It’s hard to believe that 2016 is coming to an end, but Netflix is going to kick off the new year in style with some strong titles coming to the service in January. You can ring in 2017 by throwing it back with some classic movies like Braveheart, Caddyshack, or E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. So when you’re writing that resolutions list, don’t forget to include some more streaming time!

PS – If you have kids (or just can’t ever seem to stay up for the ball drop), Netflix offers a number of New Year’s Eve countdowns available to stream on demand. They are listed in the first section below.

Read below to see everything coming to Netflix in January. Continue on to see everything rotating off the service as well.

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A great audio experience is one of the most important pieces to a fantastic home entertainment system. I don’t know about you, but the right sound track can make or break a film for me. Realistic surround and clear dialogue is enthralling – it puts you right in the middle of the action from the comfort of your couch.

Dolby is a leader in the audio space and is synonymous with audio quality. All our new Roku players: Roku Express, Roku Express+, Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra will pass through Dolby Audio over HDMI®. The Roku Ultra also supports decoding Dolby Audio to ensure a quality experience regardless of the channel you’re watching.roku-ultra-with-dolby-audioSo, what are the advantages of Dolby Audio? It delivers crystal clarity, easy-to-hear dialogue, great detail, and realistic surround sound to make the entertainment you love even better. Dial up the impact of your entertainment with the enhanced sound of Dolby Audio for:

  • Sound optimization automatically makes adjustments to the audio based on your equipment to maximize its capabilities and enhance your sound.
  • Surround sound capabilities send the audio from multiple directions (channels) to create a more realistic experience on either 5.1- or 7.1-channel surround sound systems or devices.
  • Accessibility features such as descriptive audio and improved audio cueing help everyone enjoy the show.
  • Abundant content options give you great sound for decades of creative output from around the world across cinema, TV, music, gaming, and more.
  • Dolby Atmos® compatibility allows you to stream premium content through to Dolby Atmos enabled home theater systems.

You can find Dolby Audio on the following channels on Roku players and Roku TVs: Netflix, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, HBO GO, and VUDU. More content partners are expected to deliver Dolby Audio in the coming months.

What are you waiting for? Make it a movie night.

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Happy holidays, streamers! The top-grossing Christmas movies of all-time at the box office in the U.S. includes holiday classics that you’d expect…and a few that you might not expect. I wasn’t surprised with #1, but I am disappointed that my personal favorite, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, wasn’t a bit higher on the list.

What’s your go-to Christmas movie every year? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rank Movie Year Lifetime Gross
20 This Christmas 2007 $49,121,934
19 Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas 2013 $52,543,354
18 Bad Santa 2003 $60,057,639
17 Scrooged 1988 $60,328,558
16 Jingle All the Way 1996 $60,573,641
15 The Best Man Holiday 2013 $70,492,685
14 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 1989 $71,320,000
13 Fred Claus 2007 $72,000,867
12 Christmas with the Kranks 2004 $73,701,902
11 The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993 $75,082,668
10 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 2006 $84,497,876
9 Four Christmases 2008 $120,136,047
8 A Christmas Carol (2009) 2009 $137,850,096
7 The Santa Clause 2 2002 $139,225,854
6 The Santa Clause 1994 $144,833,357
5 Elf 2003 $173,381,405
4 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 $173,585,516
3 The Polar Express 2004 $183,373,735
2 How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 $260,031,035
1 Home Alone 1990 $285,761,243
*Gross box office figures were reported as shown on IMDB.

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2016 was a year we’ll all remember. From The Rio Olympics (#PhelpsFace!) to those Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead episodes that everyone was talking about, and of course the election, you were probably glued to your TV like me.

Our users searched their hearts out on Roku players and Roku TVs to find the entertainment they love. So without further ado, the top Roku searches of the year are…

Did your faves make the list?

Happy searching!

*Based on U.S. Roku search data from 1/1 – 12/1/16

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Watching Christmas movies on Christmas Day is such a beloved tradition with my family. Between opening gifts and consuming copious amounts of eggnog, you’ll hear us reciting quotes from A Christmas Story (“Fragile…it must be Italian” or “You’ll shoot your eye out!”), which is always the top movie on our watchlist over the holidays.

And according to the top Roku searches over the last couple weeks, you’re also fans of A Christmas Story, Elf, Home Alone and other holiday classics. Here are 12 days of holiday movie suggestions from our friends at VUDU. So, what will you stream first?

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I don’t know about you but it doesn’t fully feel like the holiday season to me until I’ve watched my favorite Christmas movies cozied up on the couch. Hallmark Channel is synonymous with feel-good, family-friendly Christmas movies and lucky for you it’s available through Sling TV’s “Lifestyle Plus Extra” add-on pack for both its Orange and Blue Services, along with Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Psst…need another reason to sign up? For a limited time you get a FREE Roku Streaming Stick when you prepay for one month of Sling TV!

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So, what can I look forward to this month on Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries?

For the seventh year in a row, you can Countdown to Christmas with Hallmark Channel, which features holiday movies all day, all night! Plus, there are new premieres every Saturday and Sunday at 8/7c all season long. For all the #Hearties out there, you’re not going to want to miss the When Calls the Heart Christmas special holiday premiere, Christmas Day at 8/7c. You can also ring in 2017 with Hallmark Channel’s first-ever New Year’s Day premiere, A Rose for Christmas, at 8/7c.

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Happy holidays, streamers! To celebrate the best time of the year we partnered up with FandangoNOW and Hitachi to give you a chance to win epic prizes. Read on below for more info!

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Here’s what we’re giving away:

Entering is easy. Simply click here and follow these instructions (U.S. only):

  1. Enter your e-mail address.
  2. Agree to the official rules.
  3. Click enter.
  4. Repeat every day until 12/28 for additional chances to win.

Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to join in on the fun and participate in upcoming giveaways.

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Between the NBA and NCAA basketball there are great games going on each night of the week. And in order to get the full experience, you need to watch as many games as you can live.

Of course, the most common way to watch basketball games is on TV through your cable or satellite subscription. However, this won’t always work for everyone. Maybe you cut the cord and are looking for a way to watch live. Or perhaps you don’t have a specific channel and you’re looking to stream a game.

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Luckily, Roku streaming players and Roku TVs offer multiple ways to watch basketball with or without cable. You just need to know which streaming channels to use. With that in mind, here are some of the best channels available on Roku devices to stream live basketball games.

If you have a cable, satellite, Sling TV or PlayStation Vue subscription:

WatchESPN – This is one of the channels on the Roku platform that can be watched with either a cable subscription or if you cut the cord. You can access using credentials from Sling TV or PlayStation Vue. In some cases, certain internet service providers even offer WatchESPN (only ESPN3 though) for free. And if you’re a cable subscriber, simply use those credentials to login and start streaming.

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One of the great things about your Roku TV or Roku streaming player is that your experience always stays fresh with automatic software updates providing new features! And because we have been adding some nifty features lately we thought we’d highlight them in case you haven’t tried them out yet!

Mobile app remote
Can’t find your remote? Did you leave it in the fridge again? No worries, we have an app for that! The Roku mobile app for Android and iOS offers a companion experience and can act as a remote control, enable voice search or provide an on-screen keyboard. It is available for iOS and Android devices, make sure you download it and give it a try!

Private listening
Private listening allows you to listen to your streaming audio as loud as you’d like by plugging your headphones in to your remote on the Roku 3 (4230) and Roku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra. It is a great feature if you want to watch an action movie at night and don’t want to wake up the rest of the household, or hand a pair of headphones to your little ones so you don’t have to hear Peppa Pig over and over again.

Through the Roku mobile app, private listening is now also available with the Roku Streaming Stick (3600), Roku Express, Roku Express+ Roku Premiere, Premiere+, Ultra and even your Roku TV! Just open the app on your Android or iOS mobile device and pop in a pair of headphones…magic!

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With Halloween and bonfire night behind us, the countdown to Christmas has commenced! But is it too early to start cosying up with Christmas movies? From our research it shows that 63% of Brits agree that today, the 1st December, is the date to start watching Christmas movies, and it’s socially unacceptable to watch festive flicks any earlier.

When we finally succumb to the Christmas cheer, it’s the classics that remain on top for UK consumers. Home Alone is the first choice, proving that Macaulay Culkin’s Christmas antics hold a special place in our hearts.

These are the top 10 Christmas movies according to Brits:

#1 – Home Alone (1990)

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#2 – Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

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#3 – Die Hard (1988)

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