New releases and recommendations for October 20

With blustery weather outside and Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to embrace the spooky and mix some scary movies into your weekend streaming lineup. We’ve got  you covered with everything from classic horror flicks to current big screen thrillers – don’t blame us if you have to sleep with the lights on!



Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World- Steve Carell and Keira Knightley lead an all-star cast in this clever and heartwarming comedy that explores the crazy things people do when humanity’s last days are at hand. (2012)
  • That’s My Boy- Adam Sandler returns to the big screen as Andy Samburg’s dysfunctional dad in this rowdy comedy co-starring Leighton Meester and featuring cameos from Susan Sarandon, Vanilla Ice and James Caan. (2012)
  • Chernobyl Diaries- Six tourists hire an “extreme tour” guide to take them through the abandoned city of Chernobyl and soon discover they are not alone. (2012)

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

  • Parenthood Season 1- The very large and colorful Braverman family deals with the trials and tribulations of parenthood. (2010)
  • Battlestar Galactica Season 1- The Battlestar crew is put to the test as sleep deprivation mixes with the gloomy reality of a Cylon-apocalypse. (2005)
  • Heathers- This dark ’80s cult classic comedy takes high school angst to a brutal new level. (1989)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • Nikita Season 3- Maggie Q stars as a beautiful and deadly rogue assassin in the third season of this action-packed crime drama. (2012)
  • Suburgatory Season 2- Tessa returns from NYC and Dalia experiences a crisis. (2012)
  • The Blob- This cult classic melds ’50s schlock sci-fi and teen delinquency pics with strong performances and ingenious special effects. (1958)

Netflix New Releases:

  • Werewolf: The Beast Among Us- When a mysterious creature terrorizes a village by moonlight, a local young man joins a team of werewolf hunters to bring it down. (2012)
  • Touch Season 1-  Trying desperately to connect with his severely autistic son, a single dad (Kiefer Sutherland) discovers that his child has peculiar gift for numbers that could unlock the mysteries at the heart of the universe. (2011)
  • Paranormal Activity 3- A malign and murderous spirit continues to dwell within a San Diego home in this second creepy sequel to 2007′s chilling Paranormal Activity. (2011)

Crackle New Releases:

  • Suit Up- College football, crisis management and stripper poles collide in an irreverent and timely pigskin-fueled dark-comedy. (2012)
  • The Crimes of the Black Cat- This Italian giallo may even shock today’s desensitized horror fans with its brutal streak. (1972)
  • The Antichrist- The Exorcist is re-imagined as a demonically creepy slice of ‘70s Italian  horror, complete with gratuitous sleaze and gory camp. (1974)

Fandor New Releases:

  • Live from Tokyo- A vivid look at Tokyo’s music culture as a reflection of Japanese society and its relation to international music (2010)
  • The Strangers Gundown- This dark Spaghetti Western with “Euro gothic” horror-movie-undertones earned an “X” rating when initially released in Italy (1974)
  • The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery- Superstar Steve McQueen stars as a shady career criminal who sets out to rob one of America’s richest banks in this 1950′s film noir classic (1959)
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New releases and recommendations for October 13

As the days get shorter and the evenings grow chillier, making time for fun becomes even more important. Cozy up with friends and family to enjoy old classics and discover new favorites this weekend – we’ve got a great list to get you started. Happy streaming!



Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • The Raven- When a brutal killing spree terrorizes 19th-century Baltimore, a young detective turns to notorious author Edgar Allan Poe for help getting inside the mind of a serial killer. (2012)
  • Prometheus- Legendary director Ridley Scott (Alien) returns to his sci-fi origins in this epic adventure bursting with spectacular action and mind-blowing visual effects. (2012)
  • Moonrise Kingdom- Wes Anderson’s poignant pre-teen love story starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand is currently available for purchase. (2012)

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

  • Fringe Season 4- The fourth season of this suspenseful sci-fi thriller kicks off with relationship drama and inter-universe action. (2012)
  • Damages Season 4 - Glenn Close stars in a brainy legal thriller full of red herrings and unexpected twists.  (2011)
  • Absolutely Fabulous Season 1- Jennifer Saunders leads an all-star cast as the outrageous, fashion-obsessed,  hedonistic Edina in this beloved, multi award-winning British comedy. (1992)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • The Vampire Diaries Season 3- Elena awakens on the morning after the accident to find the thing she dreaded most has come true. (2012)
  • 30 Rock Season 7-  Liz must balance her new professional success with her love life, all while helping Jack bring down NBC. (2012)
  • Supernatural Season 8- This haunting series follows the Winchester brothers as they hunt down evil supernatural forces on lonely country back roads. (2012)

Netflix New Releases:

  • Act of Valor- An elite squad of Navy SEALs must rescue a kidnapped CIA agent from a lethal terrorist cell in this covert-action thriller. (2012)
  • Get the Gringo- Mel Gibson stars as a man who ends up in a notorious Mexican prison after a failed attempt to escape with a million-dollar stash. (2012)
  • Indie Game: The Movie - This captivating documentary follows several independent game designers as they painstakingly develop their games and hope for breakthrough success. (2012)

Crackle New Releases:

  • The Black Keys: Live At The Crystal Ballroom- Blast The Black Keys’ bluesy, no-frills rock ‘n roll sound on the living room big screen. (2008)
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose- This chilling horror flick is inspired by the true story of a lawyer who takes a negligent homicide case involving the exorcism of a young girl. (2005)
  • Knock Off- Jean Claude Van Damme plays a fashion designer who must join with a C.I.A. agent (Rob Schneider) to combat terrorism during the handover of Hong Kong to the Chinese. (2001)

Fandor New Releases:

  • Busking the System- This documentary chronicles the day-to-day lives of several subway musicians in New York City. (2011)
  • Hidden Love- Acclaimed actress Isabelle Huppert stars in this downbeat tale of a suicidal mental patient trapped in an endless maze of despair following the death of her only child.  (2010)
  • Balloonland- This 1930s cartoon follows a young girl and boy on a journey through a magical land populated with (you guessed it) balloons, singing balloon-like citizens, and the evil Pincushion Man. (1935)
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Exclusive big-screen access to The Rumble 2012 on Roku

Bill O’Reilly. Jon Stewart. 2 podiums. 1 air-conditioned auditorium. 

Just like Thunderdome, two men will enter . . .and, well . . . two men will leave. Mortal frenemies O’Reilly and Stewart will go head to head on today’s most pressing political issues for the health of our great nation.

Sure, you could hunch over and watch on your tiny computer screen, but the rest of us will stretch out on the couch and enjoy exclusive big-screen access to the most anticipated debate of the year. Stream The Rumble 2012 live on your Roku this Saturday, October 6th at 8pm ET from Washington, D.C.!

To watch The Rumble 2012 on your Roku, just purchase The Rumble and add the channel to your player.

Happy Streaming!™

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Introducing the 3M Streaming Projector powered by the Roku Streaming Stick

Earlier this year we announced the Roku Streaming Stick™, a tiny wireless Roku player the size of a USB drive.

The Roku Streaming Stick plugs into an MHL port (looks like HDMI but actually powers and commands the Streaming Stick) on Roku Ready® consumer electronics devices, bringing Roku to a range of new products. Today, I’m pleased to unveil the first product of its kind–the 3M Streaming Projector powered by the Roku Streaming Stick.

The 3M Streaming Projector uses the Roku Streaming Stick to provide access to the more than 600 channels on the Roku platform. Small enough to fit in one hand, yet able to project an image up to 120 inches, the 3M Streaming Projector is perfect for family movie nights, sleepovers and backyard parties.With up to a two-hour 45 minute battery life, the 3M Streaming Projector can project almost anywhere a Wi-Fi connection can be accessed – onto a basement wall, a bedroom ceiling or even a backyard fence.

The 3M Streaming Projector is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com for $299, and will begin shipping on Oct. 22. For more information, visit www.3MMobileProjectors.com.

You can find out more about the Roku Streaming Stick right here.

Happy Streaming!™

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New releases and recommendations for September 28

Remember when your favorite shows ended and you didn’t know what to do with yourself? Well, fall has arrived with changing leaves, crisp breezes and season premieres! Settle in for an epically entertaining autumn weekend – the lineup below is just the beginning. Happy streaming!



Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • Marvel’s The Avengers- An unexpected enemy unites an all-star super hero team, including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. (2012)
  • The Cabin in The Woods- Now available for rental, this sharp, mind-twisting horror thriller turns the genre inside out. (2012)
  • Hell on Wheels Seasons 1 and 2- Hell hath no fury like steely cowboy Cullen Bohannon in AMC’s gritty new western drama. (2012)

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

  • Sherlock Seasons 1 and 2 - This 21st century take on the classic sleuthing duo may be the best yet – Benedict Cumberbatch’s witty, acerbic Holmes is fascinating even when he’s thinking, and Martin Freeman’s Watson is much more than a sidekick. (2012)
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon- The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to learn its secrets. (2011)
  • Kick-Ass- Not for the faint of heart, this stylish comic book adaptation reaches new levels of bloody violence and gleeful profanity. (2010)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • New Girl Season 2- Zooey Deschanel and her band of misfit boys are back with blind dates and big changes. (2012)
  • Modern Family Season 4-  The Emmy-winning comedy kicks off a new season with big birthday surprises. (2012)
  • Grey’s Anatomy Season 9- The doctors of Seattle Grace try to cope with loss. (2012)

Netflix New Releases:

  • The Walking Dead Season 2- Chaos and horror abound in the action-packed second season of this zombie-fueled drama. (2012)
  • Weeds Season 7- After doing three years hard time, Nancy is abruptly released from Federal Prison and transferred to a halfway house in New York City. (2011)
  • Alias Seasons 1-7- Jennifer Garner works her way through a menagerie of mysterious disguises as a top-secret agent fighting terrorists and traitors. (2005)

Crackle New Releases:

  • Identity- John Cusack and Amanda Peet star in this mind-bending thriller with a shockingly original and disturbing twist. (2003)
  • The Big Hit- A quartet of hit men are drawn into a moonlighting gig that turns sour when they kidnap an heiress with connections to the mob. (1998)
  • Lawrence of Arabia- A sumptuously shot epic that nabbed an Oscar for Best Picture and made Peter O’Toole a movie star. (1962)

Fandor New Releases:

  • Everyday Sunshine- Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, this rockumentary traces the unusual history of iconic “funk-ska-punk-sci fi-vaudevillian act” Fishbone. (2011)  
  • The Last of England- Starring a young Tilda Swinton, Derek Jarman’s bleak, apocalyptic film is a deeply personal and damning reflection on conservative Britain during the 1980s. (1987)
  • Girl on a Motorcycle- Marianne Faithfull stars as a bored housewife who bolts from her home in the French countryside and travels to Germany to visit her lover in this psychedelic 1960′s romp (1968)
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Roku pick of the week – Acorn TV

Following the success of shows like Downton Abbey, America is in a tizzy over British drama and mystery – but it’s not always easy to find international shows in the states. Thankfully, it’s simpler than ever to channel your inner anglophile from the comfort of home with Acorn TV on Roku.

Settle in, pour yourself a spot of tea and enjoy over 125 hours of hit British series like Upstairs, Downstairs, Brideshead Revisited, and Agatha Christie’s Poirot. You can preview clips, catch up on past seasons or devour series marathons.

You can add Acorn TV to your Roku player here or find it in the Channel Store under “Movies & TV.” Try it out now with a 30-day FREE trial!

Happy streaming!

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Ron White’s new special streams exclusively on Roku

We’re excited to announce that comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White’s brand new, unseen TV special, “A Little Unprofessional,” is now streaming exclusively on Roku in the U.S.!

Best known as the cigar-smoking, scotch-swilling funnyman from the record-breaking “Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” Ron White has established himself as the cream of the comedic crop with two Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, and three of the top rated one-hour TV specials in Comedy Central history. Now, he’s made it simpler than ever for fans to stream his new comedy special on demand – just purchase the $5 special at RonWhiteSpecial.comadd the free Ron White channel to your Roku playerand instantly enjoy 80 minutes of uncut, uncensored, scotch-fueled hilarity on your living room TV.

Make sure to follow @RokuPlayer on Twitter and stay tuned this Friday for the chance to win one of two $300 VIP packages, including a premium seat ticket to any Ron White show and a “200 Proof” VIP Experience Meet & Greet with the man himself! Ron White performs over 100 live shows a year, so chances are high that he’s coming to your town. Don’t miss out.

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VUDU launches on Roku

Movie buffs rejoice! As of today, VUDU’s subscription-free video streaming service is available on Roku.

VUDU brings thousands of new releases, Hollywood classics, independent films and TV shows to the Roku platform in vibrant HD. The VUDU channel is free to Roku users, and you’ll even score a free $5.99 video credit when you link your player!

With the VUDU channel on Roku, you can:

  • Browse and filter titles by name, genre, release date, most watched, top picks, video quality, MPAA rating, studio, purchase option or Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer rating.
  • Search for either titles or people
  • Check out video extras, cast and crew filmographies, critics’ reviews and a list of similar titles for movies
  • View free trailers for many movies
  • Preview the first two minutes of a title and test your Internet connection speed to make sure you rent/buy the best resolution video for your network
  • Add a movie, TV show or TV episode to your VUDU Wishlist for later viewing
  • Enjoy HD titles in Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound (pass-through only)

Available now on all Roku 2 models, the current-generation Roku HD (model #2500) and Roku LT players in the U.S., VUDU will be coming to the Roku Streaming Stick in October. You can add the VUDU channel here or find it in the Movies & TV section of the Roku Channel Store.

Happy streaming!

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Roku mobile app updated with Play on Roku, international support

The official Roku mobile app just became the best remote in the house.

We know what you’re thinking – you can already use the app to replay favorite movie moments, browse the Channel Store and launch channels with the tap of a finger. How could it possibly get better? Well, now you can stream your carefully curated music playlists and flattering family photos straight from your iPhone or Android device to your living room big screen with our brand new Play on Roku feature. Yes, it’s true. You can even set your photos to music. Did we mention that it’s free?

International customers will be happy to hear that as of later today, the app will be available in the UK, Canada and Ireland. We’ve also added improved device discovery, the ability to voice launch channels on Android (look ma, no hands!), and the option to give unique names to multiple Roku players. Be as creative as you want – we won’t judge.

Sound too good to be true? Check out this video demo from Tom Markworth, our dashing director of product management.

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If you haven’t tried our updated mobile app yet, you can download it now from the iTunes App Store and later today on Google Play. Play on Roku works with all Roku 2 models, the current-generation Roku HD player (model #2500), and Roku LT (models #2400 and 2450), as well as the upcoming Roku Streaming Stick.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers right hereWe’d love to hear what you think, so please let us know at feedback@roku.com. And you know what they say – if you like it then you better put a rating on it. :)

Happy streaming!

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New releases and recommendations for September 15

This weekend is all about you – it’s time to slow down, sleep in, play hard and stay up late. We’ve got a great list of new releases to help you relax and unwind, so kick back and stream on! 



Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • Snow White and the Huntsman- Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart star in this classic fairy tale turned action-adventure epic. (2012)
  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting - Inspired by the best-selling book, this heartfelt comedy follows five couples dealing with the challenges of impending parenthood. (2012)
  • Sons of Anarchy Season 5- In the Season 5 premiere, Jax presides over SAMCRO as a series of events begin to unravel. (2012)

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

  • Thor- The mighty Marvel hero reignites an ancient war, falling in love in the process. (2011)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger- Steve Rogers, a sickly man from Brooklyn, is transformed into super-soldier Captain America to aid in the war effort. (2011)
  • Rango- An imaginative chameleon lands in a Western town plagued by bandits and is forced to reinvent himself to protect it. (2011)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • The InbetweenersMTV’s new scripted comedy series features a group of teenagers navigating high school and charging into adulthood the way everyone does…by taking one step forward and three steps back. (2012)
  • The New Normal: Sofa’s Choice- Nana tracks down Goldie’s ex-husband, while we learn the story of how David and Bryan met. (2012)
  • From Martha’s Kitchen- Martha Stewart’s most popular recipes, techniques, and tips for simple weeknight meals and easy entertaining.  (2003)

Netflix New Releases:

  • Marley- Featuring dozens of interviews, electrifying concert performances and rare footage, this documentary explores the music, life and legacy of reggae icon Bob Marley. (2012)
  • Abduction- A teenager finds his childhood picture on a missing persons website and begins to wonder about the people he assumed were his parents. (2011)
  • The Vampire Diaries Season 3- In its third spooky season, the teen drama series sheds an eerie light on the mysterious and blood-soaked past of rival vampire siblings Stefan and Damon.  (2011)

Crackle New Releases:

  • Universal Soldier: Regeneration- Reactivated to fight terrorists, Universal Soldier Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) comes face to face with a more powerful upgrade of his former adversary (Dolph Lundgren) in this action packed sequel from director Peter Hyams.  (2011)
  • Ultraviolet- Milla Jovovich is hell-bent for vengeance in an unruly comic book version of The Matrix on speed. (2006)
  • Easy Rider- Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper bring the ‘60s counterculture to the big screen, changing Hollywood forever. (1969)

Fandor New Releases:

  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia- After a brutal murder takes place, a group of local officials and the suspected culprit scour the Turkish countryside for the victim’s corpse in this dark crime mystery (2012) 
  • The Fever of ’57- This Cold War/Space Race documentary features never before seen footage of the Sputnik launch, America’s failed Vanguard rocket project and Laika the space dog! (2007)
  • Love and Anarchy- A simple farmer and an anarchist prostitute plot to kill Mussolini. Giancarlo Giannini’s performance won him the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival (1973)
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