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Hello streamers! This is the first post in a celebrity birthday series that we will run every month going forward. Find out who is celebrating their birthday when and in what movies or TV shows they have appeared! Each month we will pick some rising stars and some crowd favorites, and maybe even throw in an interesting fact here or there. We hope you enjoy it and get inspired to stream some new TV shows and movies!

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4th August – Abigail Spencer
For those of you who watched Suits, you may recognize her as Dana Scott, the ‘friend with romantic benefits’ and rival of Harvey Specter played by Gabriel Macht. But playing Dana wasn’t her first role – Abigail appeared in many hit series including Rectify, Burning Love and Mad Men. She also appeared in various blockbusters like Aliens & Cowboys, Oz the Great and Powerful and The Forger co-starring John Travolta.

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7th August – David Duchovny
David was born in 1960 in New York City and his parents have Polish, Ukrainian and Scottish roots – we will let you do the guessing from which country his last name comes. His breakthrough moment was with the TV show The X-Files which will soon be returning to TV with David starring again as FBI special agent Fox Mulder. We are looking forward to that! Some may also recognize him from Twin Peaks, or from Californication where he plays the troubled novelist Hank Moody. In addition to numerous TV shows, David has also appeared in a long list of movies. Did you know he appeared in movies like Beethoven (yes, the one with with the dog!), Full Frontal and Goats? The truth is out there!

landscape-1428517074-4632778349th August – Anna Kendrick
Not only is she an actress, but Anna is also musically gifted as evidenced by her performance of the cup song! Anna is turning 30 this month but was already an award winning actress when she was 12, and acting on stage in the Broadway musical High Society. Since then she has appeared in many films including Up in The Air with George Clooney, Twilight and The Twilight Saga: New Moon. In 2013 she scored a hit with the aforementioned Cups (When I’m Gone) which she performed in the movie Pitch Perfect as the main character Beca Mitchell. And she is coming back! Pitch Perfect 2 just recently hit theaters and you can follow Pitch Perfect 2 in the ‘Movies Coming Soon’ section on your Roku player so you get a notification when it is available for streaming!

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15th August – Ben Affleck

We can’t imagine that you haven’t seen this talented actor’s work. Ben’s career started in 1984 when he was 12 and he has since won multiple Golden Globes and Acadamy Awards. As a child you may have seen him on PBS in the educational series The Voyage of the Mimi! Together with his childhood friend Matt Damon he wrote and appeared in Good Will Hunting, a breakthrough film in his career. His list of movie appearances seems endless, so here are some of our favorites: Changing Lanes, Pearl Harbor, Gone Baby Gone and Argo. His most recent role was playing Nick Dunne in the drama Gone Girl. After Nick lost his job in New York, he moved back to his hometown with his wife in hopes of owning a business with his sister, but the move only aggravated relationships with his wife. On the day of their wedding anniversary, Amy is missing and Nick is the main suspect…

Can you guess which Ben Affleck movie is the most searched by Roku customers using Roku Search so far this year? Hint: It’s one of the films we mentioned above.

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26th August – Macaulay Culkin
Remember him? He was already famous when he was 10 and was defending his home from two villains played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern in the Christmas classic Home Alone. Although, that wasn’t his first role. When he was four he had already appeared on stage with the New York City Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker. His first major movie was Uncle Buck, but Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York are clearly the movies that put him on TV screens in homes around the world.

Happy Streaming!

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Today’s TV offers more variety than ever before with new shows and formats popping up constantly. Sometimes though it’s nice to take a trip down memory lane and re-live the best (and worst!) of broadcasting history. Use your Roku player as your very own TV time machine for a bit of retro viewing!

Comedy
A great test of any comedy show is whether it can still make us laugh, decades after first appearing on our screens; From 70’s sitcoms to 80’s panel games and 90’s ‘alternative’ comedy shows, there’s a variety of content out there which is bound to raise a chuckle among audiences young and old.

Through Roku’s ITV Player channel, viewers can re-live 70’s humour at its finest with a couple of classic series:

uktv-rising-damp-still‘Rising Damp’ – Starring Leonard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour, Richard Beckinsale and Don Warrington, the programme follows the antics of miserly landlord ‘Rigsby’ and his unfortunate tenants. Combining slap-stick comedy with witty scripting, the sitcom has been consistently cited as one of Britain’s best TV shows. (Episodes from series 1 & 2 are currently available on ITV Player.)

‘Man About the House’ –Often regarded as emblematic of UK in the mid-1970s, the show explores the trials and tribulations of flat-mates Chrissy, Jo and Robin. Trivia buffs may be aware that the sitcom inspired not one, but two spin-off series; George and Mildred and Robin’s Nest.  (Episodes from series 5 & 6 of Man About the House are currently available on ITV Player.)

Sticking with 70’s sitcoms, comedy fans can stream the much loved Fawlty Towers (series 1 & 2) on Roku via Netflix. Set in a Torquay hotel run by the caustic Basil Fawlty, his wife Sybil, Polly the maid and the hapless Spanish waiter Manuel, Fawlty Towers was named the best British television series of all time by the British Film Institute. Looking through the episodes available on Netflix it’s easy to see why!

Over on the All 4 channel, series 1-10 of short-form improv comedy Whose Line is it Anyway? are available to watch on demand. Hosted by Clive Anderson, the British version of the show originally ran from 1988-1998 and regularly featured some of the UK’s best loved comedy actors, including: John Sessions, Stephen Fry, Tony Slattery and Paul Merton.

Drama
The drama programmes of yesteryear may seem a little tame compared to the likes of Breaking Bad and True Detective, but they make for enjoyable viewing nevertheless; which is probably why certain shows have now been made available to watch on demand. ITV Player currently boasts two of the best crime dramas of the late 70s/early 80s: The Sweeney and Minder. The former stars Dennis Waterman and John Thaw as members of the Flying Squad who specialise in armed robbery and violent crime in London. Minder also stars Dennis Waterman, though this series is a bit more upbeat in tone (despite the fact that it focuses on the exploits of the London criminal underworld!).  They’re both worth checking out if you’re in the mood for classic squad cars and questionable fashion!

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For fans of vintage American TV drama, the Dramatic Television Night channel on Roku is definitely worth a punt. It’s essentially a selection of night-time TV drama series that aired during the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, including classics such as Bonanza and Medic. In a similar vein, the Popflix Classic TV channel features hundreds of shows for free, including Dragnet, The Lone Ranger, Sherlock Holmes, and more!

Kids TV
Whether you want to relive your childhood or show your own children what television was like ‘back in the day’, kids TV shows arguably provide the best entertainment when it comes to retro viewing. Animation has never lost its appeal and it’s interesting to see how formats have developed over the years. Check out the American Cartoon Classics channel on Roku which offers an extensive collection of vintage/public domain animated series from the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. Shows include: Popeye, Tom & Jerry, The Three Stooges and lots more.

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Today we have announced that Australian telecom operator Telstra has joined the Roku Powered licensing program. Telstra has chosen the Roku streaming platform to deliver its new streaming service, Telstra TV, to consumers. The Telstra TV streaming service will launch later this year in Australia and will combine Telstra’s BigPond movie service with popular streaming services like Presto, Stan, Netflix and various catch up TV channels.

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Welcoming Telstra to the Roku Powered licensing program is a special moment, because Telstra is the first telecom operator that joins the program and it is the first launch for Roku Down Under!  Telstra is the fourth operator globally that will leverage the Roku streaming platform to deliver an OTT service to its customers after Sky UK, Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia.

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“You can do that with your Roku player!?”
“There’s a Roku streaming channel for everything!”
“Your mobile app is a lifesaver.”

We hear comments like the three above from customers every day. While we know the super Roku streamers out there are using these features, some of you may not realize all the cool things you can do on the Roku platform.

Let us know in the comments if we’re missing any of your favorite tips or features, super streamers!

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  1. Say it, stream it. Conduct a voice search through the Android and iOS mobile apps

Voice search adds a fun, fast way for you to search for what you want to watch. Search for movies, TV shows, actors and directors and receive all available results listed by price from nearly 20 top streaming channels, including Netflix, Hulu Plus and M-GO.

This new feature is available through the Roku mobile app for Android and iOS (version 3.2.0 or later) on current-generation Roku players and Roku TV models. If you have the new Roku 3 (model 4230) you can use the search button on the remote as well.

From the Roku mobile app, simply select “Search” from the main menu, then “Voice” to get started. Click here for step-by-step instructions.

Happy voice searching!

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  1. Meet instant replay – your new best friend!

One of my favorite Roku features is instant replay. You know when you’re watching a TV show or movie and no matter how many times you go back you just can’t understand the character’s last line of dialogue? Instant replay to the rescue!

A perfect example of this is Snoop’s character in The Wire who is notorious for mumbling. Simply press the replay button and the subtitles will appear for those lines of dialogue you missed.

Go to Settings > Captions > click on “Instant replay” to enable the feature. Note: the feature is not available on all streaming channels.

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  1. Record your antenna content

If you watch TV programs over-the-air through an antenna you’ve probably found yourself reaching for the remote wanting to replay or pause whatever is on your TV. Enter Simple.tv and Tablo TV. These streaming channels enable you to watch, pause and record live TV through your Roku player or Roku TV model. Note: additional hardware is required.

Visit simple.tv or TabloTV.com/Roku for more info.

  1. Screen mirror from select Windows 8.1 and Android devices

 As you browse the web at home on your tiny smartphone screen, enhance the experience and mirror it on your big screen! Our screen mirroring beta for Microsoft Windows and Android devices gives you a quick and easy way to mirror videos, apps, web sites, and more from your mobile device to a TV via your Roku 3, the new Roku 2 (model 4210) or Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI® Version).

Mirror that video from your friend’s Facebook page or listen to that rare music mash-up on Soundcloud so the entire room can enjoy it together. Learn how to get started with our screen mirroring beta here.

  1. Get your education on!

On summer break? Keep your mind sharp with these free educational streaming channels in the Roku Channel Store.

TedTalks features hundreds of talks from the most inspiring minds. Each speaker presents a great idea in 18 minutes or less, covering a wide range of topics – from global issues to the newest technologies to the mysteries of the brain.

MIT Opencourse offers hundreds of free lectures from the esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology – all without the hefty tuition fees! You can find courses in architecture, biology, chemistry, engineering, history and much more.

Lecture Kings is another great destination for college lectures. It’s similar to MIT Opencourse, but offers video lectures from Yale University, Dallas Theological Seminary and Missouri State University.

What Roku feature pleasantly surprised you?

 

 

 

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It’s almost August and we are in the heart of the summer, which makes streaming the perfect activity for lazy nights and even lazier weekends. Kick back, relax and get ready to binge!

What are you watching this weekend?

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Jeanine (Kate Winslet, left) and Tris (Shailene Woodley, right) in THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT. Photo Credit: Andrew Cooper

  • The Divergent Series: Insurgent (Movie, 2015) – Fugitives Tris and Four search for allies and answers among the ruins of Chicago while arduously trying to evade Jeanine, leader of Erudites. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • True Story (Movie, 2015) – Disgraced journalist Michael Finkel finally meets Christian Longo, the accused killer who has taken on Finkel’s identity. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Home Free: Series Premiere (TV Show, 2015) – Nine couples take part in a home renovation competition in hope of winning their own dream home. Available to watch on FOX Now.
  • Hercules (Movie, 1997) – The half-mortal strongman must become a hero to rejoin the gods on Mount Olympus. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Penguins of Madagascar (Movie, 2014) – Plucky penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with a savvy spy to thwart a tentacled villain’s plans to take over the world. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Teacher of the Year (Movie, 2014) – After winning the California teacher of the year award, Mitch receives a tempting offer that may force him to leave his job. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • The Physician (Movie, 2015) – During the 11th century, a destitute orphan travels to Persia to study medicine with a famed healer. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Creep (Movie, 2014) – Aaron answers an online ad and drives to a stranger’s house to film him for the day. The man wants to make for his unborn child, but his requests become more bizarre as the day goes along. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • The Last Stand (Movie, 2013) – A sheriff must take matters into his own hands when a notorious drug lord escapes from FBI custody and comes speeding toward a showdown in the lawman’s quiet border town. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Leave It to Beaver (TV Show, 1957) – The adventures of Ward, June, Wally and Beaver Cleaver. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.
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School’s out for summer and we can imagine that many parents are feeling exhausted (and a little light in pocket) at the sheer thought of keeping the kids entertained for the next six weeks or so. But the holidays don’t have to be an expensive, stress-filled nightmare; Roku is on hand to provide your children with their very own summer camp, all from the comfort of your home!

With a huge range of channels, the Roku platform has everything you’ll need to help keep boredom at bay. So read on to find out what’s on offer at the ‘Roku Summer Activity Club’:

‘Let the games begin’
A great selection of games adds a whole new dimension of entertainment to the Roku streamer. Whether your kids enjoy sports-based games or brain-bending puzzles, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Why not try:

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Tetris – build the blocks into solid lines without running out of space. Simple yet very addictive!
DOTS – an exciting arcade-style game that’s suitable for kids of all ages. The aim is to bounce a coloured ‘dot’ against matching spheres to eliminate them. Just be careful not to bump into the wrong ones or it could be ‘game over’.
Four in a Row – Based on a classic board game where a consecutive line of four counters secures a win, players can compete against Roku or with a friend using the 2-player option.

‘Cooking for kids’
School holidays provide the perfect opportunity for kids to experiment (and make a mess) in the kitchen.  To give them a little guidance, check out the wide range of cooking channels on YouTube, all of which can be accessed via Roku’s YouTube channel. The ‘Kids’ Cooking Network’ and ‘Ella’s Kids Cooking Channel’ offer some excellent, easy-to-follow demonstrations for making all kinds of tasty (and healthy) treats.

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There’s also the Amateur Kitchen channel, which sees a mother-daughter duo share some of their favourite recipes for kid-friendly creations such as Krispy Pops, Peanut Butter Cups and Fruit Dip Delight. Kids Recipes (by ifood.tv) is another great channel for children of all abilities and features a variety of how-to videos, covering everything from easy bake cookies to mini pizzas.

And for kids who prefer to watch somebody else doing the cooking, check out some of the CBBC shows available on Roku through the BBC iPlayer channel: Disaster Chefs and Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch are just two of the popular titles that can be watched on demand.

‘Get creative, get crafting!’
Whether it involves basic potato printing, constructing a masterpiece or creating a special gift, kids LOVE making stuff. Let’s face it, what is there not to love about splodges of paint, glitter glue and brightly coloured card? (except for the clearing up afterwards of course). The Roku platform has some brilliant craft-orientated channels which will bring out the budding artist in any child:

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– CraftSmart: With over 1000 creative ideas, CraftSmart’s instructional videos show kids how to make fun and interesting craft items using paper, card, recycled materials, play-dough and everything in between.
– Kids Activities: A broad range of ideas for keeping the kids busy, including drawing and photography tutorials and seasonal crafts
– Simple Kids Crafts: Another great channel covering bead craft, nail art, DIY fashion crafts and more. Simple Kids Crafts caters for all ages and abilities. What’s more, the videos are also divided into duration categories so your children can enjoy full 60 minute creative sessions, or complete quick and easy projects in less than 15 minutes.

And if quick and easy is your preference, you should also check out CBBC’s Nine Minute Ninja, -a short arts show available on Roku via the BBC iPlayer channel.

‘Learning can be fun too
School may be over for summer but that doesn’t mean that the learning has to stop. With Roku channels such as ‘Mocomi’ and ‘Tell Me Why’, children can explore all kinds of interesting topics based around history, science and more.

And if your child is a wannabe musician, why not check out the Guitar School channel? With step-by-step tutorials for beginners, viewers will be rocking out in no time!

Popular educational series such as Horrible Histories and Blow Your Mind are also available to watch on demand via Roku’s BBC iPlayer channel.

‘What’s on TV?’
Many of today’s most popular kids’ shows are available to watch again and again through services such as ITV Player, BBC iPlayer, All 4 and Demand 5; -all of which are available via their respective Roku channels. This is perfect for allowing children to catch-up with their favourite programmes outside of usual airing times.

Popular shows that are available now include:
Charlie and Lola, The Adventures of Abney and Teal, ROY, Young Dracula (BBC iPlayer), My Parents Are Aliens, Pokemon, Dino Dan (ITV Player), Animal Families, Bert and Ernie (Demand 5).

Other Roku channels that we recommend tuning into are Toontime TV (classic cartoons such as Tom & Jerry, Popeye, Superman), Rhyme Time (nursery rhymes, singing and dancing for little ones) and Angry Birds Toons (animated series based on the popular video game).

‘The Roku Summer Activity Club even has its own cinema’
There are some great kids and family films coming to Netflix this month, including Despicable Me 2, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, The Lone Ranger and National Treasure: Book of Secrets.

And of course, classics such as Monsters, Inc., Wallace & Gromit, The Smurfs..the list is endless!

‘All singing, all dancing’
No summer club is complete without a disco, so turn up the volume and let Roku provide the music. Channels such as Spotify offer a fantastic choice of the latest chart tracks as well as ready-made kids’ playlists, while VEVO brings over 75,000 music videos.

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Kidz Bop, the no.1 kids’ music brand in the US, is a quirky channel which features children singing today’s most popular songs; joining-in is encouraged! And for the little ones, The Singing Walrus channel and HappyKids offer fun, easy-to-learn songs that are guaranteed to get even the tiniest of toes tapping.

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Horror fans get ready to sit on the edge of your seat and never leave it. The Shudder Channel is now on Roku! You can watch hours of terrifying movies that will keep you entertained and looking over your shoulder more than you’d like to.

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Shudder features a free live stream of movies as soon as you open up the channel, so you can dive into some screams right away, or if you prefer, you can browse by selecting featured films, film collections, by genre, and even by monster! Now I can finally watch the Human Centipede and not sleep for a week straight.

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Add the Shudder channel from the “Movies & TV” category in the Roku Channel Store. You can also search for it on your Roku home screen or through our free Roku mobile app. For more suggestions on what to watch check out our Roku Recommends channel.

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Recently we asked you to tell us your favorite free channels. And since our customers know best, we wanted to share all the great recommendations.

Are any of your favorites missing from the list? Leave ‘em in the comments below.

Top Free Roku Channel Store

I am glad you added Twitch. Good stuff for gamers. I watch it several times a week. Games look much better on a 55″ TV than on a tablet or phone. – Lowell W.

The best free channel is YOUTUBE,hands down! – Mitchell M.

ABC News & CBS News. – Ken M.

iHeartRadio – Torrey E.

Did you know there is a Popeye channel? How cool! – Lyn G.

Yahoo Screen is off to a great start with Other Space and Community. – Kyle M.

Indie Wrestling Channel is the best channel ever! – Mandel C.

PBS, of course. – Kyle M.

Youtube and Dailymotion are my most common of the freebies. Pandora for music. But I have about 75 stations loaded so if I feel like watching a particular genre, it’s cool to just click around and pick something. The History & Smithsonian channels have some interesting documentaries. – Ellie P.

Crackle. – Andrew L.

Hooked on TWiT. Best geek channel ever. – Harold M.

History Channel (for the adults in the house) and Hasbro TV (for the kids) – Kellie W.

Pandora, WU, Crackle, I am always finding something new. Snag films is pretty good. I like the classic movies. – Laura C.

Happy free streaming!

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Aid your R&R time with a bunch of new titles this weekend. Stay up all night or spend all day lounging, catching up on all your favorite movies and TV series.

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  • Changeling (Movie, 2008) – After her son is kidnapped and later found, a woman insists that the boy who was returned to her is not her child. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Faults (Movie, 2014) – A renowned authority on mind control encounters a formidable challenge when he is hired to deprogram a strong-willed cultist. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Serena (Movie, 2014) – In Depression-era North Carolina, the barren wife of an ambitious timber baron sets out to murder the woman who bore her husband an illegitimate son. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Tig (Documentary, 2015) – An unflinching look at a woman determined to find humor, life and love in the places we all fear the most. Available to watch exclusively on Netflix.
  • Boardwalk Empire Season 3 (TV Show, 2014) – The life of gangster Nucky Thompson at the dawn of Prohibition. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go and Vudu.
  • True Blood Season 5 (TV Show, 2014) – Vampires walk the Earth using synthetic blood. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go and Vudu.
  • Welcome to Sweden Season 2 (TV Show, 2014) – When Emma returns to Stockholm, her boyfriend decides to move with her. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, Hulu and Vudu.
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As the third series of BBC One’s The Syndicate comes to a close, we asked one of the show’s stars, Sam Phillips, to chat about his work as an actor and to give us the run-down on what he likes to watch on his Roku streaming player.

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Roku: So what has working on The Syndicate been like, and how did you find playing the unlikeable Spencer Cavendish?

Sam: It’s been a great series to be involved with and the reaction to Spencer has been great. I think that people have really bought into Spencer as a character who they love to hate. In fact I was approached in the park the other day by someone who had perhaps bought into the role a bit too much and he decided to have a word with ‘Spencer’. It’s great fun though and I guess that kind of reaction means that people have really got into the series.

It’s also fun to play a character with morals and behaviours completely different to your own. Spencer gets to say a whole manner of things that I wouldn’t normally say.

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Roku: You’ve been involved with film (Far from the Madding Crowd and Hot Property) as well as TV roles. Do you have a favourite when it comes to TV and film?

Sam: I really couldn’t pick between them. I don’t really change my acting approach when it comes to film and TV. I tend to go on the individual project and how I feel about it. I love the variation that being an actor gives you as I enjoy theatre work too.

Roku: How about your own viewing habits – are you a binger?

Sam: Yes I do binge watch – but part of that is down to my job. I go through periods when I am working and I just don’t get a chance to watch TV. So being able to catch-up when I have some time is great. I also don’t like to wait – sometimes I only mean to watch one episode of something and the next thing I know I’ve watched 3 episodes in a row.

I think that’s what is so good about streaming – there is such a variation of channels and content available when you want it.

Roku: So what do you like to watch and what are you watching now?

Sam: Breaking Bad is one of my favourite box sets, in fact I enjoyed it so much so that I have actually seen it twice! I also really enjoyed the first series of True Detective and am planning to catch up on the new season soon. Bloodline on Netflix is another box set that I have recently binged my way through and I am currently watching Episodes with Matt LeBlanc.

The Louis Theroux documentaries have also been a good watch – and have certainly given me some insight into middle America.

Roku: What about films? What is your all-time favourite and which role would you love to play?

Sam: I never get tired of the Shawshank Redemption – it’s a film that I revisit often. The second question is a bit more difficult to answer! It’s so hard to pick one film role, but if I have to I’m going to go with Sam “Ace” Rothstein in Casino. Robert De Niro is just such a cool customer – the way he deals with people…

You can watch some of Sam’s favourites on the Roku channels below:

Breaking Bad, Seasons 1-5 (Netflix)
Bloodline, Season 1 (Netflix)
Louis Theroux, Weird Weekends / LA Stories and more (Netflix)
Episodes, Season 4 (BBC iPlayer)
True Detective, Seasons 1-2 (Now TV)
Casino (Now TV)
The Syndicate (BBC iPlayer)

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