Join us in celebrating National Streaming Day!

It’s a big day, streaming fans! One that calls for reflection on the history of streaming TV, as well as excitement for what’s ahead.

With all the on-demand content that consumers now have at their fingertips, it’s hard to believe that it was only six years ago today that we shipped the Roku player, the very first device to stream Netflix to the TV. I’m proud that Roku helped lead the innovation of delivering video over the Internet straight to the living room’s big screen, forever changing how people consume entertainment.

We’re receiving a great honor for Roku’s influence on TV culture – Saratoga Mayor Emily Lo will today bestow the proclamation of Streaming Day at our headquarters – and we want to invite consumers everywhere to celebrate National Streaming Day with us! Thanks to you and our shared love of streaming, we’ve advanced streaming entertainment to where it is today.

Image courtesy of Marina Swanson

We now benefit from more entertainment choice than ever before while content creators big and small can bring their entertainment to the TV using the open Internet. While we continue to forge ahead to the future of TV where everything will be streamed, let’s take a moment and look back at key streaming TV milestones so far:

  • Now 42 million households have a TV connected to the Internet1
  • Once the size of a placemat, the set-top box is now a tiny stick
  • “Binging,” and “spoiler alert” are established words in the TV viewing vernacular
  • Original series created just for streaming paved the way for a new model of production and distribution with full series releases, and created Emmy award-winning programs along the way
  • Favorite TV shows from the past including Veronica Mars, Arrested Development and 24 now get a second life in the new TV economy
  • TV is more popular than ever with heavy streamers watching an average of seven hours per day2

Now let’s celebrate National Streaming Day and keep the momentum going! Take a moment and stream your favorite entertainment today, and get in on the conversation with the hashtag #nationalstreamingday. Also, check out our Facebook page for a chance to win a Roku 3 today.

Those who don’t yet have a Roku player can buy one today and receive a $10 rebate by visiting roku.com/nationalstreamingday.

Stream on!

1 NPD Connected Home Report
2 Roku data

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

It’s hard to keep up with the great entertainment these days. Count on us every week to bring you the best streaming new releases and recommendations!

What are you watching this weekend?

  • Ides of March (Movie, 2011) – An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. Stars George Clooney and Ryan Gosling. FREE on Crackle!
  • 3 Days to Kill (Movie, 2014) – In this heart pounding action-thriller, Kevin Costner is a dangerous international spy determined to give up his high stakes life to build a closer relationship with his estranged wife and daughter. But first, he must complete one last mission. Newly released on M-GOAmazon Instant VideoRedbox Instant and Vudu.
  • That Awkward Moment (Movie, 2014) – Starring Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael Jordan, three guys in support of a friend devastated by a recent breakup vow to maintain their single status for as long as possible. The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood. Newly released on M-GOAmazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Vudu.
  • Last Love (Movie, 2013) – A widowed professor living alone in Paris sees no meaningful future for himself until he meets a free-spirited young dance instructor. From their first meeting, each instinctively provides what the other so desperately needs: someone to call family. Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Jim Gaffigan: Beyond the Pale (Stand-Up, 2005) – In this live stand-up performance filmed at Chicago’s historic Vic Theatre, comedian Jim Gaffigan cuts loose with whip-smart musings on a variety of topics, including Hot Pockets, holidays, Catholicism and his favorite activity: doing nothing. Newly released on Netflix.
  • Jumanji (Movie, 1995) – When two siblings discover an enchanted board game that opens the door to a magical world, they unwittingly invite into their living room a man (Robin Williams) who’s been trapped inside the game for 26 years and whose only hope for freedom is to finish the game. Newly released on Redbox Instant, but also available on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Black Widow (Movie, 1987) – She mates…she kills…and then spins a web of fatal attraction for her next victim. That’s a beautiful schemer’s pattern in this thriller–until a mousy Justice Department investigator gets wise to her game. Newly released on HBO GO, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • 16 to Life (Movie, 2009) –Kate, a teenager whose angst about her sexual inexperience fuels a comic quest for love on a birthday to end all birthdays. Kate is turning Sweet 16 and has never been kissed. This romantic comedy is a laugh out loud treat for anyone who s ever gone is search of love. Newly released on Popcornflix, but also available on M-GO, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Vudu and Snagfilms.
  • Tiger Eyes (Movie, 2012) – Following her dad’s murder, 17-year-old Davey goes to stay with relatives in New Mexico, while her mother tries to come to terms with her grief. While hiking a local canyon, Davey meets a young man who’s destined to change her view of life. Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Vudu.
  • Stalingrad (Movie, 2013) – A band of determined Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to a Russian woman who has been living there. Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 16th May 2014

Planning a relaxed weekend? With new releases on Sky Store and boxset galore on Netflix, you aren’t going to know where to start!  So here’s some help from us….

What do you plan to watch? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • 12 Years a Slave (Movie) – The award winning blockbuster from British director Steve McQueen is available now on Sky Store.  This devastating indictment of the American slave trade is told through the eyes of Solomon Northup, an educated free man who is shanghaied into a life of vicious servitude in the South.
  • Person of Interest (Series) – Available on Netflix, this series follows Ex-CIA agent John Reese and enigmatic billionaire Mr. Finch, who use software that can predict future events to prevent violent crimes before they occur. New episodes have just been added.
  • The Washington Snipers (Movie) - The notorious “Beltway attacks” which left ten people dead provide the twisted inspiration for this first-rate thriller from French director Alexandre Moors. Lonely Antiguan teenager Lee is lured from his island home by John, an older father figure, to Tacoma in Washington. He convinces Lee to show his loyalty by committing violent acts…culminating in the sniper spree in 2002. Now on Sky Store.
  • Mad Men (Series) – With the whole of Season 7 available to stream on Now TV you can watch this stylish drama, that follows the Mad Men who work at the New York City based Sterling Cooper advertising agency during the glamorous 1960s.
  • Two and a Half Men (Series) -  Following the sad news this week that this comedy is set to end after its 12th series, you can watch it on Now TV as it is broadcast live on Comedy Central.
  • Happy Valley (Series) – You can watch the first three episodes of this new BBC drama series which has been extremely well received. When a kidnap spirals out of control, Yorkshire police sergeant Catherine Cawood comes face to face with the man who destroyed her family. Available now on BBC iPlayer.
  • Made in Chelsea (Series) – Halfway through its seventh series and Binky’s resolve to stay away from Alex has crumbled, but can Alex prove that he’s a changed man and what will the girls and Binky’s mum have to say about it? Find out now on 4oD.
  • Lockerbie: Terror at 31,000 Feet (Documentary) – This powerful documentary from Channel 5 looks back on the 1988 event. On 21st December, Pan Am flight 103, a Boeing 747, took off from London bound for New York. Less than 40 minutes later, it exploded over the town of Lockerbie in the Dumfries and Galloway region of southwest Scotland. Available now on Demand 5.
  • Orange is the New Black (Series) – The second series of this popular Netflix original series is available from the 6th June. That gives you plenty of time to watch the first series now on Netflix.

A Golden Oldie:

  • White Chicks (Movie) – Everyone loves a comedy and we can’t believe this one is 10 years old. Two black FBI agents consigned to baby-sitting a pair of empty-headed socialites pose as white party girls to flush out their would-be kidnappers. Now on Netflix
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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and you’re likely in need of a last-minute gift. Our Roku 3 is $10 off until tomorrow (5/10/14) and we have plenty of TV and movie entertainment your mom will love below. Find something for The Notebook and Bridget Jones to the Don Draper and Russell Crowe-loving moms.

Here’s to a weekend of streaming!

  • Nicolas Sparks 5 Film Collection on VUDU - bundle the following 5 films to own for as low as $18.99: The Lucky One, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle and Nights in Rodanthe.
  • Mad Men (TV Show) - Explores the glamorous and ego-driven “Golden Age” of advertising, where everyone is selling something and nothing is ever what it seems. And no one plays the game better than Don Draper (Golden Globe – winner Jon Hamm), Madison Avenue’s biggest ad man – and ladies’ man – in the business. Season 1-6 available on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and VUDU. Season 7 (episodes 1-4) available on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and VUDU.
  • Bates Motel (TV Show) – Bates Motel delves into the sadistic and twisted relationship between serial killer to be, Norman Bates, and his mother Norma. A prelude to the classic horror film Psycho, the series takes a contemporary glimpse into Norman’s formative years and reveals how he became one of the most infamous murderers of all time. Season 1-2 available on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix (season 1 only) and VUDU.
  • Psych (TV Show) – James Roday plays the somewhat eccentric Shawn Spencer, a police consultant who solves crimes with powers of observation so acute that the police think he’s psychic – or so he lets them think. With the reluctant assistance of his best friend Gus (Dulé Hill), Shawn opens a PI Agency named Psych, and together they begin solving cases even the most seasoned detectives cannot crack. Newly released on Netflix. Also available on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and VUDU.
  • Gladiator (Movie, 2000) - Once a great Roman General, Maximus (Russell Crowe) has been forced into exile and slavery by Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) the jealous heir to the Emperor’s throne. During his captivity, Maximus trains as a gladiator and returns to Rome, intent on avenging the murder of his family by killing Commodus, now Emperor. Newly released on Netflix. Also available on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and VUDU.
  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (Movie, 2004) – Reunite with witty heroine, Bridget Jones, as she discovers the ups and downs of relationships in this romantic comedy starring Rene Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. Newly released on Netflix. Also available on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, M-GO, Redbox Instant and VUDU.
  • The Monuments Men (Movie, 2014) – In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renown works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys it. Stars Matt Damon & George Clooney. Newly released for purchase on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Redbox Instant and VUDU.
  • That Awkward Moment (Movie, 2014) – Three guys in support of a friend devastated by a recent breakup vow to maintain their single status for as long as possible. The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood, while trying to figure out the complications of modern day relationships. Newly released for purchase on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and VUDU.
  • Ride Along (Movie, 2014) – High school security guard Ben (Kevin Hart) has been trying to show decorated detective James (Ice Cube) that he’s more than just a video game junkie who’s unworthy of James’ sister. Newly released on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, M-GO, Redbox Instant and VUDU.
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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 9th May 2014

We have some varied recommendations for you this week, from Disney’s Frozen to this weekend’s Formula 1 Grand Prix, there really is something for everyone! Here are some ideas to get you started.

What do you plan to watch? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Frozen (Movie) – A Disney family favourite! The city of Arendelle is gripped in an eternal winter when Princess Elsa loses control of her magical powers. It’s up to younger sister Anna, and some trusty friends, to bring Elsa back into the fold and end the icy spell. Catch it now on Sky Store.
  • Formula 1: Spanish Grand Prix (Sports) – Formula 1 returns to Europe this weekend. You can catch the race in full using a Now TV Sky Sports day pass.
  • Pacific Rim (Movie) – This American science fiction monster film directed by Guillermo del Toro, and starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Rinko Kikuchi is available from today on Now TV.
  • The Railway Man (Movie) – Colin Firth stars in the extraordinary tale of Eric Lomax, a British prisoner-of-war who suffered a horrific ordeal while being forced to work on the notorious ‘Death Railway’ in Thailand. Decades later, Eric (Firth) is still haunted by the experience. So when his wife (Nicole Kidman) learns that his chief tormentor is still alive, she knows it may be Eric’s only chance to lay his demons to rest. But at what cost? Find out now on Sky Store
  • Reasonable Doubt (Movie) – Chicago District Attorney Mitch Brockden kills a pedestrian while driving home drunk after winning a big case. After dialling 911 he flees the scene… and mechanic Clinton Davis is charged over the death. Brockden then uses his legal clout to act as prosecutor in the case. Available now on Sky Store.
  • Gibraltar: Britain In The Sun (Series) – This new series follows the lives of the residents of Gibraltar, the British Overseas Territory at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea. Available now on Demand 5.
  • When Corden met Barlow (Documentary) – Expect laughs when James Corden and Gary Barlow head out on a road trip for this documentary, as James gets up close and personal with the man behind the music of his youth. Stream now on BBC iPlayer.
  • Masterchef (Series) – Now in its tenth series, episode 18 see the amateurs reach the end of the knockout round. They have only one challenge in this episode: to cook one show-stopper dish to wow the judges. Catch up now on BBC iPlayer.
  • The Island with Bear Grylls (Series) – This brand new series sees 13 men dropped on a remote, uninhabited Pacific island for a month. Can they survive? Watch the first episode on demand on 4oD.

A Golden Oldie:

  • Peter Pan (Movie) – A feel good family film, this is just one of many Disney classics available to stream now on Netflix. What’s your Disney favourite? Let us know in the comments below.  
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The 10 best TV moms

There sure are a lot of wretched TV moms we love to hate, but for this edition let’s focus on the good ones. Of course, none of these ladies compare to your Mama though. Don’t forget to write, call, hug and snuggle your Mumsie this Sunday for Mother’s Day!

Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below.

#10 Catelyn Stark

Incredibly loyal, protective and tough, you don’t want to mess with Catelyn Stark. She will cut you. Despite all the tragedy in her family (don’t worry, no spoilers), she keeps it together and keeps fighting for her children.

“Please. He is my son, my first son. Let him go and I swear we will forget this. I swear it, by the old gods and new, we will take no vengeance.”

Game of Thrones is available on HBO GO.

#9 Gloria Pritchett

Gloria’s the mom you’re jealous of, not only because she’s gorgeous, she has the rock solid relationships with her sons Manny and Joe. Despite being a tad bit vain, she’s the polished, sassy, hilarious mom we all strive to be.

“No one knows this but for the first year of his life, I made up Manny like a girl and told everyone he was my daughter. Ay, but just for a few times. I didn’t want to mess with his head. When he found the pictures I told him it was his twin sister who died.”

Modern Family is available on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, M-GO and VUVU.

#8 Clair Huxtable

Loving, confident and elegant, Clair Huxtable is easily one of the best TV moms. She calls the shots at home (even though Cliff thinks he does) and work as a partner at a law firm. Oh yeah, she also has a great singing voice AND speaks Spanish – clearly a mom who can do it all!

“Theo, we never said become a doctor, become a lawyer, we say go to school, we say study, we say become something.”

The Cosby Show is available on Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus.

#7 Lorelai Gilmore

The extremely hard-to-follow, quick-witted banter of mother and daughter, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, has most girls envious of their relationship. Some argue they are a little too close, like best friends, but there’s no doubt Lorelai is a great mom despite all the hardships.

“Okay, I know I was the one that said I was craving mashed potatoes, but, oh my God, they’re a lot of work.”

Gilmore Girls is available on Amazon Instant Video and VUDU.

#6 Tami Taylor 

Tami is the mom we all want, y’all – compassionate, wise and tough loving. She’s full of awesome nuggets of wisdom and motivation like, “It’s part of my job to make sure that you don’t grow up stupid. It’s bad for the world.”

“There’s no weakness in forgiveness.”

Friday Night Lights is available on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and VUDU.

#5 June Cleaver 

Is there a more quintessential suburban mom of the ‘50s than June Cleaver? She’s dressed impeccably with pearls and all – while cleaning the house or baking a picturesque cake. We <3 you, Mrs. Cleaver.

“Ward, I’m very worried about the Beaver.”

Leave it to Beaver is available on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

#4 Roseanne Conner

Yeah, she’s loud and overbearing at times but deep down she says what we all wish we could. Her tough love and sense of humor is a refreshing change to usual cookie cutter moms on TV.

“If I ever get off this couch, I’ll be unstoppable.”

Roseanne is available on Amazon Instant Video.

#3 Marge Simpson

Poor Marge. She has a lazy husband, arguably the worst son ever and a forever-baby. Her family counts on her to be the glue that keeps the Simpson clan together, and she does it unselfishly. In 25 years, there’s no new clothes, jewelry or haircuts (bonus points for rocking a serious beehive!).

“My life is pretty boring. The other day some Jehovah’s Witnesses came to the door and I wouldn’t let them leave. They finally snuck away when I went to make lemonade.”

The Simpson is available on Amazon Instant Video, FOX NOW, Hulu Plus and VUDU.

#2 Carol Brady

Bringing together two families is no small feat and Carol Brady pulled it off seamlessly. She’s an iconic sitcom TV mom who always stays in style with the latest hairdos – even makes the mullet look decent. In addition to the family duties, Mrs. Brady keeps busy as a freelance writer, sculptor and PTA volunteer.

“Trust is like a vase…once it’s broken, though it can be fixed the vase will never be the same.”

The Brady Bunch Movie is available on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and VUDU.

#1 Kristina Braverman 

Overbearing in-laws, three kids, a son with special needs, a cancer diagnosis…the list goes on. No one handles it more gracefully than Kristine Braverman. She fights for her family, cries more than anyone else on TV (seriously, it’s unreal) and has the sweetest relationship with her husband.

“Well, to be honest. We bribe ‘em. If I were on Oprah, I’d be like, ‘it’s the incentive system,’ but really it’s just bribery.”

Parenthood is available on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, M-GO, Netflix and VUDU.

 

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

The weekend is the perfect time to stream some entertaining adventures – take a trip back ten years with Kill Bill or stay current with Academy Award-winning Her. So many choices, so little time!

  • Her (Movie, 2013) – Academy Award winner for Best Original Screenplay! Directed by Spike Jonze and starring Joaquin Phoenix comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature and risks of intimacy in the modern world. Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Gimme Shelter (Movie, 2014) – Based on a true story. Vanessa Hudgens gives “the best performance of her career” (NYC Movie Guru) in this uplifting film about one girl’s struggle to find love, acceptance and redemption. Co-starring: James Earl Jones, Brendan Fraser and Rosario Dawson. Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (Movie, 2013) – Five short films explore the struggles involved in coping with mental illness through the stories of a schizophrenic law student, a war veteran experiencing PTSD, a teenage girl whose mother is diagnosed with bipolar disorder and more. Starring Jennifer Hudson. Newly released on Netflix.
  • Forrest Gump (Movie, 1994) – Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), a simpleminded man, finds himself in the middle of nearly every major event of the 1960s and ‘70s. Along the way, he makes friends, changes lives and yearns for his childhood sweetheart, Jenny. Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Movie, 2003; 2004) – In this gritty revenge saga told by Quentin Tarantino, an assassin (Uma Thurman) is shot at the altar by her ruthless employer, Bill, and other members of their assassination circle. But she survives and sets out to kill all those who wronged her, saving Bill for last. Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Legend of Hercules (Movie, 2014) – Banished by his stepfather, the King, Hercules (Kellan Lutz) slowly becomes aware of his true origins as the son of Zeus. As he learns to harness his demi-god powers, Hercules gathers an army to fight his way back to his kingdom in the action-filled epic. Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Angels & Demons (Movie, 2009) – In Ron Howard’s thrilling follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, expert symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) follows ancient clues on a heart-racing hunt through Rome to find the four Cardinals kidnapped by the deadly secret society, the Illuminati. Newly released on Crackle, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (Movie, 2006) – In the climax of the X-Men motion picture trilogy, a ‘cure’ for mutancy threatens to alter the course of history — for the first time, mutants have a choice: retain their uniqueness, though it isolates and alienates them, or give up their powers to fit in. Newly released on Amazon Instant Video, but also available on M-GO and Vudu.
  • Children of Invention (Movie, 2010) – After being evicted, hardworking single mom Elaine tries to juggle a number of jobs, including working for a questionable pyramid scheme, to maintain a normal life for her children. When Elaine doesn’t return home, nobody knows the kids are home alone, and they are left to fend for themselves. Newly released on Popcornflix, but also available on Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Patch Adams (Movie, 1998) – Robin Williams is Patch Adams, a doctor who will do anything to make his patients laugh — even if it means risking his own career — in this inspiring comedy based on a true story. Newly released on Hulu Plus, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 2nd May 2014

Another Bank Holiday weekend, don’t you just love May? That’s a whole extra day to catch up on your favourite programmes or watch that new movie release on Roku you’ve not had time to watch. Here are some recommendations from me to get you started.

What are you planning on watching? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Anchorman 2 (Movie) – Several years after the events of the original, the Channel 4 news team has disbanded; Ron Burgundy has been fired from his anchor job, and estranged from his wife Veronica and son. But when a rich Australian businessman starts a 24-hour cable news channel, Ron and his pals set about to redefine the meaning of broadcast journalism, in this absurd comedy caper. New to Sky Store.
  • The Dictator (Movie) – This Sacha Baron Cohen comedy chronicles the glorious efforts of General Aladeen, dictator of the Republic of Wadiya, to oppress his people and fight democracy. New to Netflix.  
  • Moshi Monsters (Movie) – Keep the kids entertained with Katsuma, Poppet, Mr Snoodle plus the other Moshi Monsters. They are in a song-filled race against time to stop evil Dr Strangeglove and his incompetent Glump sidekick Fishlips from pulverising the recently discovered Great Moshling Egg. Available now on Sky Store
  • Fargo (Series) – 4oD is now available on all Roku players in the UK! So everyone can catch up on the best from Channel 4, including its hit new US drama series, Fargo. Catch up on episodes 1 and 2 now on 4oD.
  • The Big Bang Theory (Series) – This hit U.S. comedy is currently in its seventh series which proves just how popular it is here too! Catch up with Sheldon & Co. with the latest episodes available now on 4oD.
  • Man of Steel (Movie) – Sent to Earth as a baby from the doomed planet Krypton, Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) grows up in Kansas struggling to hide and control his amazing powers. But just as he learns his true identity, his adoptive world comes under threat from another Kryptonian exile, the criminal General Zod (Michael Shannon). Available now on Now TV.
  • Alaska : The Last Frontier (Documentary) –  Fancy more of a documentary bank holiday? Head on over to the Discovery channel on Now TV. On Alaska’s south coast the Kilcher homesteaders stockpile fuel, secure food, and prep their homes for winter; but will they survive the freeze? Watch now on Now TV.   
  • The Mentalist (Series) – Catch up on the latest episodes in Season 6 of this Hit US drama series based on the work of Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI). A former celebrity psychic, Patrick readily admits that he was a fraud, but the razor-sharp observation skills he honed to successfully dupe his former clients prove perfect for helping the CBI to solve its most serious crimes. Free to stream now on Demand 5.
  • Panorama (Series) – In the latest Panorama – Lies, Bribes and Formula One -  they investigate F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, and asks why he is still in charge after two courts say he paid a $44 million bribe. Available now on BBC iPlayer.

A Golden Oldie:

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Movie) – Sadly announced this week was the passing of British actor Bob Hoskins. Pay homage to his incredible work and watch him at his best in the 1988 family friendly, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, on Netflix
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The top 10 mob movies

Join us in wishing Al Pacino a happy 74th birthday today. To celebrate, we pulled together the top gangster movies of all time and of course Al Pacino, king of mob movies, stars in quite a few of them!

Did we miss any?

  • The Godfather (Movie, 1972)– The winner of 3 Academy awards including Best Picture, The Godfather is the compelling story starring Al Pacino and Marlo Brando based on the novel by Mario Puzo about the life and times of Mafia patriarch Don Corleone and his family. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Scarface (Movie, 1983)– In the spring of 1980, the port at Mariel Harbor was opened, and thousands set sail for the United States. They came in search of the American Dream. One of them found it on the sun-washed avenues of Miami…wealth, power and passion beyond his wildest dreams. He was Tony Montana (Al Pacino). Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Donnie Brasco (Movie, 1997) – Posing as jewel broker Donnie Brasco, FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone (Johnny Depp) is granted entrance into the violent mob family of aging hit man Lefty Ruggiero (Al Pacino). When his personal and professional lives collide, Pistone jeopardizes his marriage, his job life and, ultimately, the gangster mentor he has come to respect and admire. Available on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant, Crackle and Vudu.
  • Carlito’s Way (Movie, 1993) – Oscar winner Al Pacino gives an electrifying performance as former drug kingpin Carlito Brigante, who is sprung from prison by his high-powered attorney (Sean Penn). He stuns the New York underworld by vowing to go straight from a history of violence, but his plans are undermined by misguided loyalties and an outmoded code of honor. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Redbox Instant.
  • Goodfellas (Movie, 1990) – Martin Scorsese exposes the fascinating, mysterious and violent underworld of New York’s Mafia families through the life of insider Henry Hill. Starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Pulp Fiction (Movie, 1994) – Writer/director Quentin Tarantino delivers an unforgettable cast of characters — including a pair of low-rent hit men, their boss’s sexy wife, and a desperate prizefighter — in a wildly entertaining and exhilarating motion picture adventure that both thrills and amuses! Available on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • American Gangster (Movie, 2007) –Armed with ruthless, street-wise tactics and a strict sense of honor, crime boss Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) rules Harlem’s chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas’s multi-million dollar empire, it plunges both men into a legendary confrontation. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Reservoir Dogs (Movie, 1992) – Critically acclaimed for its raw power and breathtaking ferocity, it’s the brilliant American gangster movie classic from writer-director Quentin Tarantino. Four perfect strangers assemble to pull off the perfect crime, then their simple robbery explodes into bloody ambush and the ruthless killers realize one of them is a police informer. But which one? Available on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Casino (Movie, 1995)– Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci star in director Martin Scorsese’s riveting look at how blind ambition, white-hot passion and 24-karat greed toppled an empire. 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 on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • Mean Streets (Movie, 1973) – Two-time Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro stars in Martin Scorsese’s drama of young men coming to manhood by the code of New York’s Little Italy. A harrowing, intense, and grueling dramatic experience — brilliantly acted and directed. Available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
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Roku UK: New Releases and Recommendations for 25th April 2014

If like me you were out and about last weekend making the most of the extended bank holiday break and unusually nice weather, make this weekend more relaxing. Catch up on your favourite programmes or watch one of this week’s new movies available on Roku. Here are my recommendations to get you started.

What are you watching?

  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Movie) - Ben Stiller makes a return to the director’s chair for this comedy-drama. Stiller plays the titular Mitty, a repressed, lonely soul whose life lacks even the smallest modicum of action. But with his job under threat, Walter has a chance to not only redeem himself, but change for the better too. Available on Sky Store.
  • Captain Phillips (Movie) – HALF PRICE! A must see, Tom Hanks takes the titular helm of this maritime thriller based on a true story. An American cargo ship is seized by Somali pirates, as the military rescue is mobilised, Captain Richard Phillips and his crew must endure a terrifying ordeal at the hands of the volatile hijackers. Available for half price this weekend on Sky Store.
  • Eastenders (Series) - Last weekend saw the murder of Lucy Beale – the start of a long-running ‘who done it’ – with some of the soaps biggest characters in the frame. The storyline is set to run until next year so if you want to keep up, make sure you catch up now on BBC iPlayer.
  • Derek (Series) – A year after the events of the first series, all the old Broadhill faces are back, alongside some new ones. The bittersweet comedy by Ricky Gervais is back for its second series with the first episode now on 4oD. If you missed the first series, you can catch this first on Netflix.
  • Game of Thrones (Series) – Sky Atlantic’s epic tale of lust, treachery, and bloodshed follows seven noble families as they fight for control of the kingdom of Westeros, and as the land becomes consumed by political intrigue, dark forces begin to stir beyond the Great Wall in the North.  Catch up on season four this weekend on Now TV.
  • Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends (Documentary) – Want to see an insight in to how other people spend their weekends. Louis gives viewers a chance to get glimpses of things they wouldn’t normally see by diving into obscure or marginalized subcultures. Available now on Netflix.
  • After the Fall (Movie) – This 2010 film shows the life changing trip of a woman who finds previously unknown hidden reserves of strength when a terrible horse riding accident leaves her paralysed. Watch for free on Demand 5.
  • Despicable Me 2 (Movie) – Available from today on Now TV, get ready for more Minion madness! Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy adventure featuring the return of (former?) super-villain Gru (Steve Carell), his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions…and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.
  • The Lone Ranger (Movie) - From the team behind Pirates of the Caribbean, The Social Network’s Armie Hammer grabs the reins as the likable lead and Johnny Depp manages to exorcise the ghost of Jack Sparrow for a surprisingly heartfelt turn as native sidekick Tonto. Available now on Now TV.

A Golden Oldie:

  • The Shawshank Redemption (Movie) – Framed for murder, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison and gradually forms a close bond with older inmate Red. Catch this classic on Netflix now. 
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