Big news, streamers – WatchESPN is now available on Roku streaming players. Additionally, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior and WATCH Disney XD are all launching later this month.

In time for the holidays, WatchESPN on Roku provides a one-stop destination for sports fans with live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes and ESPNEWS for customers who receive ESPN’s networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliated provider. ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater will also be accessible when those channels are in season.

Current affiliated video providers for WatchESPN include Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Cox, AT&T U-verse TV, Charter and Google Fiber (coming soon to NRTC members’ customers).

Later in the month, customers who get their video subscription from an affiliated provider will also be able to access WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior and WATCH Disney XD. WATCH Disney Channel will feature Disney-branded original programming for kids and families including “Austin & Ally,” “Phineas and Ferb,” “Jessie,” “Good Luck Charlie,” “Dog With A Blog,” “Shake It Up,” “Gravity Falls” and “A.N.T. Farm.” WATCH Disney Channel also includes Disney Channel’s Disney Junior programming for kids age 2-7 featuring the hit series “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” and more.

Current affiliated video providers for the WATCH Disney services include Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Cox, AT&T U-verse TV, Charter and Google Fiber (coming soon to Charter and NRTC members’ customers).

We’re always working hard to grow our entertainment selection and we’re very excited to add these premium brands to our platform of 1000+ streaming channels. Happy streaming.

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Halloween may be over, but you can still get your costume fix with Hulu’s newly released original series, Behind the Mask, which follows the lives of four sports mascots. And as a treat only for Roku customers, the premiere episode is available for free until Nov. 5th – be sure to check it out this weekend.

Peer behind the mask with an interview with Behind the Mask creator, Josh Greenbaum, on the Hulu blog.

  • Behind the Mask – A new original Hulu series, this comedic documentary series dives into the colorful, unusual world of sports mascots through the eyes of four mascots: high school, college, semiprofessional and an NBA pro. (Online Series, 2013) – Newly released on Hulu Plus.
  • The Last Days on Mars – Starring Liev Schreiber, this story follows a group of astronaut explorers as they embark on a research mission to Mars. (Movie, 2013) –Newly released on M-GO and Amazon Instant Video.
  • The Carrie Diaries: Season 1 – Before bylines, the Big Apple and Mr. Big, Carrie Bradshaw (played by AnnaSophia Robb) was a teenager of the ‘80s in this prequel to “Sex and the City.” (TV Show, 2013) – Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Bridegroom – A New York Times Critics’ Pick, this illuminating and heartbreaking documentary chronicles the story and hardship of Shane Bitney Crone, who finds himself shut out and deprived of the legal protections of marriage after his same-sex partner dies in a tragic accident. (Movie, 2012) – Newly released on M-GO and Netflix.
  • Dexter: Seasons 1-4 – Working for the police department as a blood-splatter analyst, mild-mannered Dexter moonlights as a murderer who channels his violent tendencies and only targets other killers, implementing a moral code instilled in him by his father. (TV Show, 2006-2009) – Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Turbo – From the makers of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda, Turbo is a high-powered comedy (voiced by Ryan Reynolds and Paul Giamatti) about an underdog snail who kicks into overdrive when he attains the power of super-speed. (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Monsters University – This prequel to Pixar’s popular animated tale Monsters Inc. once again features eccentric monster pals Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (John Goodman). (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The Way, Way Back – While 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James) is being dragged on a family trip with his mom (Toni Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend (Steve Carell), he befriends the gregarious manager of a local water park. The two form a powerful bond, resulting in a vacation Duncan will never forget! (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Cloud Atlas –Covering a vast expanse of time, the film ponders the ultimate question: are we all connected? Including an all-star cast consisting of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Grant, the answer arrives in the form of six intertwined storylines that traverse time from our recent past to a dystopian future. (Movie, 2012) – Newly released on HBO GO, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Vudu.
  • Girl Most Likely – Kristen Wiig stars as Imogene, once a promising young New York playwright whose promise has fizzled. Heavily in denial about being dumped by her society boyfriend, Imogene uses her skill for drama to stage an elaborate fake suicide as an appeal for his sympathy. (Movie, 2012) – Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant, Crackle and Vudu.
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Halloween is around the corner and to balance the fright fest, below are our streaming picks for the week. And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the free seasonal Halloween channel featuring chilling movies, music and all sorts of treats!

  • The Internship In this hilarious comedy, old-school salesmen Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) discover that their careers have been torpedoed by the digital age. They try to reboot it and find their way into a coveted and fiercely competitive internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment. (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The Wall – One woman’s peaceful retreat into the mountains turns unexpectedly surreal when she finds herself trapped in her scenic surroundings by an invisible wall. With only a dog, a cat, and a cow as company, she struggles to make sense of the bizarre scenario while the outside world appears to become frozen in time. (Movie, 2012) – Newly released on Vudu, but also available on M-GO and Amazon Instant Video.
  • Only God Forgives Set in Thailand, this intense drama follows a powerful crime boss seeking bitter vengeance for the murder of her son. American gangster Julian (Ryan Gosling) and his brother Billy are the owners of a Thai boxing club that covers for a lucrative drug-smuggling operation. Upon learning that Billy has been murdered, his mother travels to Bangkok to claim his body, and bury the people responsible for his death. (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Blockbuster on Demand, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks – This documentary reveals how Julian Assange fired a global debate on secrecy when his web site, Wikileaks, published thousands of confidential and sensitive documents from anonymous contributors, and when a lonely Army private, Bradley Manning, took the opportunity WikiLeaks created to air the military’s dirty laundry. (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Netflix, Blockbuster on Demand, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The Haunting of Amelia – In this supernatural thriller, the death of a loved one is rarely easy to get over, but for Josh (Brendan Fehr), whose high school girlfriend died a decade earlier in a train crash, it’s beginning to seem like something he’ll never get past – until he meets his dearly departed’s double. (Movie, 2008) – Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO and Amazon Instant Video.
  • Ghostbusters II – In this classic sequel, it is five years later and the Ghostbusters are living in hard times. A restraining order has forbidden them to partake in paranormal warfare and as a result they have had to seek other lines of work. (Movie, 1989) – Newly released on Redbox Instant, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Redemption – Homeless and on the run from a military court martial after a harrowing tour in Afghanistan, a damaged ex-special forces soldier, Joey Jones (starring Jason Statham from crime films Revolver, Snatch, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), navigates London’s criminal underworld. (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Netflix, Blockbuster on Demand, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • White House Down – Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, but when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group he must spring into action to save her and protect the president. (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • R.I.P.D. – Based on the comic book Rest in Peace Department, Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline this supernatural action-adventure movie. Reynolds plays a recently slain cop who is partnered with Bridges and is assigned to join a team of undead police offers working for the Rest In Peace Department to protect the living from destructive souls hiding on Earth who refuse to move peacefully to the other side. (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Blockbuster on Demand, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Welcome to the Dollhouse – Heather Matarazzo is an awkward, unpopular New Jersey 12-year-old who is constantly picked on at school and belittled at home. The torture that is junior high school is painfully accurate and achingly funny as the hapless preteen never really triumphs over adversity, but learns to live with it. (Movie 1996) – Newly released on Crackle, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
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Stay up late and get in the Halloween spirit with these spooky recommendations from Roku. It’s okay to cover your eyes, we won’t tell!

  • Devil – In this suspenseful, edgy thriller coined by famed director M. Night Shyamalan, Detective Bowden (Chris Messina) must save five people trapped in an elevator: a mechanic, a young woman, an old woman, a guard and a salesman. But Bowden must act fast, because one of them is mysteriously the devil. Who could it be? Stream to find out! (Movie, 2010) – Newly released on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Vudu.
  • Maniac – In this high-gloss update of a 1980 blood-soaked slasher flick, Elijah Wood stars as Frank, a mannequin store owner who develops an insatiable lust for blood when he becomes obsessed with a young artist who turns to him for help with her latest exhibit. (Movie, 2012) – Newly released on M-GO, Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
  • Astronaut: The Last Push – Two astronauts, Nathan Miller and Michael Forrest embark on a 12-year journey to research life on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. Disaster strikes, Miller is killed and the mission is aborted. Forrest is left to fend for himself with a broken spacecraft to hold together. Alone in space, he must fight to maintain his sanity and make his way home. (Movie, 2013). –Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Blockbuster on Demand.
  • Goosebumps: Specials – Can’t get enough of that scary stuff? Adapted from the best-selling children’s books series, R.L. Stine’s tales take on a life of their own – from cursed mirrors and rampaging monsters to haunted libraries and shambling zombies – in a spooky series that combines original stories with adaptations drawn from the popular books. Think you’re brave enough to watch? (TV Show, 1997) – Newly released on Netflix.
  • Pacific Rim – Directed by Guillermo del Toro, he delivers an action packed movie filled with cinematic visuals. Pacific Rim is about humanities fight for survival against huge alien creatures that rise from the seas to threaten life on Earth. Humanity’s response to the evasive attacks is with mind-controlled robotic weapons. But when these defenses fail, the task of saving the planet falls to two unlikely candidates who must team up for one last stand. (Movie, 2013). – Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant, Blockbuster on Demand and Vudu.
  • The House of the Devil – A cash-strapped college student named Samantha (Jocelin Donahue) takes a babysitting job during a full lunar eclipse and ends up fighting for her life. She soon discovers that her employers, Tom (Tom Noonan) and Mary (“Cult Queen” Mary Woronov) Ulman, are hiding a wicked, sick and twisted secret. You think you know what it is? (Movie, 2009) – Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Embrace of the Vampire – Starring Alyssa Milano and Martin Kemp, the story follows a sensuous but innocent college freshman as she is seduced by an obsessive vampire lover who seeks to retain his power: eternal life. (Movie, 1995). – Newly released on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu, but also available on M-GO.
  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – In this suspenseful tale, film legend Robert DeNiro brings a frightening realism to his portrayal of the tragic Creature created then abandoned by Victor Frankenstein. In the most famous horror story of all time, young Victor Frankenstein (Kenneth Branagh, who also directed) leaves Geneva and creates his Creature one night. As it struggles to life, Victor realizes too late the full horror of what he has done and tries to destroy it. Falsely believing the Creature has perished he returns home, but the Creature, driven by a rage born of emotional agony sets off to find his maker and so begins the nightmare. (Movie, 1994) – Newly released on Crackle, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Christine – Based on the novel by Stephen King, Christine is a classic horror movie that tells the story of high school geek, Arnie Cunningham, who falls in love with “Christine,” a bright red 1957 Plymouth Fury which has seen much better days. Tasking himself with restoring the car to its original condition, his friends notice that the car is not the only thing that is changing. (Movie, 1983) – Newly released on Crackle, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant, Blockbuster on Demand and Vudu.
  • Supernatural: Devil May Care – On the second episode of this season, the show continues to set up the character arcs, season themes introduced last week and does so while weaving together the various stories seamlessly. It opens with Kevin freaking out when he sees the King of Hell, but Sam and Dean convince him that they need Crowley to find the demons on Earth. Meanwhile, Abaddon (Alaina Hauffman) re-emerges and begins to recruit demons to help her plans to take over Hell. (TV Show, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
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From scary to funny and classic to new, cozy up with a warm blanket and discover new favorites this weekend. We’ve done all the heavy lifting – all you have to do is sit back and enjoy. Happy streaming!

  • Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon – An instant classic and nod to slasher-movie franchises, Behind the Mask exists in a world where iconic horror villains are not just movie icons but real individuals and a huge influence on aspiring maniac Leslie Vernon. Possessed with a working knowledge of horror movie conventions and stereotypes, Leslie bends them to his advantage as he stalks his prey. (Movie, 2007) – Newly released on Hulu Plus, but also available on M-GO and Vudu.
  • The Purge – From the producer of Paranormal Activity and starring Ethan Hawke, the story takes place in the future where they annually allow a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized. Drama and hysteria ensues when a wealthy family is held hostage by Purge participants for harboring the target of one of their murderous rampages. (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Blockbuster on Demand, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu and Redbox Instant.
  • The Hangover Part III – The epic trilogy comes to an end as The Wolfpack (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis         and Justin Bartha) gets together one last time in Las Vegas – the city where it all began. All hell breaks loose when one of their own gets kidnapped and on their route to save him everything in their patch crumbles in mayhem. (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Blockbuster on Demand, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu and Redbox Instant.
  • Curse of Chucky – In the latest Chucky franchise, after her mother’s mysterious death, Nica begins to suspect that the talking, red-haired doll her visiting niece has been playing with may be the key to recent bloodshed and chaos. (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Blockbuster on Demand, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu and Redbox Instant.
  • Crash – A crime drama film by Paul Haggis brings together a group of strangers in Los Angeles and how their lives interweave after a car accident. The film underlies the racial and social tensions at the time. A self-described “passion piece” for Haggis, Crash was inspired by a real-life incident in which his Porsche was carjacked outside a video store on Wilshire Boulevard in 1991. (Movie, 2004) – Newly released on Hulu Plus, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu and Redbox Instant.
  • The Devil’s Own – Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt co-star in Alan J. Pakula’s hit about an IRA terrorist who escapes from British troops in Belfast and travels to New York City, where he stays in the home of a seasoned cop who has no idea of the terrorist’s true identity. (Movie, 1997) – Newly released on Redbox Instant, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXIV – October wouldn’t be complete if The Simpsons did not have their annual Halloween special. This year, Guillo Tine del Toro directed the opening couch gag sequence and it is an instant classic. Three spine-tingling stories are told to awaiting fans, from Homer in a demented Dr. Seuss-inspired world, to Mr. Bruns’ bizarre traveling circus and finally an eerie story where Bart’s head is on Lisa’s body. (TV Show, 2013) – Newly released on Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Arrow: City of Heroes – The season premiere of this comic book adaptation picks up from their dramatic finale. It opens with Digs and Felicity traveling to Lian Yu in search of Oliver (Stephen Amell), who has been hiding out on the island since the earthquake. Oliver’s best friend, Tommy, is dead, Starling City was decimated and a lot of other things have changed. Will they be able to move forward and rebuild their lives? (TV Show, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO and Hulu Plus.
  • Supernatural: I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here – Dean is frantic after Sam collapses and the doctor tells him his brother won’t make it. Desperate, Dean sends a plea through prayer to any angel willing to help that he will owe them a favor. However, his request is answered by numerous angry angels who want to kill him. At the same time, Sam is fighting for his life and Castiel is having a hard time surviving without his powers. (TV Show, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Hulu Plus and Vudu.
  • The Following Former FBI agent Ryan Hardy, played by acclaimed actor Kevin Bacon, is brought on board as a consultant when the serial killer he arrested many years before, Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), escapes from prison killing several guards in the process. Hardy soon discovers that Carroll has a loyal following of killers ready to terrorize. (TV Show, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
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Fall means pumpkin-spiced everything and lots to watch on TV. This week, fall premieres are in full swing again with new TV episodes – and even a just-launched original series from Crackle.

  • Cleaners – In Crackle’s newest original series, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Emily Osment play a pair of hit-women who are on the run after they find an unexpected surprise in the trunk of their car. The series also stars David Arquette and Gina Gershon. (Online Series, 2013) – Newly released on Crackle.
  • Saturday Night Live: Tina Fey – Tina Fey hosts the premiere of Saturday Night Live with music guest Arcade Fire and Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul! (TV Show, 2013) – Newly released on Hulu Plus and Vudu.
  • Once Upon a Time: Broken – In the latest installment of this American fairy tale drama series, Prince Phillip (played by guest star Julian Morris) and his companion realize they will be facing a deadly foe. (TV Show, 2013) – Newly released on Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The Mentalist: The Desert Rose – After Patrick (played by Simon Baker from The Devil Wears Prada & LA Confidential) discovers that Red John already knows about his list of seven suspects, his dangerous actions during a murder investigation get him and Lisbon banished to the sticks. (TV Show, 2013) – Newly released on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Revenge: Destiny – In the wake of last season’s events, Emily returns from her scary Japanese training just in time for another Hamptons summer. Continuing on her mission to uncover more about the murder of her father and to find out more about what happened to her mother. (TV Show, 2013) – Newly released on Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Homeland: The Smile – Months after the dramatic events that prompted Carrie (played by two time Emmy winner Claire Danes) to undergo Electroconvulsive Therapy, the former CIA case officer has found a modicum of peace in her family’s suburban embrace. (TV Show, 2013) – Newly released on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Family Guy: Finders Keepers – Peter and his hilarious, random antics are back for another season. In the premiere episode, Peter elicits Quahog into a frenzied treasure hunt throughout town. Who will ultimately find the treasure? And what could be inside? (TV Show, 2013) – Newly released on Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • American Dad!: Steve and Snot’s Test-Tubular Adventure – From the creators of Family Guy, American Dad! kickoffs their season with Steve and Snot scheming ways to lose their virginity on prom night. Since the duo can’t find dates, they use Stan’s cloning machine at the CIA to create their own dates. Tune in to find out if they succeed! (TV Show, 2013) – Newly released on Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The Simpsons: Homerland – The Simpsons return to a parody of the hit Showtime show Homeland. Homer has undergone some drastic changes – he’s calmer, he’s considerate, he’s cleaner – after mysteriously being missing and returning home out of the blue. Special guest Kristen Wiig (from SNL) voices a jumpy FBI agent, who tries to discover why Homer seems to have changed since his departure. (TV Show, 2013) – Newly released on Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Bob’s Burgers: A River Runs Through Bob – With an ever growing fan base, the fourth season begins with Bob, Linda and the kids going on a camping adventure. Follow them as they face the perils of nature and Bob’s intestines after he eats under-cooked fish. Braving wild river rapids, eager squirrels and parent/child separation, the Belchers prove they are worth their mettle. (TV Show, 2013) – Newly released on Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
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We’re excited to announce that streaming is about to get even better with our all-new family of Roku players.  First, like all things Roku, we try to simplify everything about streaming, right down to our product names.  The new family features the new Roku 1 and Roku 2 to go alongside the Roku 3 that we launched earlier this year. We have also updated our entry level product, the Roku LT, giving all current Roku players a fun, friendly design.

Second, just in time for fall TV viewing, we’ve added some great new features to give customers more enjoyment and value. For example, we’ve added a headphone jack for private listening and dual-band wireless to the Roku 2, and support for 1080p HD video to the Roku 1.

As always, every Roku player comes loaded with a broad selection of streaming entertainment – currently more than 1,000 channels in the U.S. and more than 450 channels each in Canada, the U.K., and the Republic of Ireland.

The new Roku 1 and Roku 2 models will be available in the US, Canada, the U.K, and the Republic of Ireland, and we are very pleased to now be offering our flagship Roku 3, the fastest and most powerful Roku player to date to users in all these countries as well.

Here’s the new Roku family lineup in more detail:

  • The new Roku LT (model 2700) is the easiest and most affordable way to stream to virtually any TV with support for up to 720p HD video quality. (Expected to be available in the U.S. in October for $49.99).
  • The Roku 1 takes streaming a step further than the Roku LT with support for up to 1080p HD video quality. (Expected to be available in the U.S./Canada/U.K.+Republic of Ireland in October for $59.99/CAD $69.99/£59.99).
  • The Roku 2 offers the same great experience as the Roku 1 and features a remote with built-in headphone jack for private listening and dual-band wireless for better Internet connectivity. Both are popular features that were previously available only with the Roku 3. (Expected to be available in the U.S./Canada/U.K.+Republic of Ireland in October for $79.99/CAD $89.99/£79.99).
  • Leading the family is the flagship Roku 3 which sets the bar for streaming with all the features of the Roku 2 plus Ethernet and USB ports and an enhanced remote with built-in headphone jack and motion-control for gaming. (Expected to be available in the U.S./Canada/U.K.+Republic of Ireland in October for $99.99/CAD $109.99/£99.99).

We’re also introducing the M-GO movie and TV store, integrated directly on our home screen menu in the U.S. for easy and instant access to their great selection of movies and TV shows including Hangover 3, The Croods, Breaking Bad, Modern Family, Big Bang Theory, Glee and even fall-premiering shows like Brooklyn 9-9 starring Andy Samberg. To make it even simpler, the M-GO service features direct billing with a Roku account so users can rent or buy through M-GO without any extra account setup.

The movie and TV show shortcuts powered by M-GO will be available in the U.S. on the new Roku LT, Roku 1 and Roku 2 players, and will automatically roll out as a free software update beginning in October to all current-generation Roku devices – the Roku LT (models 2400 and 2450), Roku HD (model 2500), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS and Roku 3 players as well as the Roku Streaming Stick.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade to a better TV experience for yourself or as a gift this holiday, the new Roku family has you covered! To learn more, visit www.roku.com.

Happy Streaming!

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After a long week, the weekend feels like your streaming savior. Whether you’re in the mood for something scary, dramatic or funny, we’ve got you covered with your favorite fall TV premieres, blockbusters and more in this weekend’s entertainment lineup.

  • Side Effects – Starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the story follows Emily who is coping with her depression by taking antidepressant medication. But when her dire state apparently spirals out of control due to her husband’s prison release, she turns to a new medication that alters her life forever. (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Star Trek Into Darkness – When a ruthless mastermind, Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch), declares a one-man war on the Federation, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise set out on their most explosive manhunt of all time. (Movie, 2013) – Newly Released on Vudu, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Redbox Instant.
  • The Possession – Based on a true story, a family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil. (Movie, 2012) – Newly released on Redbox Instant, but also available on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • This is the End – While attending a party at James Franco’s house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse. (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on Amazon Instant Video, but also on Vudu.
  • Crime After Crime – Convicted of killing her brutally abusive boyfriend in 1983, Deborah Peagler languished in prison for 20 years. After reopening her case, a pair of novice attorneys, armed with evidence of their client’s innocence, encounter a bewildering maze of bureaucratic procedures and political corruption as they seek justice. (Movie, 2011) – Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Hunger – An epic and vividly evocative exploration of humanity pushed to the limits during the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland. (Movie, 2008) – Newly released on Hulu Plus, but also available on Amazon Instant Video.
  • New Girl: All In – Jess and Nick take their relationship south of the border. (TV Show, 2013) – Newly Released on Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Mindy: All My Problems Solved Forever – A new doctor checks in while Mindy checks out of Haiti. (TV Show, 2013) – Newly Released on Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Bones: The Secrets in the Proposal – The team investigates remains found in an air conditioning unit. (TV Show, 2013) – Newly Released on Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Sleepy Hollow: Pilot – Ichabod Crane awakens after 250 years and works to fulfill his mission in the modern world. He must help the police force track down the four headless horsemen of the Apocalypse. (TV Show, 2013) – Newly Released on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu, but also available on Hulu Plus.
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TGIF! From summer blockbusters to nostalgic classics, kick back with your favorite TV-time snacks and check out our latest new releases and recommendations for the week.

Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • World War Z – World War Z starring Brad Pitt is the fast-paced, pulse-pounding epic of the potential last days of the human race. (Movie, 2013) – Also available on Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Hammer of the Gods – A bloody action epic set in an ancient world of ruthless violence. A dying Viking king sends his son on a quest to seek out his older brother-the clan’s only hope for defeating an approaching enemy horde. (Movie, 2013) – Also available on Vudu.
  • Three Worlds – An official selection into the Cannes Film Festival, it follows an engaged young car salesman with a bright future who commits a hit and run, but must face his own guilt when he begins an affair with a witness who has befriended the victim’s wife. (Movie, 2012)
  • The Bling Ring – Based on true events, Oscar winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola’s THE BLING RING follows a group of fame obsessed L.A. teens who rob the homes of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities. Stars Emma Watson and Leslie Mann. (Movie, 2013) – Also available on Vudu.

Hulu Plus New Release:

  • MasterChef: Winner Chosen – The judges on the popular cooking competition show reveal America’s next “MasterChef.” (TV Show, 2013) – Also available on Amazon Instant Video.

Crackle New Releases:

  • Dick – After taking a wrong turn on a White House tour, teens Betsy Jobs (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene Lorenzo (Michelle Williams) stumble across a room packed full of President Nixon’s secrets. In an effort to find out exactly what the girls know, Nixon himself appoints them as official White House dog walkers. (Movie, 1999) – Also available on Amazon Instant Video, Vudu and Redbox Instant.
  • A Few Good Men – A classic with heavy hitters Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore and Kevin Bacon is about two Marines that stand accused of murdering a member of their platoon during an unsanctioned disciplinary action. Hoping to obtain a quiet plea bargain, the Navy appoints young Lt. Kaffee to defend the accused Marines. (Movie, 1992) – Also available on Amazon Instant Video, Vudu and Redbox Instant.
  • Men In Black – A sci-fi adventure comedy about two top secret agents (Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones) with the everyday mission of policing alien activities on planet Earth. (Movie, 1997) – Also available on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Vudu and Redbox Instant.

HBO GO New Releases:

  • Argo – Winner of three 2012 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, this gripping film directed by and starring Ben Affleck looks at the 1979 Iran hostage crisis from the perspective of six U.S. embassy workers who hid from Ayatollah Khomeini’s regime. (Movie, 2012) – Also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • In Time – Time is the ultimate currency in a future in which humans stop aging at 25, but die in a year unless they get more time. Given more than a century, Will sets out to destroy the system with help from a tycoon’s daughter in this thriller starring Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake. (Movie, 2011) – Also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.

Happy streaming!

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Hi, I’m Patrick and I’m one of the earliest Roku employees. Currently I’m a part of the product management team, helping to define and guide new features.

Following on our launch of Play On Roku video support for iPhones and other iOS devices last month, we have just updated the latest version of our Android app which also adds this feature. Now you can stream the videos that you’ve taken with your Android device, to your Roku player with the Play On Roku feature. Video playback is presently supported on select devices, including the Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Nexus 4, and Nexus 7 (2012 edition), and requires Android 4.0 or later.

As with iOS, the supported Android device needs to be paired with a Roku player running software version 5.1 or later. For best results, we recommend using a WiFi router that supports 802.11N. The updated Roku Android app is available now in the Google Play store.

 

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