This week’s selection…M-GO.  One of my family’s annual holiday traditions is watching our favorite Christmas movies and specials. When I was younger we were at the mercy of the TV networks to decide what we could watch and when he had to watch it. But, through the marvel of streaming, you can turn on your Roku player and watch the movie or special you want to watch, when you want to watch it. Enter M-GO. The programming team at M-GO has assembled an impressive collection of classic Christmas movies and specials — and there is something for everyone. Go to Movies from your main Roku screen and check out all the movie playlists M-GO has assembled. My favorite is Fa-La-La-La-LOL — I just can’t get enough of Christmas Vacation and have to watch it each year. Or, if you want to relive some of the classic TV shows from when you were a kid, you don’t want to miss their Merry Animation playlist. Check it out…if you want to get in the holiday spirit.

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What’s your favourite Christmas movie? According to a recent survey conducted by OnePoll in the U.K. on our behalf, you love to watch Home Alone and Elf! More than half of you plan to cuddle up on the couch and watch a festive movie with your partner or family this season.

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We bet you’re already planning to spend Boxing Day in front of the TV too. All age groups we surveyed are planning a binge-watch session – especially true for women. Over 40% intend to spend Boxing Day in front of the TV after a busy Christmas Day. With your Roku player, it’s easy to watch what you want, when you want. With all the streaming channels available, Sky Store, Sainsbury’s Entertainment, NOW TV, to name a few, chances are you’ll be watching your Christmas entertainment on-demand. 37% of those aged under 35 are planning to stream on-demand content through the holidays.
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As you prepare for the extra streaming time you’ll have over the holidays, there’s lots of new channels to check out. You didn’t think we’d leave you for the holidays without something new to stream, did you?

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The U.S. Roku Channel Store just surpassed 2,000 channels! The choice and breadth of our streaming channels is unmatched. If you haven’t take the time to browse through the Channel Store in a while I encourage you to do so. With over 200,000 movies and TV episodes, plus music, news and weather, sports, kids and family, fitness, international and more, there’s no doubt you’ll find something to fulfill your streaming heart’s desire. With that said, here are a handful of new streaming channels we launched this week:
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This week we just had to do a Christmas special for you! There is so much festive content on Roku it’s hard to know where to start but here is our pick of the best Christmas entertainment that you can start streaming now…

Let us know what you watch this Christmas in the comments box below!

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  • Home Alone – Voted the nation’s favourite Christmas film in our recent survey, we just had to include this Macaulay Culkin comedy in our round-up! A young scamp is left behind when his family go on holiday. Easy pickings for sneaky burglars Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, or so they think. Unfortunately for them, the kid is smarter than they’ll ever be. John Candy pitches in as a jazz musician who helps to reunite frantic mum Catherine O’Hara with her little boy. Catch both Home Alone and Home Alone 2 on Sky Store now.
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‘Tis the season of giving – and we’re giving you what we know you love most – more movies and TV shows. We’re happy to announce that FXNOW is available today on Roku players and Roku TV in the U.S. In addition, the channel has been added to Roku Search, which will now include FXNOW shows and movies. Roku Search shows you which of many top streaming channels have the content you’re searching for in one place, letting you choose to watch the streaming channel that’s best for you.

FXNOW offers on-demand access to the biggest and best lineup of critically acclaimed dramas, hit comedies and blockbuster movies from three networks: FX, FXX and FXM. TV lovers can watch the latest episodes of Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story, The League and much more. New episodes of FX and FXX original series are available next day – just in time for the new seasons of Justified, Archer and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia coming in January.

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Great news for streamers in Germany! Back in October, we announced a partnership with Sky Deutschland to bring the Roku streaming platform to the Sky Online TV Box through our *Roku Powered™ program.

We’re pleased to announce, the Sky Online TV Box is available today with a special offer for new and existing Sky Online and Snap customers in Germany. It enables Sky Online and Snap customers to stream their entertainment of choice in a fast and easy way to their TV.

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The folks over at PC Mag compiled their ultimate holiday shopping list including the very best products they’ve reviewed this year. We are thrilled to share that the TCL Roku TV made the list, dubbed the “Best Budget HDTV of 2014.”

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“The TCL 48FS4610R offers 48 inches of LED-backlit 1080p picture combined with a plethora of online services and apps through the Roku Channel Store, thanks to Roku’s media hub interface built directly into the screen itself. All of that, plus relatively accurate colors, can be found for under $500.” Continue reading or take a peek at their in-depth review on pcmag.com.

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comcast-xfinity-LogoThe holidays are nearly here, and if you’re like me, you’re already planning which movies and TV shows to catch up on with the extra time off at home. The Newsroom and Boardwalk Empire from HBO and Homeland and The Affair from SHOWTIME®, to name a few, are on my stream list. Needless to say, the HBO GO and SHOWTIME ANYTIME® channels stream some of my favorite TV shows.

Just in time for the extra holiday streaming time, we’re pleased to announce Comcast has been added to the list of participating television providers that support HBO GO and SHOWTIME ANYTIME on your Roku device. We are glad to be able to bring this long-awaited feature to Xfinity TV customers.

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Roku Recommends Logo_finalWhether you’re a super streamer or new to the Roku family, there’s always something new to discover from our more than 1,800 streaming channels available on the Roku platform. From movies and TV episodes to cooking and fitness channels, there are so many hidden gems discover in the Roku Channel Store. And that’s where our new Roku Recommends channel in the U.S. comes in! Each week, we’re thrilled to bring you Roku Recommends, a Roku-produced channel. Our host, Ellen Fox, will share a look at the latest and greatest streaming channels, movies, TV shows, games, Roku tips and more. We know you’ll love Ellen. She’s a huge TV and movie buff – you might recognize her from The Rotten Tomatoes Show, Wizard Wars on SyFy, Eye Opener TV, among other things.

We’re kicking off our first Roku Recommends episode with the Holidays in mind – we’ll cover the Christmas movies (you voted as your favorites in our @rokuplayer Twitter poll), holiday music essentials, tips for using the Roku mobile app and more.
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This week’s selection…Dead Shows.  Paradise waits for all of you Deadheads out there. This new (free) channel is built to last by tapping into all of the Grateful Dead’s live recordings (audio only) that are posted on archive.org – from their early beginning in 1965, the music never stopped until their final show in the summer of 1995. If you, or anyone else you know, is a fan of the Dead, your life will be sweeter for this channel. Whether you are from Tennessee, Cucamonga, El Paso, or anywhere else, you’ll have such a good time listening to your favorite Dead eras. All of the concerts are sorted chronologically so you just gotta poke around, hit OK, and listen to the music play. After spending some time wondering what to choose, I easily found the recording for my first show from the Fall ’87 tour in Providence, RI. Check it out…if you want to dance and shake your bones.

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Anyone who can name the song references mentioned above gets a virtual Deadhead high-five! Leave your guesses in the comments.

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