New Releases and Recommendations for Feb. 3

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

Netflix New Releases:

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

Hulu Plus New Releases:

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

Crackle New Releases:

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

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

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

Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

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

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

Netflix New Releases:

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

Hulu Plus New Releases:

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

Crackle New Releases:

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

Amazon Prime Instant Video New Releases:

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

Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Streaming!

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New Releases and Recommendations for Jan. 20

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

Netflix New Releases:

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

Hulu Plus New Releases:

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

Crackle New Releases:

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

Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Streaming!

 

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We Want to Hear from You

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

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

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


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New Releases and Recommendations for Jan. 13

Here are some fun flicks to keep you out of harm’s way this Friday the 13th, muhahahahaha (cue spooky music). As always, if you have a suggestion on the perfect lazy Sunday flick, please post ‘em in the comments. Happy streaming!

Netflix New Releases:

  • Tucker & Dale vs. Evil- Backwoods boys Tucker and Dale see their peaceful cabin trip turn into a nightmare when college kids camping nearby accuse the duo of being psychotic killers (2010)
  • Office Space- I believe you have my stapler…. Mike Judge’s ode to corporate Nihilism is one of the most quotable workplace comedies ever (1999)
  • Eams: The Architect and The Painter- This documentary tells the story of the husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames, widely considered America’s most important designers  (2011)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • Parks and Recreation: The Comeback Kid- Leslie enlists everyone in staging an attention-getting event, while Ben explores new hobbies (2012)
  • Celebrity Wife Swap- Flavor Flav’s and Dee Snider’s wives, trade places…mayhem ensues (2012)
  • Modern Family: Egg Drop- Claire and Jay’s competitive streaks lead them to trouble (2012)

Crackle New Releases:

  • Sniper- It’s the Pringles chips of action franchises, watch one and you just can’t stop (1993)
  • Circuitry Man-A wacked-out surreal sci-fi camp comedy romp that succeeds because it doesn’t dare to take itself too seriously (1990)
  • Spun- Jason Schwartzman breaks bad in a meth-fueled descent into darkness tweaked with black humor and unexpected cameos (2003)

Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • Moneyball- The story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players (2011)
  • Killer Elite- Two of the world’s most elite operatives go up against the cunning leader of a secret military society, in this action-packed romp (2011)
  • What’s Your Number- A woman looks back at the past twenty men she’s had relationships with in her life and wonders if one of them might be her one true love (2011)
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Roku CES Roundup

Did you miss Roku at CES? We had a great time hanging with our buddies from G4 and CNET, showing off our current lineup of players, debuting the Streaming Stick and geeking out with tons of exciting gadgets — including the crazy mechanical bull at Pepcom. Here are a few fun videos to show you what we’ve been up to this week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Roku in the U.K. and Ireland

It’s officially official, people: Roku has made the leap across the pond! Your favorite little streaming players are now available for pre-order in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The Roku LT and the Roku 2 XS can be pre-ordered now at www.Amazon.co.uk for suggested retail prices of £49.99 and £99.99. Both models are expected to ship at the end of January.

Roku currently features more than 40 entertainment channels in the U.K. and Ireland including on-demand films and programmes from Netflix and Crackle (Crackle is currently not available in Ireland); live and on-demand sports from MLB.TV and Ultimate Fighting Championship organisation; music from Classical TV and TuneIn; photos and videos from Facebook and Flickr; news and entertainment from WSJ Live from the Wall Street Journal, FoxNews.com and others from around the world – plus casual games like Angry Birds. We’ll be adding more major content channels soon, so stay tuned!

 

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New Releases and Recommendations for Jan 6

The first Friday of a new year is always the sweetest. Here are some recommendations to help you kick off a fantastic 2012! As always, if you have a suggestion on the perfect lazy Sunday flick, please post ‘em in the comments. Happy streaming!

Netflix New Releases:

  • True Grit- Jeff Bridges stars as alcoholic U.S. Marshal Reuben “Rooster” Cogburn in the Coen Brothers remake of this Western saga (2010)
  • Louis C.K.: Hilarious- Louis C.K. offers up his unique and uncensored take on sex, parenting, politics and more (2009)
  • Man on WireThis Oscar winner for Best Documentary explores Philippe Petit’s daring high wire walk between New York’s Twin Towers (2008)

Hulu Plus New Releases:

  • Grey’s Anatomy: Suddenly- A severe car crash involving an entire family results in an all-hands-on situation in the ER (2012)
  • Modern Family: Lifetime Supply- Phil misses a call from his doctor with test results and assumes the worst (2012)
  • Wipeout: Winter Wipeout- Because the weekend and epic snowy wipeouts were made for each other (2012)

Crackle New Releases:

  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby- Losing his confidence after a spectacular crash, a dimwitted NASCAR driver goes to hysterical extremes to recover his nerve and make a comeback (2006)
  • Desperado- A handsome musician-turned-gunslinger returns to a small Mexican town seeking revenge against an evil drug kingpin (1995)
  • And Now For Something Completely Different- Dead Parrots. The Lumberjack song. John Cleese at his best and most absurd. Need we say more? (1972)

Amazon Instant Video New Releases:

  • New Girl- The gang attends Schmidt’s holiday office party and Jess frets when she receives an expensive gift from Paul (2011)
  • Downton Abbey Season 1- Catch up on the lives of the Crawley family and their servants before Season 2 starts this weekend (2011)
  • Steve Jobs: One Last Thing- This documentary reveals how much the brilliant Apple founder changed our everyday world of work, leisure, and human communication (2011)
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