Top 10 new releases and recommendations

The leaves are changing and the weather’s getting chilly. Throw on those comfy sweats and find the coziest spot on the couch. It’s time to stream more fall premieres (Homeland’s back Sunday 10/5) and catch up before the new seasons start (The Walking Dead returns 10/12!).

So, what are you watching this weekend?

  • Homeland (TV Show, 2011) — An American soldier who was presumed killed in Iraq returns 10 years after he went missing. Available to watch on SHOWTIME ANYTIME,  Amazon Instant VideoM-GO and Vudu.
  • The Walking Dead Season 4 (TV Show, 2010) — Officer Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma into a world terrorized by the walking dead.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant VideoM-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Brick Mansions (Movie, 2014) – An undercover cop joins forces with an ex-con to rescue his kidnapped girlfriend and save Detroit from destruction. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Lullaby (Movie, 2014) — A man learns that his estranged father will take himself off life-support in less than 48 hours. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Parks and Recreation Season 6 (TV Show, 2009) – A midlevel bureaucrat works tirelessly toward improving her hometown. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Bad Grandpa (Movie, 2013) – Irving Zisman takes his young and impressionable grandson on a cross-country trip in which they encounter male strippers, biker-bar patrons and other unsuspecting, real-life people. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Killing Them Softly (Movie, 2012) — After a rival crook hires a pair of bumbling thieves to rob their card game, mobsters hire a reluctant hit man to settle the score.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Neighbors (Movie, 2014) – Parents go to war with a neighboring fraternity president who refuses to tone down his house’s raucous activities. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO, Redbox Instant and Vudu
  • Annie (Movie, 1982) – Daddy Warbucks protects little orphan Annie from Miss Hannigan and crooks in Depression-era New York. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Finding Forrester (Movie, 2000) – While studying at a prep school, an aspiring writer befriends a reclusive author who becomes his mentor.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, Crackle, M-GO, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
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Introducing Roku Screen Mirroring Beta for Microsoft® Windows and Android™ Devices

Today, I’m happy to share that we’re rolling out a beta release of a new screen mirroring feature for a select number of Windows 8.1 and Android devices. Available to customers around the world, screen mirroring is a quick, easy way to mirror videos, apps, web sites, and more from your mobile device to a TV via your Roku 3 or Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI® Version).

Screen mirroring is one of the simplest ways to share any type of content with those around you, and you won’t need additional apps or software. All you’ll need is a compatible device with mirroring capabilities. Once you turn on mirroring for your phone, tablet or laptop, you can pair with your compatible Roku player and whatever you see on your mobile device is exactly what will be displayed on your TV.

My family has already found many ways to use screen mirroring around our house. In the past few days, my kids have shown me their homework assignments, played funny videos from Facebook, and made the visuals of the games they play huge by mirroring content on our TV screen. Perhaps the coolest example so far was when my son showed me a new app he’s using to compose his own music and we were able to view it together on the TV.

We’ve even found some great uses for screen mirroring around the Roku office by quickly displaying presentations and emails from a mobile device onto the TVs in our conference rooms.

Screen mirroring is the latest in a variety of ways we have made it easy for Roku customers to connect their mobile devices with their TVs in fun and exciting ways. The Play On Roku feature within the Roku mobile app makes it easy to send music, photos and videos saved on your smartphone or tablet to your TV through any Roku player. In addition, you can use the mobile apps from Netflix and YouTube to browse and then launch videos from your smartphone or tablet straight to your TV with the Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick.

The beta release of our new screen mirroring feature will begin to roll out to Roku customers today and we expect it to be available to all customers within the next few weeks.

Screen mirroring brings a whole new way to enjoy any type of content through your Roku player and we think you’ll love being able to bring your small screens to life on the big screen.

You can click here for more information on the screen mirroring feature and a list of supported devices.

If you use the Roku screen mirroring beta feature and want to share your experience with us, you can submit feedback here.

Happy mirroring!

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Which Roku channels are free?

Roku’s extensive Channel Store includes 1,800+ channels, but what exactly can you stream for free? Well, a lot! Today hundreds of Roku channels are free including YouTube, Pandora, PBS, PBS Kids, Hasbro, Crackle, VEVO, CrunchyRoll, Baeble, Popcornflix, Smithsonian and much more. As you may expect, on some channels you might need to sit through an ad here or there.

Many Roku customers are also surprised by our library of free special interest channels like food, fitness, fashion, outdoor…the list goes on. I’m a big fan of Allrecipes for easy dinner ideas and NetFit for free workouts. I catch up on the latest from WIRED, GQ and ABC News through The Scene and stream live concerts, Comedy Central clips and Buzzfeed shorts on Yahoo Screen. These channels are very popular with Roku users as well.

Check out the “Top Free” section in the Channel Store on your Roku player or Roku TV to find many more free channels.

Free with a television/cable subscription

Roku features several cable channels like FOX, A&E, History Channel (and dozens more) that offer a combination of free content, plus a full line-up of channel content you can access with your cable subscription credentials.  This allows cable and television subscribers to get more value from their subscriptions by being able to access their favorite cable shows from any room in the house!

You’ll also find regular free show episodes from A&E, HISTORY and Lifetime, to name a few. Check out the fall premieres of Gotham, Red Band Society, Bob’s Burgers and more on FOX NOW. Hurry though, these premieres are only available for a limited time!

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption. Wasn’t 1994 a great year for movies!? Take a walk down memory lane with these classics or catch up on the latest and greatest this weekend.

  • Pulp Fiction (Movie, 1994) – Two hit men, a boxer, a crime boss and others meet their fates over the course of two days.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • The Shawshank Redemption (Movie, 1994) – Two life sentences for a 1947 double murder land an innocent man in a corrupt Maine penitentiary.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and Redbox Instant.
  • Transparent (TV Show, 2014) – The past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes family’s secrets to spill out. Watch this original title exclusively on Amazon Instant Video.
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (Movie, 2014) – The X-Men join forces with their younger selves in order to change the past and save mankind’s future as well as their own.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • The Little Rascals (Movie, 1994) – For wooing Darla, Alfalfa has a falling out with Spanky and the all-boys clubhouse gang. Available to watch on Amazon Instant VideoM-GO and Vudu.
  • The Double (Movie, 2013) – An awkward office drone becomes increasingly unhinged after a charismatic and confident look-alike takes a job at his workplace and slowly starts taking over his life. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Revolution Season 2 (TV Show, 2012) – A group of citizens sets out to find what caused technology to stop working 15 years ago. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Justin and the Knights of Valor (Movie, 2013) – A youth starts a quest to become a knight and turns into a man along the way.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.
  • The Rover (Movie, 2014) – After thieves steal his car, a hardened loner forces a wounded member of their gang to help him track down a scorched and perilous landscape. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Fed Up (Movie, 2014) – Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and journalist Katie Couric investigate how the American food industry may be responsible for more sickness than previously realized. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 26h September 2014

This week we had some 20th anniversaries to celebrate including: The Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction (this week’s Golden Oldie recommendation) and Friends – quality and entertaining viewing that has stood the test of time.

Back to 2014 and some recommendations for this week – how many of these will we still be watching on our Roku players in 20 years’ time?

Let us know what you watch in the comments box below!

  • BoJack Horseman (Series) – Another Netflix original series, meet the most beloved sitcom horse of the ’90s but 20 years later. BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit TV show “Horsin’ Around,” but today he’s washed up, living in a Hollywood bachelor pad, complaining about everything, and sometimes wearing colourful sweaters. Set in an L.A. where humans and anthropomorphic animal-people coexist, “BoJack Horseman” is about one man (well, horse-man) who peaked too early and must figure out what to do next.
  • Bad Education (Series) – Back for its third series, Jack Whitehall continues to entertain as a teacher who is a bigger kid than the kids he teaches. Watch the first episodes of the new series on BBC iPlayer.
  • Grand Piano (Movie) – Moments before his comeback performance, acclaimed concert pianist Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) is about to try to overcome his crippling stage fright when he discovers a note written on his music sheet. It warns him that if he doesn’t deliver a note-perfect recital…his wife (Kerry Bishé) will die. Watch it on Sky Store.
  • The Men with Many Wives (Documentary) – This revealing documentary explores the world of polygamous marriages among British Muslims. While polygamy is illegal under British law, it is permitted under Sharia law, and although unusual, some estimate that there are as many as 20,000 polygamous marriages among Muslims in the UK today. The programme examines the daily challenges of polygamous life and the motivation of those who are looking for another wife. Catch the first episode now on 4oD.
  • Under the Dome (Series) – Channel 5 brings the second series of this hit US series starring Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre and Dean Norris, to the UK, which sees an invisible force field descends upon a small town in the north-eastern part of the United States. Catch up now on Demand 5.
  • Sabotage (Movie) – Veteran cop John Breacher (Arnold Schwarzenegger) leads a play-by-their-own-rules undercover DEA unit who aren’t above trousering a slice of the cash during a drugs bust. However, when they make the mistake of pilfering the profits of a vicious Latin American cartel, they find themselves being brutally picked off one-by-one. It’s up to Breacher – with the help of Olivia Williams’ detective – to hunt down their lethal assailants. Stream it on Sky Store.
  • Boardwalk Empire (Series) – Produced by Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire follows the corrupt and charismatic Atlantic City Treasurer Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson as prohibition gives rise to widespread organised crime. Watch all five seasons on Now TV.
  • Long Lost Family – What Happened Next (Documentary) – This three part series sees Davina McCall follow-up nine of the most extraordinary searches in the past series including three women who were determined to track down a family member, whatever the cost. Watch the first two episodes on ITV Player.
  • Wreck-It Ralph (Movie) – It’s not easy being mean. But when Wreck-It Ralph (John C Reilly), the villain of a classic 8-bit arcade game, decides he no longer wants to be the bad guy, his efforts to change the status quo and play the hero could mean game over for the entire video game universe. Watch this Disney animation on Now TV.

Golden Oldie:

  • Pulp Fiction (Movie) – Another favourite celebrating its 20th anniversary, Quentin Tarantino’s stylised crime caper weaves together stories featuring a burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner and a washed-up boxer. Watch it now on Netflix.

 

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Sports channels on Roku

Summer’s gone, but the beauty of fall sports is here. NFL is underway, the NBA and NHL seasons are nearly here and the World Series is on the horizon. Plus, with more sports channels than any other streaming player, there’s always a match, fight or event to stream on one of our sports channels.

Are you ready for the sports season? Learn more about our top sports channels below.

  • NFL Now ($1.99/month) delivers a personalized video stream of your favorite NFL teams, players and coaches right to your TV. Get exclusive interviews and stories about your team, breaking news on your fantasy players, and unlimited access to your favorites in the NFL Films Archives.
  • WatchESPN (free with a cable subscription) gives you 24/7 access to your favorite live sports and shows from ESPN including SportsCenter, Mike and Mike in the Morning, SportsNation and much more.
  • With MLB.TV Premium ($129.99/year), you can watch over 2,430 MLB regular season games LIVE or on-demand in HD Quality.
  • NBA Game Time ($199/season) delivers your favorite NBA teams right on your Roku player. With the NBA Game Time channel, watch game video highlights, view LIVE score updates, get team and player stat summaries and see league standings.
  • NHL GameCenter ($159/season) subscribers can watch live out-of-market games throughout the regular season. Full-length and condensed replays allow you to watch hockey how you want, when you want from yesterday and yesteryear. NHL Vault subscribers can enjoy game replays and classic games.

  • MLS LIVE ($25.99 for remaining 2014 season) is a subscription-based service to watch up to 230 live games during the season (blackout restrictions apply). Online subscribers can also access archived and condensed (20-minutes) games online following each match.
  • DishWorld Sports ($10/month) offers the best European Football and World Sports FREE with top packages. Featuring beIN Sports in English and Spanish, One World Sports, Universal Sports, and more. Live La Liga matches with Barcelona FC, Real Madrid, and others. Plus Serie A, Ligue 1, and Barclays Premier League.
  • UFCTV ($9.99/month) gives you Live and On-Demand access to UFC events and classic fights. UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), is the world’s leading mixed martial arts sports association.
  • WWE Network ($9.99/month) delivers 24/7 streaming of every live WWE pay-per-view including WrestleMania. Subscribers enjoy instant unlimited access to this and more.
  • FNTSY Sports Network ($2.99/month or $29.99/year, free 30-day trial) is the world’s first-ever television network specifically targeted towards the estimated 40 million people who play fantasy sports annually and on a daily basis. It includes live studio programming, call-in shows, celebrity and expert drafts, reality shows and more.
  • Fight Network ($2.99/month or $29.99/year, free 30-day trial) is a 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, including live fights, news and analysis for mixed martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, professional wrestling, traditional martial arts, as well as fight-themed drama series, documentaries and feature films.
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New on Roku in Canada: Cineplex Store

Great news, Canadian streamers! Cineplex Store is now available on Roku.

Cineplex is the first movie video on-demand service available on Roku in Canada. The channel delivers thousands of movies including the latest new releases such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Fault In Our Stars, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Godzilla, Blended and much more. You also have the flexibility to start and stop movie playback when you switch between devices.

Not sure what to watch? Cineplex lets you browse movies by your mood. Like adventure? Family fun? Or just looking for a good laugh? It’s easier than ever to find a movie you’re sure to love.

Don’t miss out on these great perks when you make purchases from the Cineplex Store on Roku! For every $1 you spend, earn five SCENE points, with the exception of gift card purchases. Save up those SCENE points to get fantastic benefits like a FREE movie at any Cineplex theatres. Also, through September 30, 2014, select digital titles are 25% off and if you purchase one of Cineplex’s selected movies, you will be automatically entered to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablet. Learn more here.

Happy streaming!

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

This week we are shining the light on an inspiring and brilliant account of one of the most influential families in U.S. history, The Roosevelts. It’s getting rave reviews and quickly becoming a favorite among Roku fans.

Happy streaming!

  • The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (Documentary, 2014) – The stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.  Available to watch on PBS, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Chef (Movie, 2014) Jon Favreau leads a hilarious all-star cast in this inspiring comedy about a gifted chef who teams up with his ex-wife, best friend and son to launch a food truck business. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Redbox Instant and VUDU.
  • 3 Days to Kill (Movie, 2014) – A dying Secret Service agent who wants to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered a potentially lifesaving drug in exchange for completing one final mission. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction (Movie, 2014) – As humanity picks up the pieces after an epic battle, a shadowy group emerges to gain control of history. Meanwhile, a powerful new menace sets its sights on Earth. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Silver Linings Playbook (Movie, 2012) – An unexpected bond begins to form between a man trying to rebuild his life and a young woman promising to help him reunite with his estranged wife. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • One Day (Movie, 2011)— For 20 years, an idealist and a wealthy charmer reunite on the anniversary of the day they first met, their college graduation.  Available to watch Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Beginners (Movie, 2010)— Newfound love elicits a man’s memories of his late father, who came out of the closet at 75 to fully embrace his homosexuality. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • New Girl Season 3 (TV Show, 2011)— After going through a bad breakup, a woman in her late 20s moves in with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her – most of the time.  Newly released on Netflix and also available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, and Vudu.
  • Bones Season 9 (TV Show, 2010)— Dr. Temperance Brennan uses impressive forensics skills to solve murders.  Newly released on Netflix and also available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, and Vudu.
  • Grace Unplugged (Movie, 2013)— A teenage Christian singer lands a record deal with the help of her father’s ruthless former manager, but her move to Los Angeles and desire for fame lead to a crisis of faith. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 19th September 2014

This week our team across the pond in the US are celebrating an amazing milestone of 10 million Roku players sold! Let’s all join in on the festivities by doing what we all do best – streaming!

Check out our recommendations for this week and don’t forget to let us know what you watch below.

  • Bad Neighbours (Movie) – Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne play the easy going new parents who reach the end of their tether when a raucous college fraternity moves in next door. Zac Efron is the 24-hour party guy who makes their life hell, leading to a tit-for-tat conflict that gets way out of hand. Available on Sky Store.
  • Skyfall (Movie) – When a serious menace threatens MI6, James Bond is on the case and puts aside his own life and personal issues to hunt and destroy the perpetrators. Recently added to Netflix.
  • Our Zoo (Series) – Drama series based on the true story of the Mottershead family who, in the face of staunch opposition and huge personal sacrifice, founded Chester Zoo in the 1930s. Catch up now on BBC iPlayer.
  • The Leftovers (Series) – NEW! Justin Theroux, Christopher Eccleston and Liv Tyler star in a tense new drama from the co-creator of Lost. Based on the bestselling novel by Tom Perrotta, the series charts how the locals of a small New York suburb are coping three years after a rapture-like event in which two per cent of the world’s population disappeared. Catch the first two episodes on Now TV.
  • Glue (Series) – When the body of a local teenage boy is found underneath the wheels of a tractor in a small farming village in the English countryside, the local community – his friends – are forced to open up their world and have their lives thrown into disarray. Outsider Eli – the brother of the murdered teenager – also struggles to cope with his grief. When a young and ambitious police officer, Ruth Rosen, is seconded to the murder investigation the situation becomes yet more complicated. Watch the first episode on 4oD.
  • The Counselor (Movie) – Michael Fassbender leads a class-A cast in Ridley Scott’s grimly stylish crime thriller as the titular lawyer whose decision to enter the drug trade proves horribly unwise. With sex, death and greed high on the agenda, this movie provides plenty of philosophical meat for everyone to chew on, including the Counsellor’s shadiest client Javier Bardem, cartel middleman Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz as the femme fatale who pulls everybody’s strings. Watch it on Now TV.
  • The Two Faces of January (Movie) – Viggo Mortensen is Chester MacFarland, a sleek Manhattan financier who is doing the rounds of Europe’s grand sights with his younger wife Colette (Kristen Dunst). While in Athens they make the acquaintance of American tour guide Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a minor league ducker and diver whose dodgy connections come in useful when Chester’s angry creditors coming looking for him. Deception, distrust and adultery propel the trio into a labyrinthine nightmare. Available on Sky Store.
  • Can’t pay we’ll take it away (Documentary) – This series gains exclusive access to some of the most experienced High Court enforcement bailiffs and repossession teams in the country, for an eye-opening insight into cash-strapped Britain from the perspectives of debtors, creditors and debt collectors. It reveals what it means to be a creditor who cannot get back what they are owed, what it is like to be saddled with debt that you are simply unable to repay and what it takes to be the kind of person who can pay but refuses to do so. Catch up now on Demand 5.
  • Cilla (Series) – Three-part biopic featuring Sheridan Smith as the Liverpudlian songbird who would later find fame and fortune. It tells of her rocky road to fame and captures the essence of 1960s Liverpool. Available now on ITV Player.

Golden Oldie:

  • Shawshank Redemption (Movie) – This classic will be 20 years old next week! Framed for murder, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison and gradually forms a close bond with older inmate Red. Watch it now on Netflix.
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Roku Sets New TV Streaming Milestones

Today we’re happy to announce that we have sold 10 million Roku players in the United States! This is a huge milestone for our company and we want to thank all of you for helping us to achieve it. We are dedicated to bringing consumers the best streaming TV experience and we’re grateful that our fans continue to support and recognize us for making America’s favorite streaming players.

Just over six years ago we shipped the very first Roku player to stream Netflix to the TV and now our players are synonymous with TV streaming. Today Roku players feature more than 1,800 channels – that’s 1,000 more channels than available on other streaming players. And because of this vast selection of entertainment, Roku players stream more than other streaming players. In fact, new NPD data1 found that Roku is the popular choice among streaming players and accounts for an aggregate 37 million hours of video streamed per week compared to Apple TV at 15 million hours, Chromecast at 12 million hours and Amazon Fire TV at six million hours. You’re also referring your friends to Roku more than any other streaming device, according to NPD. Thank you!

In celebration of the milestone, we created a cool infographic that shows interesting Roku fun facts and trends. Does your city have the most Roku fans? What are people searching for on Roku? Click on the infographic below to find out.

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It’s been an incredible journey for Roku and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Here’s to the next 10 million!

Use the hashtag #Roku10Million today to help us celebrate – and if you’re one of our 10 million Roku streamers we always love to see your Roku photos too! Ten Roku 3 players will be given away over a 10-day sweepstakes on Facebook. More details can be found at: http://bit.ly/Roku10Million.

1 July 2014 proprietary consumer study conducted for Roku by The NPD Group, Inc.

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