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Who couldn’t use a good laugh? If you are in need of some comedic relief I suggest you check out the Break channel on your Roku player. This free channel has a wide assortment of hilarious viral videos, originally produced series, and top indie movies that will be sure to put a smile on your face. One of my favorite original Break series is Prank It Forward. Each episode of this heartwarming series spreads joy by pulling unexpected pranks on well deserving people. And it’s all done for a good cause. You can find Break under “Comedy” in the Channel Store or by using Roku Search. Check it out…if you want to give your funny bone a workout.

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Your week just got much more entertaining. We’re pleased to announce an exclusive series preview of AOL Originals’ new series, Connected available tomorrow on the Roku platform in the U.S. That’s one full week before you can watch it anywhere else!

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Connected features the personal stories of six New Yorkers woven together into one of the most intimate series ever. It changes the nature of storytelling by giving each character a camera to document their lives over the course of six months. You’ll meet an aspiring writer and his girlfriend Susan Sarandon, stand-up comedian, interior designer, CEO, TV host and tech executive. The incredibly personal narratives reveal not only who these individuals are, but who we are as a society. The result is a unique format shot and told by the characters themselves.

Starting tomorrow you can stream the pilot episode of Connected exclusively through the AOL On Roku streaming channel. You won’t want to miss it! The remaining episodes will be released bi-weekly as follows:

March 31: Episodes 1-4

April 13: Episodes 5-8

April 27: Episodes 9-12

May 11: Episodes 13-16

May 25: Episodes 17-20

Happy Streaming!

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Are you caught up on the show everyone’s talking about? Well, just in time for the weekend, the entire first season of Empire is available on Hulu Plus. Binge-watching session, anyone?

If March Madness is more your thing, stream these classic basketball movies between your the tournament breaks. Did we miss any of your favorite basketball movies?

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  • Empire (TV Series, 2015)  A unique family drama set in the world of a hip hop empire. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, FOX NOWHulu Plus and Vudu.
  • Hoosiers (Movie, 1986) – A college basketball coach leaves the Navy in 1951 and becomes coach of an underdog Indiana high-school team. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow and Vudu.
  • Like Mike (Movie, 2002) – A 14-year old orphan becomes an NBA basketball player after he finds a pair of magic sneakers. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Coach Carter (Movie, 2005) – A high- school basketball coach turns a losing team around, then faces criticism for pushing athletes to put grades first. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • He Got Game (Movie, 1998) – A convict’s freedom depends upon convincing his estranged son, a basketball star, to attend the governor’s alma mater. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow and Vudu.
  • Wild (Movie, 2014) – Driven to the edge by the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, a woman undertakes a solo hike of more than 1,000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Interstellar (Movie, 2014) — As mankind’s time on Earth comes to an end, a group of explorers begins the most important mission in human history: traveling beyond the galaxy to discover if there is a future for man among the stars. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Movie, 2014) – After discovering a secret cave with wild dragons and their mysterious benefactor, Hiccup and Toothless find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace of Berk. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • My Own Man (Movie, 2014) – After David turns 40 and his wife becomes pregnant with a boy, he sets out on a quest to find his manhood. Available to watch on Netflix.
  • Song of the Sea (Movie, 2014) – An Irish youth discovers that his mute sister is a selkie who must find her voice and free supernatural creatures from the spell of a Celtic goddess. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
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We know you love your Roku player to stream your favourite films and TV, but there is so much more to explore. Here are five tips to expand your streaming horizons – go from streamer to super streamer in no time!

1. Turn your Roku player into your home’s music hub

With loads of choices available, you’re bound to find something you love in the music section of the Roku Channel Store. Whether you enjoy free internet radio, something more immersive, such as the latest music videos on VEVO, or listening to albums on-demand through Spotify, there’s something for you. You can also stream your own personal music collection from your mobile phone or tablet with the Roku mobile app through the Play On Roku feature, available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. As well as doubling up as a second remote control, the app is a must-have for music lovers.

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2. Meet your new personal fitness instructor

Struggling to fit in your workouts? Let your Roku player double up as an on-demand fitness instructor! With channels such as Daily Burn and eFit there’s always fresh exercise routines to stream at a time that suits you.

3. Mirror your tiny screen to the big screen!

Did you know that when browsing the web at home on your tiny smartphone screen, you can enhance the experience by mirroring it on your TV? The screen mirroring beta for Microsoft Windows and Android devices gives you a quick and easy way to mirror videos, apps, web sites, and more from your mobile device to a TV via your Roku 3 or Roku Streaming Stick. For more information on how to set up the screen mirroring feature and a list of supported devices click here.

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4. Transform your TV into a fire place

Did you know there are a number of different screensavers available to use in your Roku player’s settings (go to Settings > Screensaver) including the option of digital and analogue clock backgrounds? There are a variety of options in the “Screensavers” section of the Roku Channel Store. The Screendream Fireplaces is my favourite – it transforms my TV into a range of roaring fire places.

5. Invite your pet to the streaming party

There’s a whole range of services on the Roku platform for pet lovers, but your furry friends will like them too! Channels such as The Animal Channel provide home tutorials with tips and advice on caring for your pet, as well as dedicated channels for keeping pets entertained.

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The biggest event in WWE history is around the corner! WrestleMania 31 is Sunday March 29 at 7pm ET/4pm PT, live on the WWE Network Roku channel. If you’re already a WWE Network subscriber, just fire up the streaming channel and you’re all set. Otherwise, don’t miss out – learn more about subscribing to WWE Network here.

If you’re a San Francisco Bay Area resident, you’re in luck. Since WrestleMania 31 is in our backyard this year, we’re giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the event at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. And that’s not all. You’ll also score tickets to WrestleMania Axxess and the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday March 28.

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Please note that travel and accommodations are not included, so please only enter if you will be able to make the events in Santa Clara and San Jose on March 28 and 29.

Can’t wait for March 29? Get nostalgic with these WrestleMania Rewind moments.

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Are you dealing with spotty Wi-Fi and frustrating connectivity issues? We’re here to help your Roku player stream smoothly.

Below are troubleshooting tips for some of the most common issues. The latter tips are a bit more advanced, so please reach out to our support team (click here for CA or UK support) if you have any questions along the way.

1. Location of router

Sometimes just the slightest adjustment to the placement of a router in your home can make a big difference in performance. It’s best to place the router as close to the middle of your home as possible, which allows equally distributed access to the Wi-Fi signal (see image below).

Router placementImage: via Verizon Fios Internet Support

Avoid placing the router in a basement or near a window or other electronics. Household devices such as cordless phones and microwaves may emit interference and reduce the wireless signal. These are 10 router locations that might be killing your Wi-Fi signal.

Does your router have an antenna? If so, adjust it. Sometimes a slight angle tweak can help.

2. Placement of your Roku player

Similar to tip #1, the placement of your Roku player is important as well. You can change the direction it faces – even a few inches one way or the other may improve the reception.

If you have a Roku 3 player, we recommend connecting it directly to your router via Ethernet cable. See set up instructions here.

3. Update your router firmware

The router’s firmware and driver need to stay up-to-date to provide optimal streaming performance. Check the device manufacturer’s website regularly for updates to keep your router in optimal condition.

Also, it can’t hurt to make sure your router is optimized for the latest streaming technology. The current routers feature 802.11n technology and are ideal for video streaming, while older routers (802.11g/b) tend to have restrictions. It may be time to get a new router. A newer router model that runs on the 5.0Ghz frequency is a great option because it will have less congestion, as 5.0Ghz is a less used band. Note: 5.0Ghz frequency is only supported on Roku players that support dual band wireless including the Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI Version), Roku 2 and Roku 3.

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ABC-News-logoHey streamers, it’s time for a special news break! As of today, ABC News is available on Roku players and Roku TV models in the U.S.

The ABC News channel offers free immediate access to live news streams 24/7, on demand content, local news from several major markets and a wide range of historical video footage from ABC News’ archives.

ABC News Roku home screenWhen you launch the ABC News channel you’ll have immediate access to the live news feed. Use the Roku remote’s back button to explore the on demand video content including the top stories of the day, In-depth: Brian Ross Investigates and Popcorn with Peter Travers segments, this week in history, tech, lifestyle, weather and more. If you’re looking for local news, the ABC News channel makes it easy to choose from several major markets including Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City, to name a few.

You can find ABC News under “News” in the U.S. Roku Channel Store now on current-generation* Roku players and Roku TV models.

*Current generation players are those introduced after June 2011 and include Roku 3 (4200X), Roku 2 (2720X), Roku 1 (2710X), Roku Streaming Stick, both HDMI (3500X) and Roku Ready (3400X, 3420X) versions, Roku LT (2400X, 2450X, 2700X), Roku 2 HD (3000X), Roku 2 XD (3050X), Roku 2 XS (3100X) and the Roku HD (2500X).

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If you fancy British entertainment, you should check out Acorn TV. Acorn TV offers a massive selection of high-quality British mysteries, dramas, comedies and documentaries. The subscription based channel adds new content every week and they’ve just launched a new series called New Worlds, starring 50 Shades of Grey star, Jamie Dorman. This four-part drama depicts the turbulent time in England in the 1680s after the English Civil War ended. The acting and the set is fantastic. Acorn TV offers a free 30-day trial to all new users. You can download the channel using Roku Search or you can find it in the “Movies & TV” category in our Channel Store. Check it out…if you are looking for smashing good content from across the pond.

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Today is Friday the 13th— otherwise known as the unluckiest day of the year, which means you should try to avoid all ladders, black cats and mirrors for the next 24 hours.

If you relish Friday the 13th, you’ll love this Roku Recommends segment with our scary friends at Screambox.

Stay safe and curl up on your couch with some of these frightful favorites.

  • The Jinx (Documentary, 2015) – Investigating a series of unsolved crimes and the man suspected of being at the center of them. Available to watch on HBO GO.
  • Friday the 13th (Movie, 1980) – The reopening of Camp Crystal Lake spells murder and mayhem for a group of sexually promiscuous counselors. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Friday the 13th Part 2 (Movie, 1981) –The counselors at a new camp near the site of the horrible bloodbath at Camp Crystal Lake fear Jason might come back to avenge his mother’s death. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Freaky Friday (Movie, 2003) – Two fortune cookies cause an engaged psychotherapist and her teenage daughter to magically exchange bodies. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand and Vudu.
  • At the Devil’s Door (Movie, 2013) – Leigh, an ambitious young real estate agent, is asked to sell a house with a dubious past. When she finds the runaway daughter of the couple trying to sell the home, Leigh becomes entangled with a supernatural force with sinister plans. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.
  • Scream 4 (Movie, 2011) – The Ghostface Killer returns with a vengeance when self-help author Sidney Prescott arrives in Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • The Omen (Movie, 2006) – An American diplomat and his wife learn that the child they adopted may be the son of Satan. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Oculus (Movie, 2013) – Adult siblings make plans to destroy an antique mirror and the malevolent force within it that caused the deaths of their parents. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • The Den (Movie, 2014) – A young woman studying the habits of webcam users witnesses a murder online and becomes the killer’s next target. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.
  • Just My Luck (Movie, 2006) – A young woman, who has always led a charmed life, suffers a reversal of fortune after kissing a stranger at a costume party. Available to watch on CinemaNow and Vudu.
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There’s now a great way to stream all the tennis your heart desires. Just in time for March’s “Fifth Slam” events in Southern California and Miami, we’re very excited to offer Tennis Channel in the U.S. Channel Store on Roku players and Roku TV models.

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Roku and Tennis Channel make the perfect match! There are two options available to view the live and on-demand action from Tennis Channel. Those who already subscribe to Tennis Channel through their satellite, telco or cable provider will have access to incredible live tennis action throughout the year, including more than 180 hours of overall network coverage during Southern California and Miami competitions through their Roku players and Roku TV models (see more details on activating your current subscription below).

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Roku customers also have the option of subscribing to Tennis Channel Plus, which delivers exclusive content that is not available anywhere else – not even on Tennis Channel! Enjoy more than 600 additional live matches from more than 40 tournaments around the world – including the Australian Open and French Open – as well as thousands of hours of classic matches and on-demand programming. This includes archived semifinals and finals at major events like Wimbledon, as well as Grand Slam classics. The subscription is available for $69.99 per year. For more information, read Tennis Channel’s full press release here.

Click here for the participating list of satellite, telco and cable providers who offer support for Tennis Channel on the Roku platform.

You can find Tennis Channel under “Sports” in the U.S. Roku Channel Store now on current-generation* Roku players and Roku TV models.

*Current generation players are those introduced after June 2011 and include Roku 3 (4200X), Roku 2 (2720X), Roku 1 (2710X), Roku Streaming Stick, both HDMI (3500X) and Roku Ready (3400X, 3420X) versions, Roku LT (2400X, 2450X, 2700X), Roku 2 HD (3000X), Roku 2 XD (3050X), Roku 2 XS (3100X) and the Roku HD (2500X).

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