New on Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version): Tetris

Tetris, the world’s most-loved puzzle game is now available on Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version) in the U.S., U.K., Ireland and Canada. Casual gaming is a great feature available on Roku players and is perfect for a little friendly competition on family game nights. The addition of the Tetris game to the Roku Channel Store provides another great option for a fun, engaging game to keep your whole family entertained.

It’s also an exciting year for Tetris – the brand is celebrating 30 years of bringing puzzle-gaming fun into living rooms around the world! Even after 30 years, it’s still one of my favorite games of all time.

Install the channel to try out a free Marathon game mode level. Want more of a challenge? Upgrade to the Premium version for $4.99 and get unlimited access to the Marathon, Ultra and Sprint levels. As an added bonus, you can turn back the clock and experience the Tetris game with a special nostalgic theme that is sure to bring back fond memories for seasoned Tetris fans.

You can find Tetris under “Games” in the Channel Store now for the Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version).

Happy playing!

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Update to the Roku mobile app for Windows Phone (v2.0)

Following our Roku mobile app launch for Windows in June, we’re pleased to share the v2.0 update for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 tablets and devices in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Republic of Ireland.

The Roku mobile app for Windows Phone gives you the option to control your Roku player or Roku TV from your smartphone or tablet. It comes in handy if you’ve misplaced your remote or it’s just a little too far out of reach. Like our Android and iOS mobile apps, the Roku mobile app now supports Roku® Search, Play On Roku and Roku Channel Store access in addition to the remote control functionality and My Channels mobile access we launched this summer.

Roku Search

The Roku Search feature helps you quickly find exactly what you want to watch. Simply search the name of a movie, TV show, actor or director and quickly select from results available from our top streaming channels including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, VUDU and many others. For example, tap on Jennifer Lawrence to get her available filmography. Want to watch X-Men: Days of Future Past? Just tap the movie, choose your preferred channel and your Roku player will automatically switch to the entertainment, leaving you just a click away (or less) from watching.

Play On Roku

The Play On Roku feature on the Windows version of our Roku mobile app makes it easy to send the music and photos you have saved on your smartphone or tablet right to your TV. Don’t huddle around your tiny mobile screen to see your vacation photos – share them with the entire living room on the big screen!

We expect to add Play On Roku video support in a later release.

Channel Store

You now have access to the 1,800 channels in the Roku Channel Store at your fingertips from your smartphone or tablet. Want to check out the funny YouTube video on the big screen or get the latest news on the LA Times Originals channel? Just log into your Roku account to browse the Channel Store by categories. We make it easy to add, remove or rate any channel. After a quick install, you can launch a channel with the tap of your finger!

Look for the update or download it free on your Windows Phone 8.1 and/or Windows 8.1 tablet or device.

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Channel of the Week: holidaykitchen.TV

This week’s selection…holidaykitchen.TV.

Trying to figure out what to make for the upcoming holidays can get stressful. But don’t worry, help is on the way with the holidaykitchen.tv channel on Roku players and Roku TV. Click your way to holiday cooking heaven with this free channel that features a cornucopia of recipes to make your holidays a little bit easier and a lot more fun. They have an entire playlist dedicated on all the different ways you can make Turkey – whole turkey, turkey chilli, turkey waldorf salad and even turkey tetrazzini.

You can find it under “Food” in the Roku Channel Store.  Check it out…if you want something to gobble about!

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Top 10 Martin Scorsese searches on Roku

With Martin Scorcese’s birthday coming up on Monday, we’re dedicating this week’s post to his 40+ year career directing some of our all-time favorite films. While he’s known for his intense dramas such as Goodfellas and Raging Bull, Marty has softened up bit recently directed the critically acclaimed children’s film, Hugo, and even voiced Sykes in Shark Tale.

These are the top ten searched Martin Scorsese movies on Roku in 2014. Are any of your favorites missing?

  1. The Wolf of Wall Street – Sex. Money. Power. Drugs. Brace yourself for an outrageous true story. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a young stockbroker hungry for a life of non-stop thrills, where corruption was king and more was never enough. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and VUDU.
  2. Goodfellas – Martin Scorsese exposes the fascinating, mysterious and violent underworld of New York’s Mafia families through the life of insider Henry Hill. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and VUDU.
  3. The Departed – The Departed’ is set in South Boston where the state police force is waging an all-out war to take down the city’s top organized crime ring. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and VUDU.
  4. Shutter Island – When U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) arrives at the asylum for the criminally insane on Shutter Island, what starts as a routine investigation quickly takes a sinister turn. As the investigation unfolds and Teddy uncovers more shocking and terrifying truths about the island, he learns there are some places that never let you go. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and VUDU.
  5. Gangs of New York – As waves of immigrants swell the population of New York, corruption thrives in lower Manhattan’s Five Points section. Young Irish immigrant Amsterdam returns seeking revenge against the rival gang leader who killed his father. But Amsterdam’s personal vendetta becomes part of the gang warfare. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and VUDU.
  6. Casino – Las Vegas 1973 is the setting for this fact-based story about the Mob’s multi-million dollar casino operation where fortunes and lives were made and lost with a roll of the dice. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and VUDU.
  7. Shark Tale – Oscar is a small fish who dreams of making something of himself, and when a dropped anchor accidentally kills Frankie, Oscar is suddenly celebrated as “the shark killer.” Oscar’s overnight fame attracts the attentions of Lola, a slinky dragon fish who woos Oscar away from his steady date, Angie. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and VUDU.
  8. Taxi Driver – Paul Schrader’s gritty screenplay depicts the ever-deepening alienation of Vietnam Veteran Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro in a tour-de-force performance), a psychotic cab driver who obsessively cruises the mean streets of Manhattan. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video and VUDU.
  9. Cape Fear – Martin Scorsese brings heart-pounding suspense to this thriller about a psychopath (Robert De Niro) who emerges from prison with one mission — to seek revenge on his attorney (Nick Nolte). Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and VUDU.
  10. Hugo – Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and VUDU.
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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 14th November 2014

Halloween and Bonfire Night are now just distant memories as our attention turns to the run up to Christmas and the New Year. To keep you going as the nights turn darker we’ve put together some of our top streaming shouts for this week.

Let us know what you watch in the comments below!

  • 22 Jump Street (Movie) – Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill reprise their roles as unconventional, undercover law enforcers in the sequel to 21 Jump Street.  Having (just about) passed themselves off as High Schoolers in the first instalment it’s time for the pair to head to college! Hilarity ensues. Sky Store
  • RoboCop (Movie) – Critically injured in the line of duty, a cop is transformed into an experimental crime-fighting cyborg in this reboot of the 1980s sci-fi classic.  Joel Kinnaman stars in the title role. Netflix
  • The Fault in Our Stars (Movie) – This heart-breaking adaptation of John Green’s hugely successful novel offers a whole new slant to the classic tale of boy meets girl.  Augustus (Ansel Elgort) and Hazel (Shailene Woodley) are doomed lovers forging forward into uncertainty in this spectacular tear-jerker. Sky Store
  • Nebraska (Movie) – Nominated for best picture at this year’s Academy Awards, Nebraska takes a bleak and intriguing look into the relationship between a father and son.  Bruce Dern plays Woody, a curmudgeonly old man hell-bent on claiming his ‘winnings’ after confusing a magazine coupon for a million dollar lottery ticket in this comedy drama.  Watch it on Now TV
  • Broadchurch (Series) – With series two of the crime series in the offing now is your chance to relive the drama of the first as David Tennant and Olivia Coleman search frantically for the killer of schoolboy Danny Latimer. Catch the first series on Now TV
  • The Apprentice (Series) – Now into its 10th series a new group of well-groomed potential entrepreneurs vie for the affections of Sir Alan Sugar by completing a series of business-based tasks in the hope of being hired as his apprentice.  BBC iPlayer
  • Broadmoor (Series) – ITV takes an unprecedented look inside Broadmoor High Security Psychiatric Hospital which houses some of the country’s most violent offenders.  The series casts an eye on the day-to-day running of the NHS run hospital and follows the stories of its patients. Catch up on  ITV Player
  • World’s Weirdest Weather (Series) – Such is our obsession with the weather in this country, this fascinating exploration of its obscure nuances should appeal to far more than just amateur meteorologists.  Red rain, underwater clouds, sprouting ice and much, much more. Watch now on  4oD
  • Gotham (Series) – Follow the adventures of young detective James Gordon as he fights to rid the streets of Gotham City of demonic chemists, child snatchers and rogue business men. Catch up on Demand 5

Golden Oldie:

  • Blues Brothers (Movie) – A pair of two-bit crooks go on a quest to save the Catholic orphanage where they were raised by reuniting their former band for a charity gig. Catch this 1980 cult classic starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd now on Netflix.
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Channel of the Week: Screen Dreams Fireplace

This week’s selection…Screen Dreams Fireplace.

As the colder weather makes it’s way across the country, it’s always nice to warm yourself by a nice crackling fire. What, you don’t have a fireplace? That’s okay, just download Screen Dreams Fireplace on your Roku player or Roku TV and you won’t know the difference. This premium app ($1.99) features seven different fireplace styles to choose from and a few of them are specially appropriate for the upcoming holidays. Oh, and if you press the “*” button on your remote, you can select from nine different festive and soothing audio soundtracks.

You can find it under “Screensavers & Apps” in the Roku Channel Store.  Check it out…if you think you can handle the heat!

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

Whether it’s a music docuseries with the Foo Fighters, a new movie or a Roku staff favorite like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, there’s something for everyone this week.

  • Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways (TV Show, 2014) — In this new series, Foo Fighters commemorate their 20th anniversary by documenting the eight-city recording odyssey that produced their upcoming eighth studio album. Exclusively available on HBO GO.
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 9 (TV Show, 2013) – Danny DeVito, Charlie Day and several friends run a bar in Philadelphia. Newly released on Netflix and also available to watch on Amazon Instant VideoHulu and Vudu.
  • 22 Jump Street (Movie, 2014) – Officers Jenko and Schmidt begin to question their partnership after each infiltrates different cliques while undercover at a local college. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Begin Again (Movie, 2014) – A complex, life-changing relationship forms between a talented songbird and the disgraced music executive who is helping her cut her first album.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Fading Gigolo (Movie, 2013) – A bookseller hires out his friend, an unassuming florist, as a male escort for a pair of lonely women. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Forrest Gump (Movie, 1994) – JFK, LBJ, Vietnam, Watergate and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Total Recall (Movie, 2012) – A factory worker becomes a hunted man after a procedure goes awry that would convert his dreams of life as a spy into real memories.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (Movie, 2004) – While living with her royal grandmother, a young princess must find a suitable husband in 30 days or give up the throne.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Movie, 1988) – An American con man and his British rival target a soap heiress from Cleveland on the French Riviera. Available to watch on Netflix and Vudu.
  • Braveheart (Movie, 1995) – Enraged by the killing of his wife, Scotsman William Wallace leads a revolt against the tyrannical English king in the 13th century.  Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Fatal Attraction (Movie, 1987) – A New York lawyer with a wife and daughter sleeps with a client whose lust turns to hate. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
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Roku UK: Our Bonfire Recommendations for 7th November 2014

Remember, remember the 5th of November….and the 7th,8th and 9th-  Yes we all know that the bonfire celebrations will continue over yet another weekend. However if you’ve had your fix of fireworks for this year and fancy staying warm indoors instead, why not stream a ‘fire themed’ film this weekend?  Here are some recommendations to get you started…

  • The Great Fire (ITV Player)The story of humble baker Thomas Farriner and his fabled involvement in the Great Fire of London concluded this week. Watch all four episodes now on ITV Player.
  • Gunpowder 5/11 (BBC iPlayer)  – Drama documentary unveiling the inner secrets of the Gunpowder Plot, using the words of the plotters themselves.  Based on the interrogations of Thomas Wintour and Guy Fawkes.
  • Fire with Fire (Sky Store) – When fire fighter Jeremy Coleman (Josh Duhamel) sees Ayran gang boss Hagen (Vincent D’Onofrio) murder two innocents he bypasses the law to ensure that Hagen gets the death penalty that he deserves.
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Netflix) – After her triumph in the Hunger Games Katniss Everdean travels through the districts on ‘Victor’s Tour’ as a rebellion gathers steam around her.
  • Sunshine (Sky Store) – The sun is dying and the Earth’s future depends on the crew of the spaceship Icarus II. Their mission is to reignite the star by firing a gigantic bomb into its failing heart. Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh and Captain America’s Chris Evans star with direction from non-other than Danny Boyle.
  • Fireman Sam: The Great Fire of Pontypandy (Netflix) – One for the kids.  Norman Price and his friend, Derek accidently create a raging wildfire that threatens Pontypandy.  Sam considers an offer to leave the Ponypandy.
  • The Smoke (Now TV) From the makers of Broadchurch and The Tunnel comes an adrenaline fuelled eight-part drama charting the trials and tribulations of a group of London fire fighters.
  • Chicago Fire  (Google Play) – American drama series exploring the professional and personal lives of the fire-fighters and paramedics of the Chicago Fire Department.
  • V for Vendetta (Now TV) – Visually immersive adaptation of Alan Moore’s graphic novel about a Guy Fawkes-like avenger who is hell bent on destroying a totalitarian British State, starring Natalie Portman
  • The Apprentice: You’re Fired (BBC iPlayer) – Accompanied by guests, Dara O’Briain presents reaction to The Apprentice including interviews with Alan Sugar’s recently fired charges.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Google Play) When Harry Potter’s name emerges from the Goblet of fire he becomes a competitor in the gruelling battle for glory among three wizarding schools in the Tri-wizard tournament. Now Harry must confront a deadly dragon, fierce water demons and an enchanted maze only to find himself in the cruel grasp of ‘He Who Must Not Be Named’.
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New on CBS News: CBSN, the Live, Anchored Streaming News Network

Breaking news! We’re excited to introduce CBSN, a digital streaming news network now available in the CBS News channel. Now you can watch live, anchored CBS News coverage on your Roku players and Roku TV in the U.S.

The network is available 24/7 and makes all of the resources of CBS News available directly on Roku with live coverage 15 hours each weekday from 9am – midnight ET. CBSN gives you the full flexibility within each hour to control what and when you want to watch by allowing you to view previous segments and jump back to live programming seamlessly.

In addition to live coverage, CBSN on Roku is your one-stop destination for simulcasts of CBS News special reports for breaking news and additional content from CBS affiliate stations, CNET, CBSSports.com, Entertainment Tonight and more.

The CBSN live stream will be led by both veteran and new CBS News correspondents including:

  • Jeff Glor – anchor of the Sunday edition of the “CBS Evening News” and Emmy award-winning correspondent for the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley”
  • Elaine Quijano – CBS News Correspondent reporting for all platforms, including “CBS This Morning” and the “CBS Evening News,” since 2010
  • Michelle Miller – award-winning CBS News Correspondent whose work regularly appears on the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” “CBS This Morning” and “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood”
  • Don Dahler – CBS News Correspondent and an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared on a range of programs and platforms since 2013
  • Vladimir Duthiers – CBS News Correspondent. He joined CBS News in August 2014 from CNN, where he was an international correspondent based in Lagos, Nigeria

You can find CBS News under  “News & Weather” in the Streaming Channel Store now on *current-generation Roku players and Roku TV.

*Current generation players are those introduced after June 2011 and include Roku 3 (4200X), Roku 2 (2720X), Roku 1 (2710X), Roku Streaming Stick, both HDMI (3500X) and Roku Ready (3400X, 3420X) versions, Roku LT (2400X, 2450X, 2700X), Roku 2 HD (3000X), Roku 2 XD (3050X), Roku 2 XS (3100X) and the Roku HD (2500X).

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Get more from your cable subscription with “TV Anywhere Channels”

Roku features dozens of cable channels On Demand by using your cable provider credentials – this is sometimes referred to as “TV Everywhere” or “TV Anywhere.”  For example, HBO Go and SHOWTIME ANYTIME give cable subscribers unlimited access to their entire TV series catalog, movies and more. WatchESPN delivers 24/7 live programming from your favorite ESPN networks and the A&E channel brings all your favorite TV shows, from Duck Dynasty and Wahlburgers to Bates Motel and Bad Ink.  With your Roku device, you can access your cable package from any room in your house without an extra cable box.

Roku’s full list of television/cable-authenticated channels include A&E, Epix (14-day free trial, no credit card required!), FOX NOW, HBO Go, HISTORY, Lifetime, SHOWTIME ANYTIME, Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney Junior, and WatchESPN* – all available at no extra charge. Find out if your cable TV provider supports these channels here.

Time Warner Cable customers are REALLY in luck. Time Warner Cable offers a special channel on Roku player and Roku TV that lets their customers access both On Demand content and a full live TV stream – just like through a traditional set top box. You can add the Time Warner Channel on Roku players and Roku TV, login, and be watching live TV in minutes.

Not a cable subscriber? You should still check out A&E, FOX NOW, HISTORY and Lifetime, as they always have free unlocked episodes available to stream.

We continue working hard to expand TV Anywhere channels on Roku over time. If there are any channels you’d love to see on Roku, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

Games of Thrones marathon, anyone?

*Disney Channel, Disney Junior and WatchESPN are not available on Roku TV.

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