Blockbuster On Demand launches on Roku

Attention, movie lovers! We’re excited to announce that Blockbuster On Demand is now available on Roku.

The Blockbuster On Demand channel offers rentals for thousands of movie titles, including recent releases and classic favorites.

You can browse by new releases, most popular and genre, or peruse curated collections such as “Shakespeare on Film” and “I Heart New York.” Blockbuster On Demand has also been added to one-stop Roku Search, so you can find the perfect movie faster than ever.

The channel provides a rich movie experience with support for closed captioning, trailers for many titles, a browse filter (HD only, MPAA rating, etc.) and a Watchlist to help you remember movies for later viewing.

Blockbuster On Demand is available today in the United States on the Roku Streaming Stick, Roku 2, Roku LT, and new Roku HD players (model 2500X) running Roku software version 4.9 build 5060 or later. You can find it in the “Movies & TV” category of the Roku Channel Store.

Keep streaming, America!

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New releases and recommendations for February 15

Valentine’s Day went by too fast, but we’ve got everything you need to make this a cozy Valentine’s weekend. Cuddle up with your sweetie, fight over share the leftover chocolates and enjoy our lineup of new releases. Happy streaming!

Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • Anna Karenina- Keira Knightley and Jude Law star in this visually enchanting interpretation of Leo Tolstoy’s epic love story. (2012)
  • Chasing Mavericks- The inspirational true story of real life surfing phenom Jay Moriarity is perfect for the whole family. (2012)
  • The Man With The Iron Fists- Wu-Tang head honcho RZA makes his debut as a big-screen director and leading man in an epic action-adventure flick inspired by classic kung fu movies. (2012)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • Community: Paranormal Parentage- On their way to Vicki’s Halloween costume party, the study group stops by Pierce’s mansion. (2013)
  • The Following: Mad Love- Maggie, one of Joe Carroll’s followers, devises a plot to put an end to Ryan Hardy. (2013)
  • Nashville: There’ll Be No Teardrops Tonight: Rayna tells Maddie and Daphne about her plans to divorce. (2013)

Netflix New Releases:

  • Safety Not Guaranteed- A team of journalists are dispatched to investigate a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel, with payment on return. (2012)
  • Like Water- This insightful documentary gets up close and personal with UFC middleweight title holder Anderson Silva, aka The Spider, as he trains to defend his mixed martial arts crown.  (2012)
  • The Fourth Kind- When a psychiatrist videotapes her therapy sessions, she uncovers terrifying evidence that her clients have experienced the fourth level of alien encounter. (2009)

Crackle New Releases:

  • A Knight’s Tale- Sparks fly between Heath Ledger and Shannyn Sossamon in this rock ‘n’ roll meets medieval times musical mash-up. (2001)
  • Excess Baggage- Alicia Silverstone and Benicio Del Toro channel a little Bonnie & Clyde in a quirky heist-within-a-heist romcom. (1997)
  • Beverly Hills Ninja- Chris Farley earns a black belt in silly as a well-meaning and hopelessly inept ninja. (1997)
Fandor New Releases:
  • Natural Selection- An irreverent comedy about a devoted Texas housewife whose carefully ordered world is turned upside down when she sets out to find her husband’s long lost son. (2011)
  • Cropsey- Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true, two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances. (2009)
  • Meet Bill- This dramedy about an unlucky bank employee (Aaron Eckhart) and his cheating wife (Elizabeth Banks) boasts an all-star cast including Timothy Olyphant, Kristen Wiig and Logan Lerman.  (2007)


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Roku named one of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies

Fast Company Magazine’s annual list of the world’s Top 50 Most Innovative Companies is out today, and we’re proud to be listed as one of the top ranking companies!

Roku® is slated at #42, and credited for leading the evolution of television. In addition, we are ranked #3 among the world’s top 10 consumer electronics companies!

Since introducing the first streaming player four years ago, we’ve expanded into Smart TVs, Blu-ray players and other entertainment devices with the introduction of the Roku Streaming Stick and Roku Ready program. Last year, we streamed one billion hours and surpassed 700 channels on the Roku platform in our quest to bring customers the best range and quality in streaming entertainment. We’ll keep working to make TV easy, fulfilling and affordable.

It’s a great honor to be named among the most innovative companies in the world, and we look forward to sharing more exciting news with you in 2013. If you’d like to see the full article, you can view it online here.

Happy Streaming!

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Roku Review: House of Cards

Hi, I’m Eric Lachter, Roku Marketing Director and Lover of Great Shows and Movies.

This week I watched ‘House of Cards,’ a brand new Netflix original series, on my Roku. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but David Fincher (Fight Club) delivers a thrillingly wicked political drama – the language and landscapes are dark, and the characters’ motives are darker.

Kevin Spacey is at his best since ‘American Beauty’ as the manipulative, Machiavellian House Majority Whip, and Constance Zimmer (Entourage) Kate Mara (127 hours) and Robin Wright (Forrest Gump) make up an impressive supporting cast. It appears that Mr. Fincher was given carte blanche to tell the story as he likes, and this is no after school special. It’s gritty. Good gritty. The narrative and pacing are feature-film quality.

I also like that Netflix made the entire first season available immediately. Time is precious, and it’s a real pleasure to stream good TV on my own schedule, without commercials. I can’t wait to watch the next episode (whenever I want).

You’ll find ‘House of Cards’ in the Netflix channel on your Roku.

Keep Streaming, America!


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New releases and recommendations for February 4

Friday may seem far away, but we’ve got a piping hot batch of new releases to take your mind off the week ahead. Whether you’re in the mood for epic rock ‘n’ roll, thrilling political drama, or comic relief, you’ll find your perfect streaming pick in the lineup below.

Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • Seven Psychopaths- A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu. (2012)
  • Sound City- Directed by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, this star-studded documentary tells the story of rock’s greatest recording studio, and the musical magic it continues to inspire. (2013)
  • The Sessions- Academy Award Winner Helen Hunt joins John Hawkes and William H. Macy in a triumphant true story about love, desire, and living life to the fullest. (2012)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • The Mindy Project: Harry & Sally- Mindy’s romantic comedy fantasy has some complications. (2013)
  • Scandal: Truth or Consequences- Olivia’s colleagues learn the truth about the rigged election. (2013)
  • The Following: Chapter Two- Joe Carroll’s plan enters phase two. (2013)

Netflix New Releases:

  • House of Cards- Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara star in a brand new, wickedly addictive political drama about power, sex, love and greed. (2013)
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off- Matthew Broderick shows us how to play hooky in style.  (1986)
  • Liar Liar- Jim Carrey is hilarious as a fast-track lawyer who suddenly finds himself unable to tell a lie for 24 straight hours. (1997)

Crackle New Releases:

  • The DaVinci Code- Tom Hanks unravels a serpentine conspiracy brimming with riddles, puzzles and misdirection. (2006)
  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico- Director Robert Rodriguez brings an all-star cast to the stylized chaos of his final “Mariachi” film. (2003)
  • Glass House- Claustrophobic suspense and unexpected plot twists drive this clever, character-driven script to a chilling climax. (2001)
Fandor New Releases:
  • 5 Broken Cameras- A nominee for Best Documentary Feature at the 2013 Academy Awards®, 5 Broken Cameras captures the affect of Israeli settlements in the West Bank through the eyes of a Palestinian farmer. (2011)
  • From Straight to Bizarre- This rockumentary tells the outrageous story of Frank Zappa’s record labels, founded in 1968, and the amazing music they released. (2011)
  • The Beloved RogueFamed poet Francois Villon (John Barrymore) goest toe to toe with King Louis XI (Conrad Veidt) to win the heart of his betrothed paramour in this swashbuckling adventure. (1927)


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New releases and recommendations for January 28

There’s no cure for Monday, but Roku can help. Put your feet up and ease into the week with our lineup of new releases – we’ve got everything you need to stream your cares away.

Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • The Paperboy- A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. (2013)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower- In this adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s best-selling novel, a lonely freshman falls under the spell of a free-spirited girl and her fearless stepbrother. Available for purchase. (2012)
  • The Imposter- The gripping true story of a Texan boy who went missing in 1994 and was miraculously found three and a half years later, thousands of miles away in southern Spain. (2012)

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

  • In the Electric Mist- While investigating a series of grisly murders, veteran detective Dave Robicheaux (Tommy Lee Jones) navigates his way through the Louisiana bayou and the dark, sultry world of New Orleans mobsters. (2007)
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days- Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey square off in a hilarious, light-hearted romantic comedy. (2003)
  • Sliding Doors- Gwyneth Paltrow shines in a British romantic comedy-drama that contemplates the road not taken. (1998)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • Nikita: Aftermath- Nikita and Owen face off against a rogue “cleaner” named Liam, while Michael takes a new position at Division. (2013)
  • Bob’s Burgers: Broadcast Wagstaff School News- Tina is on a mission to unmask the middle school “mad pooper.” (2013)
  • New Girl: Pepperwood- Nick is suspicious of one of Jess’s night school students (2013)

Netflix New Releases:

  • The Giant Mechanical Man- Out of work and living with her sister, a young woman finds a kindred spirit in a similarly aimless street performer. (2012)
  • For Greater Glory- Andy Garcia stars in an old-fashioned epic about the Cristero War, a bitter 20th-century conflict between Roman Catholics and the anticlerical Mexican government. (2012)
  • Kahaani (subtitled)- Pregnant and alone in the city of Kolkata, a woman begins a relentless search for her missing husband, only to find that nothing is what it seems. (2012)

Crackle New Releases:

  • Chloe- Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, and Amanda Seyfried turn the heat up with lustful, mistrustful alchemy. (2010)
  • The Deal- Penelope Ann Miller goes dark and seeks revenge on her family’s killers in this European thriller. (2006)
  • The Blackout- Thespian debauchery takes center stage in a pitch-black drama featuring the ever-intense Dennis Hopper. (1997)


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Roku mobile app tops one million downloads

Today, we are excited to share that the Roku mobile app, available on both Android and iOS, has surpassed one million downloads!

Our users have provided overwhelmingly positive feedback on the app. It currently maintains a 4.6 star rating (out of 5.0) on Google Play and a 4.5 star rating on Apple’s App Store.

What has made the app so popular with Roku users?

  • It functions as a full remote control, including an instant replay button and a keyboard for use in search.
  • You can browse the Roku Channel Store and add and remove channels from your Roku account.
  • You can instantly launch your favorite installed channels with handy quick launch buttons.
  • You can play your mobile music and photos right on your TV with the tap of a finger (on Roku 2, Roku LT and new Roku HD players).
  • It’s free!

We plan to make the Roku mobile app a more integral part of the Roku platform experience in 2013. If you haven’t tried it, download the app free from Google Play, Apple’s App Store or the Amazon Appstore and let us know what you think!

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New releases and recommendations for Jan 18

This year, we resolve to make relaxation a priority. Even when our days are packed with meetings, errands, and dirty dishes. Even when to-do lists are calling and we don’t have a moment to spare. Join us and make some time just for yourself this weekend. Happy Friday!

Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • Downton Abbey Season 3- The adventures at Downton continue with weddings, surprises, and ample witty one-liners from the Dowager Countess. (2013)
  • Taken 2- Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills, a deadly ex-CIA operative who will stop at nothing to protect his family. (2012)
  • Men in Black 3- Agent Jay travels back in time to 1969, where he teams up with a younger version of Agent Kay to stop an evil alien from destroying the future. (2012)

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

  • Footloose- City kid Ren McCormack moves to a small town where rock ‘n’ roll and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace. (2011)
  • Crash- Lives combust when a Brentwood couple, a Persian shopkeeper, two cops, a pair of carjackers and a Korean couple all converge. (2005)
  • Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls- ”If you were me, then I’d be you, and I’d use YOUR body to get to the top.” Jim Carrey, at his best. (1995)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • The Mindy Project: Bunk Bed- Mindy bunks and bonds with her goddaughter. (2013)
  • New Girl: A Father’s Love- Jess tries to heal Nick’s relationship with his dad. (2013)
  • Bones: The Archaeologist in the Cocoon- The team investigates the murder of a well-known archaeologist with a questionable reputation. (2013)

Netflix New Releases:

  • Maximum ConvictionTasked with decommissioning an old penitentiary, a former black ops operative suddenly has his hands full when an elite force of mercenaries raids the prison. (2012)
  • Screwed- A former soldier is hired as a prison guard and drawn into a brutal underworld in this crime drama based on a true story. (2011)
  • The Switch- Jennifer Aniston stars as a single woman who decides to pursue motherhood – and realizes that her anonymous sperm donor isn’t quite as anonymous as she thinks. (2010)

Crackle New Releases:

  • Chosen- An unsuspecting father is thrust into a deadly game when a mysterious wooden box appears on his doorstep. (2013)
  • Hostel: Part IIIA soon-to-be groom celebrating his bachelor party in Las Vegas learns his longtime best friend has targeted him for ritual murder. (2011)
  • Underworld- Kate Beckinsale stars as a beautiful vampire warrior in an action-packed thriller that comes at you with guns blazing. (2003)

Fandor New Releases:

  • Dark Horse- Jordan Gelber, Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow and Selma Blair star in this dark comedy from the twisted mind of Todd Solondz. (2011)
  • Red Shoe Diaries- Before he was Fox Mulder, David Duchovny played grieving widower Jake Winters in the naughty erotic melodrama Red Shoe Diaries, which later launched a cult cable series of the same name. (1992)
  • It- The quintessential flapper, Clara Bow, is captured at the height of her charm in this bubbly fable of a New York shopgirl who hunts the heart of a young millionaire. (1927)
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New releases and recommendations for January 11

A brand new year calls for brand new streaming picks. Whether you feel like laughing, crying, enjoying a flick with the family or (let’s be honest) watching lots of stuff blow up, we’ve got you covered. Kick 2013 off right with this all-new lineup!

Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • Looper- In the year 2042, a mob hitman (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) assassinates targets sent back from the future – until he’s ordered to “close the loop” and eliminate his future self. (2012)
  • Frankenweenie- Tim Burton’s heart-warming black and white film brings Frankenweenie back to life with stop-motion animation. (2012)
  • End of Watch- Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña star as young LA police officers who become the target of the country’s most dangerous drug cartel. Now available for purchase. (2012)

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

  • Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol- While trying to clear their name, agent Ethan Hunt’s elite team uncovers a plot to start a nuclear war. (2011)
  • Young Adult- Academy Award winner Charlize Theron stars as a former prom queen turned young adult novelist who returns home to win back her high school sweetheart.  (2011)
  • No Strings Attached- Academy Award Winner Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher star as best friends who attempt an unconventional relationship. (2011)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • The Office: Lice- When Pam brings a lice infestation into the workplace, Dwight puts the office on lock down. (2012)
  • Downton Abbey Seasons 1 & 2- Catch up on (or relive) all of the Downton drama before you start on Season 3. (2012)
  • New Girl: Cabin- A weekend getaway may not be the vacation Jess envisioned. (2012)

Netflix New Releases:

  • Fire With Fire- After he is forced to testify against a powerful crime lord, a firefighter must take an unexpected course of action to get his life back. (2012)
  • Dr Seuss’ The Lorax- This animated adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic features the voice of Danny DeVito as the Lorax. (2012)
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol- Super-agent Ethan Hunt takes daring to new heights on another operation from the Impossible Missions Force. (2011)

Crackle New Releases:

  • S.W.A.T.: Firefight- Realistic action, intense fight scenes, and explosive editing make this a worthy sequel to the original S.W.A.T. (2011)
  • Quarantine 2: Terminal- A terrifying, disease-ridden zombie flick that sidesteps the rehashed clichés of the usual horror sequel. (2011)
  • The Informers- Billy Bob Thornton and Kim Basinger star in a riveting exploration of the collapse of Western civilization, or as we like to call it, life in Hollywood. (2009)

Fandor New Releases:

  • About Jenny Holzer- A close look at conceptual artist Jenny Holzer, who works primarily through the visual depiction of language and text. (2011)
  • Princess Iron Fan- The first feature length animated film produce in China, Princess Iron Fan follows the Monkey King and his friends on their journey to the west (1941)
  • Our Town- This adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning play was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture (1940)
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Elvis streaming picks fit for The King

On this great day in 1935, Elvis was born. Grab a peanut butter and banana sandwich and slip into your blue suede shoes – we’re celebrating The King’s birthday with an epic rock ‘n’ roll lineup.

  • Blue Hawaii - Cheesy? Yes. Does it matter? No. We can’t help falling in love with this movie over and over again. 
  • Jailhouse Rock – While behind bars for manslaughter, bad boy Elvis masters guitar slingin’ and (surprise!) becomes a teenage rock star. 
  • King Creole – Elvis delivers one of his best early performances (and gets into a brief rumble with Walter Mathau) in this classic New Orleans drama.
  • Viva Las Vegas – Elvis stars as a race-car driver who falls for a hot swimming instructor (stunning Ann-Margret) in this hip-shakin’ musical. 
  • True Romance – Val Kilmer appears as the Ghost of Elvis in this irreverent, profane Quentin Tarantino story starring Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette and Christopher Walken. 
  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story - Jack White of White Stripes fame plays Elvis in this hilarious faux music biopic starring John C. Reilly.
  • Walk the Line - Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon deliver strong performances as country superstars Johnny Cash and June Carter; musician Tyler Hilton makes a cameo as Elvis. 
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