Roger Lynch Sling TVHello, Roku streamers! I’ve seen a lot of changes over my 20+ years in the digital media industry and as GM for content at Roku, and have been fortunate to have a front-row seat to watch the streaming revolution. In the midst of it all, I have to say that I believe the launch of Sling TV is one of the most important game-changers yet.

The ability to stream live TV from a number of top channels for just $20 a month has resonated with consumers. As a partner and distribution platform for Sling TV, I am excited to see consumers have the ability to take back TV and get the entertainment they want when they want it. I recently asked Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV, to chat with me about the service, the entertainment industry as we know it today and what the future holds.

SS: For those who may be new to Sling TV, tell us a little bit about what the service offers to consumers?

RL: The first thing to know is that Sling TV is available on Roku! It’s an award-winning, over-the-top television service that delivers live sports, lifestyle, family, and news channels. On top of that, Sling TV offers Video-On-Demand, like new and classic movies. We’re proud to make Sling TV available for just $20 a month. Unlike other services, there’s no long-term commitment, no annual contract, no credit check, and no annoying appointment with the cable guy.

SS: How did you pull this off? Why do you think companies such as Disney want to be part of Sling TV?

RL: We know there’s an entire generation of people who love TV, but absolutely hate the traditional pay-TV model. First and foremost, Sling TV is designed for this younger audience that’s not participating in the current pay-TV model. It’s also great for programmers because Sling TV offers them the opportunity to engage more millennials than they typically reach. Beyond that, Sling TV brings new advertising possibilities that focus on the consumer experience.

SS: What was the biggest challenge you faced in making Sling TV a reality for consumers?

RL: The Sling TV journey has been a few years in the making, starting when we launched DishWorld, our International TV service. Our team has worked tirelessly to perfect the service through the tens of millions of hours we streamed each month with DishWorld, and now we’re listening to our Sling TV customers to get them the content and features they want most. We’re not perfect (yet!), but it’s already been an honor to learn so much from the launch of Sling TV.

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 SXSW On logoMissing out on the SXSW action in person this year? While we can’t bring you the amazing Austin BBQ or queso, we can deliver the music and fun of SXSW straight to your living room. We’re happy to announce the SXSW On channel is now available for free on Roku players in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Republic of Ireland, as well as Roku TV models in the U.S. – the first streaming players and smart TVs to feature the channel!

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The SXSW On channel on the Roku platform provides on-demand access to live performances, interviews and talks from the SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conference. It will also feature new series highlighted below.

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  • The Road

Ever wonder what happens off stage? The Road presents viewers with a behind the scenes look at the day-to-day challenges and adventures of touring musicians.

  • The Nom Nom

SXSW’s favorite artists share their top local eateries and explore delicious offerings from culinary masters. Follow up­ and-coming restaurants curated by award-winning chefs across the country.

Go ahead and embrace the spirit of SXSW from the comfort of your couch this year! You can find SXSW On under “Lifestyle” in the Roku Channel Store now on current-generation* Roku players and Roku TV models.

*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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With Friday the 13th happening in just a few days, for those of you who aren’t too squeamish and like to watch horror films,  you should check out Screambox. It’s the ultimate destination for horror movie fans and they feature all different kinds of horror genres: Monsters, Supernatural, Killers, and Psychological. They have some fantastic playlists (like Where Not to Go Camping, Students Making Bad Decisions, and Body Count Bonanza) to help you find just the right movie. Screambox is Subscription channel ($3.99/month) and they have a great 30-day free trial offer. Just type “Screambox” in Roku Search or look for it in the “Movies & TV” category in the Channel Store.  Check it out…if you dare.

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Ready for spring? We can’t promise you warm weather, but we can provide an exciting lineup of newly released movies that are sure to bring happiness into your living room.

Which movies are you most excited to stream this weekend?

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  • Foxcatcher (Movie, 2015) – Wealthy heir John du Pont hires Olympic gold-medalists Mark and Dave Schultz to help train a world-class wrestling team, but du Pont’s increasing alienation and paranoia propel them all toward tragedy. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and Vudu.
  • 30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men (TV Show, 2015) – This documentary series focuses on notable sports happenings. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Movie, 2014) – As the dragon Smaug rains fire on the citizens of Lake-town, Sauron sends legions of Orcs to attack the Lonely Mountain. Men, Dwarves and Elves must decide whether to unite and prevail – or be destroyed – and Middle Earth hangs in the balance. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (Movie, 2015) – Tink worries about the safety of Pixie Hollow when plucky fairy Fawn befriends a strange creature that may be destined to destroy their world. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand and Vudu.
  • Mercy Rule (Movie, 2014) – John and his son, Cody, think they have to fight their problems on their own. When they finally learn to rely on friends, teammates and faith, they discover their battles can be won. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Food Chains (Documentary, 2014) – Farmworkers in Immokalee, Florida launch a hunger strike at the headquarters of Publix supermarkets to protest poor wages and working conditions. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • The Immortalists (Movie, 2013) – Two scientists struggle to create eternal youth as they battle old age and the loss of loved ones. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • The Brothers Grimm (Movie, 2005) – Itinerant con men become entangled in a real life fairy tale after several maidens disappear in an enchanted forest. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, CinemaNow, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Finding Neverland (Movie, 2004) – Writer J.M. Barrie befriends a widow and her four sons who inspire him to create the character Peter Pan. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, CinemaNow, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Rules of Engagement (Movie, 2000) – A decorated career Marine, about to stand trial for a botched rescue mission, asks an old friend to defend him. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
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It’s often difficult to keep up-to-date with all the latest news and sports coverage. That’s where we come in! The wide range of news and sports channels in the Roku Channel Store are sure to keep you in the loop.

Sky News

Sky News’s Roku channel is another great addition to your device and offers a continuous live news broadcast, as well as summaries of the latest headlines, weather forecasts, and entertainment updates. There’s also an extensive catalogue of videos to stream under specialist categories such as entertainment, business, politics, technology, and even strange news.

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The BBC News channel provides a comprehensive range of coverage from correspondents across the world. You can select individual clips to stream or allow the channel to play through a list of the latest reports. A perfect way to get a quick news fix!

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Get the thrill of extreme sports…without leaving the couch! Red Bull TV is now available for free on Roku players in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Republic of Ireland, as well as Roku TV models in the U.S.

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The Red Bull TV channel delivers exceptional live sports and lifestyle programming, in addition to a deep trove of video-on demand programs. On demand programming will include Focus, a series that explores how the world’s best professional athletes including Ryan Sheckler and America’s Cup sailor James Spithill evolve, progress and innovate their skills to get to the next level in their careers. A new series, Plus 27, debuts on March 11 and follows six creative visionaries at the helm of social innovation in South Africa.

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Next week you can catch the first live Red Bull TV program to stream on the Roku platform. Red Bull Double Pipe, winter’s premiere snowboarding event broadcast from Aspen, CO, will air live at 11:30 AM PT / 7:30 PM GMT on March 12. It’s the first-ever snowboarding event featuring side-by-side superpipes – you don’t want to miss it!

You can find Red Bull TV under “Sports” or “Lifestyle” in the Roku Channel Store now on current-generation* Roku players and Roku TV models.

*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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We’ve got brilliant news for Roku fans – there’s more great content at your fingertips following the launch of CinemaNow on Roku players in the U.K., Canada and Republic of Ireland (launched previously in the U.S.)

The channel offers instant access to an extensive library of premium films and TV programmes for rental and purchase, with no subscriptions required.

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CinemaNow Roku new releases

There’s new releases, from the Liam Neeson thriller ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’, to the latest episodes of your favourite TV shows and classic series, including Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Sherlock and Doctor Who.

Plus there’s also a great pipeline of brand new movie releases that are available on the same day, and sometimes earlier, than on Blu-ray – so you can watch them first on your Roku player. Add this to an extensive array of popular, award-winning and classic films and you have lots to feast your eyes on.

You can find CinemaNow in the Roku Channel Store.

Happy Streaming!

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March is a great month for music. From popular festivals like SXSW and Lollapalooza (international), to highly anticipated new albums from Madonna, Luke Bryan, Modest Mouse and Death Cab for Cutie, there’s no shortage of music love this month. It’s a great time to be a music fan and it’s easier than ever to stream the music you love at home with the help of your Roku player.

We have music channels for every passion (more music channels than any other streaming player!) and a variety of options to stream your own personal music files. You’ll be surprised by all the options you have at your fingertips!

  1. Browse the Music section of the Channel Store

What is your music streaming service of choice? With more than 100 choices, you’re bound to find something you love. Whether you enjoy free internet radio through Pandora or iHeartRadio, or listening to albums on-demand through Rdio or Spotify, there’s something for you.

Channel Store Music Category

And don’t miss all the hidden gems. Dead Heads can stream complete Grateful Dead shows through the Dead Shows channel and big radio fans get access to 7,000 stations through the Live365 channel!

  1. Stream your own personal music library

Revive your old music collection! It’s easy to stream your personal files (such as MP3 or WAV files) through our free Roku Media Player channel, which enables you to play content from media servers on your local network as well as a USB drive attached to a USB-equipped Roku 3 or Roku 2XS.

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Want to lead a healthier lifestyle? Then you should check out one of our latest new channels called Food Matters TV. FMTV is packed with hundreds of documentaries, delicious and nourishing recipes, and expert interviews to help you get and stay healthy. From Food & Nutrition, to Mind & Body, to pure inspiration, you’ll find it all on FMTV. This is a subscription channel, but FMTV offers a free 10-day trial so you can sample all they have to offer. You can find FMTV in the “Food” category in the Roku Channel Store. Check it out…if you want to recharge your health.

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Years of scheming and manipulating have finally brought Francis and Claire Underwood to the White House. Today marks the (actual) release of Season 3 of House of Cards! Ready. Set. Binge!

Will you be binging on the new season this weekend? If pork and politics aren’t your thing, check out below for some other new releases.

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  • House of Cards (TV Show, 2013) – A ruthless politician plots revenge on those who have thwarted him. Watch the new season exclusively on Netflix and catch up on past seasons on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Parks and Recreation – The final season (TV Show, 2009) – The absurd antics of an Indiana town’s public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Hulu PlusM-GO, Vudu.
  • Better Call Saul (TV Show, 2015) – An attorney of questionable reputation defends criminals in this Breaking Bad prequel. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Dumb and Dumber To (Movie, 2014) – Witless wonders Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne go on a road trip to find the daughter that Harry never knew he had. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Whiplash (Movie, 2014) — A first-year music student wins a seat behind the drums in a jazz band led by a teacher who uses fear and intimidation to push his students to perfection. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and Vudu.
  • The Immigrant (Movie, 2013) – After her sister is quarantined at Ellis Island, a Polish nurse is forced into prostitution by a theater manager who moonlights as a pimp. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Two Faces of January (Movie, 2014) – After he kills a detective, a con artist and his wife must trust a potentially dangerous stranger to help them get out of Greece. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • The Overnighters (Movie, 2014) – A pastor sparks a controversy in his North Dakota town by opening his church doors to homeless workers who are seeking jobs at nearby oil fields. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Save the Date (Movie, 2012) – After breaking up with her boyfriend, a bookstore manager resists a seemingly perfect guy’s attempts to woo her. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.
  • White Bird in a Blizzard (Movie, 2014) – A teenager relishes her newfound freedom after her disturbed mother vanishes, but the strange facts of the disappearance soon begin to haunt her. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
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