New on CBS News: CBSN, the Live, Anchored Streaming News Network

Breaking news! We’re excited to introduce CBSN, a digital streaming news network now available in the CBS News channel. Now you can watch live, anchored CBS News coverage on your Roku players and Roku TV in the U.S.

The network is available 24/7 and makes all of the resources of CBS News available directly on Roku with live coverage 15 hours each weekday from 9am – midnight ET. CBSN gives you the full flexibility within each hour to control what and when you want to watch by allowing you to view previous segments and jump back to live programming seamlessly.

In addition to live coverage, CBSN on Roku is your one-stop destination for simulcasts of CBS News special reports for breaking news and additional content from CBS affiliate stations, CNET,, Entertainment Tonight and more.

The CBSN live stream will be led by both veteran and new CBS News correspondents including:

  • Jeff Glor – anchor of the Sunday edition of the “CBS Evening News” and Emmy award-winning correspondent for the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley”
  • Elaine Quijano – CBS News Correspondent reporting for all platforms, including “CBS This Morning” and the “CBS Evening News,” since 2010
  • Michelle Miller – award-winning CBS News Correspondent whose work regularly appears on the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” “CBS This Morning” and “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood”
  • Don Dahler – CBS News Correspondent and an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared on a range of programs and platforms since 2013
  • Vladimir Duthiers – CBS News Correspondent. He joined CBS News in August 2014 from CNN, where he was an international correspondent based in Lagos, Nigeria

You can find CBS News under  “News & Weather” in the Streaming Channel Store now on *current-generation Roku players and Roku TV.

*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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Get more from your cable subscription with “TV Anywhere Channels”

Roku features dozens of cable channels On Demand by using your cable provider credentials – this is sometimes referred to as “TV Everywhere” or “TV Anywhere.”  For example, HBO Go and SHOWTIME ANYTIME give cable subscribers unlimited access to their entire TV series catalog, movies and more. WatchESPN delivers 24/7 live programming from your favorite ESPN networks and the A&E channel brings all your favorite TV shows, from Duck Dynasty and Wahlburgers to Bates Motel and Bad Ink.  With your Roku, you can access your cable package from any room in your house without an extra cable box.

Roku’s full list of television/cable-authenticated channels include A&E, Epix (14-day free trial, no credit card required!), FOX NOW, HBO Go, HISTORY, Lifetime, SHOWTIME ANYTIME, Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney Junior, and WatchESPN* – all available at no extra charge. Find out if your cable TV provider supports these channels here.

Time Warner Cable customers are REALLY in luck. Time Warner Cable offers a special channel on Roku player and Roku TV that lets their customers access both On Demand content and a full live TV stream – just like through a traditional set top box. You can add the Time Warner Channel on Roku players and Roku TV, login, and be watching live TV in minutes.

Not a cable subscriber? You should still check out A&E, FOX NOW, HISTORY and Lifetime, as they always have free unlocked episodes available to stream.

We continue working hard to expand TV Anywhere channels on Roku over time. If there are any channels you’d love to see on Roku, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

Games of Thrones marathon, anyone?

*Disney Channel, Disney Junior and WatchESPN are not available on Roku TV.

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Channel of the Week: Qello Concerts

This subscription service features a variety of epic concerts and documentaries featuring many of your favorite musical performers. From heavy metal to classical — and every genre in between — there really is something for everyone. My favorites are the Classic Albums Series that revisits how some of the most epic albums were made. Good news for those of you that are new to Qello Concerts – they have a free 7-Day trial. Also, sample Qello TV by pushing your “*” button and you can watch a variety of streaming genre channels.

Oh, and be sure to check out their Free Music Fridays. Every Friday they unlock a few great concerts and documentaries from their massive collection for you to watch free for one week. This week, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice Cooper and Widespread Panic concerts are free to watch until 11/6/14.

You can find it under “Music” in the Roku Channel Store. Check it out…if you want to get your groove on!

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New on Roku: Google Play

We feel a major streaming marathon coming on! Today, we’re thrilled to announce that Google Play Movies & TV has been added to our expansive Channel Store in the U.S., U.K., Ireland and Canada. With the addition of Google Play Movies & TV, you now have more options than ever to watch the entertainment you love on your Roku player.

From the hottest new releases to iconic classics, there’s a world of movies at your fingertips with Google Play Movies & TV. Get new releases like 22 Jump Street, Into the Storm and Let’s Be Cops in SD or HD before they are available on DVD.

Also, don’t miss the “Gift from Google” section for a complimentary HD copy of of X-Men, when you sign up for a Google Play account. Check back next week, you never know what new title will pop up!

If you’re a TV lover, you can catch up on last night’s episode or past seasons of can’t miss TV, laugh out loud comedies, nail biting dramas, notable documentaries and more, when it’s most convenient for you. You can even get a season pass to have the latest episodes added automatically to your library the day after they air.

Looking for a new drama series to binge-watch? Don’t know where to start? Google Play Movies & TV makes it easy to browse TV shows and movies by genre.

Another cool feature to look out for when you’re watching a TV show or movie is Google Play’s Info Cards. Can’t remember that actor’s name? Press pause when he is on screen and voilà – his name will pop-up on screen!

You can find Google Play Movies & TV in the Channel Store now on *current-generation Roku players. Roku TV support is coming soon.

Stream on!

*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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Roku UK: The best to stream this Halloween!

This week we’ve not been able to resist compiling a special Halloween blog for you guys. We have rounded up some of the scariest horror films on Roku! Ranging from the 1980’s to the present day, expect them all to have you quivering behind your cushion this Halloween weekend…

Good Luck…

  • The Conjuring (Now TV)  – Before Amityville, there was Harrisville. The director of Saw and Insidious tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren tried to help a family under attack within their quaint farmhouse – and found a terrible, demonic truth within. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga top the bill in this sharp, finely crafted and incredibly scary horror.
  • Carrie (Netflix) - A misfit teenager gets back at the classmates who’ve bullied her by unleashing her newfound supernatural powers and creating havoc at the prom.
  • The Shining (Now TV)  – Heeeeeeere’s Johnny! Stanley Kubrick’s terrifically creepy adaptation of the Stephen King novel finds novelist Jack Nicholson gradually losing the plot while spending a winter as the caretaker of a remote mountain hotel. The blood starts to run when his paranormally gifted son picks up on the opulent hideaway’s evil past, while distraught wife Shelley Duvall discovers there’s nowhere to hide from the madness.
  • You’re Next (Netflix) – A shy girl goes to her new boyfriend’s family reunion and must join their bloody fight for survival when a gang of masked hooligans invades the party.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (Sky Store) – To catch a seriously twisted serial killer, the FBI dispatches eager trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) to pick the brain of the brilliant Dr Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), an incarcerated psychopath with a taste for human flesh. Starling is smart, but the doctor is smarter… as his captors are about to discover.
  • Hannibal Rising (Netflix)  – Director Peter Webber takes on the myth of Hannibal Lecter in this terrifying prequel that traces the murderous roots of the cannibalistic killer.
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Now TV) - Jessica Biel and her college mates are heading for a rock concert but find themselves facing the leather-faced frontman of an inbred cannibal family in this gory remake of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 scarefest. Think Slipknot at The Hire Shop as former music video director Marcus Nispel keeps the fear engine running, along with the panic-stricken Biel.
  • Haunting of Cellblock 11 (Sky Store) – A group of ghost hunters – including husband and wife team Joel and Kate – are determined to keep their paranormal TV show on air. They find their spirits raised when they set up shop in an allegedly haunted prison – Freeling State Penitentiary. However, they get more than they bargained for when the brutal ghost of an inmate who died in the prison tries to stage a spectral break-out by inhabiting one of the team members. Derek Acorah would run a mile.
  • The Wicker Man (Now TV) – Psychotic bees, pagan sacrifice and vengeful women are some of the nasties encountered by Californian traffic cop Nic Cage in his island search for a missing girl. The Hollywood remake of the British horror classic chooses to ditch the religious overtones that distinguished the original and pursue a largely conventional police procedural skewed with a feminist twist. Never did ritual slaughter look so much fun.
  • Evil Dead (Sky Store) – A remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 horror classic, this is a frightening and fast-paced effort. Five friends hole up in a cabin in the woods so that one of their number can kick her drug addiction. But when they find a Book of the Dead in the basement, the group unwittingly summon demonic spirits intent on possessing the youngsters and a horrifying battle for survival begins. Fede Alvarez has made a blood-soaked and relentless movie and fans of non-stop horror and outlandish gore are in for one hell of a night…
  • Saw: The Final Chapter (Sky Store) - The gruesome Saw horror series goes out in a crimson wave of gore-rious, eye-popping and body gouging. As a deadly battle rages over serial killer Jigsaw’s brutal legacy, a group who survived the maniac?s clutches seek the support of a self-help guru and fellow victim (Sean Patrick Flanery), a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new torrent of terror.
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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

For all you TV junkies out there, we wanted to give you a list of must-see fall TV shows. Whether you are into dramas or laugh out loud comedies, we have a reason for you to fluff up your couch cushions.

  • Gracepoint (TV Show, 2014) — A town becomes the center of a police investigation after the mysterious death of a young boy. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu and Vudu.
  • The Affair (TV Show, 2014) — The psychological effects of an affair between a married waitress at a Hamptons diner and a teacher who spends his summer at his in-laws’ estate on the island. Available to watch on Showtime Anytime.
  • Modern Family (TV Show, 2014) — A modern and often hilarious look at the complications that come with being a family today. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus (season 6), M-GO and Vudu.
  • Gotham (TV Show, 2014) — Rookie Detective Jim Gordon navigates the corrupt world of Gotham City. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and Vudu.
  • Sons of Anarchy Season (TV Show, 2014) — An outlaw motorcycle club is intent on protecting its sheltered California town. Seasons 1-6 available on Netflix and Hulu and seasons 1-7 on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Movie, 2013) — After their unprecedented victory in the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark embark on a Victors Tour. They become the targets of the Capitol and spark a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me (2014) — Chelsea Handler headlines her first Netflix stand-up special, relating tales of her global travels.
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Movie, 2014) — After discovering a secret cave filled with wild dragons and their mysterious benefactor, Hiccup and Toothless find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace of Berk.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Bound by Flesh (Movie, 2012) — Conjoined twins Daily and Violet Hilton were born in 1908, then were sold to a carnival sideshow as babies. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.
  • E-Team (Documentary, 2014) — Filmmakers Ross Kauffman and Katy Chevigny go to the front lines in Syria and Libya to document evidence of atrocities. Exclusively available on Netflix.


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Control Roku TV with the free Roku mobile app for Android, iOS and Windows Phones

Similar to our Roku players, with Roku TV, we give you the option to control the TV through the included remote or from your smartphone or tablet. Roku’s mobile app definitely comes in handy if you’ve misplaced the remote or find it’s just a little out of reach from your cozy spot on the couch.

If you’ve used the Roku Android, iOS, or *Windows Phone apps with your Roku players in the past these features will look familiar, but there’s additional functionality we’ve integrated just for Roku TV. Read on below.

My Channels / Remote

Once connected to your WiFi network, use the app to control any Roku TV connected to the same network. Under “My Channels” you can view and launch any channel you have installed on your Roku TV with a quick tap. You’ll also be able to launch all of your other entertainment favorites that you’ve connected to your Roku TV such as a cable box, Blu-ray player, gaming console, etc.

The on-screen remote functions as a full remote control, with the buttons you’ll find on your Roku TV remote including volume, mute and the TV off button.


Select “Search” from the pull-down menu to do a snappy Roku Search to find exactly what you want to watch. Simply search the name of a movie, TV show, actor or director and quickly explore the results available across many of our most popular TV and movie channels. For example, after searching Jon Hamm, you’ll see a list of his latest films and television shows. Want to watch Million Dollar Arm? Just tap the movie from the list, choose your preferred channel (we’ll show you results in order of price so you always get the best deal) and your Roku TV will automatically launch your selected channel leaving you just a click away (or less) from watching the movie.

In addition to the buttons on your mobile screen, you can use your Android and iOS smartphone or tablet’s volume control buttons to raise or lower the Roku TV’s volume.

Channel Store

Want to add a new channel from your mobile device? No problem. Select “Streaming Channels” from the pull-down menu, then log into your Roku account. You can browse by categories and click to install any channel from our extensive Streaming Channels Store (1,800 channels and counting!).

Play On Roku

The Play On Roku feature makes it easy to send the music, photos and videos you have saved on your smartphone or tablet right to your TV. Don’t huddle around your tiny mobile screen to see your vacation photos – share them with the entire living room on the big screen!

Did we mention that our mobile apps are free? You can download them now for Android, iOS, Windows 8/8.1 phones or Windows 8.1 devices and stream away.

*Some of the features and functionality for Windows Phone apps will be added in a later release

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The top 10 Halloween movies searches on Roku for children and adults

There’s something so fun about watching a scary movie in the comfort of your home. Maybe it’s the dramatic music, flying out of your seat when something jumps out in the scene or yelling at the TV when the movie character inevitably runs up the stairs instead of out the front door.

This month, you’ve been busy using Roku Search to find your favorite Halloween movies. Some of the results will surprise you! Who knew people are looking to watch Halloween II more than Halloween? Also, some recent movies bumped Halloween classics like Friday the 13th and The Shining from the top 10 list!

We checked the top searches for children’s content as well as the horror/thriller genre, and here are the top 10 most searched Halloween movies (including TV specials) for on Roku this month:

Suitable for the small fry:

  1. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Not rated) – This timeless classic from Charles M. Shultz and Bill Melendez is remastered and features many heartwarming scenes. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video.
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (PG) – Based on the wildly popular J.K. Rowling’s book about a young boy who on his eleventh birthday discovers, he is the orphaned boy of two powerful wizards and has unique magical powers. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and VUDU.
  3. Garfield’s Halloween Adventure (Not rated) – Garfield, the feisty feline, and his pal Odie dressed as pirates out to pillage a village and return with bagsful of candy. Instead, the two get shipwrecked, then discover a haunted house inhabited by treasure hunting pirates who’ve returned from the grave. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus.
  4. Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (Not rated) – Get ready for a spook-tacular good time with Curious George – in his first-ever Halloween movie. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and VUDU.
  5. The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG) – Jack, King of Halloween, finds Christmas Town. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and VUDU.
  6. How to Train Your Dragon (PG) – Hiccup is a young Viking who defies convention when he befriends one of his deadliest foes — a ferocious dragon he calls Toothless. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and VUDU.
  7. Fat Albert’s Halloween Special (Not rated) – After a night filled with more tricking than treating, Rudy and his friend plan one last prank for spooky Mrs. Bankwell. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and VUDU.
  8. Monsters, Inc. (G) – Lovable Sulley and Mike Wazowski are the top scare team at MONSTERS, INC., the scream-processing factory in Monstropolis. When a little girl named Boo wanders into their world, monsters are scared silly, and it’s up to Sulley and Mike to get her back home. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and VUDU.
  9. Monsters University (G) – Discover how Mike and Sulley first met at Monsters University. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and VUDU.
  10. The Halloween Tree (Not rated) – Sit on the edge of your seat and enjoy master storyteller Ray Bradbury’s classic adventure of four youths who try to save the spirit of their friend from the ghosts of Halloween past. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video.

Now for the adults:

  1. The Conjuring (R) – Based on a true story, ghost hunters Lorraine and Ed Warren help a family terrorized by a dark spirit. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, HBO GO, M-GO and VUDU.
  2. Halloween II (1981) (R) – Crazed psychopath Michael Myers is still very much alive and out for more revenge in this spine-tingling blockbuster written by horror masters John Carpenter and Debra Hill. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and VUDU.
  3. Halloween (1978) (R) – After fifteen years locked up in a mental institution, Michael escapes, dons a creepy mask and launches a killing spree in his home town of Haddonfield. Available to stream on M-GO.
  4. The Purge (R) – From the producer of Paranormal Activity and starring Ethan Hawke, comes an inventive thriller that dares you to survive the most dangerous night in America when all crime is legal. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, HBO GO, M-GO and VUDU.
  5. Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later (R) – After faking her death and changing her name to evade the murderous Michael Myers, Laurie Strode, now a teacher at a Southern California private school, is again targeted by her nemesis. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, M-GO and VUDU.
  6. Alien (R) – On their voyage home, the crew of the deepspace tug Nostromo investigate an alien distress signal, inadvertently picking up and bringing aboard an extraterrestrial life form with violent and lethal survival instincts. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and VUDU.
  7. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (R) – The sixth entry in the series has Dr. Sam Loomis once again in pursuit of the homicidal Michael Myers. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO, Netflix and VUDU.
  8. Aliens (R) – The terror continues as Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) returns to Earth after drifting through space in hypersleep for 57 years. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and VUDU.
  9. Sleepy Hollow (R) – An eccentric investigator determined to stop the murderous Headless Horseman. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, HBO GO, M-GO and VUDU.
  10. Twilight (PG-13) – Bella Swan doesn’t expect much when she moves to the small town of Forks, Washington, until she meets the mysterious and handsome Edward Cullen – a boy who’s hiding a dark secret: he’s a vampire. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and VUDU.

Happy Screaming!

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Channel of the week: Halloween ScreamSaver

This week’s selection….Halloween ScreamSaver.

This free screensaver app will get you in the mood for one of my favorite holidays of the year with a variety of spooky scenes, sounds and screams. There’s nothing too graphic, but you might want to use some caution around your little ghosts or goblins.

You can find it under ‘Screensavers & Apps‘ in the Roku Channel Store. Check it out…if you dare!

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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 24th October 2014

This week we’ve given you a real mixed bag of recommendations so there is something for everyone! Our film suggestions range from ‘Escape from Alcatraz’ to ‘The Other Woman’, or if you fancy a change re-watch The MOBO Awards and catch the star performances.

Let us know what you watch in the comments below!

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Movie) – After her triumph in the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen travels through the districts on a “Victor’s Tour” while a rebellion gathers steam around her. Watch it now on Netflix.
  • The Other Woman (Movie) - After discovering her boyfriend (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is married, Amber (Cameron Diaz) accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Leslie Mann)…and realises they have much in common. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, ex. Available on Sky Store.
  • Maleficent (Movie) – Disney tweaks the Sleeping Beauty legend for the visually sumptuous tale of Maleficent (Angelina Jolie), a good fairy-turned-bad who spends years trying to atone for an act of malice. Her victim is Aurora (Elle Fanning), the daughter of her former love Stefan, who was seduced by power instead of the virtues of Maleficent herself. Available on Sky Store.
  • House of Lies (Series) – Based on the hit book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time, House of Lies stars Oscar nominee Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan, a cut-throat consultant who fleeces the rich in a bid to transform his consultancy firm into the best in the business. Watch it on Now TV.
  • Tyrant (Series) – Tyrant tells a story of power, ambition, corruption and seduction: a compelling family drama set against the beautiful backdrop of the Middle East…but the lavish, decadent setting masks a simmering hotbed of political turbulence and unrest. Catch season 1 on Now TV.
  • The MOBO Awards – Live coverage of this year’s MOBO Awards hosted by Sarah-Jane Crawford and Mel B. Including performances from Jessie J, Krept and Konan, Professor Green and Ella Eyre. Stream it now on ITV Player.
  • Trust Me, I’m a Doctor (Series) – Going behind the headlines to answer health questions. Dr Chris van Tulleken investigates whether garlic, beetroot and watermelon can reduce blood pressure. Catch it on BBC iPlayer.
  • Homeland (Series) – Compelling and contemporary US thriller about a troubled and unorthodox CIA agent, starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin. The anticipated fourth series has just started and you can catch the first two episodes now on 4oD.
  • Wentworth Prison (Series) – Australia’s most famous correctional centre reopens its gates once again for the second series of this edgy re-imagining of Prisoner: Cell Block H. Catch up on the new series now on Demand 5.

Golden Oldie:

  • Escape from Alcatraz (Movie) – This 1979 Clint Eastwood classic sees lifer Frank Morris plan his unauthorised departure from Alcatraz in this thriller based on the penitentiary’s only successful jailbreak. Watch it now on Netflix.


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