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Are you ready for Hollywood’s biggest night? If not, don’t worry, we’re here to help! The Roku Feed is a great feature that will ensure you stay up to date on the entertainment you love. With the Academy Awards around the corner, what better way to keep up on all your favorite nominees than by using the Roku Feed?

When we first launched the Roku Feed last year, we set out to bring you a first of its kind search and discovery feature that enhances your Roku experience. In a nutshell, the Roku Feed delivers personalized, automatic updates on movies, television shows or actors/directors you’ve “Followed” and updates you when new content is ready to stream, on what channel and at what price. Amazing, right?

Did The Revenant make you want to root for Leo and do a DiCaprio binge? Follow “Leonardo DiCaprio” to get updates on his many nominated (and snubbed) films.

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Haven’t seen The Martian but want to make sure you’re notified if it becomes available to stream for a lower price? Follow and enjoy!

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This year’s awards will certainly be filled with laughs, surprises and possibly tears. Let the Roku Feed be your entertainment Sherpa and update you on films and actors honored on Hollywood’s most prestigious night.

Happy Streaming!

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According to U.S. Consensus figures, 45% of Americans are single*. Instead of trying to navigate romance’s uncharted course alone, why not seek some help with your endgame strategy? Enter your Roku device!

How can your Roku player help you win this Valentine’s Day, you ask? The answer is simple – let Roku be your wingman. A wingman is there to help you win someone over and your Roku device has all of the tips and tricks you’ll need to make that special someone yours.


Nothing says, “I love/like/tolerate you,” like a good playlist. Luckily, you won’t have to break a sweat trying to figure out what songs to add. Check out Spotify’s “Date Night” playlist to create the perfect ambiance for your special night. “Love Songs Radio” from iHeartRadio is sure to make your honey’s heart skip a beat.


Now that the mood is set, you can sit back, relax and impress your main (or current) squeeze with the decadent meal you’ve prepared from Watch Food Network. Wash it all down with the specialty cocktail recipe you got from Tastemade, which you’ve aptly renamed after you sweetheart. How sweet, right?


Take the time to follow your loved one’s favorite actors/actresses or a movie he/she might have mentioned in passing ahead of the big night. It will show you’ve really been listening. When you power up your Roku device and his/her favorites are right at the top of the Roku Feed – cue Ryan Gosling and/or The Notebook – your sweetie pie will know just how much you’ve had him/her on the brain. No need to ask for a penny for your thoughts because that move was priceless…


At this point, it should be clear that you’ve put your love muffin first but to really ensure your love is signed, sealed and delivered you’ll need to relinquish control – literally. Nothing says mutual trust and respect like handing over that beloved Roku remote. Once that remote is in his/her hand the power struggle will cease to exist (at least for one night) and your lover will know he/she truly has the key to your heart. You’re welcome.

 And that, my friends, is how your Roku player will help you win Valentine’s Day. Why chance love when your Roku player can help you and your valentine stream to your heart’s content. Happy streaming, lovebirds!

*(2015, September 15), FFF: Unmarried and Single Americans Week Sept. 20-26, 2015. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2015/cb15-ff19.html

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Award season is in full swing and Hollywood’s biggest night is just around the corner. Need to figure out which film you want to see win? We’re here to help! Whether it’s a stranded astronaut trying to survive on Mars, or a young servant whose dreams come true thanks to her fairy godmother—everybody has their favorite when it comes to this year’s Oscar-nominated films. And with the ceremony just a few weeks away, take some time to get comfortable, fix a bowl of popcorn, and stream some of the most talked about movies of the year.

The Martian (Movie, 2015) – Left behind by his crew, a stranded astronaut must find a way to survive on Mars, while NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Cinderella (Movie, 2015) – A cruel stepmother reduces her dead husband’s only child to the role of scullery made, but a kindly beggar woman and some helpful mice bring about a change in the young woman’s fortunes. Available to watch on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, Google Play, M-GO, STARZ Play and VUDU.

Spotlight (Movie, 2015) – Journalists from The Boston Globe investigate a cover-up of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church. Available to watch on Google Play.

Sicario (Movie, 2015) – Members of a government task force travel back-and-forth across the U.S.-Mexican border, using one cartel boss to flush out a bigger one. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Ex-Machina (Movie, 2015) – A young programmer at an Internet company is chosen to evaluate the capabilities and consciousness of a beautiful and sophisticated robot. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play and VUDU.

Cartel Land (Documentary, 2015) – Filmmaker Matthew Heineman examines the state of the ongoing drug problem along the U.S.-Mexican border. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO, Netflix and VUDU.

The Look of Silence (Documentary, 2014) – An optician confronts the men who killed the brother that he never knew during the 1960s Indonesian genocide. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play and VUDU.

Steve Jobs (Movie, 2015) – From 1984 to 1998, Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs uses innovation and fierce determination to develop highly anticipated and revolutionary computers, including the Macintosh and the iMac. Available to watch on Google Play.

Inside Out (Movie, 2015) – An 11-year old girl’s five emotions try to guide her through a difficult transition after she moves from the Midwest to San Francisco. Available to watch on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

What Happened, Miss Simone? (Documentary, 2015) – Classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, black power icon and legendary recording artist Nina Simone lived a life of brutal honesty, musical genius, and tortured melancholy. Available to watch on Netflix.

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From music and sport, to quirky lifestyles and hard-hitting issues there are so many great factual films available to Roku users at the touch of a button. We’ve picked five must-see documentaries guaranteed to entertain and inspire:


Senna (2010) – Amazon Video (Included with Amazon Prime), Sky Store
The story of the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid ‘80s, the film follows Senna’s struggles both on track against his nemesis, French World Champion Alain Prost, and off it, against the politics which infest the sport.

IRIS (2014) – Netflix, Amazon Video
IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old filmmaker Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even at Iris’ advanced age, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire.

Amy (2015) Amazon Video / Sky Store
From BAFTA Award-winning director Asif Kapadia, AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse –in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archival footage and previously unheard tracks, this powerful documentary invites audiences to remember and celebrate Amy Winehouse as a brilliant artist who succumbed to an untimely death at the age of just 27.

Searching for Sugar Man (2012) – Amazon Video
In the late ‘60s, musician Sixto Rodriguez was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. Despite critical acclaim, the album bombed and Rodriguez disappeared into obscurity amid rumours of suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way to apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. This is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.

Generation Iron  (2013) – Amazon Video (Included with Amazon Prime), Sky Store
Mickey Rourke narrates this documentary profiling some of the world’s top bodybuilders as they train for the Mr. Olympia competition. Featured contestants include Kai Greene, Dennis Wolf and Phil Heath, with special appearances by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and Jay Cutler.

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The first thing I do when I wake up is turn on my local news. Before rushing off to work, I make sure to catch the weather and traffic reports. It’s become a part of my everyday routine – I even know all my local newscasters by name, as I’m sure you do too!

Lucky for you and me, it’s easier than ever to get local content on your Roku device. Check out some tips and must-add channels below.

1. For local news lovers

NewsON (free) offers live and on-demand local newscasts and local news clips from 118 stations in 90 markets. This channel is essential for local news junkies. I watch this channel a lot when I travel so I can watch my local Bay Area newscasts even when I’m across the country.

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Another option for local news is CBS All Access ($5.99 per month, after a free 7-day trial), which offers 126 live and local CBS channels. Check here to see if it’s available in your local market. In addition to news, the channel offers on demand access to thousands of episodes of your favorite CBS shows, such as The Good Wife and Blue Bloods, previous seasons and fan favorites including CSI:Miami and MacGyver.

2. To enhance 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.

3. For personalized weather reports

Don’t leave the house until you check the weather report! The free WeatherNation and Weather Underground channels deliver hourly and extended forecasts based on your location. WeatherNation also provides live weather newscasts.

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We’re in the home stretch, streamers! There are only a few days to go before Sunday’s big one between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos (Did we mention you can stream it live for free on CBS Sports?). You know you’re going to watch (along with more than 110 million other Americans!), so the question becomes, “where can you stream your football news?” Answer: The Roku platform. Add these channels to soak up the last week of the NFL season and learn a few football factoids that are sure to impress your friends at that big party.

What’s your go-to Roku channel for sports news?

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Let’s face the facts, it’s winter, which means there’s no better time to cozy up on the couch under a warm blanket and catch up on the latest and greatest streaming on Roku. This weekend brings us the long-awaited return of The X-Files, the latest in the rebooted James Bond saga, and a different take on zombie apocalypse drama with AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead.

What will you be watching this weekend?

The X-Files (TV Show, 2016) – FBI special agents probe cases involving phenomena that defy conventional explanations. Available to watch on FOX NOW, Hulu and VUDU.

Spectre (Movie, 2015) – As James Bond ventures toward the heart of the sinister organization SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Turbo Kid (Movie, 2015) – In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, an orphaned teen must battle a ruthless warlord to save the girl of his dreams. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Netflix and VUDU.

Lucifer (TV Show, 2016) – The original fallen angel retires to Los Angeles, where he meets intriguing homicide detective. Available to watch on FOX NOW, Hulu, M-GO and VUDU.

Hotel Transylvania 2 (Movie, 2015) – Concerned that his half-human grandson isn’t showing his vampire side, Dracula and his friends put the boy through a “monster-in-training” boot camp just as Drac’s old-school father decides to pay a visit. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Mortdecai (Movie, 2015) – Armed with only his good looks and special charm, an art dealer travels the world to find a stolen painting that is rumored to contain the code to a bank account filled with Nazi gold. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Time Out Of Mind (Movie, 2014) – A homeless man bonds with a new friend at New York’s Bellevue Hospital while trying to repair his relationship with his estranged daughter. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play and Netflix.

Bridge of Spies (Movie, 2015) – During the Cold War, a CIA operative recruits New York lawyer James Donovan to negotiate a prisoner exchange for captured U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers. Available to watch on M-GO.

Best of Enemies (Movie, 2015) – In 1968, ideological opposites William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal hold a series of riveting, nationally televised debates that usher in a new era of public discourse and pundit TV. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, Netflix and VUDU.

Fear the Walking Dead (TV Show, 2015) – When the zombie apocalypse occurs, Los Angeles residents deal with the changes to their worlds. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Hulu, M-GO and VUDU.

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The NFL season is nearly over, but the action continues on your Roku player! After you stream the big game for the first time ever, we have enough live sports options to last you until next year’s big game. From the NBA to the NHL and everything in between, you won’t want to leave the couch. Besides, who wants to go to the game if you have to sit in the nosebleed section and pay $12 for a hot dog?

Here’s how to stream live sports on the Roku platform:


Sports Networks

  • WatchESPN (Authenticated, and those without a pay TV subscription can access latest news clips): ESPN is a must have for any sports fanatic. Access live sports like the NFL, NBA, MLB, The Masters and The Open Championships, College Football and Basketball, all 4 Grand Slam tennis events, and thousands more live events airing on the ESPN networks.
  • CBS Sports (Free): Live and on demand video of select CBS Sports content (including the NFL Playoffs and more).
  • NBC Sports Live Extra (Authenticated, but no login required for highlights): Watch top live sporting events like Sunday Night Football, the NHL, Premier League, NASCAR, PGA Tour, Notre Dame football, Tour de France, Formula One, IndyCar, The Triple Crown and more.
  • BTN2go (Authenticated): Select live and non-televised college sports games and programming including basketball, football, and more from the Big Ten Network.

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For the first time, one of the crown jewels of American sports events will be available to stream without a subscription through devices like your Roku player or Roku TV, marking a significant milestone in the development of streaming. In the last year, we’ve seen exponential growth with 50% of all US homes streaming video on their televisions.* Roku customers alone streamed a whopping 5.5B hours in 2015 – up 73% over 2014.

Watching live sports on a streaming device is indicative of the major shifts in television viewing. Only a few years ago, people might have laughed at the idea that live sports, including football’s biggest contest, could be streamed. Of course, it’s widely known that Roku customers have access to a vast array of entertainment content – more than 300,000 movies and TV episodes and 3,000 streaming channels. But sports has also taken off on the Roku platform, including ESPN access through Sling TV, more than 175 channels dedicated to sports, and of course, the availability of live events such as the big game via CBS Sports.

Roku is dedicated to the belief that all TV will be streamed. That may have seemed crazy when we shipped the first Netflix player back in 2008, but as the number of channels available on the Roku platform continues to grow it’s clear that streaming is continuing to reshape how we watch TV. From HBO NOW and SHOWTIME to some of today’s most important live sports events, it’s thrilling to see how much of the most dramatic, popular and exciting content is already available to stream today. We look forward to bringing you even more in 2016.

Happy Streaming!

*Leichtman Research Group, 2014

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We’re all big entertainment lovers here at Roku and as you can imagine, there’s a lot of talk about TV shows and movies happening around the water cooler. Lately, Fargo and Making a Murderer are taking over our conversations. Yours too, huh?

Even though our little water cooler crew is currently watching the same TV shows, we all have our streaming channel preferences. I’m a huge Hulu streamer while my co-workers with cable often stick to TV Everywhere channels such as FX NOW or HBO GO. That’s why we love Roku Search – it not only saves us time when looking for a TV show or movie to stream, but also offers comprehensive and unbiased options. Roku Search does all the work for you. It shows which of the top streaming channels offer the TV show or movie you want and lists results in order of price!


Today, we’re happy to share that Roku Search is even better and now searches across 25+ top streaming channels. These channels include Acorn TV, Amazon Video, CBS All Access, CinemaNow, Crackle, Encore Play, FOX NOW, Freeform (formerly Watch ABC Family), FX NOW, Google Play, HBO GO, Hulu, Met Opera on Demand, M-GO, NAT GEO TV, Netflix, Popcornflix, Snagfilms, Starz Play, Time Warner Cable, Tubi TV, VUDU, Watch ABC, Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney Jr. and Watch Disney XD.

Haven’t used Roku Search before? Here’s how it works.


Click “Search” from your Roku Home Screen. If you have a Roku 4 or Roku 3 (model 4230), push the voice search button on your enhanced remote control and simply speak the movie, TV show or actor/director you’re looking for! All current-generation Roku players are compatible with the Roku Mobile App for Android and iOS that provides voice search as well.


As you start typing “F-A-R,” Roku Search’s predictive results will populate. Since Fargo is both a movie and TV show, you’ll see each differentiated by either a movie reel or TV icon.

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