Not only do Roku streaming players bring you channels such as Netflix, Google Play and Sky Store as well catch-up TV from BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and Demand 5, there’s a whole range of additional content that makes them the perfect gift this Father’s Day.

And to celebrate the occasion we’re bringing you a special Father’s Day offer, with the Roku Streaming Stick available at £39.99 and the Roku 3 at £79.99 from Amazon, Very, and participating Currys and Tesco stores until June 28th.

Here’s a look at some of the unique Father’s Day offerings on the Roku platform…

  • He TV

If your dad is something of a man’s man He TV is the channel for him. It’s all about sports, food, news and entertainment here, meaning it’s the perfect companion for any dad looking to unwind this Father’s Day.

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  • Red Bull TV

Is your dad a wannabe adrenaline junky? Red Bull TV will allow him to experience the thrill of extreme sports without having to leave the couch! The channel delivers live action, in addition to a host of on-demand programmes. From snowboarding and other winter sports to endurance challenges, there’s plenty to keep him entertained. Plus there’s also live music videos available through the channel too.

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  • BBQ Pit Lords

So you’re dad thinks he’s something of a BBQ king? Let’s just hope his cooking skills are as good as those on show here! This channel is made for anyone who loves a good BBQ. With top tips and amazing recipes, there’s plenty of mouth-watering inspiration for the summer ahead!

  • Addictive Fishing

If your dad is hooked on fishing, the Addictive Fishing channel is just the thing for him. Boasting ‘the coolest saltwater fishing show on Roku’, fanatics can follow Captain Blair Wiggins as he heads off on his latest fishing adventures. There’s also the Structure Fishing Show, which features helpful tips and tutorials should your dad be looking to perfect his skills.

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To all my fellow parents who are constantly combatting the “I’m bored!” complaint from their kids, we have a new secret weapon for you today (no slime included!). Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, is now available for free on Roku players and Roku TV models in the U.S.

With the Nickelodeon channel, you can watch full episodes of some of the most popular shows including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants, Henry Danger, Bella and the Bulldogs, Harvey Beaks, and more.
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You’ll find the most popular content featured on the home screen, including full episodes and the Funny Video of the Week. Scroll down to browse by shows, episodes and explore the newest video clips.

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Want access to even more great entertainment from Nickelodeon? Customers who subscribe to Nickelodeon through a participating cable, satellite or telco provider have access to additional full episodes and extras. To authenticate Nickelodeon and view this additional content simply press the options button (*) > “Settings” > “Log in.”

The Nickelodeon channel is under “Kids & Family” in the Roku Channel Store now on Roku players and Roku TV models.

Happy Streaming!

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We’ve all played classic arcade space shooters, but I bet that you’ve never played one like this. Retaliate brings a major twist to the genre by starting you off with no ammo. Yes you read that right, no ammo! You must steal your enemies’ ammo and use it against them. To do this you raise your shields which then absorbs the incoming attacks.

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It’s not as easy as it sounds. Let’s just say that I rank no where near the All-Time Highscores. When you play Retaliate on Extreme difficulty, you’ll be scratching your head wondering how these players got 30k points. It is fun though! One of the newly released features includes an unlockable Hanger screen that gives you four new ships and the ability to colorize three sections of the ships as well as your shield.

You can add Retaliate for free from the “Games” category in the Roku Channel Store. You can also search for it on your Roku home screen or through our free Roku mobile app. For more suggestions on new channels check out our Roku Recommends channel.

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It’s going to be a summer of SHOWTIME! We’re excited to announce that Showtime’s stand-alone streaming service, SHOWTIME, is coming to the U.S. Roku Channel Store on Roku players and Roku TV models in July, ahead of the highly-anticipated July 12th premieres of the new seasons of the critically-acclaimed, hit series RAY DONOVAN starring Liev Schreiber and MASTERS OF SEX starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan. For the first time, you’ll be able to subscribe to Showtime’s award-winning programming as a stand-alone streaming service offered over the internet.

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Katie Holmes as Paige and Liev Schreiber as Ray Donovan in Ray Donovan (Season 3, Episode 2). – Photo: Michael Desmond/SHOWTIME – Photo ID: RayDonovan_302_2341.R

SHOWTIME subscribers will have unlimited on demand access to every season of award-winning Showtime original series, and hundreds of hours of movies, documentary and sports programming, as well as the live broadcast of the east and west coast feeds of Showtime. This standalone access to great entertainment from Showtime is another example of how streaming with your Roku device enables you to receive TV the way you want it, on your own terms.

Roku customers who sign up in July will be offered a 30-day free trial subscription to SHOWTIME. After a 30-day free trial, customers can subscribe for only $10.99 per month.

Customers who subscribe to Showtime through a participating cable, satellite or telco provider can continue to enjoy access to Showtime content through the SHOWTIME ANYTIME channel on their Roku players or Roku TV models.

We’ll keep you updated here on the blog with launch details – stay tuned!

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PBS Online Film Festival

Back for its fourth year, the PBS Online Film Festival showcases some of the most powerful and engaging stories from filmmakers across the country. And I’m happy to share that starting today, Roku customers will have an exclusive one-week preview of the PBS Online Film Festival via the PBS channel on their Roku players and Roku TV models.

The PBS Online Film Festival will feature 25 short-form independent films from a broad spectrum of public media stations and partners. This year’s line up features films from the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB)National Black Programming ConsortiumPacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), POV, StoryCorps and Vision Maker Media, as well as PBS local member stations.

The fun doesn’t stop with watching the films. After you view the films, be sure you vote for your favorite to win the “People’s Choice” award!

To see a full list of the short films featured in the PBS Online Film Festival, read PBS’ full press release here and for updates on the festival, follow #PBSolff on Twitter.

You can find the PBS channel under “Movies & TV” in the Roku Channel Store now on Roku players and Roku TV models.

Happy film-festivaling!

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Hello Canadian streamers! In case you haven’t made up your mind what to buy for Father’s Day, we have a gift idea for you. Forget the BBQ accessories, DIY toolkits and other active (!) gifts, with a new Roku player or Roku Streaming Stick not only dad but you too will benefit from endless streaming pleasure. With over 1,400 streaming channels there is always something to watch!

If you purchase a new Roku streaming player (including the new Roku 3 with voice search!) you will receive a free HD rental from CinemaNow worth up to $10.99. You can choose any movie from the CinemaNow catalog, including blockbusters such as:

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You made it through the week or some of you may be out on summer break. Either way, we’re here to help you to keep you entertained during your cherished couch time. The new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is a great place to start! It’s free to watch on Crackle.

What are you watching this weekend?

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  • Comedians in Cars (TV Show, 2015) – Jerry Seinfeld is joined by well-known comedians for a cup of coffee and a ride in a classic car. Available to watch on Crackle.
  • McFarland, USA (Movie, 2015) – A high-school coach takes a job in an economically depressed, predominantly Latino community and cultivates a championship cross-country team. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, M-GO and Vudu.
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (Movie 2015)  On a mission to save his world, SpongeBob SquarePants is headed to ours for the first time ever! When pirate Burger Beard (Antonio Banderas) steals the secret recipe for the beloved Krabby Patties, SpongeBob and friends come ashore to bring back the missing formula. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video,
  • The Aviator (Movie, 2004) – During the 1930s and ‘40s, wealthy industrialist Howard Hughes gains fame as a movie producer, airplane designer and pilot. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Apocalypse Now (Movie, 1979) – An Army agent goes upriver into the heart of Cambodia to kill a renegade colonel called Kurtz. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • The Best of Me (Movie, 2014) – The funeral of a close friend reunites former high-school sweethearts, who find that they are still in love after 20 years apart. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Chappie (Movie, 2015) – A stolen police robot is given new programming which allows him to feel and think for himself. However, his new capabilities pose a threat to certain powerful forces who will stop at nothing to destroy him. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and VuduCinemaNowM-GO and Vudu.
  • Run All Night (Movie, 2015) – When his estranged son becomes a mob target, an aging hit man must figure out where his loyalties lie and how to save his offspring from a deadly fate. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Unfinished Business (Movie, 2015) – A business trip to Europe goes disastrously awry for a business owner and his associates, who are hoping to close the most deal of their lives. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (Movie, 2010) – High school basketball player Allen Iverson was destined for stardom until a bowling alley brawl nearly derailed his future and impacted his hometown. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.
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Roku players give you access to more channels than any other streaming device and with more than 1,400 options to choose from there’s plenty of hidden gems to be found.

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From the Paranormal Activity channel to Firewood Hoarders TV, some of the unique choices in the channel store have great followings and are worth exploring.

This week, we take a look at some of those on offer…

1) Aliens and Cowboys Looking for movies and programmes with a Sci-Fi or Wild West twist? You’re in luck here, with a channel that only offers them in either of the two genres. Catch-up with classic Superman episodes as well as vintage cowboy films such as Abilene Town.

2) BBQ Pit Lords

If you’re a fan of BBQs and haven’t yet discovered this channel you’re really missing out!  BBQ Pit Lords is a mouth-watering experience showcasing outdoor cooking at its finest. The channel has all the grilling, barbecuing and smoking recipes you’ll ever need.

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This supernatural offering takes a spooky trip into the world of possessions, exorcisms and alien abductions. Join experts exploring the paranormal world in a range of documentaries and films if you dare!

4) War Games with Miniatures

Did you spend much of your childhood lining up green plastic soldiers on your living room floor and fighting imaginary battles? Well this captivating channel takes it to a whole new level with recreations of battles with miniatures from ancient times through to the Second World War. The channel also covers tutorials and interviews with gamers about the hobby, as well as discussions on tactics, rules and constructing models and terrains.

5) Pranks

If you’re looking for some light-hearted entertainment Pranks is the channel for you. Offering a handful of videos showing a variety of pranks, the channel is a great way to lighten your day.

6) Blind Cat Rescue

If you’re an animal lover you won’t be able to help being moved by the touching stories featured here. As the name suggests, the channel is dedicated entirely to rescued blind cats and is brought to the Roku platform by The Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary in St Pauls, North Carolina. The channel features live tours of the shelter twice a day as well as live streams.

7) Firewood Hoarders TV

If you’re looking for information on collecting, storing, or using firewood, this channel will give you all you need! Featuring a collection of videos from The Firewood Hoarder’s Club, topics include saws and power equipment, axes and hand tools, wood stoves and fireplaces and even cooking.

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We have great news for you, streamers. The Emmy-nominated AOL Originals’ series Park Bench with Steve Buscemi is back this month for season two. And to make the news even sweeter, we’re giving Roku customers an exclusive preview of the first episode starting today on the AOL On Roku streaming channel – two full weeks before you can watch it anywhere else!

Directed by and starring Steve Buscemi, Park Bench is a local’s take on the special people, places, and spirit of New York City. It’s a funny, first-hand journey/misadventure, told in Steve’s unique voice.

Season one was chock full of A-list guests and season two’s guest line-up is no different. Elvis Costello, John Oliver, Amber Tamblyn, Zosia Mamet, Paul Sparks, Robert Smigel, Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Jarmusch and others are among the many guests joining Steve in the park this season. Oh! And be sure to catch an appearance by Triumph the Insult Comic Dog that is sure to deliver comedic gold.

Starting today you can stream the first episode of season two exclusively through the AOL On Roku streaming channel (find it in the AOL Originals section) on your Roku player or Roku TV model. You won’t want to miss it!

Stream On!

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As our regular readers have probably noticed, we’ve been busy here at Roku since my last blog post on free channels! This past December we surpassed 2,000 available streaming channels in the U.S. Roku Channel Store – hundreds of which are free and feature great entertainment of all kinds. You’re likely already streaming some of the more popular free channels including YouTubePandoraPBSPBS KidsCrackleVEVO and many others, but with channels being added to the Roku platform every week, there’s always a new streaming channel to discover. Read on below to learn about some free channels you may have missed over the last few months.

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I’m a news junkie myself, so these channels are always streaming at my desk in the office. All three of these channels stream live, anchored news, as well as on-demand access to top stories, 24/7.

The ABC News channel provides in-depth reports, ABC Digital New Originals, Good Morning America segments, local news from several major markets and more.

With the Bloomberg TV+ channel, you not only receive live news 24-hours a day, but you can easily switch between the U.S., Europe or Asia live news feed. Select the options button (*) to choose a region.

The CBS News channel gives you access to news on-demand as well as segments from popular CBS news shows including 60 Minutes, CBS Evening News, Face the Nation and more.

I can spend hours watching the fascinating footage on these free streaming channels.

The unique, action-packed videos you’ve come to love from the GoPro community are available free on the GoPro channel. From music to motorsports, there’s something to pique anyone’s interest captured in beautiful HD video.

Add the Red Bull TV channel to stream Red Bull’s thrilling live sporting events, lifestyle programming, and on-demand video.

  • For the gamers (and videogame spectators!): MLG.tv and Twitch channels

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