New Releases and Recommendations for August 31

Labor Day weekend is here, and it’s time for an adventure! If you’re traveling, make sure to bring your Roku along – after you’ve had your fill of fun outside, we’ve got a great movie night lineup for your vacation viewing pleasure. Happy streaming!



Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • Dr Who Season 7- Amy and Rory return for their final, rollercoaster voyage with the Doctor – but what will he do after their heartbreaking departure? Catch the premiere on Amazon Instant Video this Sunday. (2012)
  • Homeland Season 1- When an American soldier returns 10 years after he was presumed dead in Iraq, suspicions arise as to whether he was a hero or a terrorist. (2012)
  • Boardwalk Empire Season 2- Steve Buscemi stars in the hit drama series that charts the continued rise of organized crime at the dawn of Prohibition. (2011)

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

  • Heroes Seasons 1-4- This epic TV drama chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities… for a destiny they have yet to find. (2009)
  • Parenthood Seasons 1-3- From the Oscar-winning team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind) comes a TV dramedy about the challenges of life, love and parenthood. (2011)
  • 30 for 30 Season 1- Inspired by ESPN’s anniversary, ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring films from some of today’s finest storytellers. (2009)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • Go On- Friends alum Matthew Perry returns as a sports talk show host attending group therapy to cope with the death of his wife. (2012)
  • The Mindy Project- The Office’s Mindy Kaling stars as a successful doctor in search of her own rom-com ending. (2012)
  • Ben and Kate- Mismatched siblings Kate (Dakota Johnson) and Ben (Nat Faxon) come together to raise Kate’s young daugher. (2012)

Netflix New Releases:

  • Parks and Recreation Season 4- Why not relive all of Ron Swanson’s epic one-liners while you’re waiting for Season 5 to premiere in September? (2011)
  • Parenthood Seasons 1-3- Four grown siblings juggle parenthood, relationships, careers and more in this sharp, realistic comedy series. (2011)
  • Traffic- Interlacing three disturbing snapshots of America’s drug war, this Oscar-winning saga follows a U.S. drug lord, a Mexican cop and a housewife (2000)

Crackle New Releases:

  • Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee- Jerry Seinfeld’s special guest this week is actor and comedy writer Bob Einstein. (2012)
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind- Spielberg’s awe-inspiring alien-encounter flick is the mothership of all UFO movies. Watch it on Crackle starting Sept 1st. (1977)
  • La Femme Nikita-French director Luc Besson’s slick thriller about a vicious street junkie (Anne Parillaud) turned lethally dangerous hitwoman is arguably the best female assassin flick of all time. (1991)

Fandor New Releases:

  • Frame 313- The JFK assassination is revisited – with a handful of alternate theories – in this conspiracy-minded documentary about that fateful day in November 1963. (2008)
  • !Women Art Revolution- Independent film maker Lynn Hershman Leeson’s intimate look at the history of feminist art features such luminaries as Miranda July, Marina Abramovic, Yoko Ono and Cindy Sherman. (2010)
  • Poison- A landmark of Queer cinema, Todd Haynes’s (Velvet Goldmine, Far from Heaven) indie triptych mixes varied moods and cinematic styles to tell three unsettling stories of society’s outsiders. (1991)
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New Releases and Recommendations for August 24

Fall is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean summer fun has to end! Treat yourself to a carefree streaming marathon with this weekend’s lineup of great new releases. As always, if you have suggestions for the perfect lazy Sunday flick, please post ‘em in the comments. Happy streaming!



Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • Hunger Games- In the powerful film adaptation of the best-selling book, 16-year-old Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games. (2012)
  • The Lorax- From the creators of Despicable Me, this charming adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss tale is a must for family movie night. (2012)
  • Copper Season 1- This gripping drama follows a rugged Irish immigrant cop as he seeks justice for the powerless in the notorious immigrant neighborhood of Five Points. (2012)

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

  • Parks and Recreation Seasons 1-4- Leslie Knope takes on defensive bureaucrats, cranky neighbors and single-issue fanatics with Ron Swanson (reluctantly) by her side (2011)
  • Friday Night Lights Seasons 1-5- NBC’s compelling sports drama focuses on the small town of Dillon, Texas, where football is everything. (2011)
  • Battlestar Galactica Seasons 1-4-  The sole human survivors of a devastating nuclear attack are forced to flee under the protection of their one remaining warship, the Battlestar Galactica. (2008)

Netflix New Releases:

  • Super 8- A suspenseful supernatural tale about six kids who witness something incredible while shooting a movie with their Super 8 camera. (2011)
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi- This delectable documentary profiles sushi chef Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old master whose 10-seat, $300-a-plate restaurant is legendary among Tokyo foodies. (2011)
  • The Motorcycle Diaries- Gael Garcia Bernal rides from Argentina to Chile, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela in this beautifully shot biopic based on the memoirs of a young Che Guevara (2004)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • Grimm: The Kiss- As Nick and his mother continue to battle the Mauvais Dentes, Monroe and Rosalee fight against the clock to save Juliette. (2012)
  • Rookie Blue: The Rules- Andy and Nick investigate when a drug lord threatens a priest’s life. (2012)
  • Saving Hope: A New Beginning- Dana takes Joel on a head-clearing road trip, while Charlie explores whether an emotional block is keeping him comatose. (2012)

Crackle New Releases:

  • Quarantine- A reporter and her cameraman are trapped in downtown Los Angeles when a mysterious, deadly, and highly contagious strain of rabies breaks out. (2008)
  • Missionary Man- Dolph Lundgren writes, directs, and stars as a mysterious scripture-slinging vigilante in this modern-day western. (2008)
  • Seinfeld- This month’s hilarious featured episodes of the classic sitcom cover everything from parking to murder. (1998)

Fandor New Releases:

  • Double Dare- Live vicariously through wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am Hollywood stunt women Jeannie Epper (Foxy Brown, Wonder Woman) and Zoe Bell (Xena: Warrior Princess, Kill Bill, Grindhouse) in this action-packed documentary (2004)
  • Street of Crocodiles- With no strings to hold him down, a newly freed puppet wanders a dark and unforgiving world in this nightmarish stop-motion animated short (1986)
  • The Saphead- Buster Keaton is Bertie Van Alstyne, the spoiled scion of a Wall Street financier, in this slapstick comedy set in post WWI New York society (1920)
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New Releases and Recommendations for August 18

After a long week, Saturday feels like a stream come true! Kick back and enjoy fall TV premieres, new blockbusters and more with this weekend’s entertainment roundup. As always, if you have suggestions for the perfect lazy Sunday flick, please post ‘em in the comments. Happy streaming!


Netflix New Releases:

  • Bill Burr: You People Are All the Same- Funnyman Bill Burr pokes fun at plastic surgery, reality TV, gold diggers and more (2012)
  • Seeking Justice- Nicolas Cage stars as a husband who enlists the services of a vigilante group to exact revenge on his wife’s aggressors – and quickly finds himself in over his head (2011)
  • The Expendables- A group of elite merceneries including Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Jason Statham is sent to overthrow a tyrannical South American dictator (2010)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • Grimm: Bad Teeth- Nick copes with the return of his presumed dead mother while racing to find a cure for comatose Juliette (2012)
  • Rookie Blue: Cold Comforts- The officers try to prevent dangerous fallout when a laptop is stolen (2012)
  • Saving Hope: Bea, Again- Alex is forced to take Charlie off his ventilator – will he survive? (2012)

Crackle New Releases:

  • Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee: Just a Lazy Shiftless Bastard- Jerry Seinfeld and Alec Baldwin discuss everything from Burt Lancaster to getting older over a cup of joe (2012)
  • The Beastie Boys: Horseplay: Unauthorised- Exclusive, previously unseen film footage and in-depth interviews with the three punk rock kids who became one of the most enduring hip-hop groups of all time (2004)
  • Saving Silverman- Jason Biggs gets some big comedic assists from Jack Black and Steve Zahn in this hilarious raunchy comedy (2001)

Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • Battleship- Newly available for purchase, this epic alien adventure will be available for rental in two weeks (2012)
  • Bachelorette- Roku users can enjoy this rowdy comedy starring Kirsten Dunst and Isla Fisher before it hits theaters on September 7th (2012)
  • Grimm: Season 2– The plot thickens in the sophomore season of NBC’s popular supernatural drama (2012)

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

  • Luther: Seasons 1 & 2- Idris Elba (The Wire) plays a brilliant and troubled English police detective in this well-crafted British crime drama (2011)
  • Restrepo- National Geographic’s raw, feature-length documentary follows a company of American soldiers on a grueling 14-month tour in Afghanistan (2010)
  • All Good Things- Kirsten Dunst and Ryan Gosling star in this romantic thriller based on a real murder case (2010)

Fandor New Releases:

  • The Turin Horse- Hungarian director Béla Tarr’s final film uses a cataclysmic event in the life of Friedrich Nietzsche as a jumping off point to tell the story of an Italian farmer and his dying horse (2011)
  • Complicated Drumming Technique- Fred Armisen stars as a spastic drumming instructor in this mockumentary short (2007)
  • The Unnameable Little Broom- This stop-motion fantasy from the Quay brothers centers on the exploits of Gilgamesh, “a sort of grotesque fascist hydrocephalic child despot on a tricycle.” Wait, what? (1985)
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New Releases and Recommendations for August 10

It’s Roku o’clock somewhere, and we’ve got some fresh new releases to help streamline your Friday. Do yourself a favor and start the weekend right now! As always, if you have suggestions for the perfect lazy Sunday flick, please post ‘em in the comments. Happy streaming!


Netflix New Releases:

  • Warrior- This gritty martial arts flick hits the mark with masterful performances and furious fight scenes  (2011)
  • Albert Nobbs- After posing as a male butler in a posh 19th-century hotel for years, a new love causes her to reconsider the charade (2011)
  • God Bless America- On a mission to rid society of its most repellent citizens, terminally ill Frank and his 16-year-old accomplice go on a vengeful rampage (2011)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • Up to Speed: The Great-Grandmother of San Francisco- “Dazed and Confused” director Richard Linklater hosts a trippy new travel show that’s part performance art and part magical history tour (2012)
  • Go On: Pilot- A sportscaster with anger issues must attend grief counseling to keep his job (2012)
  • The Colbert Report: I’ll See You in Health- Stephen Colbert invents the VacsaStrap, which will give you a facelift the old fashioned way (2012)

Crackle New Releases:

  • From the Basement- Exclusive live performances from The Shins, Aimee, James Mercer and Ex Fleet Fox member Josh Tillman with his new band Father John Misty (2012)
  • Face of Terror- A hard-edged American cop searches for his kidnapped sister in Spain and uncovers an explosive terrorist plot (2005)
  • Cisco Pike- Kris Kristofferson stars as a deadbeat musician who’s blackmailed by a corrupt cop (Gene Hackman) (1979)

Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • The Lorax- Newly available for purchase, this classic Dr. Seuss remake will be available for rental in two weeks – if you can’t wait, it’s a perfect addition to the family video library (2012)
  • Going for Gold- Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Sam Hoare (Captain America) star in the powerful and uplifting story of an unlikely pair of athletes competing together in an Olympic games that almost didn’t happen (2012)
  • Dallas: The Complete First Season– Catch up on the entire first season and enjoy the recent finale of this popular TV drama starring Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, and Jordana Brewster (2012)

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

  • The Hunter- Willem Dafoe plays a mercenary sent by a shadowy corporation to track down a tiger whose genetic code holds the secret to a dangerous weapon (2012)
  • Crossroads- Ralph Macchio stars in the classic Delta R&B tale of a gifted guitarist looking for the soul of the blues in the hands of the Devil (1986)
  • The Twilight Zone- Rod Serling’s chilling seminal anthology series focuses on ordinary folks who suddenly find themselves in extraordinary situations (1959-1964)

Fandor New Releases:

  • Dennis- An introverted bodybuilder (played by real-life lifter Kim Kold), defies his mother when he dares to go out on a date with a local girl in this award winning short film from Denmark (2008)
  • Metropolitan- Whit Stillman’s Oscar-nominated comedy follows a group of loquacious, privileged young New Yorkers as they navigate debutante season (1990)
  • The Little American- Directed by Hollywood legend Cecil B. DeMille, this World War I drama follows heroine Angela (Mary Pickford) to war-torn Europe where her French and German born beaus are fighting (1917)
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New Releases and Recommendations for August 3

Friday’s finally here, and we know you’ve been thinking about movie night all day long! We’ve got a great lineup of new releases to help you kick off the weekend right. As always, if you have suggestions for the perfect lazy Sunday flick, please post ‘em in the comments. Happy streaming!


Netflix New Releases:

  • Captain America: The First Avenger- A soldier deemed unfit for duty volunteers for a secret experiment during WWII and is transformed into a patriotic super hero (2011)
  • Hell on Wheels: Season 1- Catch up on AMC’s gritty new TV western before Season 2 starts on August 12 (2011)
  • Alphas: Season 1- A team of ordinary people with extraordinary powers unite to fight crime in this witty sci-fi series (2011)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • Spoilers with Kevin Smith- Len Wiseman (Total Recall) talks about how he used to sneak into the Skywalker Ranch as a young filmmaker (2012)
  • Wipeout: Batter Up- Contestants face obstacles Batter Up, Panic Hammocks and the Spin Psycho (2012)
  • The Daily Show- Jessica Biel discusses her new film “Total Recall” (2012)

Crackle New Releases:

  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee- Jerry Seinfeld takes funnyman Ricky Gervais for a harrowing drive (2012)
  • Love Lies Bleeding- Christian Slater plays a crooked DEA agent obsessed with payback in this cat-and-mouse thriller with a shocking finale (2000)
  • The Fan- Robert De Niro ratchets up his trademark livewire psycho tension as an obsessed fan stalking Wesley Snipes (1996)

Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • Lockout- Falsely accused of murder, a renegade CIA agent (Guy Pearce) must overcome a gang of ruthless prisoners held 50 miles above Earth and rescue the President’s daughter to win his freedom (2012)
  • Wanderlust- Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston leave the big city pressures of Manhattan and join a freewheeling community where the only rule is to be yourself (2012)
  • The Dark Knight- Batman crosses the world in his quest to fight a growing criminal threat known as The Joker (2008)

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

  • The Painted Veil- A young English couple marries for the wrong reasons and relocates to Shanghai, where their relationship begins to unravel (2006)
  • Big Night- A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business (1996)
  •  Stargate SG1- One of the most popular and longest running science fiction shows in television history (1997)

Fandor New Releases:

  • The Tree – Set in the beautiful Australian countryside, this Cannes standout stars a never-better Charlotte Gainsbourg as a mother grieving for her lost husband while raising four small children (2010)
  • Night of the Living Dead – In George Romero’s classic zombie-fest, seven people hide from flesh eating corpses in a Pennsylvania farmhouse. A watershed film of the horror genre (1968)
  • A Town Called Panic – A delightful excursion for children and adults alike, this stop-motion bonanza from Belgium will win you over with its frenetic charm and oddly lovable characters (2009)
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Roku Review: Friends with Kids

Hi, I’m Eric Lachter, Marketing Director and guy who streams great movies on Roku. This weekend I watched a new release on Amazon Instant Video called “Friends with Kids.” It follows an entertaining group of thirty-something-year-old couples as they adjust to parenthood and cope with big life changes.

The acting and casting are excellent. Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig are equal parts horrifying and hilarious as the unraveling “we drink too much and hate each other” couple, and Maya Rudolph and Chris O’Dowd are endearing as the resilient “still in love through all the screaming” couple. Jennifer Westfeldt and Adam Scott star as the central duo, platonic best friends who decide to have a baby together while dating other people (like that’ll ever work). When Megan Fox and Edward Burns enter the picture as their new love interests, predictable drama ensues.

As a husband and dad, I could relate to the characters’ transition from single life to marriage to parenthood – it felt real. This is not a typical rom-com with montages and weepy chocolate binges. It feels current. And funny and sad.  It’s the type of escape that I look for in a film while I eat a burrito in my yoga pants. Since it’s currently a $0.99 rental, I’d even recommend it for movie night – you might like it too.

Happy streaming.

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New CE Devices for Roku Streaming Stick Coming Soon!

In early January, we announced the Roku Streaming Stick ™ – a tiny streaming player that is completely wireless and only the size of a USB flash drive.

The Roku Streaming Stick is an easy and cost-effective way for consumer electronics manufacturers to add the proven Roku streaming platform to a device that features Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL). Wondering what MHL is? It resembles HDMI but unlike other connectors, delivers power and other critical elements for the Roku Streaming Stick. You can learn more about MHL here.

Today we are unveiling our first Roku Streaming Stick partners which include:

  • Element Electronics
  • GlobalVue International, LLC
  • Haier
  • Hitachi America, Ltd.
  • Insignia, a Best Buy brand
  • Mitsubishi Electric (TVs)
  • Onkyo and Integra
  • OPPO
  • TMAX Digital, Inc.(Apex Digital® TVs)

These companies are working closely with Roku to develop new consumer electronics devices that will work seamlessly out of the box with the Roku Streaming Stick. That means you’ll be able to select from a range of devices and all of them will have been tested by Roku to ensure they provide the best streaming experience.

These new ‘Roku Ready®’ devices will display a distinctive Roku logo on their packaging making them easy to identify. In addition, select devices will be bundled with the Roku Streaming Stick already inside so consumers can immediately receive the full benefits of the Roku streaming platform.

This Holiday season is going to be exciting with Roku available on more devices than ever!

The Roku Streaming Stick will be available in the coming weeks from Roku and select retailers. For more information about the Roku Streaming Stick visit http://www.roku.com/streamingstick.

Happy streaming!

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Amazon Cloud Player coming soon to Roku

As you know, we’re always working to expand the selection of streaming entertainment available on Roku, and we’re thrilled to announce that Amazon Cloud Player is coming soon to Roku in the United States!

Cloud Player makes it a snap to shop from over 20 million songs, upload your own music collection, create and manage playlists, and stream your music from the cloud – all from the comfort of your living room. Today, Amazon launched some great new updates to Cloud Player, including secure backup, scan and match technology, and free audio quality upgrades.

We’re excited to add the updated Cloud Player to our 500+ and growing channel store in the United States, and we’re currently working with the Amazon team to finalize the channel. Stay tuned!

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New Pandora channel for Roku

The most popular music channel on Roku just got better. Today, we are excited to announce a major update to Pandora, which includes a refreshed interface and several welcome enhancements.

Here’s what’s new in Pandora version 3.0:

  • New station screen design – Makes it easier and faster to find and navigate to your favorite Pandora stations
  • Genre station support – Explore and add over 275 genre stations from a new genre station grid screen
  • Multiple account support – Connect up to 5 Pandora accounts and switch quickly between them
  • New screen saver – Displays track, artist and album name together with album art that glides across your TV screen
  • Search album art – Displays album art on the extended search results screen

Pandora 3.0 is available now for all Roku players. If you already have Pandora installed, the channel will update automatically within the next 48 hours. (Note: Some graphic effects, like station list button icons and cross fading of album art on the screen saver, only work with Roku software 4.8.)

The channel, as always, is free. If you haven’t yet tried it, you can find it in the Music category of the Roku Channel Store or add it here.

Happy streaming!

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New Releases and Recommendations for July 27

Do you hear that? It’s the sweet sound of the weekend. Time to kick back and stream your cares away! Whether you’re in the mood for classic horror, indie comedy or the latest episode of your favorite TV show, we’ve got you covered. As always, if you have suggestions for the perfect lazy Sunday flick, please post ‘em in the comments. Happy streaming!


Netflix New Releases:

  • The Future- When a couple realizes that their lives will radically change in a month’s time, they quit their jobs, pursue new interests and disconnect from the Internet (2011)
  • Alice- A young woman descends into the twisted world of Wonderland after her boyfriend is abducted by the Queen of Hearts (Kathy Bates) and forced to gamble in her royal casino (2011)
  • Snow on Tha Bluff- Set in urban Atlanta, this gritty gangster drama centers on a dealer who nabs a video camera from some college kids and begins to record his daily operation (2011)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • Larry King Now: Will Forte- The actor, comedian, and former Saturday Night Live cast member chats with Larry about life after SNL, his new movie, and his personal life (2012)
  • Master Chef: Top 6 Compete- One amateur cook will earn a second chance (2012)
  • The Daily Show- TV host and author Fareed Zakaria shares highlights from his new book “The Post-American World: Release 2.0″ (2012)

Crackle New Releases:

  • Metropolis- A visually astonishing anime flick set in a futuristic city at the height of its civilization (2002)
  • Single White Female- A whip-smart thriller emboldened by a creepily inspired performance from Jennifer Jason Leigh (1992)
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula- Academy Award Winner Francis Ford Coppola directs this lavish adaptation of one of the most terrifying tales of all time (1992)

Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • Project Runway Season 10- Heidi, Tim, Michael and Nina are back to kick off Project Runway’s 10th Anniversary Season with a live runway show in the middle of Times Square (2012)
  • Top Chef Masters Season 4-  A hit reality competition series that celebrates the culinary arts with a fascinating window into the competitive, pressurized environment of world-class cookery and the restaurant business (2008)
  • Total Recall (Newly Remastered)- Action star extraordinaire Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a 2084 construction worker haunted by dreams of Mars (1990)

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

  • Tiny Furniture- Lena Dunham stars as a dejected film school graduate who moves back home to figure out her life (2010)
  • The Larry Sanders Show- Emmy award nominee Garry Shandling hosts real-life celebrities in this comical account of the day-to-day working and feverish pace of a TV talk show (1992)
  • The Mission- A powerful action epic about a man of the sword and a man of the cloth who unite to shield a South American Indian tribe from brutal subjugation by 18th-century colonial empires (1986)

Fandor New Releases:

  • Something Ventured- A fascinating look at the birth of the venture capital industry, which gave rise to such iconic American institutions as Intel, Apple, Cisco and more (2011)
  • Wilby Wonderful- A young Ellen Page and Sandra Oh star in this surprising indie comedy that follows the residents of a small Canadian town over the course of 24 hours (2004)
  • Thriller- Quentin Tarantino has described this cult classic as “the roughest revenge movie ever made” (1974)
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