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While there’s no shortage of dating services – from OkCupid and Coffee Meets Bagel to FarmersOnly.com and Cycling Singles – new research shows that potential mates should put much more emphasis on entertainment compatibility as it’s a critical ingredient for long-lasting love.

Enter Roku Rendezvous! The first dating channel where single streamers can scroll through profiles of others streamers to find that special someone worth sharing the remote with. To determine a prospective partner’s compatibility, Roku Rendezvous uses a super-secret, proprietary Roku algorithm developed after analyzing the billons of hours Roku customers have spent streaming entertainment from the 2000+ channels on the Roku platform.

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Roku’s extensive research honed Roku Rendezvous to 99.99% accuracy and found:

  • 101% of streamers surveyed say similar passions in TV shows underpin a strong relationship. Genre preferences are now akin to zodiac signs when seeking romantic connections. For example, sitcom fans are found to be well-matched with reality enthusiasts and drama fans are more likely to have chemistry with period piece buffs.
  • 87% said entertainment habits and etiquette also play a big factor. People must take into account whether things like watching ahead without a partner or chit-chat during a movie are acceptable when finding a match.
  • 65% reported one or more past relationships ended due to opposing tastes/opinions in entertainment. Spoiler alert: divorces that cite irreconcilable entertainment differences are on a sharp rise.

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Ever since we launched the first Roku remote with a headphone jack for private listening (and prevented conflict over loud late-night viewing), we knew that the streaming revolution is central to budding and happy relationships. Now, on April 1, we are sparking relationships with Roku Rendezvous!

We encourage you to spread the word – and love – on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #RokuRendezvous. Share your own streaming love story, entertainment criteria or what you consider bad streaming etiquette that are relationship deal breakers.

[UPDATE: you caught us, happy April Fools’!]

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So – you are sad that The Walking Dead is on break again after that amazing finale Sunday night. Well don’t fear, Crackle is here to fill the zombie void in your life with their latest original movie Dead Rising: Watchtower. The brand new movie, based on the 2006 hit video game Dead Rising, takes place in a city in the midst of a zombie infestation that the local government mysteriously failed to control. But Zombies aren’t all you’ll find on Crackle – they have a ton of other full-length movies and TV shows to watch. I’d also encourage you to check out Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld – it’s simply fantastic. Everything on Crackle is free and you can download the channel using Roku Search or your can find it in the “Movies & TV” section in the Channel Store. Check it out…if you want to get your Zombie fill.

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Spring is in the air and new releases are here to further brighten our days. From Netflix originals to big blockbusters, we’ve got something to keep you entertained so you can avoid your spring cleaning as long as possible.

What are you excited to stream this weekend?

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  • Into the Woods (Movie, 2014) – A baker and his wife venture into a magical forest to find the ingredients that will reverse their curse of childlessness and restore the beauty of the ugly witch who placed it on them. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Unbroken (Movie, 2014) – During World War II, Olympian and war hero Louie Zamperini survives 47 days at sea in a raft, only to be captured by the Japanese navy and sent to a series of prisoner-of-war camps. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • The Imitation Game (Movie, 2014) – Genius British logician and cryptologist Alan Turing helps crack Germany’s Enigma Code during World War II but is later prosecuted by his government for illegal homosexual acts. Available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Garfunkel and Oates Season 1 (TV Show, 2014) – Comic/folk duo Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci perform by the title moniker and cope with life. Available to watch on CinemaNow and HBO GO.
  • Ask Me Anything (Movie, 2014) – A young woman chronicles her sexual adventures in an anonymous blog that exposes her innermost desires, shames and secrets. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • The November Man (Movie, 2014) – An ex-CIA agent comes out of retirement to protect a valuable witness and soon learns that now he is the target of his former friend and protégé. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Life Itself (Documentary, 2014) – Filmmaker Steve James chronicles the life of film critic Roger Ebert, especially his career highlights, his battle with alcohol, and his sometimes ruthless rivalry with fellow critic Gene Siskel. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Trailer Park Boys Season 9 (TV Show, 2015) – Life with Ricky and Julian, and how childhood in their trailer park made them who they are today. Available to watch on Netflix.
  • Penguins of Madagascar (Movie, 2014) – Plucky penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with a savvy spy to thwart a tentacled villain’s plans to take over the world. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Lily & Kat (Movie, 2014) – An artist tests the bond between two best friends who are trying to make the most of their final days together before one moves to London. Available to watch on Blockbuster On Demand and M-GO.
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Whether you’re a sports fanatic or more of a casual viewer, the Roku platform has plenty to offer. From football to American football and even dual superpipe snowboarding, there’s something for you.

There are also great options when it comes to streaming major sporting events live.

Here’s our guide to scoring the best sports coverage on your Roku streaming player.

For all your sports news

The BBC Sport channel offers all the latest highlights, with hundreds of great sports videos available. Users can filter by sport to find the content they want to watch thanks to a dedicated filter option. And it’s not just on-demand videos either. Users can stream any live action being broadcast by the BBC via the channel too!

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For the football fan

If your team are in action or you’re looking to stream the big match you can with the Now TV channel. With day and week Sky Sports passes available, you can gain access to some of the best footballing action out there. A perfect option if you’re looking to invite friends over for the match.

For the extreme sports fan

Red Bull TV allows you to experience the thrill of extreme sports without leaving the couch! The channel delivers live action, in addition to a host of on-demand programmes. From snowboarding and other winter sports to endurance challenges, there’s plenty to keep you entertained.

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For the motorsport fan

If motoring is your sport of choice, the official Driving Sports Roku channel is the thing for you. There’s a fantastic range of original automotive and driving entertainment clips on offer. And the Red Bull TV channel is an essential companion too, with action from truck, motorbike and SuperEnduro races all available.

For the golf fan

The Golf Channel offers guided tours of some of the most famous golf courses in the world, including Augusta National, Muirfield Village, Pinehurst, St. Andrews and Pebble Beach. There’s also great footage of some of the greatest players the game has ever seen, including Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods, Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus. And if you play, or are thinking of taking up the sport, there’s a number of golf tutorials to help improve your game too!

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For the wrestling fan

If you’re looking for wrestling entertainment, the Roku platform features the critically-acclaimed WWE Network channel. The 24/7 streaming network features all 12 WWE Network live pay-per-view events – including WrestleMania®. There’s also documentaries, classic matches and a massive video on demand library! We also have the Indie Wrestling Channel, which features the latest in independent wrestling entertainment too.

For the American sports fan

If American sports are your thing, NFL Now is a brilliant choice. It delivers a personalised video stream of your favourite NFL teams, players and coaches. There are also exclusive interviews, breaking news and great footage courtesy of the NFL Films Archives. MLB.TV is another great channel if you’re a fan of baseball, with videos featuring all the latest team news, reactions and talking points at your fingertips.

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For the fishing fan

If you’re a fishing fan, then the Addictive Fishing channel will have you hooked. Boasting ‘the coolest saltwater fishing show on Roku’, viewers can follow Captain Blair Wiggins as he heads off on his latest fishing adventures. There’s also Sports Fishing With Dan, a dedicated channel which provides freshwater and saltwater fishing tips from US fishing broadcaster Dan Hernandez, as well as the Structure Fishing Show, which features helpful tips and tutorials for those looking to perfect their skills.

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We are proud to share that Roku received outstanding recognition today – the Frost & Sullivan Market Leadership Award for the Streaming Media Devices Industry!

Roku was evaluated alongside Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast across a variety of factors to determine market leadership and performance excellence.

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“In becoming the market share leader in the streaming media devices market, Roku has not only enhanced customer experience and engagement with its devices, but also nurtured a powerful competitive strategy,” said Frost & Sullivan’s Global President & Managing Partner Krishna Srinivasan. “Roku appears well positioned to maintain its leadership position in the years to come, with its strong focus on product differentiation as the means to stay ahead of competition.”

Areas of excellence include:

  • More users consume more content on the Roku streaming platform – Despite a smaller global footprint, Roku accounts for 1 in 3 devices in use for over-the-top media and entertainment consumption, while Apple TV accounts for less than 1 in 5 deployed devices; Roku currently has more than 2,000 streaming channels in the U.S. that provide access to more than 250,000 movies and TV episodes
  • Roku users stream an average of 48 hours per month – Higher than the national U.S. average number of hours spent watching any form of TV
  • Value, ease-of-use and a powerful user interface gives Roku the edge with consumers and press – “Roku is a retail darling – consumer feedback and reviews are uniformly stellar and enthusiastic”, such as praise from a 2014 Lifehacker poll of nearly 10,000 streamers that found Roku to be #1, beating out Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Game Consoles (Playstation/Xbox) and Amazon Fire TV
  • Ongoing innovation and improvement – Examples include introducing the streaming stick form factor, diversifying by licensing the Roku platform to TV manufacturers to produce co-branded Roku TVs, the introduction of new features like a remote control headphone jack and frequent channel additions for the biggest streaming entertainment lineup
  • Roku, by intent, is a pure-play TV technology company – Unlike the largest competitors in the industry, Roku is solely focused on enabling the best consumer experience and remain agnostic, resulting in increased customer satisfaction and maximum success of content and advertising partners

This Frost & Sullivan award is a very important achievement and great validation for us here at Roku. It’s a result of the hard work from the whole Roku team and our fantastic customers and partners who continue to support us.

Happy Streaming!

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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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