Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 27th June 2014

From the World Cup to Wimbledon, there are lots of sporting events to keep us entertained this weekend. However if you fancy a break, or would prefer a Friday film night, there is plenty more on offer on your Roku.

What do you plan to watch? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • We’re the Millers (Movie) – This comedy, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis, sees a veteran pot dealer create a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico. Available from today on Now TV.
  • A Cabbie Abroad (Documentary) – This new BBC series sees London cabbie Mason McQueen drive taxis in three very different cities. In this first episode he visits Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and gets to grips with a unique kind of cab – the tuk-tuk. Watch it now on BBC iPlayer.
  • I Wanna Marry ‘Harry’ (Series) – 12 American girls compete for Prince Harry’s affections, unaware that they are dating a lookalike. The ladies compete to be named Miss Deerfield Manor. Catch up on series 1 on ITV Player.
  • Homefront (Movie) – Phil Broker is a retired Interpol agent, living with his daughter in a backwater town where he’s desperately trying to rebuild his life after the death of his wife. But when a playground feud escalates, redneck meth producer Gator (Franco) becomes involved and drags Phil back into the murky underworld of drugs and guns. Rent it for HALF PRICE now before it leaves Sky Store.
  • Friday Night Dinner (Series) – This comedy returns for its third series. In the first episode available now on 4oD, Adam finally brings a girl home for dinner, but the evening is ruined when the family suddenly have to look after eight-year-old Katie, who has a massive girlie crush on Adam.
  • Frozen Ground (Movie) – In this fact-based thriller, an Alaska state trooper pursuing a serial killer teams with a 17-year-old-prostitute who escaped the predator’s clutches. Catch it now on Netflix.
  • The Hotel Inspector Returns (Series) – Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi finds out what has since happened to some of the struggling hoteliers she helped previously. Start the second series now on Demand 5.
  • Tinker Bell And the Pirate Fairy (Movie) – One for the kids this weekend, when the rogue fairy Zarina steals Pixie Hollow’s supply of fairy dust and joins the pirates of Skull Rock, Tinker Bell leads the pursuit to get it back. But the journey is thrown into confusion when Tink and her companions discover that their talents have been switched! Watch it now on Sky Store.
  • Scandal (Series) – Watch all of series 1 and 2 on Now TV. Olivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite. Revered and feared at the same time, Olivia, a former media consultant to the President of the United States, left the White House to open her own prominent crisis management firm. However, it becomes apparent that her dysfunctional staff, who specialise in fixing other people’s lives, can’t quite fix their own.

A Golden Oldie:

  • Armageddon (Movie) – Whether you have seen it before or not, this is an undisputable classic that is worth staying in for. As a massive asteroid hurtles toward Earth, NASA’s head honcho hatches a plan to split the deadly rock in two before it annihilates the entire planet. Watch it now on Netflix.
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Introducing the Roku Windows mobile app

You asked, we delivered! A Roku app for Windows is now available for Windows 8/8.1 phones and Windows 8.1 devices in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Republic of Ireland. We’re thrilled to add Windows to our mobile app lineup, joining our Android and iOS mobile apps.

If you misplace your Roku remote or just can’t quite reach it from the couch – don’t fret, just grab your phone and/or touch-enabled tablet and stream away.

Once connected to your WiFi network, use the app to control any Roku player connected to the same network. Our handy on-screen remote allows you to control and navigate your Roku player. Like our Android and iOS mobile apps, you can easily view and launch your favorite Roku channels in a tap.

We hope your enjoy it and look forward to your feedback!

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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 20th June 2014

World Cup fever has taken over for the foreseeable future. Not a football fan? This is where the joy of streaming comes in! There is plenty of entertainment available for you to watch on demand. Here are some recommendations to get you started.

What do you plan to watch? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • The Other Guys (Movie) – New York cops Allen and Terry toil in obscurity as lowly desk jockeys until a big break finally gives them a chance to tackle real police work. Watch it now on Netflix.
  • Tigers about the House (Series) – Following British tiger expert Giles Clark, as he hand rears Sumatran tiger cubs at home. Spot and Stripe are now outgrowing Giles’s home and developing adult tiger behaviours. Catch the cuteness on BBC iPlayer.
  • Last Vegas (Movie) – Three sixty-something buddies – Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline – take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal (Michael Douglas). Director Jon Turteltaub presents The Hangover with a hip replacement in this predictable but hugely amusing look at friendship. Available now on Sky Store.
  • Cold Blood (Series) – Intelligent detective drama with a story of impossible love threaded through the gripping plot. Brian Wicklow plays a game of psychological cat and mouse with detective Eve Granger and her ex-lover Jake. The first episodes of series 2 are on ITV Player now. 
  • My Violent Child (Documentary) – This one-off documentary looks at the hidden world of child-on-parent violence. It follows three families’ poignant journeys as they struggle to cope with their children’s complex behavioural issues whilst also being forced to ask themselves what they could be doing differently. Available on Demand 5.
  • The Deadly Game (Movie) – London-set thriller starring Toby Stephens as Riley, a professional thief who’s hired to pull off the perfect heist only to find himself caught between maverick cop Parker (Rufus Sewell) and ruthless crime overlord Corso (Gabriel Byrne). See it on Now TV.
  • The Mindy Project (Series) – Back for its second series Mindy adjusts to her long-distance relationship with Casey, but can’t come to terms with the fact that she is no longer the only Dr L at Shulman & Associates. Catch up now on 4oD.
  • Spartacus Blood and Sand (Series) – This controversial series brings to life the bloody world of gladiators as the Roman Republic’s most brutal fighters clash in the ultimate arena, and depicts one of history’s most violent and excessive eras. Watch season 1 now on Now TV.
  • Cuban Fury (Movie) – As a junior salsa champ in the 80’s, Bruce Garrett (Nick Frost) had the world at his feet – until bullies stamped out the fire in his soles. But when he discovers his gorgeous new boss (Rashida Jones) is learning to dance, Bruce is inspired to brush up his moves. Unfortunately, the office sleaze (Chris O’Dowd) is determined to do the cha-cha-cha with her first. Catch it on Sky Store.

A Golden Oldie:

  • Pulp Fiction (Movie) – Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 stylized crime caper weaves together stories featuring a burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner and a washed-up boxer. Recently added to Netflix.
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Top 10 summer blockbusters

It’s finally summer – well, officially tomorrow, but who says we can’t celebrate early? What better way to kickoff a summer of endless streaming than some of the all-time top summer blockbusters ever released!

  • Jaws (Movie, 1975) – Directed by Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your seat suspense quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the way audiences experience movies. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, a courageous group embarks on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Jurassic Park (Movie, 1993) – On a remote island, a wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. Before opening the attraction to the public, he invites a top paleontologist, a paleobotantist, and a mathematician/theorist, and his two eager grandchildren to experience the park – and help calm anxious investors. However, their visit is anything but tranquil. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (Movie, 1981) – Accompanied by his feisty, independent ex-flame, the two-fisted archaeologist (Harrison Ford) embarks on a thrilling quest to locate the mystical Ark of the Covenant. Indy must discover the Ark before the Nazis do, and he has to survive poison, traps, snakes and treachery to do so. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial (Movie, 1982) – Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore and Robert MacNaughton star in the unforgettable story of a lost alien and the 10-year-old boy who helps him find his way home. This astounding story is has a timeless message of trust, courage, and the overwhelming power of friendship. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Forrest Gump (Movie, 1994) – Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), a simpleminded man, finds himself in the middle of nearly every major event of the 1960s and ‘70s. Along the way, he makes friends, changes lives and yearns for his childhood sweetheart, Jenny. Available on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Ghostbusters (Movie, 1984) – After losing their academic posts at a prestigious college, a team of parapsychologists creates a business exterminating ghouls, hobgoblins and supernatural pests and are soon hired by a cellist to purge her digs of a demon. Available on M-GO, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The Dark Knight Rises (Movie, 2012) – In this epic conclusion to the Dark Knight trilogy, the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist with ruthless plans for Gotham, drives Batman out of his self-imposed exile. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Marvel’s The Avengers (Movie, 2012) – Marvel makes cinematic history as it unites the Super Hero team of a lifetime. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) assemble together for the first time ever in this epic, action-packed blockbuster alongside Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Available on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Movie, 2006) – Pirate Jack Sparrow must seize the fabled “Dead Man’s Chest” in order to cheat death and eternal damnation. But the high seas present many obstacles — including the mighty Kraken! Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Toy Story 3 (Movie, 2010) – As Andy prepares for college, Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of Andy’s faithful toys wonder what will become of them. But, when a mix-up lands them at Sunnyside Daycare, they meet a host of new toys and discover a new adventure is just beginning! Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Vudu.
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A Summer of Endless Streaming

The first day of summer is this Saturday and for millions that means barbeques, baseball, swimming, travel and the great outdoors. However, we recently commissioned an omnibus survey and found that TV now tops the list of summertime activities! This probably isn’t surprising to you streaming fans, which is why we love you so.

When asked what they do on summer days, 60 percent of consumers answered that they watch their favorite TV show, followed by read (47 percent), shop (33 percent), jog or hike (19 percent) and attend a sporting event (16 percent). As a matter of fact, 80 percent reported that they have chosen to stay in and watch their favorite TV shows on a nice summer day, while 43 percent admitted to even making up an excuse to do so.

We’re currently in a “golden age” of TV, largely thanks to the accessibility and choice that streaming provides. Summertime is no longer a slump season for entertainment. With awesome shows like Orange is the New Black, no wonder people value their TV shows so much they keep watching even on vacation! Ninety-two percent of people said they stay current with their favorite TV show when traveling while some use the trip to catch up on a TV show or series they’ve previously started watching.

To celebrate TV and help you make the most of your time indoors when beating the heat this summer, we’ve kicked off a Summer of Endless Streaming sweepstakes. Visit the Roku Facebook page for details and a chance to win dozens of prizes.

Happy Streaming! 

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Roku UK: Father’s Day Movie Recommendations

This Sunday is Father’s Day and what better way to spend it than giving Dad control of the remote and so he can watch his favourite films on Roku.  Here are some recommendations of the best films available this weekend.

What do you plan to watch? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Robocop - Shiny reboot of the classic 1987 future-shocker with Joel Kinnaman as the critically wounded Detroit detective who is rebuilt by the global OmniCorp as a crime-fighting cyborg. But while his creator (Gary Oldman) fights to keep his personality intact, company boss Michael Keaton sees the human factor as a major bug in his money-making program. Sky Store
  • Big Daddy – Dumped by his girlfriend because he refuses to accept responsibility, overgrown adolescent Sonny Koufax adopts a 5-year-old to prove he’s a grown-up. Netflix
  • The Godfather – A classic from 1972, when an organized-crime family patriarch barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son steps in to take care of the would-be killers. Netflix
  • Delivery Man – Two decades after making multiple deposits in a sperm bank, debt-ridden van driver David Wozniak is shocked to learn that he is the father of 533 children. Even more alarmingly, 142 of them have filed a lawsuit to reveal his identity. Although his lawyer friend advises against it, David goes on a quest to see how his kids turned out… Sky Store
  • The Monuments Men – With World War II coming to an end and the German army retreating on all fronts, Hitler issues an edict that all looted Nazi treasures – from Picassos to Renoirs – must be destroyed. American art historian Frank Stokes (George Clooney) leads a creaking band of scholars in a race against time to save the art. Sky Store
  • Jobs – Ashton Kutcher plays computer genius and Apple founder Steve Jobs in this efficient biopic. Director Joshua Michael Stern traces the rise of Jobs from barefoot college geek to corporate overlord, capturing both his intense drive and vision as well as his occasional bouts of fury directed at unsatisfactory employees. Sky Store
  • White House Down – Capitol Hill cop Cale (Channing Tatum) is on a tour of the White House with his daughter when it is attacked by a terrorist group. Led by government insider James Woods, the guerrillas demand a big chunk of the Federal Reserve. However, Cale is determined to save his nipper, protect the president and take the terrorists down. Now TV
  • The Internship – The digital age means redundancy for old school salesmen Billy and Nick (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson). Out of touch and out of work but desperate to show they’re not obsolete, they talk their way into an internship at internet giant Google. Now TV
  • Olympus Has Fallen – A disgraced Secret Service agent must come to the rescue when Korean terrorists descend on the White House and take the president hostage. Netflix
  • Avengers Assemble – An all-star lineup of superheroes — including Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and Captain America — team up to save the world from certain doom. Netflix
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Top 10 new releases and recommendations for dads

For always telling cheesy jokes and attending our boring school plays, we owe our dads big time for everything they’ve done for us. Hook Pops up with something he really wants this Father’s Day – save $10 off the Roku LT, Roku 2 and Roku 3 until tomorrow (6/14/14).

What TV show or movie reminds you of your Daddio?

Here’s this week’s streaming lineup every dad will love.

Intense fight scenes and brooding manliness, for the action-packed dad:

  • Non-Stop (Movie, 2014) – During a transatlantic flight, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) receives a series of cryptic text messages threatening to kill a passenger every 20 minutes unless $150 million is transferred into an off-shore account. With the lives of hundreds of passengers hanging in the balance, he must use every nuance of his training to uncover the killer traveling on the aircraft. Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Devil’s Knot (Movie, 2013) – Frothing for vengeance after three 8-year-olds are slain, the community of West Memphis, Ark., directs blame at a trio of teens suspected of Satanism. Atom Egoyan directs Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in this fact-based tale of justice gone awry. Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.

Blazing tanks, combating soldiers and invasions, we have historical wars movies:

  • The Pianist (Movie, 2002) – Oscar-winner Adrien Brody stars in this epic true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, an acclaimed musician who survived WWII with the help of a German officer. Newly released on Hulu Plus, but also available on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Wipers Times (Movie, 2013) – Based on the remarkable true story of a satirical newspaper published on the front lines of World War One, this poignant yet comedic drama revels in the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity. Newly released on Hulu Plus, but also available on Amazon Instant Video.

Get dad out of his seat with these thrillers:

  • Repentance (Movie, 2013) – Angel Sanchez (Forest Whitaker) has lost everything following the tragic death of his mother. Seemingly intent on finding inner peace, Sanchez seeks out Tommy Carter, a successful author and spiritual advisor who agrees to help him rebuild his shattered life. But when Sanchez reveals his true intentions, Carter must do everything in his power to stay alive in this terrifying psychological thriller. Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Fractured (Movie, 2013) – Coming out of a long coma with no memory of his previous life, Dylan White instead awakens slowly to the disturbing facts about his criminal past. As he attempts to atone for his prior misdeeds, Dylan is forced to confront evil itself. Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.

The active dad who loves a good sports-themed movie:

  • The Babe (Movie, 1992) – The Babe is the definitive story of one of sport’s most fascinating figures, capturing all the drama and excitement of the greatest player in baseball history. The story chronicles Ruth’s phenomenal story, from his beginnings at an orphanage, to his spectacular rise to becoming a baseball legend. Newly released on Crackle, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Current (Movie, 2014) – This inspiring documentary profiles brave athletes who faced incredible obstacles, found the drive to overcome their disabilities and became heroes. Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Redbox Instant.

For any discerning taste, all dads love a good laugh:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (Movie, 2014) – Recount the adventures of legendary concierge Gustave H. and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft of a priceless painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; and a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds and skis – all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The Blues Brothers (Movie, 1980) – After the release of Jake Blues from prison, he and brother Elwood take their blues band back on the road in an attempt to raise money for the orphanage where they were raised. Havoc ensues as the brothers seek redemption on their “mission from God.” Newly released on Crackle, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
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Stream the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ on WatchESPN!

U.S. soccer fans, rejoice! The world’s biggest sporting event is finally here (can we hear your best “GOOOOAAAALLLL”?). And guess what, you don’t have to make the trip to Brazil; WatchESPN on Roku is bringing 64 matches straight to your living room, including the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Final on July 13th. Unite with sports fans across the globe for a month-long celebration of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

In addition to the 64 matches, WatchESPN will offer access to match day preview shows, post-game coverage, 30 for 30: Soccer Stories, Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil and much more.

Stuck at work? Stay up-to-date on all the FIFA World Cup™ action with coverage from ESPN through the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Central app  - see the latest video highlights, match schedules, sign up for match reminders (and automatically be entered for a chance to win ESPN Shop gift cards!) and more. Go check it out!

Which team are you rooting for?

Key matches

Opening Match

  • Thursday, June 12th @ 3:30pm ET – Brazil vs. Croatia (Sao Paulo)

United States Matches

  • Monday, June 16th @ 5:30pm ET – Ghana vs. United States (Natal)
  • Sunday, June 22nd @ 5:30pm ET – United States vs. Portugal (Manaus)
  • Thursday, June 26th @ 11:30am ET – United States vs. Germany (Recife)

México Matches

  • Friday, June 13th @ 11:30am ET – México vs. Cameroon (Natal)
  • Tuesday, June 17th @ 2:30pm ET – Brazil vs. México (Fortaleza)
  • Monday, June 23rd @ 3:30pm ET – Croatia vs. México (Recife)

2014 FIFA World Cup Final™

  • Sunday, July 13th @ 2:30pm ET (Rio de Janeiro)

Note: Access to live streaming video from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPNEWS and ESPN Deportes is determined by your TV provider. The following providers below offer access to WatchESPN live video: AT&T U-verse, Bright House Networks, Charter, Comcast XFINITY, Cox, Google Fiber, Midcontinent Communications, Optimum, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV.

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New on Roku: MyRecipes.com

BBQ season is upon us and we can hear the sizzle of the grill as we type!

It’s great timing then that MyRecipes.com has launched on the Roku streaming platform today as it’s the perfect channel to stream for delicious recipes and helpful how-to videos.

We’re thrilled to be the first to offer MyRecipes.com content that you can stream straight to the TV. For those who aren’t familiar, MyRecipes.com is an online resource with the largest collection of professionally-tested recipes from food experts featured in beloved magazines and cookbooks like Cooking Light, Sunset and Real Simple!

So, if you’re looking for dishes to make Dad feel special on Father’s Day this Sunday, add the channel today to browse or press the * button to search for something specific.

MyRecipes.com is free and available now for all current-generation Roku streaming players in the U.S., Canada, UK and Republic of Ireland.

Happy Streaming!

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New on Roku: ITV Player now available in the UK

The number of channels for our UK streamers continues to grow and we have more exciting news…ITV Player is available now in the Roku® Channel Store for UK customers!

This is a major addition as ITV Player makes it possible to catch up on content across ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV! That means shows such as Coronation Street, Britain’s Got Talent, Emmerdale, This Morning, Cold Blood and The Vampire Diaries, as well game shows, news, children’s entertainment and documentaries – all available to stream when you want, where you want. ITV Player also provides coverage of this summer’s World Cup and Tour de France sporting events, which are not to be missed!

ITV Player is free and available now on all current-generation Roku players in the UK, including the new Roku Streaming Stick™ (HDMI® version).

Happy Streaming!

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