Roku @SXSW 2014

Whether you’re attending SXSW or staying home, you can join in on the festivities.

  • Enter our SXSW sweepstakes for a chance to win the new Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI version). Plus, prizes from FOX, Hulu Plus, Spotify and WWE are up for grabs.
  • Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the all the latest. We promise to make it worth your while.
  • And if you’re at SXSW we’ll see you at the Roku Streaming Lounge. It’s the FIRST place to see the new Roku Streaming Stick in action! Rest your feet, score some cool schwag and mingle with celebs. Find the details below.

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

From dramas to blockbusters, check out what this week’s fresh new releases!

  • Gravity – Oscar nominated, this story is about astronauts Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) who are on a routine spacewalk when disaster strikes. Their shuttle is destroyed leaving them alone in space – tethered to nothing but each other. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Thor: The Dark World – An epic blockbuster starring Chris Hemsworth as The Mighty Thor, worlds collide when a powerful ancient enemy threatens to plunge the cosmos into eternal darkness. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The Book Thief – Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson star in this moving film based on the bestseller about a girl (Sophie Nélisse) who transforms the lives of those around her in World War II Germany. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Somewhere – This atmospheric dramedy centers on hard-living actor Johnny, whose life is thrown for a loop when his 11-year-old daughter, Cleo, pays him a surprise visit. As the two become better acquainted, Johnny realizes he needs to make changes. (Movie, 2010) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Awaken – Alex’s (Corey Sevier) dreary life is reignited when he meets Rachel (Jordan Ladd), the woman of his dreams. The only thing that stands in the way of their perfect, serendipitous relationship is that Rachel has recently passed away. (Movie, 2012) Newly released on Redbox Instant, but also available on Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby – Starring Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen, this hilarious comedy is about a NASCAR drive losing his confidence after a spectacular crash and goes to hysterical extremes to recover his nerve and make a comeback. (Movie, 2006) Newly released on Crackle, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Mr. Nobody – This movie tells the story of a 118-year-old man who is the last mortal on Earh after the human race has achieved quasi-immortality. On his deathbed, he shares his life story with a reporter and reviews the choices he made along the way. (Movie, 2009) Newly released on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Barefoot – The “black sheep” son (Scott Speedman) of a wealthy family meets a young psychiatric patient (Evan Rachel Wood) who’s been raised in isolation her entire life. He takes the naive young woman home for his brother’s wedding and she impresses the family with her genuine, if unstable charm. Along the way they fall into an improbable love. (Movie, 2014) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • These Birds Walk – In this beautifully filmed, inspirational documentary, a high-spirited runaway boy in Pakistan tries to find his way back home from the orphanage in which he lives, aided by a sympathetic ambulance driver who was once a street kid himself. Newly released on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Blue is the Warmest Color – Determined to fall in love, 15-year-old Adele is focused on boys. But it’s a blue-haired girl she meets on the street who really piques her interest. Soon, Adele is exploring her desire for girls as she negotiates her way to becoming a woman. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Redbox Instant.
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WWE now body slamming on Roku

The wait is over. WWE Network is available now on Roku!

Through the WWE on Roku channel, fans can subscribe to WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 streaming network featuring all 12 WWE live pay-per-view events – including WrestleMania®, groundbreaking original programming, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches and more than 1,500 hours of video on demand at launch on all current-generation Roku devices in the U.S.

No cable or satellite provider authorizations are required to access the WWE Network. Click here to learn more about subscribing to the WWE Network.

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The 10 Best Picture winners from the last 10 years

The Oscar race is heating up in the Best Picture category – just over a week to go! Before you make your predictions, check out previous winners for a Oscar-themed movie marathon weekend!

  • Argo – Directed and starring Ben Affleck who plays a CIA agent who poses as a Hollywood film producer, this dramatic thriller based on real events chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis. (Movie, 2012) Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant, HBO GO and Vudu.
  • The Artist – Winner of five Oscars, this artful black-and-white silent film follows the romance between a silent-era superstar on a downward spiral and a rising young starlet who embraces the future of cinema at the dawn of the “talkies.” (Movie, 2011) Available on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The King’s Speech – Starring Colin Firth, this biographical drama follows Britain’s King George VI as he struggles with an embarrassing stutter until he seeks help from unorthodox Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). (Movie, 2010) Available on M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Hurt Locker – When a new sergeant, James (Jeremy Renner), takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. A movie that the NY Daily News says “deserves to stand as one of the defining films of the decade.” (Movie, 2008) Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Slumdog Millionaire – When a penniless, eighteen year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai comes within one question of winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? a police investigation reveals his amazing story. (Movie, 2008) Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • No Country for Old Men – Based on the novel by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and featuring an acclaimed cast led by Tommy Lee Jones, details a man as he stumbles on a bloody crime scene, a pickup truck loaded with heroin, and two million dollars in irresistible cash. His decision to take the money sets off an unstoppable chain reaction of violence. Not even west Texas law can contain it. (Movie, 2007) Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Departed – An undercover state cop (Leonardo DiCaprio) who has infiltrated an Irish gang and a mole in the police force working for the same mob race to track down and identify each other before being exposed to the enemy, after both sides realize their outfit has a rat. (Movie, 2006) Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • 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) Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Million Dollar Baby – A deep bond develops between a cantankerous trainer (Clint Eastwood) and the female boxer (Hilary Swank) he reluctantly takes under his wing. (Movie, 2004) Available on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Vudu.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Hobbit, Frodo (Elijah Wood), accompanied only by his loyal friend Sam and the hideous, Gollum, ventures deep into the very dark heart of Mordor on his impossible quest to destroy the Ring of Power. (Movie, 2003) Available on M-GO, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant, Crackle, HBO GO and Vudu.
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SHOWTIME ANYTIME launches on Roku

Great news, SHOWTIME subscribers! We’re pleased to welcome SHOWTIME ANYTIME to our growing entertainment lineup.

SHOWTIME ANYTIME users can now watch current and past seasons of award-winning Showtime original series including Homeland, Ray Donovan, Masters of Sex, House of Lies, Dexter®, Nurse Jackie and more on available on all current-generation Roku devices in the U.S.

Homeland marathon, anyone?

SHOWTIME ANYTIME is available at no additional cost to SHOWTIME customers who subscribe to the network through AT&T U-verse, Brighthouse, Cablevision’s Optimum TV, DIRECTV, Grande Communications, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and more to come.

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The top 10 romantic movies

Love is in the air. Get your Valentine’s Day started with these unforgettable romantic movies – deep down everyone loves a good Rom-com after all. You’ll laugh, cry and feel fuzzy inside.

Happy streaming!

  • Say Anything – A budding romance between noble underachiever Lloyd and beautiful high school valedictorian Diane is threatened when Diane’s father has a few things to say about the relationship and his expectations for Diane’s future. (Movie, 1989) Available on Netflix.
  • When Harry Met Sally – Does sex make it impossible for men and women to be true friends? The film chronicles this dilemma through the eleven year relationship between Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) who meet in college, then pursue their own lives until they reconnect ten years later. (Movie, 1989) Available on Amazon Instant Video.
  • Sleepless in Seattle – Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in an enchanting romance about a grieving widower whose son convinces him to find new love and the recently engaged woman who answers his call on a late-night radio show. (Movie, 1993) Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Dirty Dancing – In the summer of 1963, innocent 17-year-old Baby vacations with her parents at a Catskills resort. One evening she is drawn to the staff quarters by stirring music. There she meets Johnny, the hotel dance instructor, who is as experienced as Baby is naive. Baby soon becomes Johnny’s pupil in dance and love. (Movie, 1987) Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Sixteen Candles – John Hughes, the writer of National Lampoon’s Vacation, shows how coming-of-age can be full of surprises in this warm-hearted teenage comedy starring Molly Ringwald. She’s your average teen, enduring creepy freshmen, spoiled siblings, confused parents and the Big Blonde on Campus who stands between her and the boy of her dreams. (Movie, 1984) Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Pretty Woman – Academy Award winner Julia Roberts and Golden Globe winner Richard Gere will leave you breathless in this classic love story. Vivian is a spirited, streetwise diamond in the rough when she meets shrewd, no-nonsense billionaire Edward Lewis. It’s a chance encounter that turns a week-long “business arrangement” into a timeless rags-to-riches romance. (Movie, 1990) Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The Notebook – As teenagers, Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling) begin a whirlwind courtship. However, the young couple is quickly separated by Allie’s parents who insist that Noah isn’t right for her. Several years pass, and when they meet again, their passion is rekindled, forcing Allie to choose between her soulmate and class order. (Movie, 2004) Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Love Actually – Writer-director Richard Curtis’s charming treatise on romance and relationships is an all-star ensemble (Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth and Emma Thompson, to name a few) comedy that tells 10 separate (but intertwining) London love stories, leading up to a spirited climax on Christmas Eve. (Movie, 2003) Available on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall – Peter (Jason Segel) is a struggling musician who finds his world turned upside down when his TV celebrity girlfriend, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), dumps him for a tragically hip rock star. It’s the hysterically funny look at how far one man will go to forget a girl – and all the fun he finds along the way! (Movie, 2008) Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Titanic – A society girl (Kate Winslet) abandons her haughty fiancé (Billy Zane) for a penniless artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) on the ill-fated ship’s maiden voyage. (Movie, 1997) Available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.

 

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The best TV show couples

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Even though these aren’t couples in life (well, one couple is!), they make us all believe in awesome, cheesy, TV love. Big thanks to our followers on Twitter for the help – narrowing this down to ten couples was no simple feat.

Agree or disagree with anyone on the list? Let us know in the comments.

Lucy & Ricky (I Love Lucy)
A married couple in real life, we all felt like we got a secret glimpse into their marriage through the TV. Despite the constant trouble and all the ‘splainin Lucy had to do, their friendship and devotion had us all envious. I Love Lucy is available on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and Vudu.

Drogo & Daenerys (Game of Thrones)
Yeah, their marriage was arranged and Drogo was scary at first, but she turned him into a big ol’ softie! “You are the moon of my life. That is all I know and all I need to know.” – Drogo

Game of Thrones is available on HBO GO.

Kevin & Winnie (The Wonder Years)
Their relationship perfectly illustrated everyone’s first crush with the awkward moments, the butterflies and what seems like the end of the world heartbreak. We’ll forever be rooting for a Kevin and Winnie reunion. The Wonder Years is available on Netflix.

Jim & Pam (The Office)
Who doesn’t love a good old office romance? Jim and Pam’s instant connection and adorable flirting made us squeal. And the engagement episode!? Cute overload. The Office is available on Amazon Instant VideoHulu Plus, M-GO and Vudu.

George & Louise (The Jeffersons)
There was never a dull moment in the “deluxe apartment in the sky.” George and his big mouth were kept in check by his Weezie’s loving bossiness and their magnetic relationship made The Jeffersons the most-successful spinoff series to All in the Family (and there were a lot of ‘em!). The Jeffersons is available on Amazon Instant Video

Eric & Tami (Friday Night Lights)
There’s no couple on TV that made us more jealous than the Taylors. They balanced kids, work and what seemed like the entire population of Dillion that needed their help but never lost sight of their love for one another. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. Friday Night Lights is available on Amazon Instant VideoHulu Plus, Netflix and Vudu.

Lily & Marshall (How I Met Your Mother)
Couples who give each other embarrassing nicknames stay together. We love Marshmallow and Lilypad! How I Met Your Mother is available on Amazon Instant Video, M-GONetflix and Vudu.

Mitchell & Cameron (Modern Family)
Choosing a favorite couple from Modern Family was no simple feat. Claire and Phil, Jay and Gloria, Haley and Dylan – all hilarious in their own way, but Mitchell and Cameron take the cake. Mitchell accepts Cameron through his freak outs and clowning. Enough said. Modern Family is available on Amazon Instant VideoM-GO and Vudu.

Cliff and Claire (The Cosby Show)
The parents we all wish we had! They were so understanding, loving and somehow kept all five kids in line. Plus, they taught us all important lessons every week. The Cosby Show is available on Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus.

Monica & Chandler (Friends)
Quite the controversial pick because most will say Ross and Rachel. But come on, they broke up a bunch of times. Monica and Chandler got together and stayed together. Also, bonus points for Monica’s adorable proposal attempt. Friends is available on Amazon Instant Video and VUDU.

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A&E, HISTORY and Lifetime on Roku: Now available for DirecTV customers

We’re pleased to welcome A&E, HISTORY and Lifetime to Roku’s expansive channel lineup.

The A&E channel brings all your favorite TV shows, from Duck Dynasty and Wahlburgers to Bates Motel and Bad Ink. You can catch up on Pawn Stars, Swamp People and Top Gear on HISTORY and Project Runway and Dance Moms on Lifetime.

The number of providers offering the additional value of Roku channel support continues to grow – including DirecTV! Find out if your provider supports these channels here: A&E, HISTORY and Lifetime. We’d love to expand this list, so if you do not see your provider, we encourage you to contact them and request that they add support for Roku.

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Top 10 new releases and recommendation

Decisions, decisions – we know it can be rough choosing what to stream this weekend, but we’re here to help with a guide to this week’s best streaming offerings, including quotable classics to top-tier dramas.

  • Dallas Buyers Club – Matthew McConaughey gives the performance of his career in this true story about a cowboy who takes matters into his own hands after he’s diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. (Movie 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Lucky One – U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive-a photograph of a woman he doesn’t even know played by Taylor Schilling. (Movie, 2012) – Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Short Term 12 – Short Term 12 follows Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something staff member at a foster care facility as she reckons with caring for the teens in her charge and her own past. This lovingly realized film finds truth and humor in unexpected places. (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete – Young Mister’s hard-living mother is arrested, leaving him alone with Pete to survive while dodging child protective services and the dangers of the Brooklyn projects. (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Blood Brother – Blood Brother is an intimate portrait of Rocky Braat, a young man who longed to find a family. He didn’t know it, but this desire would lead him to an AIDS hostel in India, where he would find almost more love and need than he could bear. (Movie, 2012) – Newly released on Amazon Instant Video.
  • Bates Hotel: Season 1 – Everyone knows what happened in Psycho, but this chilling series takes viewers inside Norman Bates’ world before Marion Crane checked in. The story opens following Mr. Bates’ death, as Norman and his mother buy the motel that will bear their name. (TV Series, 2013) – Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Flashdance – Alex works as a welder by day and a stripper by night, but she dreams of training at the local conservatory and becoming a professional dancer. Meanwhile, she navigates a romance with her boss at the steelyard. (Movie, 1983) – Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Heartbreakers – In this stylish comedy, a mother-daughter con team makes money the old-fashioned way: They swindle it. After Mom seduces and weds a love-struck bachelor, she scams him for a big divorce settlement with help from her daughter as “the other woman.” (Movie, 2001) – Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Redbox Instant.
  • West Side Story – Winner of ten Academy Awards including Best Picture, this electrifying musical sets the ageless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in the slums of 1950s New York and stars Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer. (Movie, 1961) – Newly released on Hulu Plus, but also available on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Teen Wolf – Starring Michael J. Fox, this story follows a teenage boy’s incredible werewolf powers as he improves the quality of his life in dramatic and hilarious ways. (Movie, 1985) – Newly released on Hulu Plus, but also available on Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
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Enter the Power Couple Sweepstakes

We’re beyond excited for Valentine’s Day this year. Not for the candy and chocolate but for the return of everyone’s favorite power couple, Francis and Claire. Get ready everyone, House of Cards returns February 14 for season 2 only on Netflix!

To make the wait a little more enjoyable, we’re giving away prizes to make your Valentine’s Day complete for the power couples out there – one-year subscriptions to Netflix, Roku 3s and one $200 restaurant gift card. Increase your chances of winning by entering once per day until February 16.*

Be sure to catch up on House of Cards season 1 on Netflix on Roku now.

*US only

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