Channel of the Week: Screen Dreams Fireplace

This week’s selection…Screen Dreams Fireplace.

As the colder weather makes it’s way across the country, it’s always nice to warm yourself by a nice crackling fire. What, you don’t have a fireplace? That’s okay, just download Screen Dreams Fireplace on your Roku player or Roku TV and you won’t know the difference. This premium app ($1.99) features seven different fireplace styles to choose from and a few of them are specially appropriate for the upcoming holidays. Oh, and if you press the “*” button on your remote, you can select from nine different festive and soothing audio soundtracks.

You can find it under “Screensavers & Apps” in the Roku Channel Store.  Check it out…if you think you can handle the heat!

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

Whether it’s a music docuseries with the Foo Fighters, a new movie or a Roku staff favorite like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, there’s something for everyone this week.

  • Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways (TV Show, 2014) — In this new series, Foo Fighters commemorate their 20th anniversary by documenting the eight-city recording odyssey that produced their upcoming eighth studio album. Exclusively available on HBO GO.
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 9 (TV Show, 2013) – Danny DeVito, Charlie Day and several friends run a bar in Philadelphia. Newly released on Netflix and also available to watch on Amazon Instant VideoHulu and Vudu.
  • 22 Jump Street (Movie, 2014) – Officers Jenko and Schmidt begin to question their partnership after each infiltrates different cliques while undercover at a local college. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Begin Again (Movie, 2014) – A complex, life-changing relationship forms between a talented songbird and the disgraced music executive who is helping her cut her first album.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Fading Gigolo (Movie, 2013) – A bookseller hires out his friend, an unassuming florist, as a male escort for a pair of lonely women. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Forrest Gump (Movie, 1994) – JFK, LBJ, Vietnam, Watergate and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Total Recall (Movie, 2012) – A factory worker becomes a hunted man after a procedure goes awry that would convert his dreams of life as a spy into real memories.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (Movie, 2004) – While living with her royal grandmother, a young princess must find a suitable husband in 30 days or give up the throne.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Movie, 1988) – An American con man and his British rival target a soap heiress from Cleveland on the French Riviera. Available to watch on Netflix and Vudu.
  • Braveheart (Movie, 1995) – Enraged by the killing of his wife, Scotsman William Wallace leads a revolt against the tyrannical English king in the 13th century.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Fatal Attraction (Movie, 1987) – A New York lawyer with a wife and daughter sleeps with a client whose lust turns to hate. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
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Roku UK: Our Bonfire Recommendations for 7th November 2014

Remember, remember the 5th of November….and the 7th,8th and 9th-  Yes we all know that the bonfire celebrations will continue over yet another weekend. However if you’ve had your fix of fireworks for this year and fancy staying warm indoors instead, why not stream a ‘fire themed’ film this weekend?  Here are some recommendations to get you started…

  • The Great Fire (ITV Player)The story of humble baker Thomas Farriner and his fabled involvement in the Great Fire of London concluded this week. Watch all four episodes now on ITV Player.
  • Gunpowder 5/11 (BBC iPlayer)  – Drama documentary unveiling the inner secrets of the Gunpowder Plot, using the words of the plotters themselves.  Based on the interrogations of Thomas Wintour and Guy Fawkes.
  • Fire with Fire (Sky Store) – When fire fighter Jeremy Coleman (Josh Duhamel) sees Ayran gang boss Hagen (Vincent D’Onofrio) murder two innocents he bypasses the law to ensure that Hagen gets the death penalty that he deserves.
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Netflix) – After her triumph in the Hunger Games Katniss Everdean travels through the districts on ‘Victor’s Tour’ as a rebellion gathers steam around her.
  • Sunshine (Sky Store) – The sun is dying and the Earth’s future depends on the crew of the spaceship Icarus II. Their mission is to reignite the star by firing a gigantic bomb into its failing heart. Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh and Captain America’s Chris Evans star with direction from non-other than Danny Boyle.
  • Fireman Sam: The Great Fire of Pontypandy (Netflix) – One for the kids.  Norman Price and his friend, Derek accidently create a raging wildfire that threatens Pontypandy.  Sam considers an offer to leave the Ponypandy.
  • The Smoke (Now TV) From the makers of Broadchurch and The Tunnel comes an adrenaline fuelled eight-part drama charting the trials and tribulations of a group of London fire fighters.
  • Chicago Fire  (Google Play) – American drama series exploring the professional and personal lives of the fire-fighters and paramedics of the Chicago Fire Department.
  • V for Vendetta (Now TV) – Visually immersive adaptation of Alan Moore’s graphic novel about a Guy Fawkes-like avenger who is hell bent on destroying a totalitarian British State, starring Natalie Portman
  • The Apprentice: You’re Fired (BBC iPlayer) – Accompanied by guests, Dara O’Briain presents reaction to The Apprentice including interviews with Alan Sugar’s recently fired charges.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Google Play) When Harry Potter’s name emerges from the Goblet of fire he becomes a competitor in the gruelling battle for glory among three wizarding schools in the Tri-wizard tournament. Now Harry must confront a deadly dragon, fierce water demons and an enchanted maze only to find himself in the cruel grasp of ‘He Who Must Not Be Named’.
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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 device, 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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