All eyes are on Washington D.C. for the 2017 Presidential Inauguration and there are plenty of free news channels that will stream the Inauguration live on your Roku device. On Friday, January 20, Donald J. Trump will take the oath of office and officially become the 45th President of the United States.  To watch and see this moment in history, add the channels below.

Opening remarks begin at 11:30 am ET with the official proceedings, Presidential and Vice Presidential oaths of office and inaugural address at noon ET.

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Today we’re releasing the latest version (v4.0) of our popular Roku mobile app for iOS® and Android™ devices that delivers a fresh new look and an exciting new feature! This update to the Roku mobile app has been designed to make your mobile device an ultimate streaming companion by giving you one-tap access to features that make streaming what you love fast and simple. Navigation to popular mobile features, including the remote control and search, is easier than ever. And starting today, you’ll be able to quickly browse a selection of great movies and TV shows that are available to stream by simply tapping the new “What’s On” tab.

The FREE Roku mobile app comes packed with useful features that are sure to make your phone a great addition to movie night. You can use it as a remote control, plug in headphones for private listening, search for movies, shows and more with a keyboard or your voice, and share your own videos, music, and photos to your TV.

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Here’s what’s new today on the Roku mobile app for iOS and Android devices:

Simpler navigation and sleek new look

The new navigation bar found across the bottom of the Roku mobile app makes many of our most popular features more accessible. With just one tap you can view and launch your installed streaming channels, browse What’s On, use the remote or share photos and videos to your TV. In addition, a quick tap of the Roku Search icon located at the top of the “Channels” and “What’s On” tabs makes it easy to quickly find the entertainment you want to watch.

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Today we’re releasing the latest version (v4.0) of our popular Roku mobile app for iOS® and Android™ devices that delivers a fresh new look and an exciting new feature! This update to the Roku mobile app has been designed to make your mobile device an ultimate streaming companion by giving you one-tap access to features that make streaming what you love fast and simple. Navigation to popular mobile features, including the remote control and search, is easier than ever. And starting today, you’ll be able to quickly browse a selection of great movies and TV shows that are available to stream by simply tapping the new “What’s On” tab.

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Today we’re releasing the latest version (v4.0) of our popular Roku mobile app for iOS® and Android™ devices that delivers a fresh new look and an exciting new feature! This update to the Roku mobile app has been designed to make your mobile device an ultimate streaming companion by giving you one-tap access to features that make streaming what you love fast and simple. Navigation to popular mobile features, including the remote control and search, is easier than ever. And starting today, you’ll be able to quickly browse a selection of great movies and TV shows that are available to stream by simply tapping the new “What’s On” tab.

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Happy Free Movie Friday! Every week we’re putting together the free movies to watch this weekend, no subscription or payment needed. Want to learn more about what to stream? Leave a comment below on what you’d want to read next and like Roku on Facebook for more free entertainment highlights. Happy streaming!

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Fantastic Mr. Fox (VUDU‘s Movies on Us section)

After three nefarious farmers declare war on them, a sly fox (voiced by George Clooney) rallies his animal neighbors to fight back

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Looking for a laugh? You’ve come to the right place. In addition to the stand-up comedy specials on popular subscription channels like Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, and HBO NOW, we’ve got plenty of free stand-up comedy channels on the Roku platform to keep you cracking up all through 2017. So find your favorite spot on the couch, kick your feet up, and get ready to laugh uncontrollably.

Who’s your favorite stand-up comedian ever? Drop us a comment to let us know!

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  • Comedy Dynamics – The largest independent comedy library in the world including stand-up specials from DL Hughley, Kevin Nealon and Whitney Cummings.
  • Classic Comedy – Stream a continuous feed of classic stand-up from comedy legends like Rodney Dangerfield, Robin Williams, Richard Pryor and more.
  • Stand-up Comedy by Fawesome.TV – Get ready for a good laugh as some of the most entertaining stand-up comedians deliver their best punch lines on every genre possible.
  • Stand-up TV on Pluto TV – Channel 261 on Pluto TV brings you hilarious comedy from today’s emerging comics and classic stand-up from comedy legends like Louis C.K., Hannibal Buress, Nick Offerman and more.
  • ComedyTime – Enjoy humor from hilarious stand-up comedians and sketch comedy videos.
  • Laugh Factory – Discover upcoming talents and well known comedians like Maz Jobrani, Kevin Nealon, Bobby Lee, Louie Anderson and more.
  • Stand Up! Channel – Brings you the best in edgy, thought-provoking stand-up comedy and podcasts.

Looking for more free channels? Check out the links below.

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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 Chris Brantner for a guest blog post series. 

The NFL Playoffs are normally the most exciting time of the entire football season. Every single game counts and if you’re a fan you won’t want to miss any of them. You never know when that big play will happen.

There used to be a single way to watch the NFL and that was on your TV with a subscription to either a cable or satellite TV provider. Nowadays, your options are much more expansive whether you still pay for some sort of cable subscription or you decided to cut cable. This gives you the flexibility to not only watch more games, but watch in the way that works best for you.

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Some of the best tools out there to stream the NFL Playoffs will be Roku streaming players and Roku TVs. Without them, those expansive options are limited, but with them you can customize how you’ll watch the games. Here are the Roku channels that you can use to watch the NFL playoffs. 

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We’re kicking off the new year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. If the buzz on the show floor is any indication of what will be hot it’s sure to be 4K and HDR. TCL and Hisense unveiled their first 4K HDR Roku TVs today and we couldn’t be more impressed with their premium picture quality and affordable price. Of course we’re anticipating dozens of HD and 4K Roku TV models this year from brands including Hisense, Hitachi, Insignia, Sharp, TCL (and soon Element Electronics) offering consumers a super easy smart TV experience.

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2016 was a fantastic year for Roku TV, which garnered 13 percent of all U.S. smart TV sales — roughly one out of eight smart TV purchases in the U.S.1. TCL uses the Roku TV program to build all of its smart TV models in the U.S. and has climbed from the 19th largest brand in 2014 to the 6th in 2016, becoming the fastest growing TV brand in America.

In 2017 we expect a 50 percent increase in Roku TV models with 150 models available in North America, featuring a wider range of prices, picture quality and display capabilities. Customers will be able to choose from very affordable HD and 4K UHD models to TVs with stunning picture quality boosted by 4K HDR, Dolby Vision, and local dimming (also at a great price).

To learn more about our CES news you can read our press release here. CES attendees can see Roku TV models on the show floor in the Changhong, Hisense, Hitachi, TCL and Dish Sling TV booths and as well as in Dolby and Element Electronics suites.

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Howdy, streamers!

What a great year we’ve had. We ended 2016 with 13+ million active accounts and our customers streamed 9+ billion hours of video and music. That’s up from 5.5 billion in 2015…more than 60% year-over-year growth. Our TV partners have had tremendous success, garnering Roku TV 13% U.S. smart TV market share – that’s 1 out of 8 smart TVs sold. We saw equally strong milestones with our streaming players and our video advertising.

This year will be even more exciting for TV. As we look to 2017 we identified six trends we believe will help shape our path to all TV being streamed. I’m sharing them here:

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If you’re dreading the gym tomorrow, it’s time to try a work out at home. With just 15 minutes to spare, you can get a workout in without breaking the bank with an expensive gym membership. Many of our fitness streaming channels are free or offer free trials (listed below) so you can try them out before you sign up.

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It’s easy to transform any room in your home to your personal gym – all you need is a TV and a Roku player or a Roku TV. And the best perk of your new personal gym? No need to wear flip flops in the shower!

  • Daily Burn ($14.95 after a free 30-day trial) – on-demand workouts including beginner yoga, high-intensity cardio and strength training with workouts are taught by friendly, experienced trainers.
  • All Fitness TV (free) – a vast library of quality fitness workout programs, that gives you the most popular workout trends, categories and genres.
  • Yoga by Fawesome.tv (free) – well instructed free yoga videos on ashtanga yoga, acro yoga practices, breathing techniques, hatha yoga, and more.
  • Zumba Fitness (workouts range from $4.99 – $9.99) – known as “exercise in disguise”, Zumba blends contagious world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for an effective, total-body workout that feels more like a party than exercise.
  • NetFit Free (free or an ad-free experience for $9.99 per month) – customized workout plans including weight loss challenges, pilates and yoga, cardio, and more.
  • Free Fitness Videos (free) – dedicated to fitness videos and its workout routines are designed to sculpt your body.
  • And much more!

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