New on Roku: Yahoo Screen

Your Monday just got way more exciting! Yahoo Screen launched on Roku.

Yahoo Screen brings you the best in comedy and entertainment from Saturday Night Live clips to clips from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and South Park.

Who can forget the classic SNL skit “More Cowbell!” featuring Will Ferrell, Christopher Walken and Jimmy Fallon, who cracks up throughout the skit?

Can’t get enough of The Colbert Report? Yahoo Screen has got you covered.

Yahoo Screen has exclusive streaming rights to all SNL archived clips, as well as current season skits, including all the hilarious digital shorts.

So, grab some popcorn and get ready to have a laugh fest!

Roku 3 (4200), Roku 2 (2710), Roku 1 (2720), Roku LT (2400, 2450, 2700), Roku 2 HD (3000), Roku 2 XD (3050), Roku 2 XS (3100), Roku HD (2500) and Roku Streaming Stick (Roku Ready Version) (3400, 3420) devices in the U.S. can add the Yahoo Screen channel now.

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Updated Roku Mobile App 3.0

We are proud to announce that the Roku mobile app, for both iOS and Android, has been updated to version 3.0 and available in the Apple App Store, Google Play and the Amazon App Store now. This is a major update with several notable new features:

All-new User Interface

It’s faster and has been updated with a new, modern look.

Login Not Required

You can now easily pick from and control any Roku player on your WiFi network. Most functionality is available without logging into your Roku account (though you’ll still need to log in to access the Channel Store). If you do log in, you’ll be automatically logged in to any other Roku players on that account so switching between players in your home is easier than ever.

Roku®Search

Simply enter the name of a movie, show, actor, or director and quickly explore the results available across on our top TV and movie channels. Tap on a cast member to get their available filmography. When you find something to watch, just tap your preferred service and your Roku player will automatically switch to the entertainment, leaving you just a click away (or less) from watching. Roku Search on mobile will debut on the new Roku Steaming Stick (HDMI Version) and be rolled out to other models over time.

Haven’t tried the Roku mobile app? See what you’ve been missing:

  • It functions as a full remote control, and includes an instant replay button and a keyboard for use in search.
  • You can browse the Roku Channel Store and add and remove channels from your Roku account.
  • You can instantly launch your favorite installed channels with handy quick launch buttons.
  • You can play your mobile music, photos and video right on your TV with the tap of a finger.
  • It’s free!

We hope you enjoy this update to the Roku mobile app and look forward to your feedback!

UPDATE: On 4/2, we released an update for the iOS app (version 3.01), which addresses a number of items reported below. Thanks again you for your feedback.

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

Waiting all week to get your TV fix? Well, there’s so much good stuff this week, you might have a hard time squeezing it all in this weekend!

  • Frozen – Fearless optimist Anna teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Veronica Mars – On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. While interviewing at high-end New York law firms, she gets a call from her ex-boyfriend who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don’t seem right, she finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind. (Movie, 2014) Newly released on on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant, and Vudu.
  • Paranoia –Blackmailed by his company’s CEO, low-level employee Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) finds himself forced to spy on the boss’s rival and former mentor. As Adam enjoys all the trappings of an executive position, he soon learns he can trust no one. Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and Amber Heard also star in this thriller. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Wolf of Wall Street – Brace yourself for an outrageous true story from legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a young stockbroker hungry for a life of non-stop thrills, where corruption was king and more was never enough. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Contracted – On the outs with her girlfriend and overwhelmed by daily stress, a young woman has a one-night-stand with a strange man at a party and soon becomes alarmingly ill. But what she thinks is a sexually transmitted disease turns out to be far worse. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Redbox Instant.
  • The Devil’s Miner – Filmmakers pan their cameras beneath the surface of Bolivia’s Cerro Rico silver mines, a place so dark, depressing and frightening that locals believe it’s the devil’s home. Chronicling the daily ordeal of a 14-year-old who chews coca leaves on his way to work to numb his persistent, primordial terror — this somber documentary captures the hellish realities of fear. (Movie, 2005) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Vudu.
  • Gattaca – Starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law, this story is set in a future where status is determined by genetics and a genetically flawed “In-Valid” man conspires to game the system in order to achieve his lifelong dream. In the process, he meets and falls in love with a beautiful “Valid” with a heart defect. (Movie, 1997) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Thomas Crown Affair – An adventure of a millionaire playboy (Pierce Brosnan) who steals a priceless work of art and then strikes up a fiery romance with the brilliant female insurance investigator (Rene Russo) who is on to his game. (Movie, 1999) Newly released on Hulu Plus and Redbox Instant, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Saving Mr. Banks – Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time. John Lee Hancock directs this acclaimed film that reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Critical Care – A skilled hospital resident lands in the middle of a madcap legal battle thanks to his fervent sex drive in this comedy. James Spader stars as the young doctor who gets seduced into becoming a primary part of a fight between two greedy sisters whose dying (and very rich) father is in the doc’s ward. (Movie, 1997) Newly released on HBO GO, but also available on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant, and Vudu.
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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

It’s a big week for movie and TV fans: exciting fan favorites and top new releases are now available that you absolutely don’t want to miss! Here’s our guide for your streaming pleasure.

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Jennifer Lawrence returns in this thrilling sequel to THE HUNGER GAMES. Katniss and Peeta embark on a victory tour while President Snow plots a deadly new Hunger Games that could change Panem forever. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Nebraska – From Academy Award winner Alexander Payne, comes the story of a father and his adult son who embark on a journey to claim a million-dollar prize. What begins as a fool’s errand becomes a search for the road to redemption. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GOAmazon Instant VideoRedbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – The wait is over — Ron Burgundy is back! After losing his job to his wife and co-anchor, Ron reassembles the news team and squares off against a new rival. Will the world’s greatest anchorman be crushed beneath the weight of his own ego (and his salon-quality hair)? (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GOAmazon Instant Video and Redbox Instant.
  • American Hustle – Packed with a-list actors including Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams, this movie follows the true story of the FBI’s 1980 under-cover sting operation of Congress, dubbed Abscam, to root out corruption which was the brainchild of the world’s greatest con man. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GOAmazon Instant VideoRedbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Flyboys – Starring James Franco and Jean Reno, the story details the adventures of several young American boys who volunteered for the French military before the United States entered World War I. They became the first U.S. fighter pilots known as the Lafayette Escadrille. (Movie, 2006) Newly released on Amazon Instant Video, but also available on Netflix and Redbox Instant.
  • Homefront – Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder and Kate Bosworth star in this action-packed thriller about how far one man will go to protect his family from a psychotic local drug lord. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – Golden Globe-Winner Idris Elba stars in this moving biography of Nelson Mandela, the jailed activist who became President of South Africa and helped rebuild the once-segregated society. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Seasons 1-6 – These animated entries in the Star Wars sagas follow the adventures of the Jedi knights, including Anakin Skywalker — who draws ever closer to the dark side — and his master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Season 6 available only on Netflix. (TV Show, 2008-2014) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • New Girl: Fired Up – Jess hires, then must immediately fire Coach as her school’s new volleyball coach. Meanwhile, Schmidt gets sued and enlists Nick and a procedural television-loving Winston to represent him at the deposition. (TV Show, 2014) Newly released on Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Modern Family: Other People’s Children – It’s male-bonding day when Jay takes Luke into the garage to show him the way around tools and impart some manly wisdom, and Gloria goes with Claire and Lily to shop for Lily’s flower girl dress, while Mitch, Cam, Alex and Manny go for a cultured day at the museum. (TV Show, 2014) Newly released on M-GO, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

No matter how hectic your week may have been, you made it to Friday! And what’s a better way to celebrate than an evening curled on the couch enjoying the best new releases, including the winner of the Oscar for Best Picture!

  • 12 Years a Slave – Best Picture winner, based on Solomon Northup’s astonishing true story. In 1841, Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free citizen, is kidnapped, stripped of his identity and sold into slavery. Now, he must find the strength to survive in this unflinching story of hope. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Oldboy – A chillingly dark tale of vengeance bursting with unforgettable twists and turns. Kidnapped and kept in solitary confinement for 20 years, Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) has suddenly been set free without a word of explanation. Obsessed with finding those who imprisoned him, Doucett wreaks havoc upon his captors, unaware his freedom is part of a plan and his true punishment’s about to begin. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Arthur and the Invisibles – Ten-year-old Arthur discovers a world of tiny people living in the backyard of his home, which is slated for demolition. A cryptic message leads Arthur to the mini community, where he searches for a rumored treasure in an effort to save his house. (Movie, 2006) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Babe – It’s the award-winning story of a shy little pig who doesn’t quite know his place. With the help of an assortment of barnyard friends, Babe discovers that he can be anything he wants to be! (Movie, 1995) Newly released on Hulu Plus, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • All the Pretty Horses – With dreams of steady ranch work and a better life, John (Matt Damon) and Lacey (Henry Thomas) travel on horseback across the Rio Grande into Mexico, where they stumble upon a loose-cannon youngster and a hacienda needing cowboys. Everything seems perfect until John meets a beautiful woman (Penélope Cruz) and terrible choices are made. (Movie, 2000) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Donnie Brasco – When FBI agent Joe Pistone goes undercover and rechristens himself Donnie Brasco to infiltrate the mob, he increasingly identifies with the made-men he’s charged with taking down in this engrossing crime drama based on a true story. (Movie, 1997) Newly released on Netflix and Crackle, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Tourist – A mysterious woman (Angelina Jolie) and a mild-mannered American (Johnny Depp) become involved in web of intrigue, romance and danger in this international action thriller set in the spectacular city of Venice, Italy. (Movie, 2010) Newly released on Amazon Instant Video, but also available on Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • 28 Days – After her drunken antics ruin her sister’s wedding and result in major property damage, journalist Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock) enters rehab, where she runs afoul of the program director and soon meets a fellow resident who changes her outlook. (Movie, 2000) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant, and Vudu.
  • The Roommate – A college freshman, Sara (Minka Kelly), is randomly assigned to a dorm with a stranger named Rebecca (Leighton Meester). They start off as friends, but things turn deadly as Rebecca begins to target people in Sara’s life. (Movie, 2011) Newly released on Crackle, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Zero Effect – The world’s greatest and most dysfunctional private eye is drawn into a case of murder and deception in this ‘charmingly off center little film’ (Nitrate Online). Bill Pullman stars as the off-kilter modern-day Sherlock Holmes with Ben Stiller as his right-hand man (a al Watson). (Movie, 1998) Newly released on HBO GO, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
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Introducing the New Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version)

HDTVs rejoice! With the new Roku® Streaming Stick™ (HDMI® version) announced today, consumers with an HDMI port can now choose the compact stick design pioneered by Roku to stream their favorite entertainment. This new tiny player plugs discreetly into an HDMI port – perfect for those beautiful wall-mounted TVs – and packs the complete Roku streaming experience. That means access to 1,200+ channels of movies, TV episodes, music, news, sports, kids’ shows and free programming streamed in up to 1080p HD video, plus a TV user interface featuring the beloved Roku Search.

Roku is all about the easiest way to enjoy the best selection of streaming entertainment on TV. That’s why in addition to the included WiFi remote control for the entire household’s use, there are the free Roku apps for Android™ and iOS® devices for those who desire a mobile experience to browse and select content to stream. Users can also cast Netflix, YouTube and personal media from their devices to their TVs and additional mobile features such as the ability to cast content from a computer to the TV are on the way.

The new Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI version) is $49.99 and available for pre-order now from Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Target.com, Walmart.com and Roku.com. It will ship to consumers and arrive in retails stores in April.

For our international streamers, the new Roku Streaming Stick is $59.99 in Canada and £49.99 in the U.K. and in the Republic of Ireland. It is available for pre-order from Amazon.ca, BestBuy.ca, FutureShop.ca, Currys.co.uk, LondonDrug.ca, Staples.ca, Walmart.ca, Roku.com/ca and Roku.com/uk.

Stream on!

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Roku @SXSW 2014

Whether you’re attending SXSW or staying home, you can join in on the festivities.

  • Enter our SXSW sweepstakes for a chance to win the new Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI version). Plus, prizes from FOX, Hulu Plus, Spotify and WWE are up for grabs.
  • Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the all the latest. We promise to make it worth your while.
  • And if you’re at SXSW we’ll see you at the Roku Streaming Lounge. It’s the FIRST place to see the new Roku Streaming Stick in action! Rest your feet, score some cool schwag and mingle with celebs. Find the details below.

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

From dramas to blockbusters, check out what this week’s fresh new releases!

  • Gravity – Oscar nominated, this story is about astronauts Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) who are on a routine spacewalk when disaster strikes. Their shuttle is destroyed leaving them alone in space – tethered to nothing but each other. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Thor: The Dark World – An epic blockbuster starring Chris Hemsworth as The Mighty Thor, worlds collide when a powerful ancient enemy threatens to plunge the cosmos into eternal darkness. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The Book Thief – Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson star in this moving film based on the bestseller about a girl (Sophie Nélisse) who transforms the lives of those around her in World War II Germany. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Somewhere – This atmospheric dramedy centers on hard-living actor Johnny, whose life is thrown for a loop when his 11-year-old daughter, Cleo, pays him a surprise visit. As the two become better acquainted, Johnny realizes he needs to make changes. (Movie, 2010) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Awaken – Alex’s (Corey Sevier) dreary life is reignited when he meets Rachel (Jordan Ladd), the woman of his dreams. The only thing that stands in the way of their perfect, serendipitous relationship is that Rachel has recently passed away. (Movie, 2012) Newly released on Redbox Instant, but also available on Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby – Starring Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen, this hilarious comedy is about a NASCAR drive losing his confidence after a spectacular crash and goes to hysterical extremes to recover his nerve and make a comeback. (Movie, 2006) Newly released on Crackle, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Mr. Nobody – This movie tells the story of a 118-year-old man who is the last mortal on Earh after the human race has achieved quasi-immortality. On his deathbed, he shares his life story with a reporter and reviews the choices he made along the way. (Movie, 2009) Newly released on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Barefoot – The “black sheep” son (Scott Speedman) of a wealthy family meets a young psychiatric patient (Evan Rachel Wood) who’s been raised in isolation her entire life. He takes the naive young woman home for his brother’s wedding and she impresses the family with her genuine, if unstable charm. Along the way they fall into an improbable love. (Movie, 2014) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • These Birds Walk – In this beautifully filmed, inspirational documentary, a high-spirited runaway boy in Pakistan tries to find his way back home from the orphanage in which he lives, aided by a sympathetic ambulance driver who was once a street kid himself. Newly released on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Blue is the Warmest Color – Determined to fall in love, 15-year-old Adele is focused on boys. But it’s a blue-haired girl she meets on the street who really piques her interest. Soon, Adele is exploring her desire for girls as she negotiates her way to becoming a woman. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Redbox Instant.
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WWE now body slamming on Roku

The wait is over. WWE Network is available now on Roku!

Through the WWE on Roku channel, fans can subscribe to WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 streaming network featuring all 12 WWE live pay-per-view events – including WrestleMania®, groundbreaking original programming, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches and more than 1,500 hours of video on demand at launch on all current-generation Roku devices in the U.S.

No cable or satellite provider authorizations are required to access the WWE Network. Click here to learn more about subscribing to the WWE Network.

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The 10 Best Picture winners from the last 10 years

The Oscar race is heating up in the Best Picture category – just over a week to go! Before you make your predictions, check out previous winners for a Oscar-themed movie marathon weekend!

  • Argo – Directed and starring Ben Affleck who plays a CIA agent who poses as a Hollywood film producer, this dramatic thriller based on real events chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis. (Movie, 2012) Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant, HBO GO and Vudu.
  • The Artist – Winner of five Oscars, this artful black-and-white silent film follows the romance between a silent-era superstar on a downward spiral and a rising young starlet who embraces the future of cinema at the dawn of the “talkies.” (Movie, 2011) Available on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The King’s Speech – Starring Colin Firth, this biographical drama follows Britain’s King George VI as he struggles with an embarrassing stutter until he seeks help from unorthodox Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). (Movie, 2010) Available on M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Hurt Locker – When a new sergeant, James (Jeremy Renner), takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. A movie that the NY Daily News says “deserves to stand as one of the defining films of the decade.” (Movie, 2008) Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Slumdog Millionaire – When a penniless, eighteen year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai comes within one question of winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? a police investigation reveals his amazing story. (Movie, 2008) Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • No Country for Old Men – Based on the novel by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and featuring an acclaimed cast led by Tommy Lee Jones, details a man as he stumbles on a bloody crime scene, a pickup truck loaded with heroin, and two million dollars in irresistible cash. His decision to take the money sets off an unstoppable chain reaction of violence. Not even west Texas law can contain it. (Movie, 2007) Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Departed – An undercover state cop (Leonardo DiCaprio) who has infiltrated an Irish gang and a mole in the police force working for the same mob race to track down and identify each other before being exposed to the enemy, after both sides realize their outfit has a rat. (Movie, 2006) Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Crash – A crime drama film by Paul Haggis brings together a group of strangers in Los Angeles and how their lives interweave after a car accident. The film underlies the racial and social tensions at the time. A self-described “passion piece” for Haggis, Crash was inspired by a real-life incident in which his Porsche was carjacked outside a video store on Wilshire Boulevard in 1991. (Movie, 2004) Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Million Dollar Baby – A deep bond develops between a cantankerous trainer (Clint Eastwood) and the female boxer (Hilary Swank) he reluctantly takes under his wing. (Movie, 2004) Available on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Vudu.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Hobbit, Frodo (Elijah Wood), accompanied only by his loyal friend Sam and the hideous, Gollum, ventures deep into the very dark heart of Mordor on his impossible quest to destroy the Ring of Power. (Movie, 2003) Available on M-GO, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant, Crackle, HBO GO and Vudu.
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