-so-new TVs.”

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MGL54ML6OPNRIMHI3ZEH7KJ4CA elevators

        Yeah, it’s kind of odd Bchwlknbee is commenting on an article on the Roku website asking what a Roku is…

        Check out the Roku website and get acquainted, Bchwlknbee: http://www.roku.com/

    • Bigyaz

      Let me Google that for you:

      http://lmgtfy.com/?q=roku

      • Justjodycat

        Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha, LOL!

    • Franksr

      The ROKU hooks to your TV, then you operate it with it’s own remote. When you do the set up, it will hook up to your WiFi, then download its latest software and you can then view a few hundred streaming video channels. One is GBTV but you will have to have the GBTV subscription for it to work. It’s great having streaming video, normally only viewed on your computer now watching it on your TV.

    • Matthew McLean

      From my blog back in 2010:

      What the hell is a Roku box?
      http://moremustardblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/what-hell-is-roku-box.html

  • Bchwlknbee

    Since I don’t even know what a Roku is – could you please explain? – does it interface with my PC? – how would I get GBTV on my HD TV, with this device? – is it pricey? – and is it wireless, or plugin? thank you.

  • Anonymous

    you’re doing a great job!

    Now, if only you could get some of those entertainment execs to come around to allowing us cable-cutters (who have internet but don’t subscribe to cable TV) to pay an additional fee to watch premium TV. I really want to watch HBO on my Roku and am willing to pay extra for it, but I’m not willing to subscribe to a bunch of irrelevant cable channels to do so.

  • Anonymous

    you’re doing a great job!

    Now, if only you could get some of those entertainment execs to come around to allowing us cable-cutters (who have internet but don’t subscribe to cable TV) to pay an additional fee to watch premium TV. I really want to watch HBO on my Roku and am willing to pay extra for it, but I’m not willing to subscribe to a bunch of irrelevant cable channels to do so.

    • bb

      Well said! Paying for 150 channels when only a handful are watched/wanted is an antiquated business model. It’s only a matter of time until that changes. But it can’t happen soon enough for me…

      • mlrimer

        This is why I went to Roku, because I got tired of hidden charges and just outrageous charges by Direct TV. Why is Roku pandering to the cable/satellite crowd. I really miss cable news and would gladly pay for the live streaming of it. But I also will never return to cable/satellite. Jessie James did it with a gun

        • Matthew McLean

          YES!! Roku–STEP UP!! Tell HBO it’s your way or the highway. Seriously.

          • Random Q. Roku

            I’d pay for standalone HBO Go. The cable companies could threaten not to carry HBO, but they’d be cutting their own throats. And anyway, isn’t using your market share to tie one product to another illegal?

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tying_(commerce)

      • mlrimer

        This is why I went to Roku, because I got tired of hidden charges and just outrageous charges by Direct TV. Why is Roku pandering to the cable/satellite crowd. I really miss cable news and would gladly pay for the live streaming of it. But I also will never return to cable/satellite. Jessie James did it with a gun

      • Anonymous

        Yeppers. We dropped U-verse and now watch TV through our Apple TV, Xbox 360, PS3 and our Roku 2. We were paying $70 for U-verse U200 and now we pay about $30 for Netflix, Hulu Plus, Crackle (free) and Crunchy Roll. Half the price and more choices.

    • Matthew McLean

      Agree completely. I have had nothing but Roku since I got my G1 Roku for xmas from my girlfriend two years ago. I miss four things about cable: baseball, hockey, boxing and HBO. Unfortunately, the providors have made a mess out of making all of those available at reasonable cost via Roku. Baseball and Hockey are both well over $100 (hockey is almost $200!) per SEASON, and boxing is really only available via PPV, which is outrageously expensive. HBO *needs* to open their content up to non-cable subscribers. I would pay $10/mo for it.

      • Ssc1478

        I have nhl game center live for $143.10. It is better than nhl center ice on fios. On fios one channel is hd the rest have poor resolution. Not so with game center on the roku. Bad part is local games blackout. If you dont have fios you cant watch local games.

        • William

          Sure you can. It’s called an antenna. And it’s digital high-def these days. Antenna + Roku = Win.

          • Jared

            Yes, but in many cases, the hockey games are not available over the air. Case in point, NYC. They’re all on MSG, MSG+, etc. Is it possible to log into proxies from a Roku?

          • Bob

            Jared, go to tvpc.com, they have nhl games free among other things including many cable channels, click on “sports links”. I’ve been using this site for over a year now, don’t know how they get away with it, but they do.

    • Clizmarin

      Exactly! When are the cable and satelite companies going to see the light and let us subscribe just to the channels we want to watch? Meanwhile, I have a Roku precisely so I don’t have to pay for cable/satelite and a bunch of channels that never have anything that I want to watch!

    • Solina

      Exactly! I absolutly love my Roku and I just ordered the new XS today as a matter of fact, but I have to agree with you on this Jensen! We quit paying for cable because it’s literally hundreds of channels with nothing you want to watch all for a hefty price each month! I wish HBO, Showtime, etc would make their channels available through services like Roku’s for a monthly price. Even the same monthly price you’d pay if you went through cable would be exceptable!

    • Llkornegay

      I’m a cable-cutter too. I think everyone is not seeing the complete picture here. HBO is owned by Time Warner Inc.. A cable provider as well as a content creator.They WILL NOT provide HBO to cable-cutters in it’s current form for obvious reasons.The trend toward a-la-carte video entertainment has started with the Nerflix/Roku model and will expand from there as it is happening now.

      HBO just like other Time Warner divisions such as New Line Cinema,TBS,Cartoon Network,etc,create content as well as distribute it.In order for HBO to be made available to cable-cutters they must provide something less than what you get on cable.Say something like HBO Lite.

      Time Warner has to decide whether to offer either content created by HBO or content that HBO provides as a distributor from othe content providers,not both.

      Either way Pandora’s Box has been opened by the HBO GO offer and it’s a matter of time before we get what we want. Content that we want when we want it at a reasonable price.

    • Mgsmno1

      I agree… HBO should have a price set up just for Roku… If I wanted cable….. I wouldn’t need Roku.. I don’t see the point in having HBO available on Roku if you have to have cable to use it.. Unless I’m missing something.. It makes no sense

    • Darlin7426

      Well said! I have the same theory! Id pay for hbo go channel on roku!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dail-Whiteley/1004606978 Dail Whiteley

    thank you. i cant wait. wish hbo go would come on sooner. but happy its coming.

  • http://twitter.com/mikey_c Mikey C.

    I would love to be able to subscribe strictly to HBO Go and not subscribe to HBO through my cable provider. Any chance of that happening?

  • Seth Long

    I’m disappointed in HBO for failing to see a revenue opportunity among cord cutters. I’d certainly pay for HBO Go on my Roku.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=654165496 Grant Whitesell

      I think that in time, market pressure will get them to soften their exclusivity and stubborn content practices, either by a monthly subscription service, or opening up their libraries to services like Hulu.

      They’ll eventually realize that the days of raking in money hand over fist from premium cable subscribers are pretty much over.

  • Lisa

    What about YouTube?

    • Jgc1124

      there is already a youtube channel

      • lonnie247

        The private channel works, but new installs have been stopped (I think by Google.)

  • Ldnewsom

    will roku ever get a DIY channel? I desparately want one!

  • Dawndcohenour

    Im not very happy with my box, almost all the channels u have to pay for and the ones that are free well those show are from like way back in the 50′s gez

  • Ugabecky

    I am SO excited about HBO GO! Any word on pricing?

    • Joybishoptx

      You have to be subscribed to HBO through cable or satellite service to get it on the Roku.

  • bdg

    The point of us having Roku is to NOT have cable/satellite. Please urge HBO to cut the cable and let us pay for HBO on Roku separately.

  • bdg

    The point of us having Roku is to NOT have cable/satellite. Please urge HBO to cut the cable and let us pay for HBO on Roku separately.

  • bdg

    The point of us having Roku is to NOT have cable/satellite. Please urge HBO to cut the cable and let us pay for HBO on Roku separately.

  • bdg

    The point of us having Roku is to NOT have cable/satellite. Please urge HBO to cut the cable and let us pay for HBO on Roku separately.

    • Reyes2030

      my thoughts exactly

    • Reyes2030

      my thoughts exactly

    • Me

      Exactly. Unless you can use HBO without cable (I would *love* to pay for HBO on its own), this news is STUPID.

  • KIM

    I have 3 box’s older ones I hope I can get the HBO Go on my older box…..I use my roku box all the time and have given 2 as gifts ………will this box be like the roku2 with motion handle …I was thinking about up grading to that one but now there’s this one…….which one is better ?

  • KIM

    I have 3 box’s older ones I hope I can get the HBO Go on my older box…..I use my roku box all the time and have given 2 as gifts ………will this box be like the roku2 with motion handle …I was thinking about up grading to that one but now there’s this one…….which one is better ?

  • KIM

    I have 3 box’s older ones I hope I can get the HBO Go on my older box…..I use my roku box all the time and have given 2 as gifts ………will this box be like the roku2 with motion handle …I was thinking about up grading to that one but now there’s this one…….which one is better ?

  • http://www.deadroad.net CORRADO

    Why not 1080p to REALLY blow away the competition?

  • Kevwr62

    As others have said, I’d be willing to pay for HBO GO through Roku. I don’t have HBO now as I have no use for hundreds of channels via satellite that I never watch and have to pay upwards $60 for them.

  • Trenchman

    Why wouldn’t HBO GO be available to anyone willing to buy a subscription? If I already have Satellite or Cable, why do I need this? This makes NO sense!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elizabeth-Vegvary/1157757578 Elizabeth Vegvary

    What about those of us who do not have cable or satellite services?!?!?! :( It’s frustrating to say the very least.

  • Optimusone

    Still paying for cable as my wife wont give up her home improvement and cooking channels, and we have a subscription to HBO, however HBOGO is limited to select cable companies. Sad they choose to leave money on the table by not offering it to all cable companies and even more so by not offering it unteathered to a cable subscription.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=654165496 Grant Whitesell

    New content is always good, but it’s a shame to see what direction Roku went with the entry-level box’s color scheme. A/V components should have a complementary color scheme, and by going with a mostly-purple one, you’re making it really stick out like a sore thumb in any configuration.

    Sure, it’ll be a good conversation starter when a Roku-less friend comes over and is bound to notice it, but I don’t want a home entertainment component whose coloring doesn’t match anything in my living room.

    Please tell me there’s an all-black version of this new box.

    • Random Q. Roku

      Hey, this new Roku could spawn a whole ecosystem of aftermarket cases and accessories, just like cellphones! ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Look, HBO is going to protect its cable/satellite partners. That’s just the way it is, people. If you want to complain about it, complain to HBO.

  • Jeff G

    I would subscribe to HBO GO original programming in a heartbeat if I could do it exclusively through my Roku box. Hopefully in the near future for us Roku cable cutters.

    • atownstyle

      Yeah they miss the point here. If they offered HBO content on demand for somewhere between $5-$10/month I would spring for it. To get HBO you need to get all the other dross on cable – that’s why I have a Roku box, so I don’t have to do traditional cable. wake up Roku & HBO it’s the 21st century…

      • http://www.facebook.com/bhisaac Malik Ul Mulk

        Wow, I had no idea there were so many people out there who share my sentiments. Precisely! And well stated! I think every major change/revolution has a period of time where there’s a lot of resistance to the new way/technology. I’d say futile resistance, but it seems to keep progress in check. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long until a la carte TV through Roku will be more of a reality. Until then! =)

      • TMarsan

        Another person in agreement here. I cut the cord 10 years ago.

  • Hoohoo

    How is the LT different from the HD?

    • http://www.bencotten.net BenCotten

      I was wondering the same thing.

  • http://twitter.com/buzzintech Buzz IT

    Great news. big fan of using Roku. I dont know how. Can you please bring OTA free channels to ROKU.

    buzzintechnology.com

  • Santa608

    Does the Roku work in Argentina?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1000940238 Vincent Thomé

    Access to HBO’s library would be awesome. I have to agree with damn near everyone else on this thread however: Why would I need HBO GO via ROKU if I already subscribed to HBO via a cable provider? Most cable companies have enormous On-Demand libraries including HBO’s. I’ve cut the cord already, and refuse to pay upwards of $100/mo for 100′s of cable channels I don’t want. I’ve pickup broadcast HD TV via antenna and watch everything else via Netflix, Amazon and Hulu on my Roku. It really seems that the execs at HBO don’t understand the ROKU ‘cord-cutting’ demographic and marketplace. I guess I’ll keep waiting for HBO to service the unplugged with a digital-only subscription.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ken-Schmidt/100001262660645 Ken Schmidt

      If you happen to have a TV that does not have a cable box; perfect fit. We have our ROKU out by the hot tub, so a) not feasible to run cables and b) don’t want to spend $10-$20/month extra for another cable box.

    • Tom Thicks

      I have both cable and two Roku’s. Getting HBO.Go would allow me to watch HBO on those TV’s that don’t have the cable box. And the Roku LT is far far cheaper than getting an extra cable box for the bedroom or basement!

  • Anonymous

    biggest issue! wanting to play my own content without having to transcode common files types, solve that please! instead of new boxes that do less..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NRWMQYMQPANORHX3DLY7HCBL6E BGood

    You’re going to have to make HBO GO a stand alone subscription channel for it to ever really get popular. Most of us use a ROKU to cut the cable cord so I don’t see how adding the HBO channel is a plus. If we could subscribe directly for what we would pay the cable company to add HBO to our cable package then that would be a home run.

    On the plus side, I will be ordering an LT for the bedroom when they become available.

  • Clizmarin

    Huh? The reason I have Roku is so I don’t have to have cable or satelite!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Hager/100000396966962 Aaron Hager

    Progress is being made, but the reason I would buy a Roku is to avoid cable / sat. So HBO go serves zero purpose here. If I am already a cable user I wouldn’t buy a Roku. But I do see progress with getting more providers on board with the concept of wwwTV. Hopefully it will happen, would love to see all the cable scam artists get shut down. Get NFL on board with your product and you will be golden.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_655P4RMELQXRHSISEUTKWLU7HY godgoogler

    WIll HBO Go just be another channel available on all Roku devices or will I need to update to get it?

  • Anonymous

    Roku is getting better and better! Most likely going to get my son one of these for his room. :)
    Now if only hbo (and others) didn’t require the cable subscription… The whole reason for owning roku (in our hhouse) is to cut out the cable subscription. With roku, hulu, and Netflix, were saving hundreds per year… I’d gladly subscribe to hbo Is they allowed it outside the cable networks ;-/

  • noor

    I am confused is this roku 3 then why did i buy roku 2 for. So what is this new box does then roku 2 does not do.

    • Russell

      The Roku 2 LT will be the new “entry level” to the Roku 2 line. So, LT < HD < XD < XS (if I'm understanding it correctly).

  • Twisterlight

    airplay ?

  • http://twitter.com/JosephFinn Joseph

    Does it support closed captioning?

  • Anonymous

    Currently , Cablevision doesn’t allow its subscribers access to the HBO GO app for iPad Is this going to be the same deal with HBO GO on Roku?

  • wcbales

    With HBOgo this is the first step…..next step would be getting a subscription deal………..but for now, this is step number one. Next after the channel is available is spamming HBOgo’s Facebook, email, Twitter and everything we can to show the market that Roku is and how it could be profitable for them

  • http://twitter.com/CCaminotti Claudia Caminotti

    Thanks to Roku we no longer have the need for cable or satellite. What can be done for customers like us who want access to HBO Go? It would be nice to pay for this service via Roku.

  • Architextll76

    Paid $99.00 for my first Roku, and it only worked 1/2 the time…so if I pay 49, maybe work 1/4 the time, yes?

    • http://twitter.com/tmack894 Tee Mack

      I’ve had a Roku box now for two years and except for one time in the beginning when I had to change a bad HDMI cable, it has worked perfectly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ken-Schmidt/100001262660645 Ken Schmidt

      Give them another chance…

      I have had one problem, and it was related to my router. Roku support squared me away. LOVE them!

  • Jcrossi

    woohoo!!!

  • Anonymous

    Roku is a great product! I prefer it over Apple TV because of the USB connectivity! Just add CNBC and Bloomberg to your supported channels and I am going to get one!

  • Bruceward860

    Can you tell that people are TICKED about HBOGO?

  • taneroo

    In time the cable channels will view Roku as just another media format and a way to expand their audience, but for now they can’t afford to upset the satellite and cable companies who are their bread and butter and view Roku and the internet as a competitive threat. Nice first step Roku getting them on board to both our benefit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kim-Reynolds-Rader/586853083 Kim Reynolds Rader

    Gah. I want to get the HBO channel, but I don’t have cable or dish. Duh. That is why I have the Roku. It should be a pay channel.

  • http://twitter.com/tmack894 Tee Mack

    Okay. I don’t understand. I have an HD Roku Box with USB port that I bought 2 years ago when I downgraded my cable service to basic. The Roku box provides me with alternative entertainment.

    Now you’re saying that if I want to view HBOGO through my Roku box on my television, I’ll have to already be a subscriber to HBO through my cable provider. If I can view HBO on my TV, why would I need to view it through a Roku box?

    What am I not understanding?

    • Anonymous

      Well, you could put it in a room that doesn’t’ have a receiver (if you use receivers) and you could take it on a trip or to a friends house and share the HBO experience.

      I will pass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Roy.G.Summers Roy Summers

    Hey if you already have HBO on your cable or satelite why would you want it on your roku anyway?becasue you could just watch it on your tv on that…..

    • Chris

      HBO Go offers two things that the cable onDemand nad hte HBO chanells don’t offer:

      1.The full back catalog of most HBO shows
      2. Many, many more movies.

      I don’t have a Roku yet, but still have cable and will hook the laptop up to the tv to watch HBO Go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Roy.G.Summers Roy Summers

    If you already get hbo on cable or on a dish why would you want it on roku anyway when you can just watch it on your tv on that….. what’s next all the cable channels you get will be on roku if you already got them? If would only be worthwhile only if you took your roku and laptop on vacation with you so you could watch your cable channels.

  • Mbgbaz

    as everyone said we bought Roku to get rid of cable, now Roku is wanting us to subscribe to Cable to watch HBO on the ROKU, how outrageous is that?

  • Anonymous

    Are they sure the Roku 2 LT will make it to brick and mortar stores? The Roku 2 HD cannot be found locally, only the top two models.

  • http://twitter.com/DotGenX DotGenX

    Little confused here. What’s the difference between the Roku 2 they’re selling now and the Roku LT?

  • Scott

    I can’t upgrade from the Roku to Roku 2 due to the absence of seperate digital audio output. I don’t have another free HDMI input on my TV and don’t want to be reduced to AV cable audio.

    • Abe

      you can buy a HDMI switcher from Amazon.com for only $10

  • http://www.facebook.com/bhisaac Malik Ul Mulk

    I no longer subscribe to cable TV or satellite. I would like to see the option of a premium HBO channel for Roku which provides HBO content at a monthly or yearly fee. I don’t want to have to get cable and satellite in order to watch Game of Thrones. Seems like using an elephant gun when a fly swatter would do.

  • Harmony451

    I totally agree with all of the other posts that question why oh why don’t the execs at HBO let people pay for their content a la carte? Can you think of many other things that people are acutally ASKING to be given the chance to pay for? The whole point of Roku was to cut the cable cord. At some point HBO will wise up and let the masses buy access to their shows. I just hope its sooner rather than later.

  • Irma Clement

    what’s the point of being able to stream HBO Go if you must already subscribe to it on cable or satellite? Am I missing something? It seems like Roku should be offering the opportunity to pay for this service without needing cable!

  • Dorpond

    I REALLY want HBO2GO, but adding a channel that encourages people to buy cable, is sort of taking food from your mouths, don’t you think Roku?

    This channel won’t encourage me to buy cable TV + HBO, but I will be the first in line if HBO allows us to buy their service through Roku, without having to buy Cable TV. Be our voice Roku!

  • moineau

    i have been hoping for this ever since HBO GO came out! i’m very happy.

  • ajiav

    I would love to watch HBO on my Roku, unfortunately I use Roku and not cable. More money to Hulu and Netflix, I guess… sorry HBO is pandering to cable companies, trying to push off the inevitable trend towards digital media.

  • TheKdd

    I too would love HBO Go to be a subscription channel. I do have cable still, will cut the cord eventually. My question is, will HBO Go be available to Time Warner Cable Subscribers? So far it’s a no go on the ipad. (Which is odd since TW owns HBO from what I understand.)

  • Joybishoptx

    Like so many others have said, HBO needs to offer a subscription through Roku. I hope that’s coming. Cut the cord HBO.

  • ag

    This was really exciting until I got to the part that said you have to be an HBO subscriber. We got Roku so we could ditch cable.

  • Jeff

    Just to keep piling on to what is completely obvious to consumers: HBO GO offers nearly nothing to the users of Roku (or Apple TV, or any other like-minded box). We bought a Roku to avoid paying outrageous cable bills (I’ve cut the cord on phone too and only use cell). I would gladly pay an extra fee to subscribe to HBO by itself, their programming is worth supporting and top-notch. But I am not getting cable simply to watch HBO’s back catalog. That’s what Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and Crackle already offer me. Sorry.

  • selketkitten

    I remember when you did not have to have all the cable channels to have HBO (granted we only had channels 2-13…lol). Back in the day when I was a little girl we had a box on top of the TV. You turned on your television and set it to channel 3 then flipped the switch on the box voila’ HBO. How simple is that…now if they can do it then why can’t they do it now?

  • Rosger4513

    Will Roku products works in the Philippines?

  • Garrett

    Roku 2 is a disappointment! The whole reason that I upgraded to Roku 2 is for the subtitles with Netflix movies that have subtitles. Several Netflix movies show subtitles available on Roku 2, however, only about 1 in 10 really show the subtitles when selected. The fact that you are still advertising subtitles as being available with Roku 2, is in my opinion, deceptive advertising. With products like this on the market, I understand why Apple has little to worry about in the tech. industry.

  • http://twitter.com/LSMiranda Luis Scott

    Looking forward to this!

  • Mgsmno1

    Have to have cable to get HBO on Roku? That sounds stupid to me… It seems most Roku users don’t want or have cable TV by choice… Isn’t Roku all about choice??

  • Rob

    This is great and all…but considering many people get a roku so they can cut cable completely…this is only going to be relevant for a few people. Now…if there is a way we can pick individual “channels” and pay for them as standalones…(perhaps espn considering the lack of sports channels)…I think Roku would take off big time.

  • MikeTeeVee

    Does the Roku LT support Netflix captions/subtitles?

  • Judith

    What a disappointment, now that I read the fine print. I do not have cable service, haven’t had for 10 years, never will again. So getting HBO on Roku is meaningless to me — and many others here. All of you need to figure out a whole new business model, because trying to patch the old one onto the new one isn’t working. And Epix offerings weren’t even enough to hold my interest for the two-week free trial. I love Roku, and there are several channels I watch, and I pay additionally for Netflix, HuluPlus, and sometimes Amazon downloads. But you said it yourself: increasingly, Roku buyers are cable cutters, so the networks need to get with the program. Our program, not their outmoded one.

  • Jim

    For all of those saying “If you already subscribe to HBO, why do you need HBO GO?” the answer is that HBO GO has the entire library of HBO shows (well, the successful and popular ones anyway. I noticed that Lucky Louie isn’t on there so I’m sure there are others not included as well). Meaning I can easily get caught up on past seasons before a new season starts without having to wait around for HBO to re-air them, or I can go back and watch the entire runs of great shows like Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, The Wire and Carnivale.

    I understand people’s issue with this but right now HBO GO is a perk for HBO subscribers. I really don’t think HBO is expecting people to subscribe to cable or satellite JUST for HBO GO, it’s just something extra for existing subscribers. As someone with DirecTV, I don’t have HBO OnDemand so I think HBO GO is awesome, and it’s selection is far better than OnDemand’s was when I had cable. I’m glad I’ll finally be able to stream it on a TV instead of watching on my phone.

  • Bob

    The whole purpose of Roku was so I wouldn’t need cable anymore, never mind premium channels, what’s the point if you have to get cable and HBO to get it on your Roku? I have ota antenna, netflix, hulu plus, and a logitech to stream websites, I’m swamped with stuff to watch and pay less than 20.00 a month, definitely don’t need HBO.

  • Leif

    Do you have a date for launch, yet? Can’t wait any longer.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty disappointed with the news about getting the HBO channel. The SOLE reason I purchased the Roku device was to GET AWAY FROM CABLE COMPANIES.

    It was hard to believe that Roku *could* get HBO without strings and now i see how. I would have to pay Comcast more than $50 a month to get the service that would include a subscription to HBO through them.

    That’s absurd. What’s the frickin point of having a Roku for things like HuluPlus where I can watch all the programs i used to pay Comcast to watch?

    Ridiculous.

  • MikeOnBike

    Perhaps this description of “HBO GO” will help explain what’s going on:
    http://www.hbogo.com/#whatis/

    It’s not the regular HBO cable channel. It’s a streaming service that only HBO subscribers have access to. Until now, that streaming access was limited to computers and smaller devices.

  • jb

    Here’s why this is great. I have Comcast limited cable ($13/month) and HBO (free for a year) and I have no cable box (save $15/month). I’ve been using HBO on Macbook but can’t wait for Roku to start up. Look into it folks.

  • jb

    Here’s why this is great. I have Comcast limited cable ($13/month) and HBO (free for a year) and I have no cable box (save $15/month). I’ve been using HBO on Macbook but can’t wait for Roku to start up. Look into it folks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5DDFYU5DUG6CSRQ5AJFNEIQ24Q Sher.

    So I’ve been waiting for HBO GO on Roku extremely excited about it and it turns out I won’t get to enjoy it because DirecTV is not a participating subscriber. Thanks DTV, just another reason you suck.

  • Atheos777

    Pure BS ROKU!!! HBO GO is NOT a plus for YOUR owners!!!

  • Preston Newman

    I am very disappointed with Roku and the lack of support and information. We spent over an hour with online chat support on saturday in regards to HBO Go telling us that our player was malfunctioning is why we could not get the channel and now this morning not even 10 minutes I had yet another Chat support rep tell me that there is problems with the HBO GO app and it would be released sometime in November.
    No Notice of this change of delivery time or anything of the sort on the web site, blogs or facebook as of yet. Not a very good way to try to keep consumers happy and spreading by “word of mouth” how good or bad the product and/or services really are.
    Boo! Roku…… had great hopes for you but I would be just as good staying with dish network and I am on my way out the door now to return these POS ROKU boxes ( 4 total) are being returned. Something to think about ROKU I know I cannot be the only one unhappy about this and returning the product.

    • Rtplus

      Good Post! I too am very disappointed with ROKU regarding HBO-to-Go. If you tell customers something will be available by end of month (Oct 2011), then keep your word. We have enough dishonesty in business today! An informed customer is a “Happy: customer!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1471235503 Dee Sallee

    I haven’t heard anything about the LT coming out since this was was posted on OCT 11th. Is this still going to be released?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sharon-LaPlume/100000026035844 Sharon LaPlume

    I must tell you of my disappointment and frustration with my Roku experience, as well as the several futile attempts to communicate my feelings to anyone at Roku in a position to make a difference. I purchased my Roku player last March, directly from Roku, Inc. and had very few (maybe half a dozen) instances of trouble-free viewing.

    I have learned that any expectation of an hour or so streaming video entertainment will first be preceded by three quarters to an hour on the phone with Roku Tech Support in India, after which time I will be able to stream my movie, but I’ll then be too frustrated to enjoy it. Worse, it’s likely that my next attempt, in another evening or so, will be more of the same. There is no expectation that any action I can take will lead to a trouble-free experience.

    I can usually verify my network connection, satisfactory wireless signal strength and connection speed. I have noticed that the tech support reps are most often able to restore my streaming experience by means of adjusting wireless channel, quality of service and/or DNS settings, but these parameters have absolutely no meaning to me. If you can teach non-English speakers to trouble-shoot these issues here, can you not directly support me with the means to make these adjustments expeditiously myself?

    I should tell you that my expectation of a satisfactory resolution of my issues is not high. It would appear that Roku, Inc. has taken great pains to separate themselves from any frustrations experienced by Roku purchasers. It will be illuminating to gauge your response or lack thereof.

  • scratchbaker

    I will wait for the equivalent of a Roku LT with HD 1080 support and hard internet connectivity.

    • MikeTeeVee

      The model you want already exists: Roku 2 XS.

      Unless you wanted it in purple. ;-)

  • D-wilson

    Put them back into stock, asshole.

  • D-wilson

    PUT THE LT BACK IN STOCK, PINHEAD!

  • D-wilson

    PUT IN BACK IN STOCK, DIPSHIT

  • D-wilson

    ASSHOLE

  • D-wilson

    FUCKFACE

  • Bonnieklyde

    was roku ever sold by netflix or advertised on the netflix site?

  • Joe

    WTF–can’t watch HBO Go with Directv–returning it. I f-ing hate All this shit.

  • Lora1fav

    One of my Host Families a very long time ago told me to get a ROKU, it was at the back of my mind for a long time. Then our contrat on our cable bill was ending and I used the new refer a friend program and used someones link. It was the best thing I have done. I love our ROKU, I suggest getting the ROKU xs because it is fully loaded and we love playing Angry Birds on it. So, far because now I use the refer a friend program I have recieved many $4.00 rewards towards movie rentals… If I miss something on TV the next night I can watch it or later if I am busy. Here is where I come into the saleswoman and try to share the savings here is my link to get a $5.00 of coupon for your ROKU player http://roku.tellapal.com/a/clk/211p8t
    It is well worth it and we will never go back to cable, there is so much content on the ROKU you will never get bored. Don’t waste your time like I did “2 years” do it right away and save… Yours truely House Mom…

  • rebarton

    Roku, should start by becoming a provider of these types of services, that way we can authenticate via Roku, vs our cable companies.