Roku UK Currys Promo

Tick tock… the countdown to Christmas is well underway. After weeks of shopping, your head feels heavy, your wallet feels light, and you still have a few hard-to-shop-for gentlemen (or ladies) on your list. As you settle down on the couch to some quality streaming time with your Roku, you ask yourself, “Do they really need another pair of flannel pajamas?”

Suddenly, inspiration strikes. Roku!

Lucky for you, Currys is now offering a special price on Roku LT for £39.99 and Roku 2 XS for £79.99 (fully loaded, Angry Birds game included). There is probably a store near you, but if you really don’t want to peel yourself away from your Roku, stay put and order online at the same great price.

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Roku is small enough to fit with anyone’s home theater system, but packed with entertainment – 300 channels and counting – the perfect gift for the man (or woman) who has everything. Who wouldn’t love an afternoon of cozying up with movies from Netflix or NOW TV, powered by Sky? How about finally catching up on your favourite BBC show with BBC iPlayer? Setup is so easy, even your grandmother will have it running in no time.

This offer is good until 31st December, 2012. Happy shopping – and streaming!

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New releases and recommendations for December 14

Winter nights were made for hot cocoa and movie marathons. Cozy up with loved ones and enjoy this weekend’s new releases – we’ve got something for the whole family, from Disney classics to action-packed blockbusters. Happy streaming!



Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • The Bourne Legacy- Agent Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) must use his genetically-enhanced skills to finish what Jason Bourne started in this action-packed hit that takes the Bourne series to explosive new levels. (2012)
  • The Dark Knight Rises- The emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist with ruthless plans for Gotham, drives Batman out of his self-imposed exile. (2012)
  • Killer Joe- When a debt puts a young man’s life in danger, he puts a hit out on his mother in order to collect the insurance. (2012)

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

  • The Adventures of Tintin- Racing to uncover the secrets of a sunken ship, Tintin and his loyal dog Snowy embark on an action-packed journey around the world. (2011)
  • Hugo- An orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a magical mystery involving his late father and an automaton. (2011)
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation- The comic misadventures of the beleaguered Griswold family are a holiday must. (1989)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • New Girl: Santa- Jess and the gang party it up for the holidays. (2012)
  • Parenthood: What to My Wondering Eyes- The Bravermans rally around Christmastime to get Kristina through a rough patch. (2012)
  • The Mindy Project: Josh and Mindy’s Christmas Party- Mindy’s Christmas party isn’t so jolly. (2012)

Netflix New Releases:

  • ThaandavamIn London, a mysterious blind man named Kenny appears to be an assassin using echolocation to kill his targets.  (2012)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas- Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa and decides to make the Yuletide his own. (1993)
  • Alice in Wonderland- Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Disney’s animated, musical retelling of Lewis Carroll’s whimsical tale. (1951)

Crackle New Releases:

  • BloodworthKris Kristofferson leads a pitch perfect cast down dysfunction junction in a haunting film filled with music and mystery. (2011)
  • Harry Brown- Michael Caine dials up a brilliant old school tough guy performance in a thrilling take on the violent vigilante genre. (2009)
  • London- Chris Evans, Jessica Biel and Jason Statham lead an eclectic cast through a chemically-stoked long nightclub night. (2006)
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Amazon Cloud Player now in the Roku Channel Store

Today, the Roku music experience got even better. We’re excited to announce the arrival of Amazon Cloud Player!

With the Amazon Cloud player channel, you can browse and enjoy your entire Cloud Player collection by artist, album, song, playlist or genre.

In addition, you can:

  • Shuffle play an album, all songs from an artist, all songs within a genre, a playlist or even all songs
  • Search for any album, artist or song in your account
  • Enjoy your music collection in high-quality 256 Kbps audio
  • View song details and album art on a smooth scrolling screensaver
  • Continue playback while browsing and quickly access the “Now Playing” song through a shortcut

Amazon Cloud Player requires Roku software version 4.9 and is available in the U.S. on Roku 2, Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500) and the Roku Streaming Stick. You can find it in the Music category of the Roku Channel Store or add it here.

To use the channel, you must sign up for an Amazon Cloud Player account. You can import 250 songs for free or 250,000 songs for $24.99 per year. Any Amazon MP3 purchases are stored automatically for free.

Happy Streaming!

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Updates for Roku 2, Roku LT and new Roku HD

As always, the Roku team has been hard at work improving the streaming experience on the Roku platform. In that spirit, we’ve released Roku software 4.9 build 5060 for Roku 2, Roku LT and new Roku HD players.

For users, we fixed a number of bugs and improved platform stability. We also made several behind the scenes improvements to enable some exciting upcoming channels.

For developers, we added support for in-app subscriptions. Additionally, we enabled the ability to display closed captioning for any developer who adds SMPTE Timed Text closed captioning to their MP4, Smooth Streaming or HLS video streams.

The update will be pushed automatically to all Roku 2, Roku LT and new Roku HD (model 2500) players over the next 48 hours and Roku Streaming Sticks next week. To update manually, simply select Settings > Software update > Check now on your Roku player.

Read about the previous 4.8 software release here.

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New releases and recommendations for November 30

Gloomy winter weather is in full force, but being stuck indoors doesn’t have to ruin your weekend! Brighten up your rainy day with our awesome lineup of new releases – you just might forget about the storm clouds outside. Happy streaming!



Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • Total Recall- Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale star in an action-packed remake of the original 1990 Schwarzenegger flick. (2012)
  • Lawless- Based on the novel “The Wettest County in the World,” this Prohibition-era crime drama follows the infamous bootlegging Bondurant Brothers as they make a run for the American Dream. (2012)
  • American Horror Story Season 2- The twisted saga continues with a new cast of characters and a creepy new location. (2012)

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

  • The Terminator- Ahhnold is unforgettable as a murderous, muscle-bound cyborg in one of the greatest Sci-Fi films of all time. (1984)
  • Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans- A drug-addled detective investigates the killing of five Senegalese immigrants in post-Katrina New Orleans. (2009)
  • Bullitt- 60′s heartthrob Steve McQueen stars as a cop assigned to guard a star witness, but the real star of this classic thriller is a legendary car chase through the streets of San Francisco. (1986)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • The Mindy Project: Teen Patient- Mindy is put in a tight spot. (2012)
  • Parks and Recreation: Pawnee Commons- Leslie makes a public appeal for park design suggestions, but becomes suspicious when the best design comes from an architect in Eagleton. (2012)
  • Family Guy: Joe’s Revenge- The guys seek justice for Joe. (2012)

Netflix New Releases:

  • American Horror Story Season 1- This stylish, wacky and thrillingly addictive psychodrama will keep you on the edge of your seat with twisted love and murderous revenge. (2011)
  • Hugo- A lonely orphan discovers a secret left by his father and embarks on a quest that will change his life in this visually stunning film for all ages. (2011)
  • The King’s Speech- Britain’s King George VI struggles with an embarrassing stutter for years until he seeks help from unorthodox Australian speech therapist in this Academy Award-winning biographical drama. (2011)

Crackle New Releases:

  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story- The kooky faux biopic of troubled fictional music legend Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) will be available for streaming Dec 1. (2007)
  • Legends of the Fall- This epic period drama featuring an all-star cast including Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt will be available for streaming December 1. (1994)
  • Seinfeld: The Strike- Better known as the Festivus episode, this hilarious Seinfeld classic will be available for streaming Dec 1. (1997)

Fandor New Releases:

  • Satan’s Sadists- Fans of 70s shlock, motorcycle gang shenanigans and ‘Twin Peaks’ star Russ Tamblyn will revel in this gem from cult exploitation master Al Adamson. (1969)
  • Isadora Duncan- This unsentimental portrait of the complex and charismatic “Mother of Modern Dance” traces the life and artistic development of San Francisco-born Isadora Duncan. (1989)
  • X: The Unheard Music- This documentary mixes live performances with footage from record stores and old TV shows to tell the story of iconic Los Angeles punk band X. (1985)
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NOW TV launches on Roku for UK streamers

NOW TV, the popular streaming movie service powered by Sky, is now available on Roku players in the UK!

As of today, NOW TV customers can instantly stream more than 600 movies on Roku, including recent blockbusters and up to 20 new premieres a month. Sky Movies is also offering exclusive on-demand access to all eight Harry Potter films throughout the Christmas holidays.

In the coming months, NOW TV customers will be able to enjoy live action from Sky Sports, including the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, England Test cricket, Heineken Cup rugby, ATP tennis, F1™, Masters Golf and much more. Also coming in the future are must-see shows from Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts and Sky Living.

New NOW TV customers can take advantage of a free 30-day trial, plus a three-month introductory offer of £8.99 a month. UK streamers can add the channel here or find it in the Roku UK Channel Store.

Happy Streaming!

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New releases and recommendations for November 9

Tonight feels like a snuggle up, stay in and stream on kind of night. From classic pirate adventures to political comedies, current TV episodes and martial arts thrillers , we’ve got a multitude of new releases to help you kick off this cozy weekend right. Happy Friday! 



Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • The Campaign- Seasoned Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) is challenged by newcomer Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) in this mud-slinging,back-stabbing, home-wrecking comedy. (2012)
  • Dragon- Action icon Donnie Yen stars in a gripping martial arts thriller about a reformed gang lord on the run and the ruthless detective determined to bring him to justice. Watch before it hits theaters! (2012)
  • Savages- Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Benicio del Toro and Salma Hayek star in this brutal, sexy thriller about friends forced into war against the Mexican Baja Cartel. (2012)

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

  • Warrior- The moving and inspirational story of a broken family who finds redemption in the ring. (2011)
  • The Conspirator- From director Robert Redford comes the riveting true story behind the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln – including the lone woman who was accused of plotting his murder. (2011)
  • Platoon- A naïve young soldier must choose between his two platoon leaders and confront his fears in the terror of Vietnam. (1986)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • Parks and Recreation: Ben’s Parents- Leslie is determined to bring together Ben’s divorced parents. Meanwhile, Tom prepares to pitch his new business to Ron with the help of Jean-Ralphio. (2012)
  • Scandal: All Roads Lead to Fitz- A governor takes the law into his own hands when his wife is raped. (2012)
  • The Office: The Boat- Andy deals with a family crisis; the staff teams up for a prank on Dwight, and Kevin learns Oscar’s secret. (2012)

Netflix New Releases:

  • Treasure Island- In this retelling of the classic adventure novel, young Jim Hawkins is the only one who can direct a schooner to an island known for buried treasure. (2012)
  • Lockout- A former government agent wrongly accused of a crime  can only win his freedom if he rescues the president’s daughter in a dangerous mission to outer space. (2012)
  • The Pact- After returning home for her mother’s funeral, a woman soon senses an evil presence and is forced to face old demons. (2012)

Crackle New Releases:

  • District 9- A daringly original and darkly visionary cinema verité sci-fi thriller full of brains, brawn and prawns. (2009)
  • The Forsaken- A sexy vampire hunter flick that doesn’t skimp on blood, guts and gore as it travels down the horror highway. (2001)
  • So Close-A Hong Kong karate take on Charlie’s Angels that overflows with fun, wit and action-packed thrills. (2002)

Fandor New Releases:

  • The Big Fix- A combination of documentary and investigative journalism, this Cannes Film Festival selection uncovers the true story behind the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on Earth Day 2010, the worst oil spill in history. (2011)
  • The Dragon Lives- Bruce Lee, “the greatest martial arts star the world has ever known,” gets the biopic treatment in this action-packed, spirited homage. (1978)
  • Louis Armstrong in Copenhagen- This delightful performance piece spotlights the legendary Satchmo himself during a tour of Europe. (1934)
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NBA Game Time tips off on Roku

Basketball fans, rejoice! The NBA 2012-2013 season tips off tonight, and you can follow the action live on your Roku.

The updated NBA Game Time channel gives fans access to more video, deeper stats and current league news. NBA.com League Pass subscribers can enjoy 40+ live regular season NBA games a week*, plus full on-demand game replays and highlights from around the league.

Simply purchase an NBA League Pass, enter your All-Access login when prompted and you’re ready to watch live basketball. You can find NBA Game Time in the Roku Channel Store under ‘Sports’ or add the channel to your Roku here.

Happy streaming!

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Introducing Roku Search [Video]

Imagine it’s Saturday night and you’ve just settled in with a big bowl of popcorn. You want to watch Breaking Bad on your Roku, but you’re not sure which of your favorite channels can cure your Heisenberg craving. In the past, you might have spent time browsing through various Roku channels to locate the show. No longer! Today, we’re thrilled to announce the arrival of our free one-stop Roku Search tool in the U.S.

Roku Search makes it a snap to find movies, TV shows, actors and directors across Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, Crackle, VUDU and HBO GO. When you search for a title, Roku Search shows you where it’s available on the Roku platform. Simply select a channel and Roku Search will take you straight to your desired movie or show. Check out the video below to see Roku Search in action.

As we continue to add partners, the Roku platform will play an important role in helping you find the content you want to stream. In all, Roku Search can help guide you to nearly 130,000 movies and TV episodes and almost 100,000 actors and directors.

Roku Search works with Roku 2, Roku LT, new Roku HD players and the Roku Streaming Stick. You can even search with the keyboard in the Remote tab of the Roku iOS and Android mobile apps!

We’ll automatically push a free update including Search to supported players over the next week. If you just can’t wait, select Settings > Software update > Check now on your Roku player to update your software to version 4.8 352x (available later today). Then click here to install Roku Search via channel code.

As always, we welcome your input as we continue to improve the Roku experience. Please send your feedback to feedback@roku.com.

Happy searching!

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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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