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If the concept of swiping to find love sounds absolutely horrific to you, don’t fear because we’ve got you covered this Valentine’s Day. While your Roku player can certainly be your ultimate wingman, it can also help all of you single ladies/men out there say, “to heck with love,” and survive V-day with some good old-fashioned scare tactics.

The search for love may make you want to vomit but your Roku player and the ever-handy Roku Search feature won’t leave you hanging, unlike your right swipe. Here are some of the top searched* horror flicks for your Valentine’s Day enjoyment.

The Visit (2015): A teen and her younger brother discover a shocking secret about their seemingly charming grandparents while staying at their remote Pennsylvania farm. Available to stream on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO, and VUDU.

Crimson Peak (2015): A woman investigates ghostly visions at a remote gothic mansion where she lives with her new husband and mysterious sister-in-law. Available to stream on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Bone Tomahawk (2015): In the Old West, a sheriff, his deputy, a gunslinger, and a cowboy embark on a mission to rescue three people from a savage group of cave dwellers. Available to stream on Amazon Video, Google Play and VUDU.

What We Do in the Shadows (2014): Vampire housemates try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a newly turned hipster some of the perks of being undead. Available to stream on Amazon Video, Google Play, HBO GO, M-GO, and VUDU

The Thing (1982): Antarctic outpost men fight a slimy alien able to assume the form of the life it engulfs. Available to stream on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, ENCORE PLAY, Google Play, M-GO, Time Warner Cable, and VUDU.

Happy Streaming!

*Based on U.S. Roku search data from 2/1 – 2/13/16

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In the mood to celebrate love? Or are you indifferent to all the amorousness? This week’s streaming recommendations are focused on the day Cupid made famous. Our Valentine’s Day Watchlist has something for the love-struck as well as all the independent singles out there! February 14 may dedicated to lovers but let’s not forget that February 15 is Singles Awareness Day, folks. Happy Streaming!

If you LOVE love….

Trainwreck (Movie, 2015) – Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy. Available on Amazon Video, Google PlayM-GO and VUDU.

Comet (Movie, 2014) – A couple (Justin Long and Emmy Rossum) fall in love in parallel universes. Available to watch on Netflix.

Love and Basketball (Movie, 2000) – From childhood to early childhood, two friends (Sanaa Lethan, Omar Epps) fall in love while trying to establish basketball careers. Available on Amazon Video, HBO NOW, M-GO and VUDU.

One Day (Movie, 2011) – For 20 years, an idealist (Anne Hathaway) and a wealthy charmer (Jim Sturgess) reunite on the anniversary of the day they first met, their college graduation. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO, Netflix and VUDU.

Grease: Live (TV Show, 2016) – Summer lovers meet again as high-school seniors in a live adaptation of the classic musical. Available to watch on Amazon Video, FOX NOW, Hulu, M-GO and VUDU.

If you’d rather be alone…

The Walking Dead: Season 6, Part 2 (TV Show, 2016) – Officer Rick Grimes wakes from a coma into a world terrorized by the walking dead. Available to watch on Amazon Video, M-GO and VUDU.

Casual (TV Show, 2015) – A bachelor and his newly divorced sister live under one roof again and raise her teenage daughter. Available to watch on Amazon Video.

Single White Female (Movie, 1992) – A software Designer (Bridget Fonda) shares her Manhattan apartment with a young woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who’s dangerous. Available to watch on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Crimson Peak (Movie, 2015) A woman (Mia Wasikowkska) investigates ghostly visions at a remote gothic mansion where she lives with her new husband (Tom Hiddleston) and mysterious sister-in-law (Jessica Chastain). Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

American Horror Story: Freak Show (TV Show, 2014) A troupe of curiosities arrives in Jupiter, Fla. coinciding with the emergence of a dark entity. Available on Netflix.

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Awards season is the best time of year for an entertainment fan like myself. I do my very best to binge on as many albums, movies and TV shows I can before the big award nights. So, with GRAMMY night quickly approaching, there’s some serious music streaming to be done…all before you stream the GRAMMY Awards on Monday, February 15. That’s right, for the first time the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will stream live on the Roku platform via the CBS All Access Roku channel in 130+ markets* at 8/7c!

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Music’s biggest night® has brought us memorable moments including Adele’s comeback performance in 2012, Elton John and Eminem’s duet in 2001, Michael Jackson winning a record eight GRAMMYs in 1984 and so many more. Undoubtedly this year’s show will bring more unforgettable moments – especially with such an impressive lineup of live performances. Adele, The Weeknd, Sam Hunt, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Bonnie Raitt, among others are set to perform.

New to CBS All Access? In addition to the GRAMMY Awards, CBS All Access (It’s $5.99 per month, after a free 7-day trial) gives you access to more of your favorite CBS shows than ever before. The channel offers 7,500+ 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 over 130 local markets.

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

Stream on!

*The live stream of the GRAMMY Awards will be available in these select markets only.

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Valentine’s Day is almost here and the internet is rife with viewing recommendations for loved-up couples planning a cosy night in….but for every romantic Romeo out there, there’s a melancholy Maleficent who’d sooner eat thorns than coo over a bunch of roses. Some people just don’t like Valentine’s Day!

So, with that in mind, we’ve picked some ‘alternative’ V-Day films, especially for the cynical masses. Whether they’re stories of revenge, films guaranteed to put you off romance for good, or simply a celebration of the ability to fly solo, here are our 5 recommendations:

First Wives Club (1996)

The First Wives Club (1996)
Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton portray mid-life Manhattanites who have more than a longtime friendship in common. After years of helping their husbands climb the ladder of success, each has been dumped for a newer, curvier model. But the trio is determined to turn their pain into gain. They come up with a cleverly devious plan to hit their exes where it really hurts – in the wallet! Sit back and watch the sparks fly as The Wives get mad, get even and get it all. Justice has seldom been so sweet. Or so much fun.
(Available to stream on Netflix, Google Play, Amazon Video and NOW TV)

The War of the Roses (1989)
In this ‘80s classic, Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner star as Oliver and Barbara Rose; a wealthy couple whose seemingly perfect 18-year marriage turns sour. A hate-fuelled divorce battle ensues as man and wife fight over their possessions with darkly comical results.
(Available to stream on Google Play, Amazon Video and NOW TV)

Gone Girl (2014)
Directed by David Fincher and based on Gillian Flynn’s bestseller, this engaging thriller reveals secrets of a modern marriage. On his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports his beautiful wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) missing. Amidst a media frenzy and pressure from the law, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union fades. Soon, his behaviour prompts the question: Did he kill his wife?
(Available to stream on Google Play, NOW TV, Sky Store and Amazon Video)

The Other Woman (2014)
After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realises they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge.
(Available to stream on Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, NOW TV and Sky Store)

Into the Wild (2007)
This is the true story of Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch). Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, McCandless instead walked out of his privileged life and into the Alaskan wilderness in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people — a fearless risk-taker who wrestled with the precarious balance between man and nature.
(Available to stream on Google Play, Amazon Video and Netflix)

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We’re more than a month into the New Year, which means you’re working hard to keep your resolutions…stick with ‘em, streamers! While you’re busy streaming your workouts or exploring new healthy recipes, why not give your Roku device a home screen makeover too?

Roku Themes are a fun way to personalize your Roku experience. It’s easy to revamp your home screen with your favorite TV show, movie or hobby through our dozens of Roku Themes. We’re giving you a chance to check out two Roku Themes for yourself. For one week only, add the Winter White and Zen themes for FREE in the U.S. Canada, France, Mexico, the Republic of Ireland and the U.K. Hurry though, these two themes are only free until February 15!

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Interested in more Roku Themes? Head over to the “Theme” category of the Channel Store to find a design to reflect your streaming style. To manage your Roku Themes, go to Settings > Themes > My themes.

Happy theming!

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Are you ready for Hollywood’s biggest night? If not, don’t worry, we’re here to help! The Roku Feed is a great feature that will ensure you stay up to date on the entertainment you love. With the Academy Awards around the corner, what better way to keep up on all your favorite nominees than by using the Roku Feed?

When we first launched the Roku Feed last year, we set out to bring you a first of its kind search and discovery feature that enhances your Roku experience. In a nutshell, the Roku Feed delivers personalized, automatic updates on movies, television shows or actors/directors you’ve “Followed” and updates you when new content is ready to stream, on what channel and at what price. Amazing, right?

Did The Revenant make you want to root for Leo and do a DiCaprio binge? Follow “Leonardo DiCaprio” to get updates on his many nominated (and snubbed) films.

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Haven’t seen The Martian but want to make sure you’re notified if it becomes available to stream for a lower price? Follow and enjoy!

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This year’s awards will certainly be filled with laughs, surprises and possibly tears. Let the Roku Feed be your entertainment Sherpa and update you on films and actors honored on Hollywood’s most prestigious night.

Happy Streaming!

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According to U.S. Consensus figures, 45% of Americans are single*. Instead of trying to navigate romance’s uncharted course alone, why not seek some help with your endgame strategy? Enter your Roku device!

How can your Roku player help you win this Valentine’s Day, you ask? The answer is simple – let Roku be your wingman. A wingman is there to help you win someone over and your Roku device has all of the tips and tricks you’ll need to make that special someone yours.

STEP 1: SET THE MOOD

Nothing says, “I love/like/tolerate you,” like a good playlist. Luckily, you won’t have to break a sweat trying to figure out what songs to add. Check out Spotify’s “Date Night” playlist to create the perfect ambiance for your special night. “Love Songs Radio” from iHeartRadio is sure to make your honey’s heart skip a beat.

STEP 2: MAKE EFFORT

Now that the mood is set, you can sit back, relax and impress your main (or current) squeeze with the decadent meal you’ve prepared from Watch Food Network. Wash it all down with the specialty cocktail recipe you got from Tastemade, which you’ve aptly renamed after you sweetheart. How sweet, right?

STEP 3: FOLLOW THEIR FAVES

Take the time to follow your loved one’s favorite actors/actresses or a movie he/she might have mentioned in passing ahead of the big night. It will show you’ve really been listening. When you power up your Roku device and his/her favorites are right at the top of the Roku Feed – cue Ryan Gosling and/or The Notebook – your sweetie pie will know just how much you’ve had him/her on the brain. No need to ask for a penny for your thoughts because that move was priceless…

STEP 4: LET THEM LEAD

At this point, it should be clear that you’ve put your love muffin first but to really ensure your love is signed, sealed and delivered you’ll need to relinquish control – literally. Nothing says mutual trust and respect like handing over that beloved Roku remote. Once that remote is in his/her hand the power struggle will cease to exist (at least for one night) and your lover will know he/she truly has the key to your heart. You’re welcome.

 And that, my friends, is how your Roku player will help you win Valentine’s Day. Why chance love when your Roku player can help you and your valentine stream to your heart’s content. Happy streaming, lovebirds!

*(2015, September 15), FFF: Unmarried and Single Americans Week Sept. 20-26, 2015. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2015/cb15-ff19.html

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Award season is in full swing and Hollywood’s biggest night is just around the corner. Need to figure out which film you want to see win? We’re here to help! Whether it’s a stranded astronaut trying to survive on Mars, or a young servant whose dreams come true thanks to her fairy godmother—everybody has their favorite when it comes to this year’s Oscar-nominated films. And with the ceremony just a few weeks away, take some time to get comfortable, fix a bowl of popcorn, and stream some of the most talked about movies of the year.

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 Video, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Cinderella (Movie, 2015) – A cruel stepmother reduces her dead husband’s only child to the role of scullery made, but a kindly beggar woman and some helpful mice bring about a change in the young woman’s fortunes. Available to watch on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, Google Play, M-GO, STARZ Play and VUDU.

Spotlight (Movie, 2015) – Journalists from The Boston Globe investigate a cover-up of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church. Available to watch on Google Play.

Sicario (Movie, 2015) – Members of a government task force travel back-and-forth across the U.S.-Mexican border, using one cartel boss to flush out a bigger one. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Ex-Machina (Movie, 2015) – A young programmer at an Internet company is chosen to evaluate the capabilities and consciousness of a beautiful and sophisticated robot. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play and VUDU.

Cartel Land (Documentary, 2015) – Filmmaker Matthew Heineman examines the state of the ongoing drug problem along the U.S.-Mexican border. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play, M-GO, Netflix and VUDU.

The Look of Silence (Documentary, 2014) – An optician confronts the men who killed the brother that he never knew during the 1960s Indonesian genocide. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play and VUDU.

Steve Jobs (Movie, 2015) – From 1984 to 1998, Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs uses innovation and fierce determination to develop highly anticipated and revolutionary computers, including the Macintosh and the iMac. Available to watch on Google Play.

Inside Out (Movie, 2015) – An 11-year old girl’s five emotions try to guide her through a difficult transition after she moves from the Midwest to San Francisco. Available to watch on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

What Happened, Miss Simone? (Documentary, 2015) – Classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, black power icon and legendary recording artist Nina Simone lived a life of brutal honesty, musical genius, and tortured melancholy. Available to watch on Netflix.

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From music and sport, to quirky lifestyles and hard-hitting issues there are so many great factual films available to Roku users at the touch of a button. We’ve picked five must-see documentaries guaranteed to entertain and inspire:

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Senna (2010) – Amazon Video (Included with Amazon Prime), Sky Store
The story of the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid ‘80s, the film follows Senna’s struggles both on track against his nemesis, French World Champion Alain Prost, and off it, against the politics which infest the sport.

IRIS (2014) – Netflix, Amazon Video
IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old filmmaker Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even at Iris’ advanced age, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire.

Amy (2015) Amazon Video / Sky Store
From BAFTA Award-winning director Asif Kapadia, AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse –in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archival footage and previously unheard tracks, this powerful documentary invites audiences to remember and celebrate Amy Winehouse as a brilliant artist who succumbed to an untimely death at the age of just 27.

Searching for Sugar Man (2012) – Amazon Video
In the late ‘60s, musician Sixto Rodriguez was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. Despite critical acclaim, the album bombed and Rodriguez disappeared into obscurity amid rumours of suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way to apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. This is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.

Generation Iron  (2013) – Amazon Video (Included with Amazon Prime), Sky Store
Mickey Rourke narrates this documentary profiling some of the world’s top bodybuilders as they train for the Mr. Olympia competition. Featured contestants include Kai Greene, Dennis Wolf and Phil Heath, with special appearances by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and Jay Cutler.

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The first thing I do when I wake up is turn on my local news. Before rushing off to work, I make sure to catch the weather and traffic reports. It’s become a part of my everyday routine – I even know all my local newscasters by name, as I’m sure you do too!

Lucky for you and me, it’s easier than ever to get local content on your Roku device. Check out some tips and must-add channels below.

1. For local news lovers

NewsON (free) offers live and on-demand local newscasts and local news clips from 118 stations in 90 markets. This channel is essential for local news junkies. I watch this channel a lot when I travel so I can watch my local Bay Area newscasts even when I’m across the country.

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Another option for local news is CBS All Access ($5.99 per month, after a free 7-day trial), which offers 126 live and local CBS channels. Check here to see if it’s available in your local market. In addition to news, the channel offers on demand access to thousands of episodes of your favorite CBS shows, such as The Good Wife and Blue Bloods, previous seasons and fan favorites including CSI:Miami and MacGyver.

2. To enhance your antenna content

If you watch TV programs over-the-air through an antenna you’ve probably found yourself reaching for the remote wanting to replay or pause whatever is on your TV. Enter Simple.tv and Tablo TV. These streaming channels enable you to watch, pause and record live TV through your Roku player or Roku TV model! Note: additional hardware is required. Visit simple.tv or TabloTV.com/Roku for more info.

3. For personalized weather reports

Don’t leave the house until you check the weather report! The free WeatherNation and Weather Underground channels deliver hourly and extended forecasts based on your location. WeatherNation also provides live weather newscasts.

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