Much like the rest of the world, we here at Roku are HUGE fans of Game of Thrones. So, heading to San Diego Comic-Con 2016 to talk with TV’s biggest cast was a no brainer! From Sansa to Ramsay to The Waif herself, we got the scoop on all-things GoT for you – straight from the source. Check out our one-on-one’s with some of the cast and find out who their season 6 heroes are!

Feeling like you want to relive last season? Be sure to check out Game of Thrones on the HBO NOW channel on your Roku devices (if you’re the lucky owner of a new Roku device, find out if you’re eligible for 2 months of HBO NOW!).

Happy streaming!


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Did you binge through Netflix’s Stranger Things and the rest of our streaming recommendations last month? Lucky for you, there are TV shows galore to stream in August. Be sure to Follow these TV shows – you’ll receive notifications in Roku Feed (My Feed on your Roku home screen) when they’re available to stream!

The Get Down Netflix

The Get Down (August 12) -A rag tag group of teenagers run wild in the streets of the Bronx in the late 70’s. Available to stream on Netflix.

Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Los Angeles Rams (August 9) – With anticipation building as the NFL returns to Los Angeles for the first time in 22 years, HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Los Angeles Rams team up for an all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League on the new season of the league’s signature documentary TV program. Available to stream on HBO NOW.

Fear the Walking Dead (August 21) – This spin-off of The Walking Dead is set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world, will answer that question. Available to stream on AMC, PlayStation Vue or Sling TV.

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With the Rio Olympics just around the corner, we thought it would be appropriate to put together a list of the best motivational speeches in sports movies. From Gordon Bombay to Rocky Balboa to Coach Norman Dale in Hoosiers, these coaches definitely know how to get their teams ready to play.

Which words of wisdom would you pick as the top motivational speech in a sports movie? Let us know in the comments section below!

10. Coach Carter (2005) – Available to stream on Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play, VUDUCinemaNow, and VidAngel.

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The highlight of the summer is here – it’s time to stream The 2016 Olympics! This year more than 10,000 athletes from 206 nations, including Team USA athletes Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin and Gabby Douglas, are taking over “The Marvelous City” in the Rio Games. Roku streamers who subscribe to NBC Sports through a participating cable, satellite or telco provider have access to stream the 2016 Rio Olympics on the NBC Sports channel available on Roku players and Roku TV models in the U.S. Learn more about how subscribers can authenticate in the video below.

The NBC Sports channel will deliver 4,500+ hours of streaming video coverage of the Rio Games, including every competition session LIVE across all 34 sports, plus TV simul-streams and original programming for NBC Sports subscribers. All Roku streamers will have access to highlights and clips. From the Opening Ceremony on August 5 to the Closing Ceremony on August 21, we’ll be glued to our TVs cheering on Team USA in Swimming, Track & Field, Gymnastics, Diving, Beach Volleyball, Basketball, Golf, Tennis and more.

Find the NBC Sports channel in the “Sports” category in the Roku Channel Store now on Roku players and Roku TV models.

Which sports are you most looking forward to streaming?

Go Team USA!

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Summer is winding down, but the programming calendar on SHOWTIME® remains hot. In August, you can stream the season finales of Ray Donovan and Roadies or watch one of the many critically-acclaimed SHOWTIME original series. Read below to see everything you can watch on SHOWTIME in the month of August.

Best showtime shows available to stream.

SHOWTIME was recently recognized with 22 Emmy® nominations across multiple categories, including nominations for Ray Donovan, Homeland, and more.

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With the back to school season approaching, it’s time to prepare your school supplies list. While you might not think a Roku device belongs on your list, it actually makes the perfect college companion. Your kid’s dorm room will earn some major cool points and you will too. Plus, you don’t want your kid stealing your Roku player or hauling off with your Roku TV to college, do you?!

There’s an added bonus for back to school shoppers too. Enjoy two months of HBO NOW with the purchase of a new Roku player or Roku TV until 10/1 (learn more). Keep an eye on our Special Offers page for more product deals and info on our free trials.

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Whether you’re a student heading back to college or a parent looking for downtime on the couch, here are our recommendations to make the most of the back to school season.


Did you know you can learn a language, watch the latest NASA mission or stream free MIT lectures on the Roku platform? From PBS and Ted to Guitar School and, there are nearly 100 educational Roku channels to feed your curious mind. And for those much needed study breaks, we have all your favorite entertainment streaming channels including Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, Hulu and Amazon Video.

Which Roku device should I get?

If you’re looking for an affordable TV with all your entertainment in one place, a Roku TV is for you! From HD to 4K UHD screen resolutions and sizes between 24” and 65”, you’re sure to find what works for your college set up. Choose the Roku TV that’s right for you.


Those who are looking for a portable player that is easy to move from TV to TV should check out the Roku Streaming Stick. It delivers powerful streaming and is the only pocket-sized streamer available with a quad-core processor.

Roku feature to check out:

Our streaming players are compact and easy to take with you to college, a friend’s house or even on vacation. Our Hotel and Dorm Connect feature allows you to easily connect your Roku player* to wireless networks while you’re on the go – e.g. hotel rooms, college dorms or other public locations that require sign-in through a Web browser.

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We’ve got your all-access pass to stream Lollapalooza 2016! The live action of the legendary music festival is available FREE for Roku streamers on the Red Bull TV channel.

Red Bull TV Stream Lollapalooza on Roku

Live coverage begins July 28th at 6pm CDT/7pm EDT and continues until July 31st. The live broadcast will include sets from Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, Future, Major Lazer, Jane’s Addiction, Flume, G-Eazy, M83, Two Door Cinema Club, Leon Bridges, The Last Shadow Puppets, Big Gigantic, GRiZ, Local Natives, Foals and many more. For the full broadcast schedule visit Selected performance highlights and interviews will be available on demand as well.

Throughout the broadcast, hosts Sal Masekela and Hannah Rad will guide viewers through all the best Lollapalooza has to offer – from live performances to artist interviews and reflections on some of the most memorable moments from the past 25 years.

Find the Red Bull TV channel in the “Lifestyle” or “Sports” categories in the Roku Channel Store now on Roku players and Roku TV models.

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Every month we let our readers know what’s coming to Netflix. August is highlighted with the release of Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix Original series The Get Down and some classic movies like Big Daddy and The Fast and the Furious. Read below to see the entire list of everything coming to Netflix as well as everything that you’ll want to stream before it rotates off of the service.

Don’t have Netflix? See if you qualify for a one-month free* trial here.


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The turn of another month means there are a bunch of new movies and TV episodes you can stream on HBO NOW. Highlights include the return of the NFL reality series, Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the LA Rams, the addition of critically-acclaimed film Brooklyn, and breakout hit series The Night Of. Read below to see what you can stream on HBO NOW along with everything that will be rotating off the service in August.

If you don’t have HBO NOW, you can get 2 months of the streaming service when you purchase a new Roku player or Roku TV. Click here to learn more!

Stream what's new on HBO NOW.

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If you’re looking for a way to stream the Republican and Democratic National Conventions over the next two weeks, we’ve got you covered. Learn more below and check out the top free news channels on the Roku platform for more election coverage options.

The Republican National Convention will be held on July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio.

stream the Republican and Democratic National Conventions

The Democratic National Convention will be held on July 25-28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

stream the Republican and Democratic National Conventions

You can stream the Republican and Democratic conventions for free on the following channels:

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