2015 was a great year in entertainment. With so many awesome TV shows and movies, I could hardly keep up with all the new entertainment notifications showing up in my Roku Feed. I managed to get through it though. 😉

Better Call Saul, Game of Thrones and Empire were my favorite TV shows of the year – and it looks like you and I have the same streaming tastes from the looks of your top TV show searches (see first video below)! Find out what else was popular among Roku customers this year – check out the top TV show, movie, actress and actor searches on the Roku platform in the U.S. this year*.

Did your favorite streaming picks of 2015 make the list?

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Happy searching!

*Based on U.S. Roku search data from 1/1 – 12/1/15

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The decorations are up, the presents are wrapped…now it’s time to pour yourself a drink and relax in front of the TV. But with all the seasonal content available on the Roku platform what should you watch? We’ve picked a few of our festive favourites, guaranteed to deliver a little Christmas cheer!

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The Muppet Christmas Carol (1993)
No Christmas is complete without  an appearance from the Muppets. Join Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang as they present a magical version of the classic Dickens story about a stingy old man who learns to change his ways one lonely Christmas Eve. (Available on Amazon Video, Google Play, NOW TV, Sainsbury’s Entertainment)

A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
A Netflix Original, this irreverent twist on the ‘TV Christmas special’ sees  Bill Murray attempt to assemble a variety show in the midst of a winter snow storm. With an all-star cast that features George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Chris Rock and many more, A Very Murray Christmas is packed with classic festive songs. Perfect seasonal streaming! (Available on Netflix)

Elf (2003)
Heart-warming comedy starring Will Ferrell as Buddy, a human who is raised as an elf at the North Pole but, having outgrown his surroundings, returns to New York to find his true identity. Unfortunately, Dad (James Caan) is a greedy children’s book publisher who’s landed himself on Santa’s “naughty list”. Zooey Deschanel is the shop assistant who becomes Buddy’s little helper while Peter Dinklage steals the show as an arrogant author. (Available on NOW TV, Google Play)

Knowing Me Knowing Yule (1995)
A seasonal must-see for Alan Partridge fans, Knowing Me Knowing Yule sees the spoof television personality present a Christmas special from a studio replica of his own front room. Featuring an interview with a golfer who was struck by lightning and the unveiling of the world’s largest Christmas cracker, this is Partridge at his best! (Available on Netflix, Google Play, Amazon Video)

The Santa Clause (1994)
Tim Allen shines bright in Disney’s magical, larger-than-life hit comedy. On Christmas Eve, a divorced dad, Scott, finds himself in an awkward predicament; the real Santa Claus has fallen off his roof and his “emergency card” instructs Scott to take his place. But by putting on the suit, Scott unwittingly accepts Santa’s responsibilities and with son Charlie he starts a new life of weight-gain, beard growth, narrow chimneys and elves with attitude! (Available on Netflix, Google Play, Amazon Video, NOW TV, Sky Store)

Happy Streaming!

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This week brings us a warped and comical look at a prototypical family in the 1970s, a disgraced seaman who lost his hand and replaced it with a hook, a modern SyFy classic, and a movie on a little-known city called New York.

What will you be watching this weekend?

 F Is for Family (Animated Sitcom, 2015) – a family in the 1970s: when you could smack your kid, smoke inside and bring a gun to the airport. Available to watch on Netflix.

Helix Season 2 (TV Show, 2015) – Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control travel to a research facility in the Arctic. Available to watch on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, Netflix, M-GO and VUDU.

 Deutschland 83 Season 1 (TV Show, 2015) – A 24-year-old East German is sent to the West as a spy for the Stasi foreign service. Available to watch on Amazon Video.

 Selma (Movie, 2014) – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wages a historic, but dangerous, battle to secure voting rights for all, culminating in an epic march in Alabama from Selma Montgomery. Available to watch on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Pan (Movie, 2015) – Whisked away to the fantastical world of Neverland, a 12-year old orphan must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard and become the hero forever known as Peter Pan. Available to watch on M-GO. 

Time Out of Mind (Movie, 2014) – A homeless man bonds with a new friend at New York’s Bellevue Hospital while trying to repair his relationship with his estranged daughter. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play and Netflix.

Scream Queens Season 1 (TV Show, 2015) – Twenty years after a mysterious death rocks Wallace University, another murder takes place. Available to watch on Amazon Video, FOX NOW, Google Play, Hulu, M-GO and VUDU.

Cutie and the Boxer (Documentary, 2013) – Noriko seeks an identity of her own after 40 years of marriage to famous boxing artist Ushio Shinohara. Available to watch on Amazon Video and VUDU. 

The Longest Ride (Movie, 2015) As conflicting paths test their bond, a couple find inspiration in the romantic tales of an elderly man whose great love for his wife stood the test of time. Available to watch on Amazon Video, CinemaNow, Google Play, M-GO and VUDU.

Welcome to New York (Movie, 2014) – A powerful French politician goes on trial for sexually assaulting a chambermaid in his Manhattan hotel room. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Google Play and SHOWTIME.

 

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HGTV-Food-Network-Travel-Channel-logosWhile I’m not a big fan of house hunting or cooking for myself, I can’t seem to pry myself away from the TV if there’s a House Hunters or Chopped marathon. It’s OK, admit it, you can’t either, can you? Well, get ready for a serious binge-watching session now that Watch HGTV, Watch Food Network and Watch Travel Channel are available on Roku players and Roku TV models in the U.S.

HGTV Home Screen

Viewers who sign in and authenticate with their pay-TV provider credentials will be able to access a live feed of what is currently airing on each network as well as their favorite HGTV, Food Network, and Travel Channel shows on demand including:

  • Watch HGTV: House Hunters, Property Brothers, Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop

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  • Watch Food Network: Chopped, Cutthroat Kitchen, Guy’s Grocery Games, Beat Bobby Flay

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  • Watch Travel Channel: Expedition Unknown with Josh Gates, Booze Traveler, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Ghost Adventures

Travel Channel Home Screen

You can find Watch HGTV, Watch Food Network and Watch Travel Channel under “Movies & TV” in the Roku Channel Store on Roku players and Roku TV models.

Stream on!

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When the Golden Globe nominees were announced last week, I was elated to see that my new favorite TV show on USA Network, Mr. Robot, was nominated for Best Drama series. The good news continues this week because starting today USA Now is available on Roku players and Roku TV models in the US!

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Roku customers who authenticate via their pay TV provider can stream full seasons, current episodes and select episodes of some of USA Network’s popular shows. Available shows include 3 time Golden Globe nominated drama, Mr. Robot, the long-running and critically-acclaimed drama Suits, and the highly buzzed about reality series Chrisley Knows Best. Roku customers can also catch-up on fan-favorites Playing House and Royal Pains.

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In addition, preview clips, show recaps and behind-the-scenes videos are available to give you an in-depth look inside your favorite programs.

You can find USA Now under “Movies & TV” in the Roku Channel Store on Roku players and Roku TV models.

Happy binge-watching!

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Do you have a friend who’s a total movie buff? I love this friend because they always save me from wasting time on, well…bad movies. Now with the help of Tribeca Shortlist, I have celebrity and industry expert friends curating quality movies for me! Starting today Tribeca Shortlist is available on Roku players* in the U.S.

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The Tribeca Shortlist channel offers movie fans a more curated method of discovering and enjoying great films from all genres. The service is powered by an expertly handpicked library of roughly 150 critically acclaimed films, with about a third of the titles refreshed on a monthly basis, and themed Shortlist video recommendations from filmmakers, insiders and leading voices in culture and entertainment called Shortlisters.

Featured Shortlisters include: Actors Alec Baldwin, John Leguizamo and Abigail Spencer; directors Derek Cianfrance and Morgan Spurlock; lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, actress and model Yaya DaCosta and fitness expert Bob Harper.

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Roku Holiday Entertaining

The holidays can be a stressful time – weekends are packed with gatherings and celebrations, while the days are spent making lists and checking them twice. You’re scurrying from one place to the next trying to get everything done, and having more hours in the day is likely on your wish list. With so many things to do, how are you supposed to enjoy the holidays, let alone host them?

When all else fails, look to your Roku player to help you bring holiday cheer throughout the season. Yes, your Roku player gives you access to more than 300,000 movies and TV episodes, thousands of streaming channels and is an amazing source of streaming entertainment. But did you know your Roku player is also the perfect companion for the holiday host or hostess with the most/mostest? Here’s how to set the happiest of holiday moods using your Roku device. Continue reading

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Happy holidays, streamers!

Christmas is just around the corner, which means you’re probably busy decorating the tree, singing your favorite Christmas carols, drinking too much eggnog, and of course…watching Christmas movies!

This year, don’t wait for your favorite holiday movies to air on TV. Stream them whenever you want! To give you some streaming inspiration we’ve assembled a top ten list of the most searched Christmas movies on the Roku platform this year.

Be sure to let us know if your go-to Christmas movie made the list in the comments below!

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10. Frosty the Snowman (1969) The jolly soul must get to the North Pole before he melts or before professor Hinkle steals back the magic hat that gives the snowman life.

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Holiday Cheer is here, but not everyone can be Buddy The Elf all month long. Sometimes we need to balance out the holidays with a solid hip-hop documentary, maybe even a good telenovela – something to cleanse the palette before diving back into peak Yule Log streaming. With that in mind, we’ve compiled our top picks of content outside of the current holiday realm.

What are you excited to watch this weekend?

Minions (Movie, 2015) – On a mission to find a new master to serve, three Minions meet Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first female supervillain. Available to watch onAmazon Video, M-GO and VUDU.

Inside Man Season 3 (TV Show, 2015) – Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock hosts this CNN original series that provides an insider’s view of diverse sectors of American life. Available to watch on Netflix.

Transparent Season 2 (TV Show, 2015) – The past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes a family’s secrets to spill out. Available to watch on Amazon Video.

A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z (Documentary, 2014) – See how Jay Z reached the top over the last two decades. Available to watch on Amazon Video, Netflix and VUDU.

Amnesiac (Movie, 2015) – Suffering from memory loss, a man begins to suspect that his wife is not really his spouse. Available to watch on Amazon Video, M-GO, Netflix and VUDU.

One & Two (Movie, 2015) – Two siblings with special powers live with their parents behind an impenetrable wall that isolates them from the outside world. Available to watch on Netflix.

Telenovela Season 1 (TV Show, 2015) – For Latino soap opera star Ana Sofia, backstage life is often more drama-filled than her show. Available to watch on M-GO and VUDU.

Phoenix (Movie, 2014) – After undergoing reconstructive surgery, a concentration camp survivor tries to find out if her husband betrayed her to the Nazis. Available to watch on Netflix.

What We Do in the Shadows (Movie, 2014) – Vampire housemates try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a newly turned hipster some of the perks of being undead. Available to watch on Amazon Video, M-GO and VUDU.

Man Seeking Woman Season 1 (TV Show, 2015) – Newly single, Josh Greenberg braves the nightmare commonly referred to as the dating scene. Available to watch on Amazon Video, M-GO and VUDU.

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Calling all soccer (AKA futbol) fans! In case you missed it, the Next Generation Sports Network (NGSN) channel is now available in the U.S. on Roku players and Roku TV models.  NGSN offers live and on demand access to 12 soccer leagues across South America, Europe and Asia. With the NGSN channel, you have access to 170+ hours of HD livestreams, full match replays, goals and daily highlights from the following leagues:

Latin America

  • Primera División (Argentina)
  • Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Bolivia)
  • Campeonato Nacional (Chile)
  • Copa Pilsener (Ecuador)
  • Liga MX (Mexico)
  • Liga Movistar (Venezuela)

Europe

  • Eredivisie (Netherlands)
  • Liga Portugal (Portugal)
  • Russian Premier League (Russia)

Asia

  • Indian Super League (India)
  • League (Japan)
  • K League (Korea)

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Missed a game? No problem. All matches are available on demand too! NGSN is $8.99 per month, after a free one-month trial.

You can find the NGSN channel under “Sports” in the Roku Channel Store now on Roku players and Roku TV models.

Happy Streaming!

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