Friday, 20 May is Streaming Day and we’re celebrating all week! We shipped the Roku player, the very first device to stream Netflix to the TV on 20 May, 2008. This innovative streaming player forever changed how people consume entertainment, so much so, that it’s been dubbed as one of the most influential gadgets of all time by Time. We take this time of year to celebrate advancements in TV and that all TV will be streamed.


It’s the perfect time to stream your heart out and enjoy our terrific discounts. Many of you joined us in celebrating Streaming Day in the years past. We loved hearing about your ambitious streaming plans and how you fully embraced the streaming lifestyle for National #StreamingDay! This year we urge you to stream like you’ve never streamed before! Here’s how you can join in on the streaming festivities this year: 

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Friday is upon us, and we’ve got answers to a crucial question — what are you going to stream this weekend?! New Netflix Original talk show Chelsea and Kung Fu Panda 3 headline this edition of the Weekend Watchlist. Also making an appearance this week is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Did that really premiere 30 years ago? We feel old.

Reserve some time on your couch this weekend. You deserve it.

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Whether you’re spending this weekend bingeing the new season of Netflix Original Grace and Frankie or streaming the series finale of hit show The Good Wife, we’ve got plenty of reasons for you not to move a muscle from your couch until Sunday night.

So, what are you streaming this weekend?

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Zoolander 2 (Movie, 2016) – Derek and Hansel are lured into modeling again, in Rome, where they find themselves the target of a sinister conspiracy. Available to stream on Amazon VideoGoogle Play and VUDU. Continue reading

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There’s always something new to stream on SHOWTIME. May kicked off with the season 3 premiere of fan favorite, Penny Dreadful and the award-winning, 60 Minutes SportsFrom movies including Paddington and Good Kill to hit series such as Billions and Ray Donovan, you’ll have a hard time deciding what to watch first. Check out everything streaming on SHOWTIME in May below!

And don’t forget, new SHOWTIME subscribers are eligible for a two month FREE* trial! Learn more.

Paddington Bear Movie on Showtime

Paddington now playing on Showtime

Featured Premieres in May

Current Series

  • Penny Dreadful (S3) – Premiere Sunday, May 1 at 10:00pm ET/PT

SHO Boxing

  • Heavyweight World Championship: Deontay Wilder vs. Alexander Povetkin: LIVE from Moscow – Saturday, May 21, 4:00pm ET/1:00pm PT. Same-day Replay 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT.


  • 60 Minutes Sports™-
 New Episode Premiere: Tuesday, May 2 At 9:00pm ET/PT
  • All Access: Quest for The Stanley Cup -Premiere Friday, May 20 At 9:00pm ET/PT


  • The D Train– Premieres Saturday, May 7 At 8:00pm ET/PT
  • Good Kill-Premieres Friday, May 27 At 10:00pm ET/PT


  • Just Let Go Lenny Kravitz Live– Premieres Friday, May 13 At 8:00pm ET/PT


  • Brand: A Second Coming
 – Premieres Friday, May 6 At 9:00pm ET/PT
  • Brad Williams: Daddy Issues
 – Premieres Friday, May 20 At 10:00pm ET/PT

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It’s pretty much Star Wars Day around the Roku office every day, but on May the 4th we make it an official celebration. Streamers, may the streaming force be with you today!

Which Star Wars movie will you stream in your galaxy?


  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) – available to stream on Amazon VideoFandangoNOWGoogle Play and VUDU.
  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005) – available to stream on Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play and VUDU
  • Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002) – available to stream on Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play and VUDU
  • Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999) – available to stream on Amazon Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play and VUDU
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983) – available to stream on Amazon Video, Google Play and VUDU
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – available to stream on Amazon Video, Google Play and VUDU
  • Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) – available to stream on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, FandangoNOW, Google Play and VUDU

Stream on!

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Mother's Day, Roku player, mom

Hey Streamers, Mother’s Day is just around the corner! When there aren’t enough words in the world to express how much you appreciate Mom, the best way is to show her. My Mom is the type of person who can’t sit still. She’s always up and about, tidying the house, tending to the dogs or caring for her garden. So this Mother’s Day, I thought why not honor the busiest person I know with a gift that will keep up with her – a Roku player. Here’s how I used the Roku 3 player to make my mom feel like she’s the queen of her castle.

  1. Give mom TV on her terms — My mom is a very discerning woman – she knows what she wants. When I showed her how she could follow her favorite shows and movies in the Roku Feed AND get notified when there are updates or if the price drops, it was like showing her my first A. Gold star for me.

Mother's Day, Roku player, mom

  1. Offer mom options — From cars, to crafting, to gadgets and tech, my mom has always had a wide variety of interests. Discovering there were more than 3,000 channels available in the Roku Channel Store definitely made my Mom feel like she could sit back and explore.

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We know how important audio is to your entertainment experience. The environment around your TV is not always ideal for the right volume or clarity. We’ve all been there; you’re forced to turn the TV off when your roommates or family members are trying to sleep or your noisy neighbors’ party is making it nearly impossible to hear your TV audio. Enter private listening – this feature allows you to listen to your streaming audio as loud as you want, while keeping things quiet for everyone around you. It has been one of the most loved and distinctive features of the Roku 3 and Roku 4 remotes which include a headphone jack for private listening.

With the launch of the new Roku Streaming Stick (model 3600), we’re excited to bring the private listening feature to the Roku Mobile App for iOS and Android. In addition to the remote control, voice search and on-screen keyboard features available on the Roku Mobile App, users of the new Roku Streaming Stick will now be able to listen to streaming entertainment through wired or wireless headphones. With a single tap, or by simply plugging in your headphones, instantly start streaming the audio through your phone or tablet.

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It’s a good week to be streamer. Deadpool, the box office’s highest grossing R-rated movie is now available to purchase! Other highlights include the buzzworthy Netflix Original documentary from the Tribeca Film Festival, Team Foxcatcher and SHOWTIME‘s new hit series, DICE. We were also feeling nostalgic for tubular 80s movies, so like totally stream those this weekend too.

What’s on your watchlist?

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Deadpool (Movie, 2016) – A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool. Available to stream on Amazon VideoFandangoNOWGoogle Play and VUDU.

Dirty Grandpa – Right before his wedding, an uptight guy is tricked into driving his grandfather, a lecherous former Army Lieutenant-Colonel, to Florida for spring break. Available to stream on VUDU.

DICE (TV Show, 2016) – Hickory, dickory, dock…the Dice Man’s back and he’s ready to rock. Twenty-five years after taking the entertainment world by storm, Andrew Dice Clay is eager to reclaim his comedy throne. Available to stream on SHOWTIME.

Team Foxcatcher (Documentary, 2015) – With never-before-seen home video, this film recounts the paranoid downward spiral John E. du Pont and the murder of Olympic wrestler Daivd Schultz. Available to stream on Netflix.

16 Candles (Movie, 1984) – A young girl’s “sweet sixteenth” birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible. Available to stream on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, FandangoNOW, Google Play, Netflix (starting May 1) and VUDU.

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We chat with different types of Roku customers every day – some cord cutters who strictly stream, others who have cable, and many cord shavers who fall somewhere in between. To share his perspective and expertise on cord cutting, we’ve invited Luke Bouma from Cord Cutters News for a new guest blog series. Please help us welcome Luke to the Roku Blog!

My family started our cord cutting journey back in January, 2014, after we realized we rarely, if ever, watched TV live and that our Roku player could give us everything we wanted to watch.

Lukes favorite streaming Roku channels

Some of Luke’s favorite streaming channels

Frustrated by the lack of clear and comprehensive information on cord cutting I decided in the spring of 2014 to launch; a news and “how to” site dedicated to helping cord cutters get the most from their streaming experience.  I wanted to give cord cutters an honest look at everything from the services to the players that cord cutters used by bringing them breaking news, tips and reviews.

One week after I launched the site more than 60,000 people visited in a single day, showing me how much interest is out there on cord cutting – even more than I had anticipated. Since that time I have seen consistent growth each year in visitors coming to Cord Cutters News to learn more about streaming.

There have been incredible changes in the cord cutting movement since I started Cord Cutters News. If someone told me back when I started my site in 2014 that these streaming advancements were just around the corner, I would have thought they were crazy:

  • The launch of a service like Sling TV which gives viewers the option to stream ESPN, CNN, and over 20 other channels without requiring a contract
  • The option to subscribe, without cable, to HBO, Showtime, Epix, and so much more
  • The ability to stream local news without an antenna thanks to services like NewsON
  • Access to stream the Super Bowl, AFC Playoffs and Championship for FREE on CBS Sports
  • Hundreds of great soccer games on Fubo TV and many more sports are now available for streaming on the Roku platform
  • An amazing range and volume of 4K content from services like Netflix and Amazon Video available on the Roku 4

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The end of the month is approaching which means there are plenty of new TV shows and movies coming to Netflix! May includes a little something for everyone including the John Hughes classic Sixteen Candles, the 90s comedy The Nutty Professor and Netflix Originals Marseille, Chelsea and Grace and Frankie season 2.

See below for everything that’s new on Netflix in May. Continue reading to see the titles leaving Netflix this month.

sixteen candles is new on Netflix in May 2016.

Available 5/1/16

  • A Study in Sherlock (2016)
  • Admiral (2015)
  • Ava’s Possessions (2015)
  • Bring It On (2000)
  • Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006)
  • Easy Living: Seasons 1-3
  • El Crítico (2013)
  • FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue (1998)
  • Finger of God (2007)
  • Gary Gulman: It’s About Time (2016)
  • Great Expectations (1998)
  • I Am Road Comic (2014)
  • Jesus Town, USA (2014)
  • Just Friends (2005)
  • Kevin Hart Presents Keith Robinson: Back of The Bus Funny (2015)
  • Kevin Hart Presents Lil Rel: RELevent (2015)
  • Kevin Hart Presents: Plastic Cup Boyz (2015)
  • LoliRock: Season 1 (2014)
  • My Last Day Without You (2011)
  • The Nutty Professor (1996)
  • Off the Map (2013)
  • Palm Trees in the Snow (2015)
  • Pleasantville (1998)
  • Shark Lake (2015)
  • She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (2014)
  • Sixteen Candles (1984)
  • Sugar Coated (2015)
  • Terra (2015)
  • Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
  • To Catch a Thief (1955)
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down a Dream (2007)
  • Who’s Driving Doug (2016)

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