Apologies for the dearth of recent posts. As you may have heard, we have been pretty busy recently. We will be working on that. To recap recent Roku happenings:
- We ended 2011 with more than 400 channels published in the Channel Store. This is up from 135 at the beginning of 2011.
- We announced the forthcoming Streaming Stick just prior to CES. This product, due in the second half of this year, takes all the functionality of the Roku2 and places it in a package the size of a pack of chewing gum. The Streaming Stick will be compatible with all TV’s that implement the new MHL port, which is being added to a number of TV models this year . Our first announced partner is Best Buy’s Insignia brand. The Streaming Stick will automatically turn an MHL-enabled TV into a “Smart TV’”, and the in the future a user can upgrade their TV again just by buying a new Streaming Stick. From a developer standpoint, there should not be anything specific you will need to do to make your channel Streaming Stick compatible; if it runs on Roku2, it should run on the Streaming Stick. For more information, please see our press release.
- We announced, and are now shipping in the UK and Ireland. More on that in the next post.