Tax Day is no fun. Treat yourself to countless hours on the couch and catch up on these favorite new releases, including the final season of Justified!

What are you excited to stream this weekend?

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  • Justified (TV Show, 2010) – Old-school U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal-mining towns in Eastern Kentucky. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, FXNOW, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (Movie, 2015) – The magical hot tub sends Lou, Nick and Jacob to the year 2015 to prevent an unknown assailant from shooting Lou. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Chris D’Elia: Incorrigible (Stand Up, 2015) – Comedian and actor Chris D’Elia (“Undateable”), known for his dynamic physical comedy, explains why the NFL would be way more entertaining if it were real lions, bears and Vikings battling each other, that babies are the worst prize ever, and more. Available to watch on Netflix.
  • They Came Together (Movie, 2014) – The owner of an independent candy shop and the corporate stooge who has been sent to shut her down begin an unlikely romance. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Endgame (Movie, 2009) – During the late 1980s a British mining operation initiates covert peace talks among factions in South Africa’s struggle for and against apartheid. Available to watch on Hulu, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Noah (Movie, 2014) – God chooses Noah to build an ark and save the animals and his family from an apocalyptic flood. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • The Babadook (Movie, 2014) – A troubled widow discovers that her son is telling the truth about a monster that entered their home through the pages of a children’s book. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.
  • Wilfred Season 4 (TV Show, 2014) – Ryan struggles to make his way in the world until he meets his neighbor’s dog, Wilfred. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Pioneer (Movie, 2013) – The ultimate adventure becomes a nightmare when a diver obsessed with reaching the bottom of the sea takes on the world’s most dangerous mission. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
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Happy Monday, streamers!

Starting today we’re rolling out the new software 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. In addition, a new version of the free Roku Mobile App for Android and iOS are also available which support for the new search and discovery features.  Learn more about these search and discovery features here.

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And in case you missed the news last week, we’ve made the best streaming players on the market even better and they’re available at retailers in Canada today!

The new Roku 3 now includes voice search adding a fun, fast way for people to search for what they want to watch. The included remote control features a button to activate voice search, a headphone jack to enable private listening and motion control to play casual games.

The new Roku 2 matches the speed and performance of the new Roku 3 and is the perfect streaming player for those who want to watch video and music without the new Roku 3 enhanced remote.

Find our upgraded our Roku 3 and Roku 2 players at these major retailers in Canada starting today:

Stream On!

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April is National Autism Awareness Month and it’s a perfect time to check out The Autism Channel on your Roku player. The Autism Channel was designed and built as a support system to help parents, caregivers, and people on the autism spectrum. There are programs for families of those newly diagnosed, programs for adults living with autism, programs with exercise routines for kids on the spectrum, and programs that discuss both the leading and alternative treatment options. They also have a terrific program called TAC World News that highlights recent news stories, research findings, and resources that are available to everyone who is touched by this condition. It’s a fantastic resource and you can find it using the Roku Search feature or in the “Educational” category in the Roku Channel Store. Check it out…if you want to see how you can help make a difference in people’s lives.

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Star Wars fans get ready to have Jedi, Jar Jar Binks, Ewoks and Sith Lords invade your TV. The films from a long time ago in a galaxy, far, far away are finally available for you to watch any time you want on Amazon Instant VideoGoogle PlayM-GO and VUDU in the U.S. and in the Cineplex Store in Canada! Catch up on the news here.

Here are some other out-of-this world movies to get you excited. If you aren’t into the space scene, catch up on our favorite series that are finally returning this weekend. Plus, Netflix Original Series, Marvel’s Daredevil is now streaming!

What will you be streaming this weekend?

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  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars Full Series (TV Show, 2014) – The Jedi fight to maintain freedom and restore peace to the galaxy. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles (2013) – With the help of the Padawans, Yoda leads the Jedi in a fight to stop Darth Sidious and his minions. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Marvel’s Daredevil (TV Show, 2014) – Follow the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses. Available exclusively on Netflix.
  • Game of Thrones (Full Series, 2011) – Noble families in the seven kingdoms of Westeros vie for control of the Iron Throne. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, HBO GO, HBO on Sling TV and Vudu.
  • Silicon Valley (TV Show, 2014) – The lives of a programmer and his roommates. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, HBO GO, HBO on Sling TV and Vudu.
  • Nurse Jackie (TV Show, 2009) – A strong-willed, but flawed, emergency room nurse keeps her hospital balanced. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Showtime Anytime and Vudu.
  • Spaceballs (Movie, 1987) – President Skroob pits evil Dark Helmet against Lone Starr and the half-man, half-dog Barf. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow and Vudu.
  • Space Cowboys (Movie, 2000) – Four aging astronauts who never made it into space agree to go up and repair a 1950s satellite. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Spacehunter: The Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (Movie, 1983) – A crash-landed salvager meets a waif and saves women from a cyborg on Terra 11. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow and Vudu.
  • Map to the Stars (Movie, 2015) – Driven by an intense need for fame and validation, members of a dysfunctional Hollywood dynasty have lives as dramatic as any movie. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and M-GO.
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The Roku platform is a great way to watch your favourite television programmes and movies but don’t forget the wide selection of music at your fingertips, from radio shows to music videos.

Here are six tips for getting the best tunes on your Roku player…

Check-out the latest releases

The Roku platform has a number of top music streaming services, allowing you to follow all the latest releases from your favourite bands and artists. Rdio and Spotify boast a wide range of current and classic hits that you can stream through your TV.

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Watch the latest music videos

If it’s something more visual you’re after, there are a number of music video channels available. The Vevo channel brings 75,000 music videos, all free and available on demand, meaning there’s something to suit every taste and mood. The YouTube channel is another great way to access a wide variety of video content, including live performances, via your TV.

Stream your own music library

If you’re a music fan with an impressive personal music collection it’s easy to stream your favourite tracks through your Roku player. Plex or the Roku Media Player allow you to find, browse, and play content from media servers or computers on your local network. You can also stream your own personal music collection from your mobile phone or tablet with the Roku mobile app using the Play On Roku feature, available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

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If you’re like me, you look forward to your precious streaming time after a long day. Who else gets giddy when they plop down on the couch and get greeted by the purple home screen? Well, today the purple screen got a little more fun!

We’re excited to share that we’ve launched new custom home screen Themes – another way to personalize your Roku experience. Here at Roku we strive to not only give our customers the best streaming experience, but also the most fun and choice to stream on your terms. We think you’ll have fun with the nine home screen options (and more on the way!), ranging from your favorite TV shows, movies and hobbies. There’s certain to be a Theme to reflect your personal interests and streaming style.

To celebrate the launch of custom themes, and this Sunday’s season 5 premiere, we’re excited to announce the availability of a FREE custom theme for Game of Thrones®. You’ll be able to add this theme at no cost for a limited time to bring Westeros to your Roku home screen. The stunning Theme features Khaleesi’s dragon and Tyrion on the home screen. As you scroll to the right, the dragon will remain on screen keeping watch as you navigate through the UI.

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The new custom Themes include a number of fan favorites, such as Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation. These themes include screensavers so the Enterprise voyage can continue on while you’re taking a streaming break. Download this custom Theme and boldly go where no one has gone before!

Star Trek Original Roku theme

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If you’re a big fan of The Good Wife or Scorpion like me, a binge-watching session is coming your way! We’re very proud to announce that Roku is the first connected device platform to offer CBS’ world-class programming through its subscription service, CBS All Access.

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The CBS All Access channel gives you access to more of your favorite CBS shows than ever before. The channel offers thousands 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 14 top markets. CBS All Access is $5.99 per month, after a free 7-day trial, and brings the following to subscribers on the Roku platform:

  • Full current seasons of 16 primetime shows with episodes available the day after they air, including this season’s new series Scorpion, Madam Secretary, NCIS: New Orleans, The Odd Couple and more.
  • Live streams of CBS Stations in 14 local markets, with more to be added soon
  • Past seasons of eight major current series, including The Good Wife, Blue Bloods and Survivor
  • Nearly 6,000 episodes of CBS Classics, including every episode of Star Trek, Cheers, Jag, Touched by an Angel and CSI: Miami
  • Access to exclusive additional content for CBS Television’s biggest special events, like The GRAMMY® Awards, The Academy of Country Music Awards and The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Customers without a CBS All Access subscription can browse the channel and watch the latest and most popular clips from your favorite CBS TV shows for free.

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

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At CES 2015, Netflix announced its Netflix Recommended TV program, a rigorous, criteria-based smart TV evaluation program to help consumers identify televisions built for a superior Internet TV experience. Today we’re happy to announce that Roku TV models from Hisense, Insignia and TCL have been designated by the Netflix Recommended TV program.

Roku TV introduced a new generation of smart TVs with an easy to use, personalized home screen and the widest selection of streaming channels available. In fact, PC Magazine named the TCL Roku TV the best budget Smart TV of 2014. And now, Roku TV adds another accolade to the list with several Roku TV models achieving Netflix designation by making access to Netflix fast and easy.

Each of the following Roku TV models have achieved the Netflix Recommended TV designation:

Hisense Roku TV – 40H4

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Insignia Roku TV – NS-32DR420NA16, NS-55DR420NA16

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TCL Roku TV –  32S3700, 48FS3700, 55FS3700, 32S3800, 40FS3800, 50FS3800, 32S3850, 40FS3850, 50FS3850, 55FS3850

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It’s an exciting week for streamers! We’ve been waiting, for what seems like light years, for the Star Wars catalog to be available for streaming to the TV. Well, the wait is nearly over…

This Friday, April 10 Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi will be available to stream through the channels listed below.

But why wait? Starting today you can pre-order Star Wars titles through Amazon Instant VideoGoogle PlayM-GO and VUDU in the U.S. and in the Cineplex Store in Canada. The movies will be waiting for your movie marathon when they are available on April 10. What other streaming platform can provide you with this many choices for getting your Star Wars streaming fix?

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I’m feeling a sick day coming on, aren’t you? [Cough, cough]

May the streaming Force be with you!

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Howdy, streamers. We’re excited to share two updates today – the next phase of search and discovery on the Roku platform and upgrades to two of our popular streaming players.

A Simple Way for Consumers to Find, Discover and Select Entertainment – On Their Terms

Roku is known for having the most comprehensive and unbiased search – find what you want to watch and decide how to watch it. Search for movies, TV shows, actors and directors and receive all available results listed by price from top streaming channels, up to 17 today. With 250,000 movies and TV episodes available for streaming, Roku Search is a convenient way for consumers to view filmographies and discover availability and pricing options they otherwise wouldn’t have known about.

Today we are adding the ability to search within the Roku Channel Store by streaming channel name, making it fast and easy to find favorites like CBS News, HBO GO and Sling TV – to name a few of the more than 2,000 streaming channels available today.

We’re also introducing a new feature called “Roku Feed” that lets people follow entertainment they want to watch. We’re launching it with a focus on “Movies Coming Soon,” ending the guessing game around when a box office hit is available for streaming, which services offer the movie or how much it costs at a given time. The new “My Feed” shortcut can be found on the Roku home screen.

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New Roku 3 and Roku 2 Streaming Players Offer Superior Streaming Performance

We’ve made the best streaming players on the market even better!

The new Roku 3 now includes voice search adding a fun, fast way for people to search for what they want to watch. Like its predecessor, the new Roku 3 is the company‘s top-of-the-line streaming player. It is fast and fully loaded with features. The included enhanced remote control features a button to activate voice search, a headphone jack to enable private listening and motion control to play casual games. The new Roku 3 is available today from Roku.com and retailers nationwide for an MSRP of $99.99.

Roku 3 Top USThe new Roku 2 matches the speed and performance of the new Roku 3 and is the perfect streaming player for those who want to watch video and music without the new Roku 3 enhanced remote. The new Roku 2 is available today from Roku.com and retailers nationwide for an MSRP of $69.99.

Roku 2 Front USUpdated Roku Mobile App and New Features Available Starting Today

The software rollout that delivers the Roku Feed and Channel Store search features to all current-generation* Roku players and Roku TV models begins today and is expected to be completed by the end of April.

An updated version of the free Roku Mobile App for Android is available today and iOS will be available this week. This update includes support for the new search and discovery features.

Happy Streaming!

*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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