If you’re a fan of Roku and value your streaming time you’ll be familiar with the welcoming sight of the purple home screen. You were already able to select a different background colour in the settings menu, but this week we are launching additional themes in the UK and Canada!

Roku users can choose from custom home screens thanks to the addition of the Themes category in the Roku Channel Store. Right now you can choose from ten home screen themes (and there’s more coming!) that are inspired on your favourite TV shows and movies or hobbies.

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There’s a number of fan favourite themes, including Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation options, which allow the Enterprise voyage to continue while you’re taking a streaming break! For petrol heads there is a Fast & Furious theme and there’s also a Big Lebowski theme for those who like a chilled pace of life, like The Dude.

You can find the new themes in the “Themes” category in the UK and Canadian Roku Channel Stores on all Roku players, prices range from £0.69 to £1.99 and $0.99 to $1.99 in the UK and Canada, respectively. To manage your downloaded themes, go to Settings > Themes.

Happy theming streamers!

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Who doesn’t love free TV episodes? The Lifetime channel has 50+ TV shows and Lifetime movies, so plenty to binge-watch!  Full-length TV episodes are available with a participating cable, satellite or telco provider but they also unlock a great deal of episodes free without a provider log in.

My girlfriend can never get enough Dance Moms and all of its spinoff shows like Abby’s Studio Rescue and Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition. I dig all the bizarre shows like Hoarders, I Killed My BFF, and I Love You… But I Lied. These shows are both shocking and goofy – that’s my perfect combo for a must-watch TV show!

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Add the Lifetime channel from the “Movies & TV” or “TV Everywhere” categories 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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Starting today we’re rolling out a software update to all current generation Roku players. In this update we introduce features such as Roku Search and the Roku Feed that lets people search or follow entertainment they want to watch. Initially Netflix, Snagfilms and Popcornflix will be featured in Roku Search, over time more channels are expected to complement this list. As soon as your Roku player has updated you will see two new items in the left hand menu on the home screen: Search and My Feed.

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There is also a new version of the free Roku Mobile App for Android and iOS available now with support for the new search and discovery features.  Learn more about these search and discovery features here.

For those who don’t have a Roku streaming player yet, don’t worry we have got you covered too! We recently introduced a new Roku 2 and it is available from today. The new Roku 2 matches the speed and performance of the Roku 3 and is the perfect streaming player for those who want to stream video and music without the new Roku 3 enhanced remote.

The new Roku 2 player will be available from these stores in UK starting today:

May all your streams come true! J

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This Memorial Day remember those we honor with these profound films or celebrate the start of summer and a long weekend with some new releases.

What will you be streaming this three-day weekend?

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  • American Sniper (Movie, 2014) – Sniper and U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle saves many lives on battlefields in Iraq while striving to be a good husband and father to his loved ones back in America. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Saving Private Ryan (Movie, 1998) – A World War II captain and his squad risk all to locate and send home a soldier whose three brothers died in combat. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (Movie, 1987) – In 1965, disc jockey Adrian Cronauer turns Armed Forces Radio on its ear with his irreverent brand of humor. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow and Vudu.
  • Flags of our Fathers (Movie, 2006) – Some of the servicemen who raised the U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima at the end of World War II live to hear their status as heroes. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, HBO GO, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Glory (Movie, 1989) – 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.
  • Fury (Movie, 2014) During World War II, a battle- hardened Army sergeant leads the crew of a Sherman tank on a deadly mission behind enemy lines to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. 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, M-Go and Vudu.
  • Strange Magic (Movie, 2015) – A king who hates love orders the destruction of primroses, an essential ingredient of love potions; however, a feisty fairy princess challenges everything he believes. Available to watch on M-GO and Vudu.
  • Seventh Son (Movie, 2014) – A supernatural champion has little time to train a new apprentice for a battle against a malevolent and vengeful witch. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Maggie (Movie, 2015) – After his daughter is infected with a virus that transforms her into a zombie, a small-town farmer will stop at nothing to save her. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
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Sky today launched the Sky Online TV Box in Italy. Italy is the fourth European country where Roku Powered products are now available after launching earlier with Sky in the UK in 2013 and late last year with Sky in Germany and Austria. Sky Italia leverages the Roku Powered streaming players plus the entire Roku streaming platform to deliver its Sky Online OTT service to consumers.

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The Sky Online TV Box is a Roku Powered streaming player that enables consumers to stream content from Sky Online and other popular streaming services to their TV. On top of the Sky Online OTT service customers can also select additional apps from the Sky Online TV Box App Store. There are various apps available at launch including Spotify, Vimeo, Red Bull TV, VEVO, Facebook, WSJ Live and the Roku Media Player that allows consumers to stream media from a computer or USB storage device to their TV. Over time more apps are expected to arrive in the Sky Online TV Box App Store. The Sky Online TV Box is available as of today in stores and online for €49,99 including 2 months of Sky Movies and Entertainment.

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The Roku Powered program enables Pay TV service providers such as Sky to license the Roku streaming platform and gain access to a simple and intuitive user interface, ongoing software updates, a broad selection of streaming entertainment and low-cost streaming players. With the Roku Powered platform, Pay TV service providers can accelerate time to market, expand their reach, and reduce customer churn by delivering an innovative entertainment experience to customers.

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Today is your day, streamers. That’s right, it’s National Streaming Day! Today and every year on May 20. This just happens to also be the same day that the very first player ever to stream Netflix to the TV was introduced – it was called the Roku player.

Streaming is changing the way many of us consume entertainment by bringing more choice and control to TV viewing than ever before. Roku® customers streamed more than 3 billion hours in 2014! In the last year alone options like Sling TV, CBS All Access, Google Play and more have all made their way into the living room. Our comprehensive and unbiased search makes it easy to find what you want to watch, sorted by price, from top streaming channels – up to 17 today in the U.S.

Many of you joined us in celebrating the very first National Streaming Day last year. We loved the photos of your binge-watching sessions, tweets of your ambitious stream lists for the night and your nostalgic memories of the very first Roku player you purchased. This year let’s take it up a notch.

Here are some ways you can join in on the fun:

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  1. Don’t have a Roku streaming player to enjoy on National Streaming Day [gasp!]? Here’s a great deal you won’t want to pass up. Get $10 off any new Roku player – that’s the Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 3 or the Roku Streaming Stick – at Roku.com, Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Walmart.com and Frys.com. Discount expires at 11:59 pm PT on May 20.
  2. Show us how you are celebrating and send us tweets, Instagram photos, Vine videos and Facebook posts – be sure to tag us with @RokuPlayer and include #StreamingDay and we might share it!
  3. Show the world you’re a streamer. Upload one of our fun profile images below as your social media profile pic. [Click to to download image of your choice] National-Streaming-Day-Social-Profile-Pics
  4. Invite your friends over to stream a classic movie, binge-watch that TV show everyone’s talking about or browse the Roku Channel Store and add one of the more than 2,000 streaming channels in the U.S. –there’s always an awesome streaming channel to discover.
  5. As a thank you for loving streaming as much as we do, we’re giving away more than a dozen prizes this week. U.S. residents can enter for a chance to win a 43” Sharp Roku TV, a 55” Insignia Roku TV, the new Roku 3 with voice search, the new Roku 2 and Roku Streaming Stick®. We hope you enter to win. :-)

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What’s on your watch list for National Streaming Day? Whatever it may be, stream it like you’ve never streamed before!

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Today is your day, streamers. That’s right, it’s National Streaming Day! Today and every year on 20 May. This just happens to also be the same day that the very first player ever to stream Netflix to the TV was introduced – it was called the Roku player.

Streaming is changing the way many of us consume entertainment by bringing more choice and control to TV viewing than ever before. Roku® customers streamed more than 3 billion hours in 2014! In the last year alone options like Google Play, Sainsbury’s Entertainment Channel, WWE Network, Twitch, GoPro and more have all made their way into the living room.

Many of you joined us in celebrating the very first National Streaming Day last year. We loved the photos of your binge-watching sessions, tweets of your ambitious stream lists for the night and your nostalgic memories of the very first Roku player you purchased. This year let’s take it up a notch.

Here are some ways you can join in on the fun:

  1. Show us how you are celebrating and send us tweets, Instagram photos, Vine videos and Facebook posts – be sure to tag us with @RokuUK and include #StreamingDay and we might share it!
  2. Show the world you’re a streamer. Upload one of our fun profile images below as your social media profile pic. [Click to to download image of your choice] National-Streaming-Day-Social-Profile-Pics
  3. Invite your friends over to stream a classic movie, binge-watch that TV show everyone’s talking about or browse the Roku Channel Store and add one of the more than 1,400 streaming channels in the U.K. – there’s always an awesome streaming channel to discover.

What’s on your watch list for National Streaming Day? Whatever it may be, stream it like you’ve never streamed before!

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National Streaming Day blog header

Today is your day, streamers. That’s right, it’s National Streaming Day! Today and every year on May 20. This just happens to also be the same day that the very first player ever to stream Netflix to the TV was introduced – it was called the Roku player.

Streaming is changing the way many of us consume entertainment by bringing more choice and control to TV viewing than ever before. Roku® customers streamed more than 3 billion hours in 2014! In the last year alone options like Cineplex Store, Google Play, CinemaNow and more have all made their way into the living room. Our comprehensive and unbiased search makes it easy to find what you want to watch, sorted by price, from top streaming channels.

Many of you joined us in celebrating the very first National Streaming Day last year. We loved the photos of your binge-watching sessions, tweets of your ambitious stream lists for the night and your nostalgic memories of the very first Roku player you purchased. This year let’s take it up a notch.

Here are some ways you can join in on the fun:

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  1. Don’t have a Roku streaming player to enjoy on National Streaming Day [gasp!]? Here’s a great deal you won’t want to pass up. Get $10 off any new Roku player at BestBuy.ca. Discount expires at 11:59 pm PT on May 20.
  2. Show us how you are celebrating and send us tweets, Instagram photos, Vine videos and Facebook posts – be sure to tag us with @RokuPlayer and include #StreamingDay and we might share it!
  3. Show the world you’re a streamer. Upload one of our fun profile images below as your social media profile pic. [Click to to download image of your choice] National-Streaming-Day-Social-Profile-Pics
  4. Invite your friends over to stream a classic movie, binge-watch that TV show everyone’s talking about or browse the Roku Channel Store and add one of the more than 1,400 streaming channels in the Canada – there’s always an awesome streaming channel to discover.

What’s on your watch list for National Streaming Day? Whatever it may be, stream it like you’ve never streamed before!

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Follow Big Bird, Cookie Monster and all your favorite Sesame Street characters…to the Roku Channel Store! For more than 45 years, families across America have welcomed Sesame Street’s beloved Muppets in their home to help kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder. Today, the educational programming of Sesame Street is available through Sesame Street Go on Roku players and Roku TV models in the U.S.

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The Sesame Street Go channel provides families with child-friendly content to stream the latest full-length TV episodes (including hundreds of episodes from prior seasons and Sesame Classics Volumes 1 and 2) and short-form minisodes, including popular segments like “Elmo’s World,” “Elmo the Musical,” “Super Grover 2.0,” “Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures,” “Cookie’s Crumby Pictures” and “Abby’s Flying Fairy School.” In addition, it’s easy to filter content through eight core learning areas including math, science, literacy and the arts.

Sesame Street Go Learning Areas

Sesame Street Go is $3.99 per month, after a free 48-hour trial. Non-subscribers can access select segments in the “Featured” category, “Elmo’s World,” “Abby’s Flying Fairy School” and more for free.

You can find Sesame Street Go under “Kids & Family” in the Roku Channel Store now on Roku players and Roku TV models.

Happy learning!

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Calling all baseball fans! The MLB.TV channel for Roku players and Roku TV models delivers every out-of-market regular 2015 season games – available to watch live or on demand. I’m a huge Miami fan and MLB.TV helps me stay up-to-date with all my Marlins games. I can even choose the home feed to enjoy my home town announcers! It’s easy to pause and rewind live games and jump to specific innings for both live and archived games, which is great if you don’t have the time to sit through a three-hour game. 

Want to check out MLB.TV before you subscribe? MLB.TV unlocks a Free Game of the Day (today it’s the Angels vs Blue Jays) as well as various game stats and schedulesAdd the MLB.TV channel from the “Sports” category in the Roku Channel Store or by searching for it on your Roku home screen or through our free mobile apps.

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