The Roku platform is a great way to watch your favourite television programmes and movies but don’t forget the wide selection of music at your fingertips, from radio shows to music videos.

Here are six tips for getting the best tunes on your Roku player…

Check-out the latest releases

The Roku platform has a number of top music streaming services, allowing you to follow all the latest releases from your favourite bands and artists. Rdio and Spotify boast a wide range of current and classic hits that you can stream through your TV.

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Watch the latest music videos

If it’s something more visual you’re after, there are a number of music video channels available. The Vevo channel brings 75,000 music videos, all free and available on demand, meaning there’s something to suit every taste and mood. The YouTube channel is another great way to access a wide variety of video content, including live performances, via your TV.

Stream your own music library

If you’re a music fan with an impressive personal music collection it’s easy to stream your favourite tracks through your Roku player. Plex or the Roku Media Player allow you to find, browse, and play content from media servers or computers on your local network. You can also stream your own personal music collection from your mobile phone or tablet with the Roku mobile app using the Play On Roku feature, available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

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If you’re like me, you look forward to your precious streaming time after a long day. Who else gets giddy when they plop down on the couch and get greeted by the purple home screen? Well, today the purple screen got a little more fun!

We’re excited to share that we’ve launched new custom home screen Themes – another way to personalize your Roku experience. Here at Roku we strive to not only give our customers the best streaming experience, but also the most fun and choice to stream on your terms. We think you’ll have fun with the nine home screen options (and more on the way!), ranging from your favorite TV shows, movies and hobbies. There’s certain to be a Theme to reflect your personal interests and streaming style.

To celebrate the launch of custom themes, and this Sunday’s season 5 premiere, we’re excited to announce the availability of a FREE custom theme for Game of Thrones®. You’ll be able to add this theme at no cost for a limited time to bring Westeros to your Roku home screen. The stunning Theme features Khaleesi’s dragon and Tyrion on the home screen. As you scroll to the right, the dragon will remain on screen keeping watch as you navigate through the UI.

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The new custom Themes include a number of fan favorites, such as Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation. These themes include screensavers so the Enterprise voyage can continue on while you’re taking a streaming break. Download this custom Theme and boldly go where no one has gone before!

Star Trek Original Roku theme

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If you’re a big fan of The Good Wife or Scorpion like me, a binge-watching session is coming your way! We’re very proud to announce that Roku is the first connected device platform to offer CBS’ world-class programming through its subscription service, CBS All Access.

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The CBS All Access channel gives you access to more of your favorite CBS shows than ever before. The channel offers thousands of episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand, as well as the ability to live stream local CBS Television stations in 14 top markets. CBS All Access is $5.99 per month, after a free 7-day trial, and brings the following to subscribers on the Roku platform:

  • Full current seasons of 16 primetime shows with episodes available the day after they air, including this season’s new series Scorpion, Madam Secretary, NCIS: New Orleans, The Odd Couple and more.
  • Live streams of CBS Stations in 14 local markets, with more to be added soon
  • Past seasons of eight major current series, including The Good Wife, Blue Bloods and Survivor
  • Nearly 6,000 episodes of CBS Classics, including every episode of Star Trek, Cheers, Jag, Touched by an Angel and CSI: Miami
  • Access to exclusive additional content for CBS Television’s biggest special events, like The GRAMMY® Awards, The Academy of Country Music Awards and The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Customers without a CBS All Access subscription can browse the channel and watch the latest and most popular clips from your favorite CBS TV shows for free.

You can find CBS All Access under “Movies & TV” in the U.S. Roku Channel Store now on Roku players and Roku TV models.

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At CES 2015, Netflix announced its Netflix Recommended TV program, a rigorous, criteria-based smart TV evaluation program to help consumers identify televisions built for a superior Internet TV experience. Today we’re happy to announce that Roku TV models from Hisense, Insignia and TCL have been designated by the Netflix Recommended TV program.

Roku TV introduced a new generation of smart TVs with an easy to use, personalized home screen and the widest selection of streaming channels available. In fact, PC Magazine named the TCL Roku TV the best budget Smart TV of 2014. And now, Roku TV adds another accolade to the list with several Roku TV models achieving Netflix designation by making access to Netflix fast and easy.

Each of the following Roku TV models have achieved the Netflix Recommended TV designation:

Hisense Roku TV – 40H4

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Insignia Roku TV – NS-32DR420NA16, NS-55DR420NA16

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TCL Roku TV –  32S3700, 48FS3700, 55FS3700, 32S3800, 40FS3800, 50FS3800, 32S3850, 40FS3850, 50FS3850, 55FS3850

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It’s an exciting week for streamers! We’ve been waiting, for what seems like light years, for the Star Wars catalog to be available for streaming to the TV. Well, the wait is nearly over…

This Friday, April 10 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi will be available to stream through the channels listed below.

But why wait? Starting today you can pre-order Star Wars titles through Amazon Instant VideoGoogle PlayM-GO and VUDU in the U.S. and in the Cineplex Store in Canada. The movies will be waiting for your movie marathon when they are available on April 10. What other streaming platform can provide you with this many choices for getting your Star Wars streaming fix?

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I’m feeling a sick day coming on, aren’t you? [Cough, cough]

May the streaming Force be with you!

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Howdy, streamers. We’re excited to share two updates today – the next phase of search and discovery on the Roku platform and upgrades to two of our popular streaming players.

A Simple Way for Consumers to Find, Discover and Select Entertainment – On Their Terms

Roku is known for having the most comprehensive and unbiased search – find what you want to watch and decide how to watch it. Search for movies, TV shows, actors and directors and receive all available results listed by price from top streaming channels, up to 17 today. With 250,000 movies and TV episodes available for streaming, Roku Search is a convenient way for consumers to view filmographies and discover availability and pricing options they otherwise wouldn’t have known about.

Today we are adding the ability to search within the Roku Channel Store by streaming channel name, making it fast and easy to find favorites like CBS News, HBO GO and Sling TV – to name a few of the more than 2,000 streaming channels available today.

We’re also introducing a new feature called “Roku Feed” that lets people follow entertainment they want to watch. We’re launching it with a focus on “Movies Coming Soon,” ending the guessing game around when a box office hit is available for streaming, which services offer the movie or how much it costs at a given time. The new “My Feed” shortcut can be found on the Roku home screen.

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New Roku 3 and Roku 2 Streaming Players Offer Superior Streaming Performance

We’ve made the best streaming players on the market even better!

The new Roku 3 now includes voice search adding a fun, fast way for people to search for what they want to watch. Like its predecessor, the new Roku 3 is the company‘s top-of-the-line streaming player. It is fast and fully loaded with features. The included enhanced remote control features a button to activate voice search, a headphone jack to enable private listening and motion control to play casual games. The new Roku 3 is available today from Roku.com and retailers nationwide for an MSRP of $99.99.

Roku 3 Top USThe new Roku 2 matches the speed and performance of the new Roku 3 and is the perfect streaming player for those who want to watch video and music without the new Roku 3 enhanced remote. The new Roku 2 is available today from Roku.com and retailers nationwide for an MSRP of $69.99.

Roku 2 Front USUpdated Roku Mobile App and New Features Available Starting Today

The software rollout that delivers the Roku Feed and Channel Store search features to all current-generation* Roku players and Roku TV models begins today and is expected to be completed by the end of April.

An updated version of the free Roku Mobile App for Android is available today and iOS will be available this week. This update includes support for the new search and discovery features.

Happy Streaming!

*Current generation players are those introduced after June 2011 and include Roku 3 (4200X), Roku 2 (2720X), Roku 1 (2710X), Roku Streaming Stick, both HDMI (3500X) and Roku Ready (3400X, 3420X) versions, Roku LT (2400X, 2450X, 2700X), Roku 2 HD (3000X), Roku 2 XD (3050X), Roku 2 XS (3100X) and the Roku HD (2500X).

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Howdy, streamers. We’re excited to share several updates today – we’re bringing Roku Search to our customers in Canada and launching the next phase of search and discovery on the Roku platform as well as upgrades to two of our popular streaming players.

A Simple Way for Consumers to Find, Discover and Select Entertainment – On Their Terms

Roku Search provides an easy and unbiased search to find entertainment.

Consumers can search for:

  • Movies and TV shows receive all available results listed by price from top streaming channels Netflix, Crackle and Popcornflix. Additional streaming channels are expected to be added to search in the coming weeks.
  • Actors and directors and view filmographies and discover availability and pricing options.
  • Streaming channels in the Roku Channel Store – a fast and easy to find channels from the more than 1,400 options available today.

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Howdy, streamers. We’re excited to share several updates today – we’re bringing Roku Search to our customers in the UK and the Republic of Ireland and launching the next phase of search and discovery on the Roku platform, plus we’ve upgraded the Roku 2.

A Simple Way for Consumers to Find, Discover and Select Entertainment – On Their Terms

Roku Search provides an easy and unbiased search to find entertainment.

Consumers can search for:

  • Movies and TV shows and receive all available results listed by price from top streaming channels. Participating channels providers will be announced in early May.
  • Actors and directors and view filmographies and discover availability and pricing options.
  • Streaming channels in the Roku Channel Store – a fast and easy to find channels from the more than 1,400 options available today.

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We’re also introducing a new feature called “Roku Feed” that lets people follow entertainment they want to watch. We’re launching it with a focus on “Movies Coming Soon,” ending the guessing game around when a box office hit is available for streaming, which services offer the movie or how much it costs at a given time. The new “My Feed” shortcut can be found on the Roku home screen.

New Roku 2 Streaming Player Offers Superior Streaming Performance

The new Roku 2 now matches the speed and performance of the Roku 3 and is the perfect streaming player for those who want to watch video and music without the Roku 3 remote with headphone jack for private listening. The new Roku 2 will be available in early May from retailers for an MSRP of £69.99.

Updated Roku Mobile App and Software Roll Out

The software rollout that delivers these new search and discovery features to Roku players in the UK and the Republic of Ireland will begin in early May and is expected to be completed by the end of May.

An updated version of the free Roku Mobile App for Android and iOS will be available in early May. This update includes support for the new search and discovery features.

Happy Streaming!

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Roku is happy to begin offering access to HBO as part of Sling TV’s live, over-the-top streaming channel subscription. Sling TV will offer HBO’s linear channel, as well as a mountain of Video-On-Demand content, as an add-on subscription to the service’s “Best of Live TV” core package, just in time for the premiere of the HBO hit Game of Thrones on April 12.

The best part? Roku customers can start a 7-day free trial to check out HBO on Sling TV, including the debut of Game of Thrones Season 5! When you subscribe to the “Best of Live TV” and add HBO, you can watch both current series like Veep, Silicon Valley, VICE, Real Time With Bill Maher, Girls, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and classics like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Eastbound & Down and many more with Sling TV’s Video-On-Demand options.

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After your free trial, HBO will be available for $15 per month when customers sign up for the $20 “Best of Live TV” core package, which includes ESPN, AMC, A&E, TNT, HGTV, Food Network, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, History, IFC, and more.  That is a TON of entertainment for just $35/month.

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April is here and we all know what that means… lots of rain and even more streaming! Curl up on the couch, catch up on Mad Men (back April 5!) and these new releases.

Are we missing any of your favorites?

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  • Mad Men Season 7 (first half) (TV Show, 2007) – A drama about one of New York’s most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm’s most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Taken 3 (Movie, 2014) – After he’s framed for the murder of his beloved ex-wife, ex-covert operative Bryan Mills channels his rage and particular set of skills into taking revenge on the real killers and protecting his daughter. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and M-GO.
  • Big Eyes (Movie, 2014) – From visionary director Tim Burton (EDWARD SCISSORHANDS) comes the outrageous true story of one of the most extensive art frauds in the 20th century. Starring Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and M-GO and Vudu.
  • Halo: Nightfall (Movie, 2014) – Jameson Locke and his team investigate the origins of a biological attack on the colony world Sedra. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Playing It Cool (Movie, 2014) – A lovestruck man enters into a platonic relationship with a woman who’s already engaged to someone else. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Life Partners (Movie, 2014) – A 29-year-old lawyer and her lesbian best friend experience a dramatic shift in their longtime bond after one enters a serious relationship. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Godzilla (Movie, 2014) – Godzilla, King of the Monsters, arises to combat massive, malevolent foes that have been feeding on a nuclear plant’s reactors and now threaten mankind with total annihilation. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • The Brothers Grimm (Movie, 2005) – Itinerant con men become caught in a real fairy tale after several maidens disappear in an enchanted forest. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Kicking & Screaming (Movie, 2005) – A vitamin salesman and his overly competitive father go head-to-head as coaches of children’s rival soccer teams. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Deadliest Catch Season 10 (TV Show, 2014) – Alaskan crab fisherman battle the elements on the Bering Sea. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu and Vudu.
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