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This weekend brings us Johnny Depp playing infamous Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass; an ensemble cast playing rap group NWA in Straight Outta Compton; and Ron Swanson, James Franco and Jonah Hill squaring off in the thriller True Story. Whether you’re in the mood for a good chuckle or something a little grittier, we’ve got something for you.

What are you watching this weekend?

Black Mass (Movie, 2015) – Forming an alliance with FBI agent John Connolly in 1970s Boston, Irish gangster James “Whitey” Bulger increases his power and evades capture to become one of the most dangerous criminals in U.S. history. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Chelsea Does (TV Show, 2016) – Chelsea Handler explores four topics that fascinate her: marriage, racism, Silicon Valley and drugs. Available to watch on Netflix.

Straight Outta Compton (Movie, 2015) – In 1988, N.W.A revolutionizes music and pop culture with their brutally honest depiction of life in Southern Los Angeles. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

The Intern (Movie, 2015) – Dissatisfied with retirement, a 70-year old widower becomes an intern at an online fashion site and develops a special bond with his young boss. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Superhuman (TV Show, 2016) – Kal Penn hosts a competition that tests contestants who have special abilities. Available to watch on Hulu.

Saturday Night Live Season 41 (TV Show, 2015) – An ensemble performs sketch comedy. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Hulu, M-GO and VUDU.

Parks and Recreation Season 7 (TV Show, 2015) – A midlevel bureaucrat works tirelessly toward improving her hometown. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, Hulu, M-GO, Netflix and VUDU.

Whitney Cummings: I’m Your Girlfriend (HBO Special, 2016) — The comedian and actor dishes up an hour of audacious adult humor taped in front of a live audience at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Available to watch on HBO NOW.

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 Video, CinemaNow, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Psi Season 2 Premiere (TV Show, 2016) – Following Carlo Antonini; psychiatrist, psychologist, and moderately pathological psychoanalyst. Available to watch on HBO NOW.

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There are loads of great new and returning shows set to arrive on our screens this year and the best news is you’ll be able to stream many of them on your Roku player! Here we round up the best new series currently available, along with a couple to watch out for…

Mr Selfridge

Mr Selfridge, Series 4
Back on our screens for a fourth and final series, Mr Selfridge is a firm favourite with ITV viewers. The new series opens in 1928, where we find Harry Selfridge “at the pinnacle of his power and public celebrity -a retail giant at the heart of the roaring twenties”. Unfortunately, it looks as though things are about to turn sour for the charismatic entrepreneur as the story for this 10-episode run will focus on Harry’s dramatic fall as he loses hold of his empire.

New episodes now available weekly on Roku’s ITV Hub channel.

Ripper Street, Season 4
Ripper Street is back! The grim district of Whitechapel once again provides the backdrop for the exploits of Detective Inspector Reid and his team as they strive to maintain law and order in the wake of Jack the Ripper’s killing spree. The new series, set in 1897, promises to be every bit as grisly as season 3.

Now available to stream on the Roku platform with Amazon Video.

Lucifer, Season 1
Exclusive to Amazon Video in the UK, Lucifer shows early signs of becoming a hit show! The series stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer (yes, that Lucifer) who, after growing ‘bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell’, relocates to Los Angeles to work alongside the LAPD.

Available to stream on the Roku platform with Amazon Video from January 26th.

Coming soon….

There are quite a few exciting shows in the pipeline for 2016 which are yet to be given release dates. Luckily, the Roku Feed feature enables users to “follow” shows that are of interest. To get started with this feature, simply select ‘Search’ from the home screen and type in the title of the show you’re looking for. With that in mind, here are a couple of shows to keep on your radar for 2016…

Sneaky Pete

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Following a successful pilot episode in 2015, Amazon has confirmed that Sneaky Pete will return to Amazon Video for a full series this year. Starring Giovanni Ribisi, the show revolves around a conman who, after leaving prison, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his former cellmate, Pete. No official release date has been given yet, so be sure to add Sneaky Pete to your Roku Feed!

The Man in the High Castle, Season 2
When the dystopian mystery drama, The Man in the High Castle, came to our screens in 2015 it received much praise from critics and viewers alike. Produced by Ridley Scott, the show is set in an alternate 1962 where Axis powers won WWII. Earlier this month it was confirmed that the series will be back for a second season this year. As with Sneaky Pete, no official release date has been given so it’s another title to add to your Roku Feed!

 

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I’ve been getting a lot of questions from friends asking how to stream the AFC Championship Game this weekend. Lucky for them (and you!), Sunday’s game will be streamed live on the CBS Sports channel on Roku devices* – for FREE.

Who’s going to win and represent the AFC in Super Bowl 50? Let us know in the comments below.

Sunday, January 24 at 3:05 p.m. ET – New England Patriots (2) at Denver Broncos (1)

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Football fans around the country know that this weekend is widely regarded as the best weekend of the year — the NFL Divisional Playoffs. Whether or not your team is still in the hunt, you don’t want to miss these games. And yes, you can stream this weekend’s NFL Playoff games (AFC only) on your Roku players and Roku TVs* – for FREE!

Add the CBS Sports channel on your Roku device, put your team’s jersey on, kick back with your beverage of choice and stream away.

Saturday, January 16 at 4:35 p.m. ET – Kansas City Chiefs (5) at New England Patriots (2)

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Sunday, January 17 at 4:40 p.m. ET – Pittsburgh Steelers (6) at Denver Broncos (1)

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Another week comes to a close and another weekend arrives with a new set of content to stream. This week’s top picks include Showtime’s latest original programming entry Billions, Netflix’s wildly popular true crime show, Making a Murderer, along with the return of America’s favorite awkward female roommate in New Girl: Season 5. Check our Weekend Watchlist below:

Making a Murderer: Season 1 (TV Show, 2015) – A man exonerated by DNA after 18 years in prison becomes the prime suspect in another grisly crime. Available to watch on Netflix.

Billions: Season 1 (TV Show, 2016) – U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades goes after hedge fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod in a battle between two powerful New York figures. Available to watch on SHOWTIME.

Mad Dogs: Season 1 (TV Show, 2016) – The reunion of some 40-something friends evolves into a nightmare of lives, deception, and murder. Available to watch on Amazon Video.

New Girl: Season 5 (TV Show, 2016) – After going through a bad breakup, a woman in her late 20s moves in with three single guys. Available to watch on Amazon Video, GooglePlay, HuluM-GO and VUDU.

Baskets: Season 1 (TV Show, 2016) – A man dares to follow his dream of becoming a professional clown in Bakersfield, CA. Available to watch on FOX NOW and HULU.

Goodnight Mommy (Movie, 2014) – Twin boys who do everything together, from collecting beetles to feeding stray cats, welcome their mother home after her reconstructive surgery. But with her face wrapped in bandages, and her demeanor distant, they grow suspicious of her identity. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play and VUDU.

I’ll See You in My Dreams (Movie, 2015) – After realizing how lonely and routine her life has become, a longtime widow begins relationships with two very different men. Available to watch on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

The Testimony (Jan. 14) – The conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has cost more lives than any other since World War II. The Testimony chronicles the largest rape tribunal in Congo’s history, offering an unprecedented glimpse into the lives of its women and the unshakable strength of the human spirit. Available to watch on Netflix.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles (Movie, 1987) – An ad exec and shower-curtain-ring salesman become co-travelers on the way to Thanksgiving in Chicago. Available to watch on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, Google Play, HULU, M-GO and VUDU.

The Overnight (Movie, 2015) – A seemingly innocent invitation to dinner turns into a night of seduction and temptation when two couples get together for an evening. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Happy Streaming!

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With its endless supply of mince pies, reams of wrapping paper and mounds of turkey, the festive season has left many of us feeling pretty exhausted….and maybe suffering from a dose of the post-Christmas blues!

Don’t worry though, help is at hand! We’ve picked some of our favourite shows currently available on the Roku streaming platform, so head to the sofa, finish off those leftover festive chocolates and let yourself unwind with a good ol’ binge-watching session!

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Peaky Blinders (Seasons 1-2, available on Google Play, Amazon Video)
Britain in 1919 is a tumultuous mix of despair and hedonism, a nation cleaned out by the extravagances of the Great War. Returning soldiers, newly minted revolutionaries and criminal gangs all fight for survival in an industrial landscape gripped by economic upheaval. Based on a true story, Peaky Blinders follows one ambitious gang in Birmingham as they rise to become the most feared and powerful in town. Named for their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps, the Peaky Blinders run an empire of illegal betting, protection rackets and stolen goods.

Orange Is The New Black (Seasons 1-3, available on Netflix)
Emmy-winning comedy-drama series focusing on Piper Chapman, -a privileged New Yorker who ends up in a women’s prison when a past crime catches up with her.

Humans (Season 1, available on All4, Google Play, Amazon Video)
William Hurt and Katherine Parkinson lead an all-star cast in the drama series set in a parallel present. The latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a Synth, a highly-developed robotic servant that’s so similar to a real human it’s transforming the way we live.

Narcos (Season 1, available on Netflix)
A Netflix Original, this gripping drama series tells the true story of Columbian drug baron Pablo Escobar’s rise to the top. Gritty, intense but utterly addictive viewing!

Game of Thrones (Seasons 1-5, available on Google Play, Amazon Video)
With teasers for Season 6 trickling into view (it’s believed to be appearing in April 2016), what better time to reacquaint yourself with the epic events of Season 5? And for those who haven’t seen any episodes of Game of Thrones (where have you been?!), then January is the perfect time to start watching from the very beginning. (You’ll hopefully catch up in time for the new series!)

 

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It’s a New Year and there’s no better time for a fresh start – especially when it comes to the streaming entertainment you want for 2016. You’ve probably already set some New Year’s resolutions – maybe you’re hoping to work out more or eat healthier, which we can help you achieve! Well, my personal resolution is to be smarter at finding ways to save my hard earned money. And that’s when I began to explore the hundreds of FREE channels Roku has to offer to keep me entertained without putting a dent in my pocketbook.

Here are some of my favorite free channels, including some recently added gems from the Roku Channel Store. I’m sure I missed some great channels, so let me know your favorite free finds in the comments below!

Free Channels January

Free channels for movies & TV shows:

  • Pluto TV – watch TV channels including News 24 7, Classic Movies, CNET, IGN and The Onion
  • TubiTV – now streaming The Virgin Suicides, Paranormal Activity, Dead Man Walking
  • CW Seed – binge on The OC, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Almost Human
  • PBS – PBS original and featured shows, including Downton Abbey and Sherlock, the day after they air
  • Popcornflix – watch Kingpin, The Burbs, Bloodsport, The Man Show and more
  • Crackle – stream Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, The Art of More, Sports Jeopardy and a number of great movies

Free news channels:

  • NewsON – live and on-demand local newscasts and local news clips from 118 stations in 90 markets
  • CBS News – 24/7 digital streaming news network and on demand video from CBS programs, including CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning and 60 Minutes
  • ABC News – live news stream and on-demand content, entertainment news, live hourly updates, original programming and more
  • Sky News – 24/7 live news stream and on demand video covering world, US, business, politics and more

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CBS News State of the Union address

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, President Obama will deliver his final State of the Union address from the White House – and we’ve got you covered, streamers! Watch Obama’s address for free on select Roku streaming channels in the U.S.:

  • CBS News (free)
  • CNNgo (sign in with your Pay TV provider for the live stream)
  • Sky News: (free)
  • Sling TV: (watch CNN live with a Sling TV subscription, free 7-day trial)

Happy streaming!

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The Golden Globes are this Sunday! I don’t about you, but I have a lot to catch up on this weekend. I’ll be impressed if you can watch all 50+ nominated movies and TV shows, but I challenge you to get through the top ten below. Ready, set, stream!

I’ll be rooting for my personal favorite TV show, Empire, to win. What about you?

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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 VideoGoogle PlayM-GO and VUDU.

Mad Max: Fury Road (Movie, 2015) – Fortified in a massive, armored truck, loner Mad Max joins Imperator Furiosa and her band of rebels as they try to outrun a warlord and his henchmen in a deadly high-speed chase through the Wasteland. Available to watch on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Trainwreck (Movie, 2015) – A promiscuous magazine write considers monogamy for the first time when she starts to fall in love with the charming sports doctor she’s profiling. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Spy (Movie, 2015) – When her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, a desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go deep undercover as the world’s newest and unlikeliest secret weapon. Available to watch on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Mr. Robot (TV Show, 2015) – Follows a young computer programmer who suffers from social anxiety disorder and forms connections through hacking. He’s recruited by a mysterious anarchist, who calls himself Mr. Robot. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO, USA NOW and VUDU.

Narcos (TV Show, 2015) – A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Available to watch on Netflix.

Transparent (TV Show, 2014-2015) – The past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes a family’s secrets to spill out. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play and VUDU.

Master of None (TV Show, 2015) – Personal and professional life of a 30-year-old actor in New York who has trouble making decisions. Available to watch on Netflix.

Fargo (TV Show, 2014-2015) – Adapted from the movie of the same title, a new case and characters are followed. Available to watch on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, FXNOW, Google Play, Hulu, M-GO and VUDU.

Downton Abbey (TV Show, 2010-2015) – The life of the Crawley family and their servants. Available to watch on Amazon Video and VUDU.

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Happy New Year, streamers!

Can you believe it’s 2016 already? Time flies when you have over 3,000 streaming channels at your disposal. With the steady flow of new channels launching on the Roku platform, it’s easy to miss what’s new. Here are some of the top free, TV Everywhere and subscription channels added last month in the U.S. – check them out and click to add them to your player now!

Did we miss any of your favorite new streaming channels? Let us know in the comments.

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New Free Channels

Lynda.com: offers thousands of expert-taught video courses in software, creative, and business skills.

Kelley Blue Book TV: Discover your next ride through a wide selection of cool new car videos, exciting special features, expert reviews, Auto Show news and more.

The Kiboomers: Learning is so much fun with The Kiboomers! Introduce your child to basic concepts like the ABC’s, Colors, 123’s and more with fun and engaging music videos.

MostPopularRhymes by HappyKids: A collection of nursery rhymes for your kids, beautifully sung and entertainingly illustrated.

 

New Channels for Cable Subscribers (TV Everywhere)

CNNgo: Stay informed with the best of CNN. Watch HD news and full-length CNN Original Series on your TV with the convenience and control of your Roku remote.

USA NOW: USA NOW is your destination for full episodes of your favorite USA shows, including new episodes available the day after they air on television and back episodes of some shows.

Watch Food Network: Watch Food Network anytime with access to live TV and full episodes of your favorite shows such as Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, Guy’s Grocery Games, Beat Bobby Flay and more.

Watch HGTV: Watch HGTV anytime with access to live TV and full episodes of your favorite shows such as Property Brothers, Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop, House Hunters and more.

Watch Travel Channel: Travel the world and explore unique places, people and cultures with Watch Travel Channel. Live stream or catch up on full episodes of shows including Expedition Unknown, Bizarre Foods and Booze Traveler.

 

New Subscription Channels

Lifetime Movie Club: Get access to a great selection of brand new and classic Lifetime movies, including a new movie every day. Price: $3.99/month after a free 7-day trial.

NGSN: NGSN provides easy access to live and on demand soccer in full High Definition. Experience all the best moments of soccer all around the globe.Price: $8.99/month after a free one month trial.

Tribeca Shortlist: Enjoy great full-length films, featuring a high-quality collection of hand-picked titles recommended by industry experts, including popular actors, directors, insiders and influencers who know and love movies. Price: $4.99/month after a free 14-day trial.

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