Awards season is here. Are you caught up on the Golden Globe nominees? Between these great nominees and our most binge-worthy TV shows list, you’re sure to be streamin’ away this weekend!

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  • Gone Girl (Movie, 2014) – A man reports that his wife has gone missing on their fifth wedding anniversary, but his public portrait of their blissful union begins to crumble under police watch. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Boyhood (Movie, 2014) – A youngster makes the long journey to adulthood over the span of 12 years, as he, his sister and his mother move around Texas. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Movie, 2014) – A concierge at a posh European hotel is framed for murdering an elderly dowager with whom he had a sexual relationship and who left him a priceless painting in her will. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, HBO GO, M-GO and Vudu.
  • The LEGO Movie (Movie, 2014) – An ordinary LEGO figurine, thought to be the key to saving the world, is accompanied by a fellowship of strangers embarking on quest to vanquish a tyrant bent on a terrible deed. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, HBO GO, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Downton Abbey (TV Show, 2014) – The life of the Crawley family and their servants. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, PBS (limited episodes) and Vudu.
  • The Good Wife (TV Show, 2014) – A woman takes even more responsibility for her family after her husband goes behind bars. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Fargo (TV Show, 2014) – A drifter arrives in small-town Minnesota and influences the population with his malice and violence. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow and Vudu.
  • The Normal Heart (Movie, 2014) – In 1980s New York, a writer and his friends join forces to expose the truth about the emerging AIDs crisis to both the government and the gay community. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, HBO GO and Vudu.
  • Silicon Valley (TV Show, 2014) – The life of a programmer and his roommates. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, HBO GO and Vudu.
  • Olive Kitteridge (Miniseries, 2014) – A seemingly quiet New England town is rampant with affairs, crime and tragedy. Available to watch on HBO GO.
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Happy New Year Roku UK fans! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Now, although we are sure that you caught up on plenty of TV over the festive period, fear not, there is a lot more content on Roku to continue entertaining you this weekend!

Here are our recommendations for you to welcome in the New Year with…

Let us know what you watch!

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  • Broadchurch (Series) – The first series of this gripping drama was so good that it has just returned to our screens for a second thanks to public demand. When the body of an 11-year-old boy is found on a picturesque beach in the Dorset holiday haven of Broadchurch, local police officers DS Ellie Miller and DI Alec Hardy are called to investigate a case that will change the town forever. Watch the first series on Now TV.
  • Silent Witness (Series) - When three people are shot dead at a petrol station, Nikki and Jack strive to track down the sniper at large in London and stem a crisis. Watch the first two episodes of this forensic crime drama series on BBC iPlayer.
  • Deliver us from Evil (Movie) – After Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, director Scott Derrickson returns to tingle more spines with this supernatural chiller based on the accounts of New York cop-turned-occultist Ralph Sarchie. Eric Bana plays the streetwise officer who is forced to put skepticism aside after making an unholy connection between a series of disturbing calls. Unable to explain what he’s seeing, Sarchie hooks up with a young priest who convinces him that the offenders are merely the vessels of darker forces. Catch it on Sky Store now if you’re brave enough.
  • The Hangover: Part III (Movie) – The Wolf Pack is back for a final fling – but this time there’s no stag party or wedding. Following the death of his father, mentally troubled Alan is accompanied by buddies Phil, Doug and Stu to an Arizona clinic. However, the gang find themselves trapped in a war between old adversary Mr Chow and his Vegas nemesis John Goodman. It’s the sort of movie where a giraffe is decapitated in the first five minutes. Watch it on Now TV.
  • Take Me Out (Series) – It’s back and it has a great new twist! The first episode sees Paddy McGuinness trying to find love for gamekeeper Ash, school bus driver Scott, magician Steve and student Craig. Watch it now on ITV Player.
  • Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (Movie) – This continuation of one of the world’s most popular stories sees Dorothy waking up to a devastated post-tornado Kansas. She is soon rushed back to Oz to save her old friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, Glinda the Good Witch and the entire Land of Oz from the devious brother of the Wicked Witch of the West — The Jester. Watch this modern sequel to a family favourite on Google Play.
  • Celebrity Big Brother (Series) – It’s back and it will have you hooked for the next month. If you didn’t see who entered the house you can catch it now on Demand 5.
  • Lucy (Movie) – In this action-thriller Scarlett Johansson is Lucy, a woman who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. Buy it now from the Sainsbury’s Entertainment Channel.
  • 24 Hours in Police Custody (Documentary) – Hardened detectives DS Hutton and DC Brecknock are shocked by an extraordinarily disturbing case of attempted murder in an ordinary terraced home in the first episode of the new series. Catch up now on 4oD.

Golden Oldie:

  • Sister Act (Movie) – A singer witnesses a mob hit and hides out in a convent, where she introduces the sisters to doo-wop and turns the choir into fundraising stars. Catch it now on Netflix.
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Big news for consumers and the industry today! DISH announced that it will launch Sling TV, a live over-the-top (OTT) television service in the first quarter of 2015, and Roku will be one of the very first platforms to get it. For the first time ever in the U.S., consumers will be able to subscribe to a live TV package for viewing solely over the Internet. This milestone puts us miles closer to a world where one day all TV will be streamed.

For $20 per month, subscribers will get access to ‘The Best of Live TV’ core package, with 12 top TV networks, including ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Cartoon Network and Disney Channel delivered directly through the Roku platform. This package also features loads of Video-On-Demand (VOD) content as well as unique content from Maker Studios, the global leader in online short-form video.

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The Sling TV experience can be tailored with add-on packs to access additional programming, at $5 per month. These include a ‘Kids Extra’ and a ‘News & Info Extra’ add-on, with a ‘Sports Extra’ package coming soon. Sling TV expects to expand its core package, VOD content, online video and add-on packs throughout 2015.

Sling TV subscribers will be able to pause, rewind and fast forward most live channels and VOD content. For certain channels, the service includes a 3-Day Replay feature that gives customers the ability to watch shows that have aired in the past three days so no DVR is needed.

We expect Sling TV to be available to all *current-generation Roku players and Roku TV models in the U.S.

For more information on the launch, you can follow Sling TV on Twitter @Sling, or read DISH’s full press release here.

We can’t wait!

*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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The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is always an exciting time for us here at Roku and it’s no different for 2015. We have big news to share about Roku TV and the momentum it’s gaining.

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We first announced Roku TV at CES 2014, and our first partners TCL and Hisense began shipping their models in the fall. Today you can buy a TCL Roku TV or a Hisense Roku TV from major retailers including Walmart and Best Buy. The reception has been astounding and we’re very proud of this first chapter for Roku TV.

Roku TV has received tremendous praise from customers, top-tech media outlets and the industry overall:

  • If you tuned into daytime TV this holiday season, you likely saw Roku players as must-have gifts on a few daytime TV shows. However, the biggest splash was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, with an unveiling of a wall of TCL Roku TVs to surprise audience members with a set of their very own to take home.

Every TV needs Roku OS. We are working with global TV manufacturers and brands to bring more Roku TV models to the market and continue to raise the bar for the TV experience. We’re thrilled about the following Roku TV news we announced today…

  • First, TCL – one of the fastest growing brands in the U.S. – will release 12 new TCL Roku TV models in the first half of 2015. The new TCL Roku TV lineup will feature new hardware designs and deliver the same great Roku TV experience that customers love. It’s fantastic to have TCL’s commitment to Roku TV with this growing number of TCL Roku TV models.

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  • Second, we announced two new Roku TV partners: Haier and Insignia. These great brands are known for making high quality and affordable products. Insignia Roku TV models will come this spring and you’ll be able to purchase them exclusively from Best Buy. Haier Roku TV models will be available this summer.

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  • Third, we announced the availability of a Roku TV 4K reference design for our Roku TV manufacturing partners. This means that our TV OEM partners can begin development of Roku TV 4K models that merge the latest in TV viewing technology with the Roku operating system and experience. TCL is an initial partner working to deliver a TCL Roku TV 4K model in the future while Netflix is our initial 4K content partner.
  • And finally, Roku TV has been recognized by Netflix for an exceptional smart TV experience and is part of the “Netflix preferred TV program.”

We’ve made a lot of great strides in 2014; and 2015 will no doubt be another year for the record books as Roku TV continues to power forward. With an expanding group of influential partners and 20 new models expected to be available by summer in the U.S., we look forward to an amazing year ahead.

Happy Streaming.

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What a year it’s been! In 2014, we hit major milestones, launched highly rated new products, added top streaming channels and more. All thanks to our incredible Roku customers, streaming hours are booming; more than 3 billion hours were streamed in 2014 (75% growth year over year) – that’s more hours than Apple TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV combined1.

We accomplished so much this year (see the full list below!) and can’t wait to share what we have in store for 2015. We’ll continue to focus on our sole priority, to deliver the very best streaming entertainment experience through our easy-to-use streaming players and our TV partners’ Roku TV models.

So here’s to an exciting year ahead. As CNET said, “Roku is hitting the gas…”

2014 by the numbers

A big thank you to the millions of Roku users. We’ve got big things in store. Stream big in 2015!

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

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Roku customers are often surprised how many free streaming channel trials are available on the Roku platform. Are you streaming at home on a new Roku player or Roku TV? Don’t miss these popular free trials available right now.

Add the channels below from the U.S. Channel Store to get started with free trials*. The free trials below are valid as of 12/29/14 and are subject to change.

Channel Store Most Popular

Movies and TV

Music

Fitness

Personal media

  • Plex – 30-day free trial

*Valid for new subscribers only. Credit card is required. Visit channel sites for additional terms & conditions.

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This week’s selection…Rdio. As we bring the year to a close, I thought it would be fun to look back at the Top Songs of 2014 according to our friends at Rdio. Using their cutting edge technology, Rdio “listened” to what their users listened to and curated a bunch of free streaming stations. Check out their Top Breakout Artists of 2014 station if you want to discover some new artists that you may not have heard of before. Or, stay current with all the latest hits with the Top Pop Songs of 2014. One of my favorites is the Happiest Songs of 2014 – now that’s a station we should all check out. Access to all of these and many more stations on rdio is free and you’ll find them under the Browse Stations area of their channel. If you want to listen to your favorite songs, artists, or albums on-demand, you can sign up for Rdio Unlimited — just sign up on your Roku player or Roku TV and the first 30 days are free (new subscribers get 60 days free when you activate a new device by 1/15/15)! You can find Rdio in Music category in the Roku Channel Store. Check it out…if you want to rock in the New Year.

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As the year comes to an end and you have a little downtime, catch up on some of the most talked about shows of the year. If it’s binge-worthy, it’s here!

Are we missing any of your favorite shows of 2014? Let us know in the comments.

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  • The Blacklist (TV Show, 2013) – Fugitive Raymond Reddington works with the FBI to put away criminals from a “blacklist” of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Marco Polo (TV Show, 2014) – As a teen, the legendary explorer visits the court of Kublai Khan in the 13th-century. Available to watch on Netflix.
  • 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.
  • Once Upon a Time (TV Show, 2011) – A bail bond collector must fight for the present-day world, in which fairy tales are to be believed. 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.
  • NCIS (TV Show, 2003) – Special agents investigate crimes related to the Navy and Marine Corps. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • House of Cards (TV Show, 2014) – A ruthless politician plots revenge on those who have thwarted him. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • True Detective (TV Show, 2014) – Louisiana detectives endure a cycle of violence with a 17-year hunt for a serial killer. Available to watch on HBO GO and Vudu.
  • Orange is the New Black (TV Show, 2013) – Piper Chapman spends a year in a women’s prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend. Available to watch on Netflix.
  • Game of Thrones (TV Show, 2011) – Noble families in the seven kingdoms of Westeros vie for control of the Iron Throne. Available to watch on HBO GO.
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This week’s selection…M-GO.  One of my family’s annual holiday traditions is watching our favorite Christmas movies and specials. When I was younger we were at the mercy of the TV networks to decide what we could watch and when he had to watch it. But, through the marvel of streaming, you can turn on your Roku player and watch the movie or special you want to watch, when you want to watch it. Enter M-GO. The programming team at M-GO has assembled an impressive collection of classic Christmas movies and specials — and there is something for everyone. Go to Movies from your main Roku screen and check out all the movie playlists M-GO has assembled. My favorite is Fa-La-La-La-LOL — I just can’t get enough of Christmas Vacation and have to watch it each year. Or, if you want to relive some of the classic TV shows from when you were a kid, you don’t want to miss their Merry Animation playlist. Check it out…if you want to get in the holiday spirit.

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What’s your favourite Christmas movie? According to a recent survey conducted by OnePoll in the U.K. on our behalf, you love to watch Home Alone and Elf! More than half of you plan to cuddle up on the couch and watch a festive movie with your partner or family this season.

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We bet you’re already planning to spend Boxing Day in front of the TV too. All age groups we surveyed are planning a binge-watch session – especially true for women. Over 40% intend to spend Boxing Day in front of the TV after a busy Christmas Day. With your Roku player, it’s easy to watch what you want, when you want. With all the streaming channels available, Sky Store, Sainsbury’s Entertainment, NOW TV, to name a few, chances are you’ll be watching your Christmas entertainment on-demand. 37% of those aged under 35 are planning to stream on-demand content through the holidays.
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