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!


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!


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.


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)

Home Alone

Available for streaming on: Netflix, Amazon Video, Google Play, Wuaki

#2 – Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Available for streaming on: Amazon, Google Play

Available for streaming on: Amazon Video, Google Play

#3 – Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard

Available for streaming on: Netflix, Wuaki, Google Play

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Can you believe that December is already here? The holidays are filled with family traditions, gift exchanges and, of course, couch time with your Roku player or Roku TV. Lucky for you, Netflix is celebrating the season with a bunch of new movies and TV shows to keep you entertained through the new year.

See below for a selection of titles that will be added to Netflix in December 2016. Continue on to see everything that’s rotating off the service throughout the month as well.


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AT&T announced that it will launch DIRECTV NOW, a new live over-the-top (OTT) streaming service, which will be available in the first quarter of 2017 on Roku players and Roku TV models in the U.S.


DIRECTV NOW subscriptions will range between $35 – $70 per month and will offer 60 – 120+ live streaming television channels from your favorite TV networks, delivered with more choice and flexibility than ever. No satellite set-top-boxes, satellite dishes, annual contracts or credit checks required – perfect for anyone in the U.S. who has dropped cable or is flirting with cutting the cord.

To learn more visit www.directvnow.com and stay tuned to the blog for more updates!

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What goes together better than mashed potatoes and gravy on Thanksgiving? Turkey and TV of course. We hope this Thanksgiving brings you some R&R with your RR (Roku remote). Whether you’re enjoying some couch time with the family or streaming solo, there are plenty of FREE movies and TV shows to keep you happily entertained.

So, what’s on your watchlist?

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Note: these movies and TV shows are free with ads as of 11/22/16 and are subject to change.

Movies to enjoy with the family (rated G, PG or PG-13)

  • All Dogs Go To Heaven (Available to stream on Tubi TV) (G)
  • Bon Voyage Charlie Brown (Tubi TV) (G)
  • Hoosiers (Tubi TV and VUDU‘s Movies on Us section) (PG)
  • Groundhog Day (Crackle) (PG-13)
  • Sixteen Candles (Crackle) (PG-13)
  • School of Rock (VUDU’s Movies on Us section) (PG-13)
  • 50 First Dates (Crackle) (PG-13)

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Black Friday Roku deals on your favorite Roku players and Roku TV models in the U.S. start today! The good news is that you can shop these doorbuster Roku deals from the comfort of your couch. The even better news: Bonus 2-month FREE* trials of SHOWTIME, Hulu and CBS All Access are included with every new Roku player and Roku TV purchase. That’s $55 in FREE entertainment.

Prepare to be crowned ‘best gift giver’ by friends and family this year. You can thank us later. 😉

Be sure to keep this blog post handy – we’ll be updating it all week as new deals pop up. Note: all these deals are available while supplies last, so get ‘em while they last!

*Must activate device by 1/14/17 & redeem by 1/21/17. Cancel before trial ends to avoid monthly fees. New subscribers only. See terms.



Available at Roku.com, Amazon, Best Buy, TargetWalmart and major retailers starting 11/20 (ends 11/28)

Available on Roku.com (while supplies last)

Available exclusively at Walmart starting 11/24

Available exclusively at Kohl’s starting 11/21

Available exclusively at Best Buy starting 11/24



Roku TV deals at Amazon.com available now

  • Get a 4K Ultra HD Smart TV for the living room.

Roku TV deals at Best Buy starting on 11/24

  • Special deals on 32″- 55″ screen sizes. The perfect Smart TV for your home or as a gift.

Roku TV deals at Target available now and more on 11/24

  • With these great deals you can get a 4K Ultra HD and FHD/HD Smart TV for every room.

Roku TV deals at Walmart available now

  • Great offers on 4K Ultra HD and FHD/HD Smart TVs.

Have you found any killer Roku Black Friday deals? Let us know in the comments below.

Happy shopping!

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Hello Roku faithful! It’s been awhile since we connected and talked about the amazing Plex experience on the Roku platform. Plex continues to be one of the most popular channels (I blush!) in the Roku Channel Store. We run on all current Roku devices, supporting HDR and 4K* picture quality on the new Roku Ultra, Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+, while bringing an amazing HD experience to the tiny and powerful, Roku Streaming Stick and incredibly affordable Roku Express.


If you aren’t up to speed on Plex in the Roku universe, let me break it down:

  • Plex does it all –  Plex organizes all your media libraries into a single, organized window for easy playback on your Roku device. And, once you’re running Plex, you can even access your files on your mobile phone, tablet, and a bunch of other devices, no matter where you are. Bonus!
  • Simple organizationPlex beautifully organizes all your media, making it easy to find what you want to watch on all your Roku devices. Plex gives you posters, actor/artist info, season and episode details, genre, and more. Your media collection has never looked so good.
  • Play anywhere, anytime – Your entire collection of movie, music, TV shows, photos, and videos are available to play anytime you want using your Roku device, regardless of where you have the files stored.
  • Easily share all your media – Mom wants to see the grandkids photos? The grandkids want to listen to your classic rock tracks? Your best friend is jelly of your movie collection? Simple to solve, just share your Plex libraries and they can watch it all on their own Roku devices!
  • The Plex channel is free! You already have a Roku and if you have your own TV, movie, and music content, just add Plex for more entertainment excitement. Note that Plex Media Server is free, and using it with Roku is free, but some supporting apps and Plex premium features do have a cost.

Now, Plex is super easy to access, setup, and use on Roku players and Roku TV, but here are a few navigation tricks to help you get around your media quickly in the channel. Nothing like jumping into the fun ASAP!

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