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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Between the series finale of Sons of Anarchy, the season 1 finale of Gracepoint and new release of Golden Globe-nominated Boyhood, there’s no doubt your weekend is planned. Just in case, we included plenty of other options too!

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  • Sons of Anarchy Season 7 (TV Show, 2014) – Sons of Anarchy is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that, Charming. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu. Seasons 1 – 6 available on Hulu Plus, M-GO and Netflix.
  • Gracepoint (TV Show, 2014) – When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. Soon deemed a homicide, the case sparks a media frenzy, which throws the boy’s family into further turmoil and upends the lives of all of the town’s residents. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, FOX NOW, Hulu Plus and Vudu.
  • Boyhood (Movie, 2014) – A youngster makes the long journey to adulthood over the span of 12 years, as he, his sister and his mother move around Texas. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • I Am Ali (Movie, 2014)Muhammad Ali’s own audio journals, friends, family and fellow boxers provide insight into the extraordinary life and legendary career of the pugilist. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Movie, 2013) – Ron Burgundy tries to stay classy when he and his team take New York and the nation’s first 24-hour global cable news network by storm. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Netflix.
  • American Horror Story: Coven (TV Show, 2013) – Fiona Goode comes back into town to help protect the coven. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Sharknado 2: The Second One (TV Movie, 2014) – A freak weather system brings in ravenous sharks to munch on hapless New Yorkers and iconic landmarks. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.
  • Almost Famous (Movie, 2000) – An aspiring teenage rock journalist gets his big break when he follows an up-and-coming band on its tour. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Batman Forever (Movie, 1995) – The Caped Crusader woos a criminal psychologist, takes on a sidekick and battles Two-Face and the Riddler. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Out of Time (Movie, 2003) – Considered a suspect in a deadly arson, a police chief must cover his tracks while trying to prove his innocence. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
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This week we launched yet another channel welcoming the Sainsbury’s Entertainment channel to UK Roku players. This gives you even more choices when looking for your favourite movie and TV show rentals. Plus it is another channel for us to scour to bring you some recommendations for the week!

Let us know what you watch!

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  • The Book Thief (Movie) – Downton Abbey director Brian Percival brings Australian author Markus Zusak’s dark but cherished World War II children’s story to the big screen. Sophie Nelisse is the German girl sent to live with new foster parents in a small village, along with the Jewish refugee they’re hiding in the basement. As the war rages they all have more than just the bombers to fear as Nazi officials and informants are never far away. Watch it on Now TV.
  • The Flash (Series) – There is a new superhero on the block – and a speedy one at that. Taking aim at another DC Comics favourite, the creators of Arrow have decided to give the Flash a whirl. And who will be whizzing about as the world’s most iconic red blur? That would be young Grant Gustin of Glee fame, who eagled-eyed Arrow fans will recognise from a couple of guest spots last year. Catch up on season one now on Now TV.
  • Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’ Movie – In this big screen spin-off from the successful TV series, Dublin granny and foul-mouthed matriarch Mrs Brown has to use all her wits to fight off a predatory corporation that wants to shut down her fruit and veg stall in the city’s Moore Street market. Writer and star Brendan O’Carroll serves up the same innuendo-laden fare that made the TV series a massive popular hit. In the non-PC firing line are Chinese ninjas, flamboyant gays and tourette-prone barristers. Available now at Sky Store.
  • The Expendables 3 (Movie) – Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks, now a ruthless arms trader, is making it his mission to end The Expendables – but Barney has other plans. He recruits a new generation of Expendables, with the latest mission a clash of classic style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet. Catch it now on Google Play.
  • Our War: Goodbye Afghanistan – Marking the end of the British campaign in Helmand, this documentary tells the story of the Afghanistan war through the words and pictures of the soldiers who fought it. Catch up now on BBC iPlayer.
  • The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies (Drama) - Based on a true story, when the tragic murder of Jo Yeates becomes a major news story, the press seize upon Christopher Jefferies as a suspect, despite the lack of evidence. Watch it now on ITV Player.
  • Skint (Series) – Skint tells the intimate stories of people living with the effects of long-term unemployment in one of Britain’s most deprived areas, East Marsh in Grimsby. Catch the first episodes of the new series now on 4oD.
  • Animal A&E - Join Andrea and Michael Hayes as they go into Ireland’s busy veterinary clinics and out on the road with the ISPCA to report on real-life animal medical dramas, heartwarming stories of successful surgery, and rescues from shocking conditions of cruelty and neglect. Catch up on the latest episodes on Demand 5.
  • The Nut Job (Movie) – This action-packed comedy follows Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, who must plan a heist to get into his town’s biggest nut shop in order to help his pals in the park gather food to survive the winter. Watch it now on the Sainsbury’s Entertainment Channel.

Golden Oldie:

  • 10 Things I Hate About You (Movie) – After learning Bianca can’t date until her man-hating older sister Kat finds a beau, Bianca’s would-be boyfriend pays a moody school rebel to woo her (1999). Catch it now on Netflix.
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Great news for those of you who are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest movies and TV shows. Today, Sainsbury’s launched the Sainsbury’s Entertainment channel on the Roku platform, giving you access to loads of content to keep you and your family entertained this Christmas season.

The Sainsbury’s Entertainment channel on Roku players allows you to buy or rent the latest blockbusters including The Amazing Spider-Man 222 Jump Street, How to Train Your Dragon 2. More interested in binge-watching a great TV series with a bag of crisps and a soft drink on the couch? The Sainsbury’s Entertainment channel also has a huge selection of shows for you to watch with titles ranging from Friends to The Big Bang Theory and even Breaking Bad.

The Sainsbury’s Entertainment channel is available for free now and can be found in the Roku Channel Store in the U.K.

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This week’s selection…TestTube. From the same people that bring you the Discovery Channel, comes TestTube – a channel where it’s cool to be smart. This free channel just got an impressive redesign and it’s even better than it already was before. Popular science is the focus on TestTube, but they deliver it a way that’s unexpected and very entertaining. There are tons of shows to choose from but my favorite is ‘TestTube Daily Show’ where their hosts share some fascinating insights into the current news headlines and the science that is behind it all. You can find TestTube in the “Internet TV” category in the Roku Channel store. Check it out..if you want to get your geek on!

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When gale wind blows and rain or snow comes falling down, find a warm refuge to watch these entertaining new December releases. Aside from holiday parties and opening gifts, is there a better way to spend your spare time?

  • Dawn of Planet of the Apes (Movie, 2014) – Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and Andy Serkis star in the thrilling next chapter of Planet of the Apes. Ten years after a deadly virus destroys most of humanity, the human survivors find themselves on the brink of war with a group of genetically enhanced apes led by Caesar, a war that could determine which species will dominate Earth. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey (Movie, 2014) – Helen Mirren stars in a movie bursting with flavor, passion and heart. Worlds collide when a culinary ingénue opens an Indian restaurant in southern France — 100 feet away from a Michelin-starred French restaurant run by a chilly chef proprietress. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Happy Christmas (Movie, 2014) – An immature party girl moves in with her brother’s family to get over a breakup and throws their lives out of whack. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • The Maze Runner (Movie, 2014) – A teen awakes within a massive maze with other teens, with no memory of his past other than dreams about an organization known as WCKD.  He hopes to escape by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and M-GO.
  • The One I Love (Movie, 2014) – A couple whose marriage is crumbling have a surreal experience during a weekend getaway at a house recommended by their therapist. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Snowpiercer (Movie, 2013) – A post-apocalyptic ice age forces humanity’s last survivors aboard a globe-spanning supertrain. One man will risk everything to lead a revolt for control of the engine and the future of society. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, Netflix and Vudu.
  • The Iceman (Movie, 2012) – Hit man Richard Kuklinski earns a well-deserved reputation as a cold-blooded killer but manages to keep his violent profession a secret from his wife and children. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, Netflix and Vudu.
  • A Knight’s Tale (Movie, 2001) – An English commoner dons the armor of a dead jouster and, with the help of friends, competes against nobles in 14th-century France. Available to watch on Amazon Instant VideoM-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • The Grand Seduction (Movie, 2013) – Residents of a small fishing community in Newfoundland charm a doctor into becoming the town’s full-time physician in order to secure a vital factory contract. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.
  • American Beauty (Movie, 1999) – A man in midlife crisis and at odds with his wife begins working out to impress his teenage daughter’s friend. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! With the weather forecast predicting our first big freeze this weekend, it is definitely time to batten down the hatches, wrap up warm, and snuggle up with some feel-good TV. Check out our recommendations for this weekend, we’ve made sure there’s plenty to choose from and you won’t even have to leave the sofa.

Let us know what you watch!

  • Babylon (Series) – Comedy-drama directed by Danny Boyle, starring Brit Marling and James Nesbitt. An American visionary sets out to revolutionise the image of London’s police force just as an outbreak of violence erupts. Watch the latest episode on 4oD.
  • Autopsy: The Last Hours of Elvis Presley (Series) – World-renowned forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd re-examines the tragic deaths of celebrities who have died in mysterious circumstances. This week he looks into the facts surrounding Elvis Presley’s demise at his home in Graceland, using testimony from the singer’s childhood best friend, his cousin and his private nurse, as well as the medical facts. Catch up on the latest episodes on Demand 5.
  • Unforgiven (Mini-series) – Three-part thriller that traces the drastic consequences that arise for three seemingly unrelated families following a woman’s release from prison. Watch the mini-series on ITV Player now.
  • Some Girls (Series) – Comedy about a group of quirky 18 year olds who live on the same inner city estate, trying to navigate their way through their school and home lives. The third series of Some Girls is available now, with each episode premiering on BBC iPlayer a week in advance.
  • 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.
  • The Inbetweeners Movie 2 (Movie) – The Inbetweeners 2 reunites Jay, Neil, Simon and Will for their latest critically acclaimed smash-hit comedy adventure. Having left school in the summer the boys have gone their separate ways, most noticeably Jay, who delights in telling the others via email that he is on a ‘mental gap year’ in Australia. Neil is desperate to see Jay, and Will and Simon are having a miserable time at Uni, so they decide to go and visit Jay in Oz. Catch it now on Google Play.
  • Hercules (Movie) – Dwayne Johnson clubs off all-comers as the classical warrior Hercules, a burnished hunk who surrounds himself with a gang of trusted lieutenants who help maintain the myth that he is born of the gods. Yet, in reality, he’s a money-grabbing mercenary who will fight any adversary for a price. Available now at Sky Store.
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Movie) – Directed by and starring Ben Stiller. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. Watch it on Now TV.
  • Fleming (Series) – Dominic Cooper stars alongside Lara Pulver and Anna Chancellor as James Bond author Ian Fleming in this stylish and compelling new drama. Catch up on season one now on Now TV.

Golden Oldie:

  • Clueless (Movie) – Remember this 1995 teen classic? A meddlesome Beverly Hills high school student Cher (Alicia Silverstone) gets more than she bargained for when she gives a fashion-challenged student a makeover. Catch it now on Netflix.
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Are you busy holiday shopping for everyone else? Well, you deserve a little treat too!

Here’s your chance to win dozens of prizes including a 40″ Hisense Roku TV, Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version). Plus, the goodies from Amazon.com, A&E, HBO, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Rdio and SHOWTIME are too good to pass up.

Have your heart set on one prize? Increase your chances by entering to win it every day until 12/22/14.

In Canada or the UK? You can join in on the fun this year too!

Good luck!

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This week’s selection…Tastemade. This new channel on Roku balances both food and travel like you’ve never seen before. Their secret? They’ve got a community of Tastemakers that bring you the local sights, flavors, and recipes from all over the globe. What I really like about this channel is Tastemade TV – their continuously streaming channel that lets you sit back, relax, and learn about cultures and cuisines from every corner of the earth. For those true Foodies out there, you may want to consider upgrading to their plus service ($4.99/month) that offers even more content in an ad-free environment.

You can find Tastemade in the “Food” category in the Roku Chanel Store.  Check it out…but be careful, you may get hungry.

 

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