New on Roku: CosmoBody

Get in shape before the New Year! CosmoBody is now available on Roku in the U.S. on all Roku players and Roku TV.

CosmoBody on Roku offers members unlimited access to a growing library of online yoga, cardio, dance, interval, and strength training videos – all under 30 minutes! Easy-to-follow fitness programs and fresh workouts added weekly help you beat workout boredom and avoid plateaus.

Work out like an A-lister with CosmoBody’s celebrity trainers. They’ll share moves and routines they use to get Jessica Alba, Beyonce, Hugh Jackman and many others into red carpet-shape.

In addition to the huge library of fitness videos, CosmoBody delivers healthy food recipes, tips on living healthier, relationship advice and more.

So what are you waiting for? You can add the CosmoBody channel for $9.95 per month after a free 10-day trial.

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New on Roku: CinemaNow

Your weekend just got more entertaining! CinemaNow is now available on Roku in the U.S. on all *current-generation players and Roku TV.

CinemaNow on Roku offers the hottest new movie releases such as Million Dollar Arm, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sleeping Beauty and much more. Don’t know what you want to watch? It’s easy to browse their movie library by genre or studio and add them to your CinemaNow Wish List to stream later.

Also, don’t miss CinemaNow’s Halloween movie sale going on now – it includes popular titles such as Beetlejuice (don’t say that three times!), The Shining, Gremlins and more.

Missed this week’s American Horror Story episode? Don’t fret. CinemaNow delivers Next Day TV in addition to a vast collection of TV show seasons so you can catch up anytime.

Decisions, decisions…so, what’s on your stream list this weekend?

*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: New Releases and Recommendations for 10th October 2014

We’re staying topical with our viewing recommendations this week! Freshers and returning students will be settling back in to university life so what better to watch with your new housemates than the hilarious Fresh Meat. The ‘Indian Summer’ has officially (and quickly) transitioned in to autumn so stay indoors to watch our golden oldie and be grateful you aren’t in ‘The Day after Tomorrow’. While if you want to be able to participate in any social conversations this week – whether it be in the workplace or on the bus – make sure you’ve familiarised yourself with the Great British Bake Off final!

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

  • Fresh Meat (Series) - This comedy series follows six young individuals embarking on the most exciting journey of their lives so far: university. Catch the original series on Netflix now.
  • The Family (Movie) – The Manzonis, an infamous mob family, are relocated to Normandy, France, by the witness protection program and have some difficulty fitting in. Watch it now on Netflix.
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West (Movie) - Writer-director Seth MacFarlane – creator of Family Guy and the magnificent Ted – goes gunning for the politically correct posse once again with this riotous comedy western. He plays a yellow-bellied rancher who falls for the newest and purrtiest lady in town (Charlize Theron) only to discover that she not only has a husband (Liam Neeson), but he’s the meanest gunslinger in Arizona. Crude, lowbrow and often hilarious, MacFarlane keeps those saddles blazing with the fastest gags in the West. Watch it on Sky Store.
  • Mr Peabody and Sherman (Movie) – When talking dog Mr Peabody, a business hound, scientist, gourmand and double Olympic Gold medallist, adopts orphan Sherman, life is anything but a walk in the park. When the youngster bites a brattish schoolmate on the arm, Mr Peabody must convince the authorities he’s a fit father. However, he doesn’t bargain on his mischievous charge whisking his victim back thousands of years in their time machine. Watch it on Sky Store.
  • Mount Pleasant (Series) – Starring Sally Lindsay and Daniel Ryan, Sky’s comedy drama follows the daily adventures of thirty something Lisa Johnson and her loveable husband Dan, who live in the cosy cul-de-sac of Mount Pleasant, Manchester. With the fourth season having just begun, catch up from the start on Now TV.
  • Great British Bake Off: The Final – The final has arrived and just three challenges lie between the remaining three bakers and the trophy. Each baker is worthy, but who will be crowned winner? Watch it now on BBC iPlayer.
  • Brat Camps (Documentary) – Brat Camps are an extreme youth disciplinary concept that’s firmly embedded in American culture. Every year thousands of American children are transported to one of over 1000 private facilities dotted across the United States. This True Stories documentary aims to shed light on the world of behavioural modification camps and other child intervention programmes, illuminating the beliefs and ambitions that underpin this controversial industry, many of which contrast starkly with British norms. Catch the first episode on 4oD.
  • Bar Rescue (Series) – This compelling new US reality series sees bar and nightclub owner Jon Taffer and his team of experts attempting to salvage the fortunes of struggling bars by giving their owners a strong dose of honest, no-nonsense advice about their failing businesses. Catch up now on Demand 5
  • Grantchester (Series) – In the village of Grantchester, the funeral of a parishioner leads vicar Sidney Chambers to become involved in a murder investigation – and a confrontation with the local police. Watch this new ITV drama on ITV Player.

Golden Oldie:

  • The Day After Tomorrow (Movie) – Can you believe this is 10 years old? The seas are rising while the temperature is plummeting. Against the background of climatic catastrophe, meteorologist Dennis Quaid has to snow-shoe his way across the Eastern seabord to find his son in New York. Splendid special effects from the director of Independence Day ensure this sub-zero thriller will leave you chilled to the bone. Watch it on Now TV.


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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

This week we have everything from family friendly Disney titles to heartfelt rom-coms to scary horror titles. Something for everyone!

Happy streaming.

  • Million Dollar Arm (Movie, 2014)  A true inspirational story of self-discovery, second chances and personal triumph in the face of adversity. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Sleeping Beauty (Movie, 1959) – Disney’s fairy tale classic about a princess saved by true love’s kiss. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Stretch (Movie, 2014) – A guy with a dark past takes a job as a mysterious billionaire’s chauffeur in hopes of a big payday.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and M-GO.
  • Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series (TV Show, 2007) – A woman endeavors to raise a daughter on her own in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.  The complete series has recently been added to Netflix. Also available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Carrie (Movie, 1976) – An outcast teen with telekinetic ability lashes out with her deadly power when the high school “in crowd” torments her with a sick joke at the prom. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • In a World… (Movie, 2013) – A vocal coach competes with her own father and his main rival for a prestigious gig doing the voice-over on a trailer for a big-budget movie. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Sleepless in Seattle (Movie, 1993) – A recently engaged saleswoman becomes obsessed with meeting a grieving widower she heard on a late-night radio call-in show. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • The Wedding Planner (Movie, 2001) – A lonely organizer falls for an engaged pediatrician while coordinating his wedding reception.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • The Vampire Diaries Season 5 (TV Show, 2013) – Vampire brothers battle for a beautiful teenage girl and face new evil. Recently added to Netflix and also available to watch on Amazon Instant VideoM-GO and Vudu.
  • The Following Season 2 (TV Show, 2013) – The FBI hunts an escaped serial killer who has formed a network of killers to follow his every command. Available to watch on Amazon Instant VideoHuluM-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
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Roku TV on The Ellen DeGeneres Show!

In case you missed it, the TCL Roku TV made a special appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week. We’re just way too excited not to share.

Expect to see TCL Roku TV throughout the season, as we’re Ellen’s TV partner for season 12!

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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 3rd October 2014

It’s a new month so what better time to start watching a new box set than now? With modern day classics such as House of Cards, Breaking Bad, Lost and 24 all available to view on Roku, you are spoilt for choice.

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

  • Blended (Movie) - After a disastrous blind date, Jim (Adam Sandler) and Lauren (Drew Barrymore) find themselves stuck together at a family resort in Africa, where they discover that previously missing spark. But will his daughters blend together as well with her sons? Sandler reunites with The Wedding Singer team of Barrymore and director Frank Coraci for a surprisingly sweet romantic comedy. Stream it now on Sky Store.
  • Mildred Pierce (Series) – A good series to get started on, Kate Winslet stars in this elegant mini-series which follows the fortunes of a suburban housewife who strives to make ends meet in depression hit 1930s California. Watch it on Now TV.
  • Life below Zero (Documentary) – This reality adventure series on Netflix follows individuals who’ve chosen to live in the remote Alaskan wilderness, miles from civilisation.
  • The Driver (Series) – Vince McKee’s life is turned upside down when he agrees to be the driver for a criminal gang in this three-part BBC drama. Catch up on the first two episodes now on BBC iPlayer.
  • Postman Pat: The Movie (Movie) – Children’s TV favourite Postman Pat delivers the feature-length goods in a bonkers adventure that sees him rise to fame on a TV talent show. But while he’s on the road to stardom, a sneaky mail company executive replaces him back in Greendale by a robotic clone who isn’t going to win popularity contests. Watch this family favourite on Sky Store.
  • 24 Hours in Police Custody (Series) - This series opens with an extraordinary episode which sees the dawn arrest of a man on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. The film documents the work of the lead detectives as they investigate and interview the suspect about his involvement in a plot to shoot a man. Watch this first episode now on 4oD.
  • The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door (Documentary) – This brand new series goes behind closed doors to find out what really happens between neighbours when disputes arise, looking at some of the most extreme and extraordinary cases in Britain today. Catch up now on Demand 5.
  • Oldboy (Movie) – Spike Lee’s remake of the notorious Korean shocker stars Josh Brolin as a drunken exec who is kidnapped, framed for his wife’s murder and locked in a hotel room… for 20 years. Eventually set free, he goes all out for revenge on his captors. Whoever they are. Never one to shy from a challenge, Lee coolly executes a thriller that’s as brutal, compulsive and unsettling as Park Chan-wook’s original. Watch it on Now TV.
  • Scott and Bailey (Series) – This latest series continues to explore both the personal and professional lives of DC Rachel Bailey and DC Janet Scott – both members of the Manchester Metropolitan Police Major Incident Team, whose task is to track down killers. Watch the latest series now on ITV Player.

Golden Oldie:

  • Good Will Hunting (Movie) – When professors discover that an aimless janitor is also a math genius, a therapist helps the young man confront the demons that are holding him back. Watch it now on Netflix.
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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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