Introducing YouTube on Roku 3 [UPDATED]

This season through our Moxkat Grvida video ads we’re celebrating the art of self-gifting so it seems especially appropriate that today we are gifting ourselves – and by extension all of you – the gift of a YouTube channel on Roku. YouTube is available now on the Roku 3 player in the U.S. Canada, U.K. and the Republic of Ireland. The channel is expected to be available on additional player models next year.

The YouTube channel rounds out our industry-leading selection of streaming entertainment just in time for the holidays and the annual year-end best-of video lists like YouTube’s own list of top trending videos released last week. Whether it’s finding a helpful tutorial, listening to the latest music, or watching your favorite videos for hours on end, YouTube has something for everyone and today we couldn’t be more pleased to announce the launch of this much-anticipated channel on our platform.

In addition, the “Send to TV” feature lets customers pair a smartphone or tablet to YouTube on the Roku 3. Just connect your device to the same Wifi as your Roku, and with one click send videos to your Roku.

Roku 3 customers can start watching their YouTube subscribed channels and videos in HD by installing YouTube from the Roku Channel Store today.

*UPDATE FROM ROKU 12/23/13: Since announcing YouTube availability on Roku 3 last week, we’ve received feedback from many customers. While most were excited to see the update, some were disappointed to find that their Roku players were not supported. We’d like to stress that it is a priority for us to make YouTube available on more Roku devices next year — including Roku 2, Roku 1 and Roku LT players. It will not be available for the oldest models (introduced prior to 2011). Each model demands its own engineering, testing and quality assurance — and the last thing we’d want to do is release a channel that doesn’t live up to the awesome experience that customers have come to expect from Roku. Thank you for the feedback and please keep it coming!

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

This week there’s a little something for everyone – from documentaries and thrillers to sitcoms and dramas. What’s on your watch list?

Happy streaming!

  • Chosen: Season 2 – This original series from Crackle picks up where the first season left off, as Ian (Milo Ventimiglia) and Laura Mitchell (Nicky Whelan) take their daughter Ellie and hide out in a remote cabin hoping to escape the game and pull their family back together. Back in the city, we meet Jacob Orr (Chad Michael Murray), a down-and-out bartender who is struggling to make ends meet as he takes care of his handicapped brother. (Online Series, 2013) – Newly released on Crackle.
  • Blackfish – Chosen as a NYT Critics’ Pick, this fascinating documentary examines the life of performing killer whale Tilikum — who has caused the deaths of several people while in captivity — and questions the safety and humaneness of confining these intelligent creatures. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Sightseers – Newly coupled Chris and Tina embark on an RV road trip to take in England’s unique sights and rolling countryside. But as events and people inadvertently raise Chris’s ire, the trip takes a gory wrong turn. (Movie, 2012) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO and Amazon Instant Video.
  • American Horror Story: Season 2 – Exploring humankind’s unsettling capacity for evil, this darkly twisted drama plays upon the power of supernatural fears and everyday horrors. Each season brings back familiar faces, but they’re playing different characters in an all-new setting. (TV Show, 2012) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Vudu.
  • American Streetballers – Writer-director Matthew Scott Krentz also stars in this gritty tale about John, a troubled junior college basketball player who forges an unlikely friendship with a fellow baller through pick-up games on the streets of St. Louis. (Movie, 2010) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Crackle and Vudu.
  • Kirstie: Arlo’s Birthday – After hearing Arlo’s karaoke talent at his birthday party, Maddie is thrilled to find a connection with him and decides to make him a star. Against his wishes, she pulls some strings to try to set him up with a record producer. (TV Show, 2013) Newly released on Hulu Plus, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Family Guy: Into Harmony’s Way – In typical style and antics, Peter and Quagmire break the sound of silence as a singing duo. Are you ready to see what crazy antics these two get into? (TV Show, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Touchy Feely – A massage therapist’s life is upended when she develops a sudden aversion to human touch in this warmly funny comedy from Lynn Shelton, starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Scoot McNairy and Allison Janney. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Solace – Six people. Three stories. One truth. This chilling thriller follows three separate stories, mysteriously connected, that come together in an explosive resolution. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO and Amazon Instant Video.
  • The Ant Bully – From Academy Award nominated filmmaker John A. Davis (Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) and producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (The Polar Express), The Ant Bully tells a witty and heartwarming story about a 10-year-old boy who embarks on a remarkable journey. (Movie, 2006) Newly released on Redbox Instant, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Vudu.
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Enter our Stuff Your Stocking Sweepstakes!

Treat yourself to a holiday gift on us!

Head over to our Stuff Your Stocking Sweepstakes and choose the prize you want most – you can come back each day to choose another prize or if you have your heart set on one prize, increase your chances by entering to win it every day until 12/22/13.

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

We hope you win!

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

With all the Thanksgiving travel, cooking and shopping last week, you’ve earned a long movie marathon this weekend.

Here are some recommendations, but please let us know what you’re watching!

  • As I lay Dying – Writer/director/star James Franco dabbles in experimental filmmaking with this ambitious adaptation of William Faulkner’s famed stream-of-consciousness novel. This story is told from the multiple perspectives of a poverty-stricken, rural Mississippi family determined to honor their late matriarch Addie’s dying wish to be buried in Jefferson. (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Vudu.
  • Take Me Home – Thom is an unlicensed New York cabbie who takes on the fare of his life when a woman asks him to drive her to California to see her ailing father. In classic rom-com style, the chemistry between the two builds as they make their way west. (Movie, 2011) – Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • My Boss’s Daughter – Tom, played by Ashton Kutcher, eagerly agrees to house-sit for his demanding boss, hoping to use it as an opportunity to win the heart of the boss’s daughter, Lisa (Tara Reid). But a string of unannounced guests, including Lisa’s druggie brother, threatens to foil Tom’s plans. (Movie, 2003) – Newly released on Netflix, but also available on Amazon Instant Video and Blockbuster on Demand.
  • The Wolverine – Hugh Jackman returns as The Wolverine and faces his ultimate nemesis in an action packed life-or-death battle that takes him to modern day Japan. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, Logan confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality. (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO and Amazon Instant Video.
  • Internal Affairs – When a newly minted Internal Affairs investigator trains his crosshairs on a manipulative, corrupt cop who’s been involved in police brutality for years, the pursuit of justice turns into a personal vendetta in this slick thriller. (Movie, 1990) – Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant, Crackle and Vudu.
  • Jerry Maguire – After years of successfully navigating the shark-infested waters of sports management, Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) experiences a crisis of conscience and leaves his high-powered job behind, with only one loyal football client and a starry-eyed co-worker in tow. (Movie, 1996) – Newly released on Crackle, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant, and Vudu.
  • Wish You Were Here – Searching for answers about what happened to their friend who vanished while they vacationed in Cambodia together, Steph, Alice and Dave discover a shocking truth — and must deal with the consequences as more secrets are revealed. (Movie, 2012) – Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters – Starring Logan Lerman and Brandon T. Jackson, this story follows the thrilling adventures of Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, as he continues with a cross-country quest to find the magical Golden Fleece that will save his world…and save us all! (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Princess Kaiulani – This gorgeous, sweeping historical epic tells the story of the final days of Hawaiian independence and how one young princess stood up to the impending takeover of her nation. (Movie, 2010) – Newly released on Amazon Instant Video, but also available on M-GO, Blockbuster on Demand and Redbox Instant.
  • The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts – When a family moves from the city to a centuries-old house in rural Georgia, they are terrorized by spirits seeking revenge in this chilling follow-up to The Haunting in Connecticut. (Movie, 2013) – Newly released on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
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New on Roku: Sky Store and 4oD channels in the UK

Big news, streamers! We’re happy to share that Sky Store and 4oD are now streaming on Roku players in the UK.

The Sky Store channel on Roku lets customers access more than 1,200 rental titles instantly on their television sets. Movie fans can now enjoy the latest releases, including Man of Steel, The Hangover Part 3, Despicable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger, for £3.49 each; and classic hits including The Godfather, Forrest Gump, Top Gun and Austin Powers from a range of just 99p-£1.99.

For TV lovers, 4oD offers access to the best of Channel 4 on-demand and the latest Channel 4 shows including Homeland, Agents of SHIELD and Made in Chelsea, as well as box sets from classic series including Black Books, Father Ted and Peep Show – at no extra cost.

The Sky Store channel is available now on all Roku players in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The 4oD channel is available now on the Roku 3 player and will be available on additional Roku player models in the UK in the future.

Happy Streaming!

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

Nothing accompanies a Thanksgiving food coma better than good TV. Here’s what we’re watching. What about you?

  • Despicable Me 2 – Gru, his adorable girls, and the Minions are back in this comedy blockbuster where this super-dad finds himself balancing fatherhood with his secret agent role in the Anti-Villain League. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu. Also, be sure to check out M-GO’s offer and own the movie for only $5, while supplies last.
  • Elysium – Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, this story takes place in the year 2154, where two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Sword in the Stone – A humble young squire named Wart allies himself with the powerful magician Merlin and discovers his destiny. No one would have guessed that a sword trapped in a churchyard stone would transform Wart into the legendary King Arthur. (Movie, 1963) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Jobs – Ashton Kutcher is Steve Jobs, the iconic Apple innovator and groundbreaking entrepreneur, in this epic story of how one man blazed a trail that changed technology – and the world – forever. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Burning Plain – Charlize Theron plays a depressed, sex-obsessed restaurant manager in this moody, fragmented drama — screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga’s directorial debut — that weaves together four seemingly unrelated stories separated by time and space. (Movie, 2008) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO and Vudu.
  • I Am Love – Family dissension, unbidden desire and other tensions bubble to the surface during a patriarch’s birthday party. When the seemingly picture-perfect Recchi clan gathers to celebrate the man, the veneer of civility quickly falls away. (Movie, 2009) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Fragments – Starring Kate Beckinsale, Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce and Forest Whitaker, a group of strangers form a unique relationship with each other after surviving a random shooting at a Los Angeles diner. (Movie, 2009) Newly released on Redbox Instant, but also available on M-GO, Crackle and Vudu.
  • The Lazarus Project – A harrowing and frightening thriller about a man who has everything he’s ever loved stripped away from him and the obstacles he must face to earn his life and family back. (Movie, 2008) Newly released on Redbox Instant, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • 2 Guns – Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in this explosive action hit about their failed attempts to take down a drug cartel and their run for survival. (Movie, 2013). Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Iceman – This thriller based on a true story follows Richard Kuklinski, who killed more than 100 people for the mob — and his own pleasure — between 1964 and 1986. Despite his prolific violence, Kuklinski was a devoted husband and father of two daughters. (Movie, 2012) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
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Big Black Friday savings on Roku 2

Don’t hit the mall on Black Friday – it’s scary out there. Here’s a deal you can take advantage of at home in your PJs.

Save $20 off the all-new Roku 2! No code necessary, just head over to Roku.com and make it a happy streaming holiday. Hurry though, this offer ends 12/3/13 at 10am PT.

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Two free M-GO movie rentals + own Despicable Me 2 for $5

You didn’t think we’d leave you for Thanksgiving without a little entertainment treat, did ya?

M-GO is now integrated directly onto the Roku home screen menu in the U.S., making it even easier for you to find and watch your favorite movies and TV shows. To help mark the occasion, your first two rentals of $5.99 or less are free! *Details below.

Now a little something for the kiddos. For a limited time only, own Despicable Me 2 for just **$5 and enjoy the lovable Minions anytime you want.

 

*For movie rentals of $5.99 or less; On first use, you will be prompted to create a new M-GO account or link your existing M-Go account to your Roku; Discounts are automatically applied at checkout and reflected both in your emailed receipt and account history.

**Limited quantity available. Promo details at mgo.com/despicableme2

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Top 10 new releases and recommendations

Here’s to a happy streaming weekend! From big dramas and sci-fi shows to comedies and documentaries, Roku has you covered.

  • Burn – This NYT Critics’ Pick documents the firefighters of Detroit who battle the nation’s highest arson rate in a bid to save their once-thriving city from virtual collapse. At the helm is commissioner Donald Austin, whose firebrand attitude has galvanized the city and its leaders. (Movie, 2012) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The American – On the heels of a rough assignment, assassin Jack (George Clooney) declares that his next job will be his last. Dispatched to a small Italian town to await further orders, Jack embarks on a dangerous double life while falling for a lovely villager. (Movie, 2010) Newly released on Netflix, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Tomorrow People: Limbo – When Stephen decides to have some fun with his newfound powers, Jedikiah takes extreme measures to make sure it doesn’t happen again. (TV Show, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Arrow: State V. Queen – Oliver discovers Vertigo in Diggle’s blood and realizes The Count has broken out of prison and is once again distributing his drug. Meanwhile, Moira goes on trial for her participation in the Undertaking. (TV Show, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Cannibal Holocaust – Banned and heavily censored throughout the world, Cannibal Holocaust presents the ‘found footage’ of four documentary filmmakers who experience brutal death at the hands of a savage South American tribe of flesh-eaters. (Movie, 1979) Newly released on Hulu Plus, but also available on M-GO.
  • Like Crazy – Starring Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence, this story follows a British college student who falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she’s banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa. (Movie, 2011) Newly released on Amazon Instant Video, but also available on M-GO, Netflix, Redbox Instant and Vudu.
  • The Fitzgerald Family Christmas – From Tribeca Film, starring Edward Burns – the siblings of the Fitzgerald family must decide if the dad who abandoned them 20 years ago can come home for Christmas. Can the big Irish clan get past their grievances to be a family again? (Movie, 2012) Newly released on Amazon Instant Video, but also available on M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Planes – The world of Cars takes flight in Planes, Disney’s high-flying animated comedy featuring Dusty, a crop duster with dreams of competing in the greatest air race ever. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The World’s End – Twenty years after their first epic pub crawl attempt, the ‘five musketeers’ reunite in their home town to complete the ultimate challenge – one night, five friends, twelve bars – a boozy quest on which only the strongest will survive. (Movie, 2013) Newly released on Vudu, but also available on M-GO, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster on Demand and Redbox Instant.
  • Robot & Frank – An aging, cantankerous ex-cat burglar (Frank Langella) finds his zest for life renewed when he trains his robot caretaker to help him commit heists. (Movie, 2012) Newly released on Redbox Instant, but also available on M-GO, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.

Anything we missed? Let us know what you’re watching in the comments.

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Meet your “friend” Moxkat Grvida [VIDEO]

A thousand entertainment channels. 31,000 movies. Simple to set up and use.

All this starting at $49.99, so it’s easy to see why so many people want a Roku streaming player under the tree or as a Hanukkah gift this holiday.

Some people want a Roku player so much, but worry about whether they’ll receive one. One solution is the growing trend in “self-gifting” where lots of people are giving and receiving at the same time. To have a little fun and lend a hand, we’d like to introduce you to Moxkat, an upbeat Ukrainian fellow with a foolproof plan for holiday shoppers to buy themselves a Roku player and say it’s from him. His enthusiasm for Roku is apparent, thanks to our massive lead in content available for streaming, and he just wants to share his passion and joy to why Roku is the best way to stream TV.

Featuring a festive and humorous tone, Moxkat videos will reach consumers through cinema and digital executions across popular consumer entertainment and streaming websites as well as across Roku’s social media channels.

We also wanted to take a closer look at how people are self-gifting and through our recently-conducted survey found that men are secret self-gifters. In fact, when it comes to self-gifting, men are most likely to hide their gift (43 percent more likely than women), claim it’s from someone else (150 percent more likely) or even create an imaginary friend (118 percent more likely) rather than own up to the purchase. So, if you plan to try a little Roku self-gifting and need an excuse – yes gentleman, I’m thinking about you – get to know Moxkat better at: youtube.com/roku, facebook.com/roku and @RokuPlayer on Twitter.

Take a look at one of my favorite videos in the series below and heed Moxkat’s advice: do not risk getting cargo pants for Christmas!

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