As you prepare for your summer vacation, first, don’t forget to pack your most entertaining travel buddy
(see Roku travel tips here)! Next, pack up those cameras.

When you get back from your trip, there’s no doubt you’ll want to show off all those gorgeous photos and videos on your living room big screen.  Here are three easy ways you can display personal photos and videos on your Roku player or Roku TV.

For the photos and videos taken on your mobile phone or tablet

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Free
Like most of us these days, you probably take the majority of your photos and videos on your smartphone or tablet because it’s so convenient. To send the photos and videos to your TV, all you need to do is download our mobile app for Android, iOS or Windows Phone*, select “Play On Roku” from the main menu and choose photos or videos. No really, it’s that easy.

You can even add to your slideshow’s ambiance with your favorite music. Click “Add Music” to play music you have stored to your smartphone or tablet to accompany a photo slideshow.

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* Play On Roku video support is not available for Windows Phone at this time.


For the photos and videos stored on your local
network

Free
It’s easy to stream your personal photos or videos (such as MP4, MOV, JPG and PNG files) through our Roku Media Player channel. It enables you to play content from a DNLA server on your local network.

Another option is through a USB drive attached to a USB-equipped Roku 3, new Roku 2 (model 4210) or Roku 2XS. The Plex and MyMedia channels are also very popular among Roku customers to stream their personal media.

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Free with up to 1GB of space
Do your friends and family members also have Roku players? Encourage them to add the AirCastLive Roku channel so you can send photos and videos stored on your smartphone or computer back and forth, right from your TVs.  Visit the AirCastLive website for additional storage subscription packages.

For the photos and videos you’ve uploaded to your favorite cloud photo services

Free
Do you have your photos uploaded to web-based sharing services such as Flickr or Shutterfly? You’re in luck – they’re all available in the Roku Channel Store! Each of these services offer free photo storage as well, so upload your heart out.

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For the vacation videographers, two of the most popular video sharing services, Vimeo, and YouTube, each have their own Roku channels. Simply add the channels and follow the instructions to activate and/or log in with your current account.

Go ahead and relive that vacation from the comfort of your couch!

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Summer has finally arrived in the UK, which can mean only one thing: it’s time to rescue the BBQ from the shed, dust down the sun-loungers and indulge in some al fresco entertaining!

For those planning a warm-weather gathering, Roku is on hand to make preparations just that little bit easier. From outdoor cooking tips to refreshing drinks ideas, we’ve picked out a selection of channels guaranteed to inspire:

‘…food, glorious food…’
Barbeques go hand-in-hand with summer entertaining and the Roku streaming platform has a great selection of channels to give not only recipe ideas, but useful guidelines for getting the most from your grill.

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Cooking Outdoors is a good channel to start with as it provides easy-to-follow instructional videos for preparing a wide range of foods, from pork ribs to grilled fish tacos. If you want to learn more about using grills, fire pits and foil cooking, then this is the channel for you!

Ballistic BBQ is another great source for recipes and demonstrations. It focuses on traditional ‘Low N Slow’ cooking, but you will also find instructions on how to prepare ‘indoor’ dishes on the grill, -with a Ballistic BBQ twist of course.

If meat-based cooking isn’t really your thing, there’s plenty of inspiration to be found on the Totally Vegetarian channel instead. Toni Fiore presents great-tasting variations on popular classics that are quick and easy to prepare. Perfect for those who want to enjoy a barbeque without the meat-fest!

And if you’re looking for an alternative to barbeques altogether, why not visit the Mediterranean Food channel? Enjoy the basics of Mediterranean-style cuisine and the tradition of eating healthily together among family and friends. It’s like sunshine on a plate….

Can I offer you a drink?
No warm-weather gathering is complete without a good selection of thirst-quenching beverages. For tips on the best wines to serve, tune into iwine.tv. Here you’ll find out everything you need to know about wine pairing to ensure your drinks complement your food.

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For something with more of a ‘party’ vibe, check out the Small Screen Cocktails channel. The easy-to-follow tutorials will teach you how to make a wide variety of drinks, from traditional mojitos to the summery-sounding ‘Ramos Gin Fizz’.

Children (and non-drinkers) needn’t miss out on the fun either; Mocktails4kids shows viewers how to make non-alcoholic versions of adult beverages, from a Blue Hawaiian to a Singapore Sling. All equally as refreshing as the real thing.

‘..I love a party with an atmosphere..’
It’s always nice to have a little ‘background music’, either to sing along to while you’re preparing food or to create a nice atmosphere for guests; and Roku can help with that too!

The Roku platform has a number of top music channels, with Spotify and rdio offering a wide range of current and classic hits that you can stream through your TV. You can also stream your own personal music collection from your mobile / tablet with the Roku mobile app, using the ‘Play On Roku’ feature.

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Hello fellow streamers! We have great news for you: SHOWTIME, the stand-alone streaming service announced last month by Showtime Networks, is launching today on the Roku streaming platform and comes with a 30-day free trial! Starting today, Roku customers can subscribe to SHOWTIME directly on their Roku players or Roku TV models and enjoy unlimited access to award-winning SHOWTIME original series (such as Penny Dreadful, Homeland and Ray Donovan), hundreds of hours of movies, documentary and sports programming and the live broadcast of the east and west coast feeds of SHOWTIME.

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So how do you get it? Just install the SHOWTIME channel from the Roku Channel Store, set up your subscription and start streaming great SHOWTIME entertainment to your heart’s content. And for a limited-time during the month of July you can receive a 30-day free trial of the new SHOWTIME streaming channel. After the 30-day free trial you can continue to subscribe for $10.99 per month.

So what are you waiting for? Add SHOWTIME to your Roku player or Roku TV model and give it a try today!

Customers who already subscribe to SHOWTIME through a participating cable, satellite or telco provider can continue to enjoy access to SHOWTIME content through the SHOWTIME ANYTIME channel on their Roku players or Roku TV models.

Happy Streaming!

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If you’re a fanboy like me, I’m going to let you in on a little secret and it’s called CONtv.

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CONtv features a slew of originals, movies, and TV shows that I guarantee you’ll geek out over. The Evil Dead, Return of the Killer Tomatoes, 21 Jumpstreet, and yes even Gumby are all great classics available to watch.

Their original shows as well are completely binge-worthy. You’ll find a reality show following Power Ranger’s Jason David Frank, a Jeopardy style game show hosted by Bruce Campbell called The Last Fan Standing, and so much more.

Add the CONtv 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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Are you a sports fan who’s been suffering withdrawal symptoms since the end of the football season?

Well, there’s no excuse for not getting your fix with Roku’s selection of content this summer. To mark the first week of Wimbledon, here’s a look at some of the best channels for providing sporting alternatives…

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The channel features all the latest sport highlights, with a great selection of videos available. During the Wimbledon Championship, you’ll be able to stream live action as well as the best highlights from the courts of SW19. And it’s not just tennis! Users can filter by sport to find the content they want to watch thanks to a dedicated filter option.

The Golf Channel
July sees the Open Championship golf tournament return to the game’s spiritual home of St Andrews, Scotland. As well as watching the action on the BBC Sport channel, The Golf Channel has all you need to whet your appetite. The channel offers guided tours of some of the most famous golf courses in the world, including St. Andrews plus there’s footage of some of the greatest players the game has ever seen, including Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus.

Now TV
It’s an Ashes summer this year, so if you’re a cricket fan and want to stream live coverage of England v Australia, you’re Roku can help. Simply register for a Now TV Sky Sports pass, head to the Now TV channel and start streaming the action.

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A long holiday weekend? Check. Fireworks, family, fun and good movies? Check. Get in the 4th of July spirit with these films that capture all the things we love about America!

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Independence Day (Movie, 1996) – A fighter pilot, a computer whiz and others fight back after 15-mile-wide alien ships zap Earth’s major cities. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.

Glory (Movie, 1989) – Col. Robert Gould Shaw trains and leads an all-black regiment during the U.S. Civil War. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.

The Sandlot: Heading Home (Movie, 2007) — A star baseball player is transported back to 1976 when he is hit by a fastball. He is able to relive his boyhood days of playing ball on the sandlot, and has the chance to choose friendship over glory. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.

Forrest Gump (Movie, 1994) – JFK, LBJ, Vietnam, Watergate and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.

The Patriot (Movie, 2000) – A pacifist farmer of South Carolina reluctantly joins the Revolutionary War and fights alongside his son. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – After an experimental program turns him into a supersoldier, Steve Rogers, now known as Captain America, leads the fight against Red Skull’s evil HYDRA organization. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.

Nick Offerman American Ham (Movie, 2014) – Nick Offerman serves up his 10 Tips for a Prosperous Life and a few original tunes in this low-key, laugh-out-loud comedy special. Available to watch on Netflix.

The Longest Ride (Movie, 2015) – As conflicting paths test their bond, a couple find inspiration in the romantic tales of an elderly man whose great love for his wife stood the test of time. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.

Wild Horses (Movie, 2015) – A Texas Ranger puts her life in jeopardy when she tries to prove a powerful family’s involvement in a young man’s 15-year-old disappearance and murder. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.

On the Road (Movie, 2012) – A writer take to the highways of America in search of pure experience. What happens when the journey ends? Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.

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Hulu is a great source for enjoying the latest TV shows from networks such as FOX, NBC, ABC and more. If that isn’t awesome enough, the reason why I’m featuring them this week is because they are the only streaming channel providing literally all 180 episodes from “the show about nothing” aka, Seinfeld.

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Finally, the greatest show of all time is available in its entirety and you can easily enjoy it however you want by either starting from episode 1 or checking out its most classic episodes. If moments like The Soup Nazi, yada yada or the Chinese restaurant don’t ring any bells I truly feel sorry for you. In which case, go to Hulu immediately and learn exactly what I am talking about! You won’t regret it, pinky promise.

Now thanks to Hulu, no longer will you be out of the loop. Binge watch this series and you’ll quickly understand why it was not just a part of pop-culture, but shaped it for decades to come.

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Still adjusting to summer? Too hot outside? Stay in and catch up on a few of our favorite new releases.

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  • Some Assembly Required (TV Show, 2014)— A 14-year-old takes ownership of a toy company and hires a group of his friends to help him create amazing new toys. Available to watch on Netflix.
  • Cake (Movie, 2014)— After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Advantageous (Movie, 2015)— In a future where opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter Jules try to hold on to their joy. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Beyond the Lights (Movie, 2014)— A troubled star and an aspiring politician fall deeply in love, but those around the couple urge them to put their careers ahead of romance. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Movie, 2012)— In New York, a Pakistani native finds that his American Dream has collapsed in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video.
  • Heartland Season 6 (TV Show, 2012-2013)— An Alberta family struggles to keep their ranch up and running. Available to watch on Netflix.
  • Run All Night (Movie, 2015)— When his estranged son becomes a mob target, an aging hit man must figure out where his loyalties lie and how to save his offspring from a deadly fate. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service (Movie, 2015)— A top-secret spy agency recruits an uncouth but promising street kid into its highly competitive training program, just as a twisted technological genius threatens the world. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • American Heist (Movie, 2015)— Within 24 hours of being released from a 10-year sentence, Frankie threatens to drag his brother James back into the criminal underworld that nearly swallowed them both years before. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow and Vudu.
  • Wild Horses (Movie, 2015)— A Texas Ranger puts her life in jeopardy when she tries to prove a powerful family’s involvement in a young man’s 15-year-old disappearance and murder. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.

 

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Goooooooood Mythical Morning! If coffee hasn’t been getting you amped enough in the early hours of your day, why not get a jump start with Rhett and Link’s unique brand of comedy. The famous YouTube duo are here to spice up your Roku player with the Good Mythical Morning Channel.

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Their morning talk show is filled with zany experiments and hilarious conversations that will make sure you don’t leave for work on time. If you’ve ever wondered what will and won’t deep-fry or how to keep wine and sauces off of your clothes, then these Internetainers have got you covered. Their “Will It…” challenges have influenced me to try out a bacon ice-cream sandwich and trust me it’s not weird because Rhett and Link have transformed weird into normal.

Add the Good Mythical Morning channel from the “Comedy” 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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It’s been an emotional week for Game of Thrones fans, with the fifth series coming to an end on Monday. But don’t panic streamers, we’ve got some great suggestions that are well worth catching-up on – or even seeing again!

If you’re looking to fill the gap that Game of Thrones has left in your TV time take a look at these options:

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
If you’re missing the fantasy offerings of Game of Thrones, this series is definitely worth checking out. With magic long since lost to England, two men are destined to bring it back; the reclusive Mr Norrell and daring novice Jonathan Strange. So begins a dangerous battle between two great minds, which any Game of Thrones fan will enjoy. Catch up with series so far on BBC iPlayer.

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Orange is the New Black
If you haven’t already seen the latest Netflix comedy-drama everyone is talking about, Orange is the New Black is certainly worth checking out. The series follows the story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties, who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend. Now in its third series, you can catch up with Orange is the New Black on Netflix.

Humans
This new drama takes place in a parallel present, where 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. Adopted from an original Swedish TV series, the latest episode of Humans can be streamed
on All 4.

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This new drama is a great watch for those who like their thrillers served up with a sci-fi twist. It follows the fate of a group of people around the world who find they are linked mentally. The team must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order. Catch the first series now
on Netflix.

The Sopranos
Now if you’re really wanting something to fill your streaming time, and are looking for a box set you can get stuck into, The Sopranos could be just the thing. This iconic drama revolves around the fictional character and family of New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano and portrays the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home life and criminal organization. All six series are available to stream on Google Play, making it a great choice for the binge-watchers out there!

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