Date Night with Roku

Are you snuggling up at home with your Valentine tonight? Whether you’re celebrating your love, nursing a broken heart, dumping that jerk or basking in solitude, we’ve got you covered. Here are some ways your favorite little black (or purple) box can help set the mood for a perfect night in. 

Watch
There are so many classics to choose from, but these are our top 6 movie picks for Valentine’s Day streaming.

  • When Harry Met Sally- Meg Ryan’s famous scene in Katz Deli puts this hilarious romantic comedy at the top of our Valentine’s must-see list (Amazon Instant Video)
  • The Notebook- Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling’s passionate chemistry will restore your faith in true, lasting love (Amazon Instant Video)
  • Swingers- Vince Vaughn stars in what is arguably the greatest single guy movie of all time. Being broken-hearted has never looked so good (Netflix)
  • The War of the Roses- Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner literally bring down the house in this slapstick tragedy about the violent decline of a marriage (Amazon Instant Video)
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s-  This classic love story stars Audrey Hepburn at her very best. Holly Golightly’s rain-soaked reunion with Paul and Cat is worth the watch  (Netflix)
  • The Princess Bride- Giants, eels, torture and steel cannot stop Westley from saving his precious Princess Buttercup in this hilarious tongue-in-cheek fairytale (Amazon Instant Video)

Listen
Make Valentine’s night even sweeter by sharing the music you love with the one you adore. Channels like Pandora, Live365, and MOG offer a variety of romantic choices – you can even plug in your mp3 player to select Roku players and surprise your sweetie with all of your favorite songs.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at Roku! What are you watching tonight?


 

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New Releases and Recommendations for Feb. 10

The days are getting longer and I swear I saw the sun today!  Here are some not-quite-spring, but not-quite-winter picks. As always, if you have a suggestion on the perfect lazy Sunday flick, please post ‘em in the comments. Happy streaming!

Netflix New Releases:

  • Beetlejuice- Possibly Michael Keaton’s best role, outside of Mr. Mom of course! Remember why he is the ghost with the most in this Oscar-winning Burton classic (1988)
  • License to Drive- As long as we’re in the ’80′s, you have to watch a “Corey flick” and this one has them both – Feldman and Haim (1988)
  • Circus- This magical documentary covers the Big Apple Circus for an entire travelling season.  It proves clowns really are creepy…it’s not just me (2010)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • Modern Family: Me? Jealous?- Claire thinks Phil’s new business partner is blatantly inappropriate (2012)
  • The River- ABC’s new horror hit. Catch the first episode – 6 months after Dr. Cole goes missing in the jungle, his wife journeys to find him (2012)
  • New Girl: The Landlord- Jess befriends the loft’s landlord and things devolve from there (2012)

Crackle New Releases:

  • A River Runs Through It- A pre-superstar Brad Pitt makes a movie about fly-fishing more entertaining than the real thing (1992)
  • Stripes- Bill Murray and Harold Ramis team together for the first time to define the slacker comedy genre (1981)
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby- Will Ferrell elevates blowhard idiocy into hillbilly high art in a Southern-fried NASCAR lampoon where nothing is sacred (2006)

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

  • Alexander- The epic story of Alexander the Great, the King of Macedonia, who over an eight year period managed to conquer 90% of the known world of his time by age 25 (2004)
  • Empire of the Sun- The story of a young boy’s determination to survive in the face of the devastating events that transpire after Japan invades Shanghai on December 8, 1941 (1987)
  • Before Sunset- Nine years ago, two strangers met by chance, spent a night together in Vienna, and parted before sunrise. Now, they’re about to cross paths again (2004)

Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • A Very Harold And Kumar Christmas- When Kumar accidentally burns down Harold’s father-in-law’s prized tree on Christmas Eve, the two embark on another ill-advised journey to New York City to replace it (2011)
  • The Whistleblower- A drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal (2011)
  • Real Steel-A riveting white-knuckle action ride that’ll leave you cheering. Did I mention robots boxing? (2011)
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Get a Sweet Deal on a Roku 2 This Valentine’s Day

Let’s be honest- flowers wilt, chocolate melts and diamonds can break your bank account. The Hallmark cliché is so ten years ago, and more importantly, what’s in it for you? Help us take a stand against one-way gifting and get your sweetie a gift you can both appreciate!

Through February 14th, you can snag $10 off our flagship Roku 2 XS or the 1080p-capable Roku 2 XD. Plus, with the help of this blog, you’ll always know the right movie to watch… or pretend to watch.

Will you be our Valentine?

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Meet Valerie, Our Fan of the Month for February!

Today we’re excited to kick off Roku Fan of the Month, a program we’ve created to acknowledge and celebrate our loyal, inspiring, helpful and all-around awesome fans.

We’re proud to announce that Valerie is our first-ever Roku Fan of the Month!  We’ve spent a little time getting to know her, and you should too – she rocks! Roku Revolutionaries, meet Valerie:

What makes you a Roku Revolutionary?
My Roku – or should I say my daughter and my Roku – is our family. We support it, promote it, and sing its praises. Most importantly, Roku has shown us things we wouldn’t have seen otherwise.  Our Roku player takes us off the beaten “mainstream” path and widens our viewing horizons.

How has Roku changed the way you watch TV?
I can now actually watch TV – I used to sit and skim channels randomly without direction. I never much liked playing Russian Roulette.  Now I have a plan; I know what I want, how to get there, and if I can’t get there tonight, my Roku will wait until tomorrow… if only life were that simple!

What’s your favorite Roku channel?
One favorite channel??  Don’t think so – Netflix, Amazon, and Flixster (trailer heaven!) Some Sunday afternoons my daughter and I love to watch Pub-D-Hub and laugh ourselves silly at the old commercials.  Oh, and X-Factor is great!

Who controls the Roku remote in your house?
When my daughter is home, we fight about it and she wins.  Otherwise ME!

Are we invited to your next Roku streaming party?
Yes, you are invited to our next streaming party! Woohoo!

If Roku were an ice cream, what flavor would it be?
Ben and Jerry’s Berry Berry Extraordinary – for sure.

Thanks Valerie, and thank you all for making the Roku community so special. Remember — you could be next! Send your story to therevolution (at) roku.com and tell us why you are the biggest Roku fan of all time. We can’t wait to brag about you.

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New Releases and Recommendations for Feb. 3

Need a break from the big game this weekend? We have you covered! Stream on with some great classics, solid new releases and of course SUPER BOWL ADS! As always, if you have a suggestion on the perfect lazy Sunday flick, please post ‘em in the comments. Happy streaming!

Netflix New Releases:

  • The Confession- Kiefer Sutherland stars in this riveting 10-part Web series following an angst-ridden hit man who confesses his bloody sins to an astonished priest (2011)
  • The Double- Richard Gere plays a former CIA operative who is paired with a young FBI agent to track down a Russian assassin (2011)
  • JFK: Special Edition- Oliver Stone’s fascinating film about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is even more dramatic thanks to the extra footage included in this special edition (1991)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • Adzone- Get ready for Game Day with a collection of the best commercials from Super Bowls past and present (2011)
  • Parks and Recreation: Operation Ann- Seeing Ann alone on Valentine’s Day, Leslie quickly makes it her mission to find a man for her best friend (2012)
  • The Office: Jury Duty- Jim lies about jury duty to spend time with Pam and the kids; Angela has her own secret to hide (2012)

Crackle New Releases:

  • Seinfeld- Flip through Jerry’s little black book of ex-girlfriends and pay the soup Nazi a visit (1991)
  • The Professional- Natalie Portman makes an explosive screen debut in a film bursting with spectacular action, sharp wit and big heart (1994)
  • Legends of the Fall- Brad Pitt stars in a drama flick that has it all – top shelf cast, war, romance, sibling rivalry and tragedy (1994)

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

  • Caddyshack- Dancing gophers, Bill Murray and Chevy Chase…honestly what more could you want from a movie? (1980)
  • Swordfish- Based in fact? No. Rooted in computer science? Not even close. Totally kick-ass? Yes! And it may well be the best ending of any movie (2001)
  • Frasier: Season 1- One of the wittiest comedies to grace the television is now available (1993)

Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • In Time- In a future where time is literally money and aging stops at 25, the only way to stay alive is to earn, steal, or inherit more time (2011)
  • The Big Year- Looking to shake up their routine lives, three amateur bird watchers compete to become the ultimate “birder” by spotting the greatest number of species within a single calendar year (2011)
  • The Thing- From the producers of Dawn of the Dead comes the prelude to John Carpenter’s cult classic film where paranoia spreads like an epidemic after a creature is freed from its frozen prison (2011)
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New Releases and Recommendations for Jan. 27

Friday is here, and it’s stream o’clock somewhere. Here are some recommendations to help kick-start your weekend Roku style. As always, if you have a suggestion on the perfect lazy Sunday flick, please post ‘em in the comments. Happy streaming!

Netflix New Releases:

  • 13 Assassins- Brilliant cult director Takashi Miike delivers the most epic, action-packed samurai movie we’ve seen in decades (2011)
  • Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop- Following his unplanned and highly publicized departure from NBC, exiled talk show host Conan O’Brien takes his show on the road (2011)
  • This is Spinal Tap- Turn your weekend up to eleven with Rob Reiner’s hilarious hair band rockumentary (1984)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • Parks and Recreation: Bowling for Votes- Leslie holds a bowling event to gather support for her campaign, while the team has a contest to see who can raise the most money by cold calling (2012)
  • Modern Family: Little Bo Bleep- Claire prepares for her debate with Duane Bailey (2012)
  • The Finder: A Cinderella Story- A missing show leads to an unlikely fairytale ending (2012)

Crackle New Releases:

  • Revolver- Guy Ritchie brings out the big guns in a visually dazzling Tarantino-tinted return to his ”Snatch” roots (2005)
  • Girl, Interrupted- A superbly acted and thought-provoking flight over the cuckoo’s nest that netted Angelina Jolie an Oscar (1999)
  • Bat 21- Gene Hackman and Danny Glover do a tour-of-duty in a white-knuckle Vietnam true story that skips the usual war cliches (1988)

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo- See for yourself why Swedish actress Noomi Rapace is the talk of Hollywood for her original portrayal of goth hacker Lisbeth Salander (2009)
  • Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious- Daniel Tosh has been healing the sick, stopping wars, helping underprivileged children… and filming Completely Serious, the single greatest hour in comedy. What have you been doing? (2007)
  • LOST: Season 1- Relive the glory days of LOST with a weekend marathon (2004)

Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • The Ides of March- An idealistic staffer for a newbie presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. Based on the play by Beau Willimon (2011)
  • 50/50- Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen team up to beat the odds in a film that Rolling Stone calls “achingly hilarious and heartfelt” (2011)
  • Paranormal Activity 3- Paranormal Activity 3 takes you back to where it all began. The cameras are on and recording the chilling moments when evil begins to terrorize young sisters Katie and Kristi for the first time (2011)
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Live Bob Weir Concert on Roku

Deadheads unite! You can catch Bob Weir (yes, that Bob Weir – founding member of the Grateful Dead) and RatDog’s live debut on Roku tonight. The FREE show will air on Roku at 5pm PST (8pm EST).

The band will perform two sets at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios and feature RatDog members: Bob Weir, Kenny Brooks, Jeff Chimenti, Mark Karan, Steve Kimock, Jay Lane, Robin Sylvester and Rob Wasserman. Visit TRI Studios’ website to learn more about Bob Weir and his latest projects.

This will be the first time these eight members share the stage together in RatDog history and the first live debut on Roku. That’s pretty freakin’ sweet….

Add the TRI TV channel to watch history in the making - it’s a sneak peek, so you won’t find it in the Channel Store. Or visit https://owner.roku.com/add/RatDogLive to add the channel.

Happy Streaming!

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New Releases and Recommendations for Jan. 20

When it’s cold and blustery outside, there’s nothing better than some quality one-on-one time with your favorite little black box. Here are some recommendations to keep you cozy on the couch this weekend. As always, if you have a suggestion on the perfect lazy Sunday flick, please post ‘em in the comments. Happy streaming!

Netflix New Releases:

  • Interview with a Vampire- Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst star in this blood-curdling adaptation of Anne Rice’s romantic vampire novel (1994)
  • Young Frankenstein- An endlessly quotable parody from director Mel Brooks, starring Gene Wilder as Frederick Frankenstein (1974)
  • Justin Bieber: Never Say Never- Only for the brave of heart, this musical documentary delves deep into the pop culture phenomenon of Bieber-mania (2010)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • The Office: Pool Party- Robert invites the staff to his house for one last party before the home goes up for sale (2012)
  • Grey’s Anatomy: Hope for the Hopeless- Richard’s 10,000th surgery is a liver transplant for two sisters (2012)
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Official Story- The SVU team investigates a private military security firm that believes it’s above the law (2012)

Crackle New Releases:

  • Drunken Master- Jackie Chan stars as an obstinate and cocky young man who’s sent to learn at the feet of his uncle, a harsh, wine guzzling, kung fu master (1978)
  • Resident Evil: Degeneration- Virus-infected zombies, conspiracies and awesome CGI coalesce in the video game franchise’s first animated film (2008)
  • The Juror- Alec Bladwin channels his inner-psycho in a livewire mob thriller that will truly make you fear a jury duty notice (1996)

Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop- An eccentric French shop keeper and an amateur film maker set out to document famed graffiti artist Banksy, but the artist turns the camera back on its owner with spectacular results (2010)
  • You’ve Got Mail- Sleepless in Seattle director Nora Ephron brings love and courtship into the electronic age of the World Wide Web in this classic romantic comedy (1998)
  • The French Chef with Julia Child Volume 1- Mmm… is that boeuf bourguignon I smell? Sharpen up your kitchen skills with cooking legend and cultural icon Julia Child (1963)
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Roku Fan of the Month

Has Roku rocked your world? Do you recommend your favorite little black box to everyone you know? If so, you just might be a Roku Revolutionary.

Starting this month, we’re kicking off the Roku Fan of the Month program to highlight our impressive community—and give a little something back to the revolution.

In 150 words or less, tell us why you are prime material for the first-ever Fan on the Month. We’ll pick one fan per month randomly and shower you with fame (a nice bio on the blog), fortune (some nifty Roku swag) and plenty of attention (we’ll tell our mothers and talk about you around the water-cooler)!

Send your Roku story to therevolution (at) roku.com and if we pick you, you’ll get an email with next steps. Be sure to include your name and address in your email, oh and shirt size wouldn’t hurt.

Happy Streaming!

 

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We Want to Hear from You

Calling all Roku Revolutionaries! You deserve a reward.  Tell us which insider-community benefits sound the most exciting in the comments below.

  • A chance to suggest new features to our product team
  • Discounts to give out to friends and family
  • Access to insider-only events
  • Early access to new Roku products and features
  • The ability to help other Roku fans
  • A special monthly newsletter on how to get even more from your Roku
  • Limited edition Roku swag

Did we miss something?  Post your suggestions too – we’re all ears!


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