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A new year gives you an opportunity to start fresh – to change old habits and experience new things. Resolutions can be daunting but why not start with something easy…like resolving to stream something new! Your Roku device can be the perfect motivator in your quest to achieve your New Year’s streaming resolutions.

RESOLVE TO STREAM SOMETHING FREE

As most of you already know, Roku Search shows you the entertainment you want to watch with the lowest price shown first. But if Santa brought you a brand new Roku device, then be sure you don’t miss out on some of our free trials and offers. Additionally, 2016 brought on board so many must-add free channels, why not stream more, for less!

RESOLVE TO STREAM SOMETHING INTRIGUING

With more than 350,000 movies and TV episodes, there’s no doubt you’ll be able to find something new to stream. How about streaming something that piques your curiosity a bit? Smithsonian Earth documentaries such as Light Talks and Mysteries of Evolution offer something intriguing for the entire family! Check out some of the other channels that will get inquisitive minds going in 2017.

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The first of the year I make a list of resolutions that I almost always break. What tends to stick for me is trying something new and when it comes to TV, that means watching something from a new genre (who knew I’d actually like some sci-fi!). Browse the must-stream TV shows premiering in January and keep an open mind! You might be pleasantly surprised. 🙂

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JANUARY 1

Sherlock (PBS – free the next day)

The modern reboot of the famous sleuth Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) resumes with a new addition to the fold: the newborn daughter of Watson (Martin Freeman) and Mary (Amanda Abbington). The show’s creators promised that “terror and tragedy” loom for Sherlock and his trusted sidekick. Lots of drama at Baker Street!

JANUARY 2

The Bachelor (ABC)

Nick Viall, 36, a technology salesman from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is ready and eager to begin his search for true love. Can the franchise alum, who went from villain to victor, finally find his match?

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2016: The year we saw the most memorable election in modern history, cheered on Michael Phelps as he won his 23rd gold medal, and binge-watched the wildly popular Netflix hit, Stranger Things. All year long we at Roku worked hard to bring you the entertainment you love through your favorite streaming channels. So, without further ado, here are the top new channels that launched on the Roku platform in 2016.

What was your favorite new channel of 2016? Let us know in the comments below!

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We like to welcome new Roku users with a plethora of free* trials and special offers to get you streaming the entertainment you love! With thousands of streaming entertainment channels on the Roku platform, it can be hard deciding what to stream first. But that’s where our free trials and offers help. They give you the opportunity to give a channel a test run so you can decide if you want to subscribe.

Didn’t unwrap the Roku device you wanted? It’s time to treat yourself! Check out Roku.com for product offers.

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With the purchase of a new Roku player or Roku TV – for new subscribers:

  • Enjoy a 2-month free trial of SHOWTIME, Hulu, and CBS All Access for a limited time (combined value is over $55!). Must activate device by 1/14/17 & redeem by 1/21/17. See terms.

For new subscribers:

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It’s hard to believe that 2016 is coming to an end, but Netflix is going to kick off the new year in style with some strong titles coming to the service in January. You can ring in 2017 by throwing it back with some classic movies like Braveheart, Caddyshack, or E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. So when you’re writing that resolutions list, don’t forget to include some more streaming time!

PS – If you have kids (or just can’t ever seem to stay up for the ball drop), Netflix offers a number of New Year’s Eve countdowns available to stream on demand. They are listed in the first section below.

Read below to see everything coming to Netflix in January. Continue on to see everything rotating off the service as well.

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A great audio experience is one of the most important pieces to a fantastic home entertainment system. I don’t know about you, but the right sound track can make or break a film for me. Realistic surround and clear dialogue is enthralling – it puts you right in the middle of the action from the comfort of your couch.

Dolby is a leader in the audio space and is synonymous with audio quality. All our new Roku players: Roku Express, Roku Express+, Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra will pass through Dolby Audio over HDMI®. The Roku Ultra also supports decoding Dolby Audio to ensure a quality experience regardless of the channel you’re watching.roku-ultra-with-dolby-audioSo, what are the advantages of Dolby Audio? It delivers crystal clarity, easy-to-hear dialogue, great detail, and realistic surround sound to make the entertainment you love even better. Dial up the impact of your entertainment with the enhanced sound of Dolby Audio for:

  • Sound optimization automatically makes adjustments to the audio based on your equipment to maximize its capabilities and enhance your sound.
  • Surround sound capabilities send the audio from multiple directions (channels) to create a more realistic experience on either 5.1- or 7.1-channel surround sound systems or devices.
  • Accessibility features such as descriptive audio and improved audio cueing help everyone enjoy the show.
  • Abundant content options give you great sound for decades of creative output from around the world across cinema, TV, music, gaming, and more.
  • Dolby Atmos® compatibility allows you to stream premium content through to Dolby Atmos enabled home theater systems.

You can find Dolby Audio on the following channels on Roku players and Roku TVs: Netflix, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, HBO GO, and VUDU. More content partners are expected to deliver Dolby Audio in the coming months.

What are you waiting for? Make it a movie night.

Stream on!

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Happy holidays, streamers! The top-grossing Christmas movies of all-time at the box office in the U.S. includes holiday classics that you’d expect…and a few that you might not expect. I wasn’t surprised with #1, but I am disappointed that my personal favorite, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, wasn’t a bit higher on the list.

What’s your go-to Christmas movie every year? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rank Movie Year Lifetime Gross
20 This Christmas 2007 $49,121,934
19 Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas 2013 $52,543,354
18 Bad Santa 2003 $60,057,639
17 Scrooged 1988 $60,328,558
16 Jingle All the Way 1996 $60,573,641
15 The Best Man Holiday 2013 $70,492,685
14 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 1989 $71,320,000
13 Fred Claus 2007 $72,000,867
12 Christmas with the Kranks 2004 $73,701,902
11 The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993 $75,082,668
10 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 2006 $84,497,876
9 Four Christmases 2008 $120,136,047
8 A Christmas Carol (2009) 2009 $137,850,096
7 The Santa Clause 2 2002 $139,225,854
6 The Santa Clause 1994 $144,833,357
5 Elf 2003 $173,381,405
4 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 $173,585,516
3 The Polar Express 2004 $183,373,735
2 How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 $260,031,035
1 Home Alone 1990 $285,761,243
*Gross box office figures were reported as shown on IMDB.

Seasons Streamings!

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2016 was a year we’ll all remember. From The Rio Olympics (#PhelpsFace!) to those Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead episodes that everyone was talking about, and of course the election, you were probably glued to your TV like me.

Our users searched their hearts out on Roku players and Roku TVs to find the entertainment they love. So without further ado, the top Roku searches of the year are…

Did your faves make the list?

Happy searching!

*Based on U.S. Roku search data from 1/1 – 12/1/16

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Watching Christmas movies on Christmas Day is such a beloved tradition with my family. Between opening gifts and consuming copious amounts of eggnog, you’ll hear us reciting quotes from A Christmas Story (“Fragile…it must be Italian” or “You’ll shoot your eye out!”), which is always the top movie on our watchlist over the holidays.

And according to the top Roku searches over the last couple weeks, you’re also fans of A Christmas Story, Elf, Home Alone and other holiday classics. Here are 12 days of holiday movie suggestions from our friends at VUDU. So, what will you stream first?

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I don’t know about you but it doesn’t fully feel like the holiday season to me until I’ve watched my favorite Christmas movies cozied up on the couch. Hallmark Channel is synonymous with feel-good, family-friendly Christmas movies and lucky for you it’s available through Sling TV’s “Lifestyle Plus Extra” add-on pack for both its Orange and Blue Services, along with Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Psst…need another reason to sign up? For a limited time you get a FREE Roku Streaming Stick when you prepay for one month of Sling TV!

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So, what can I look forward to this month on Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries?

For the seventh year in a row, you can Countdown to Christmas with Hallmark Channel, which features holiday movies all day, all night! Plus, there are new premieres every Saturday and Sunday at 8/7c all season long. For all the #Hearties out there, you’re not going to want to miss the When Calls the Heart Christmas special holiday premiere, Christmas Day at 8/7c. You can also ring in 2017 with Hallmark Channel’s first-ever New Year’s Day premiere, A Rose for Christmas, at 8/7c.

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