Most parents will be familiar with the constant battle to keep children entertained.

But thanks to its wide selection of content, with everything from educational shows to the best of kids’ TV, the Roku Channel Store has what you need to combat the ‘I’m bored, what can I do now?’ question!

Children’s TV On Demand

Is your child a Peppa Pig fan? Or a Thunderbirds fanatic? Thanks to the catch-up TV services available in the Roku Channel Store you can stream the latest episodes at a time that suits. BBC iPlayer has all the latest Cbeebies offerings from Bing to In the Night Garden, while you can catch up with CITV’s shows, from Adventure Time to Max Steel, on ITV Player. Demand 5 also has a great range of kids’ shows available to stream, including the popular Peppa Pig.

Baby Channels

There’s a number of channels available, which are dedicated to supporting parents with babies. From Baby, which provides videos, lullabies and content to keep babies entertained, to the BabyFirst Channel, which has a range of educational nursery rhymes and fun vocabulary videos, there’s plenty of relaxing and engaging content on offer.

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The wait is over, streamers! The new search and discovery features we announced last month in the U.S. and Canada, including the Roku Feed and voice search are now available through the Roku mobile app for Android and iOS (version 3.2.0 or later) on current-generation Roku players and Roku TV models. The Roku mobile app for Windows Phone will be updated with these features at a later date.

The Roku Feed

The Roku Feed lets you follow entertainment you want to watch. Movies Coming Soon displays movies that are still in theaters or too new to be available on top Roku streaming channels such as Amazon Instant Video or VUDU. When a movie you’re following is available for streaming or decreases in price, you’ll receive an automatic update in the My Feed section on your Roku home screen and Roku mobile app for Android or iOS.

Here’s how you get started on your smartphone or tablet (learn more about using this feature on your Roku player or Roku TV model here).

Select “My Feed” from the main menu.

Watch the “What is My Feed?” video to learn more about this feature or click on “Movies Coming Soon” to start browsing titles.

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Note: you will need to log into your Roku.com account to start following titles from your mobile device.

See a movie you’re interested in? Tap the “follow” box. You can follow as many titles as you like.

Roku Mobile App iOS Movies Coming Soon

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Today we’re pleased to announce the expansion of our Roku TV program with the addition of Sharp as a Roku TV partner. Sharp delivers excellent picture quality and is known for producing great TVs. The Sharp Roku TV models represent a new generation of smart TVs that are built using the Roku TV reference design and feature the Roku operating system (Roku OS). Roku TV offers one of the most simple, comprehensive smart TV experiences on the market and the new Sharp Roku TVs provide this experience at a great value.

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Sharp Roku TV models feature 1080p Full HD resolution and a 60hz native refresh rate and will soon be available for purchase exclusively at Best Buy stores as well as at BestBuy.com. The 43” LED Sharp Roku TV and the 50” LED Sharp Roku TV will be available for $379.99 and $499.99, respectively.

Sharp Roku TV models will also be available at Best Buy stores in Canada. Visit BestBuy.ca for more information and pricing.

Similar to Roku TV models from our other partners, the new Sharp Roku TV models have received the Netflix Recommended TV designation indicating they offer easy access to Internet TV services, faster performance, and new features that enable a next-generation smart TV experience.

Insignia Roku TV

And we have even more great Roku TV news. Back at CES we announced that Insignia Roku TV models would soon be available for purchase and today we’re happy to share that Insignia Roku TV models will be available this month at Best Buy stores and BestBuy.com.

Insignia Roku TV Movies Coming Soon

Insignia Roku TV models feature LED screens and 1080p Full HD, as well as 60Hz refresh rates. The 32” Insignia Roku TV and the 55” Insignia Roku TV will be available for $229.99 and $549.99, respectively. These Roku TV models are also designated under the Netflix Recommended TV program.

Insignia Roku TVs will also be available at Best Buy stores in Canada. Visit BestBuy.ca for more information and pricing.

See why you’ll love Roku TV.

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I have good news for all of you armchair adrenaline junkies – Red Bull just launched their own Roku channel. So now you can get the thrill of extreme sports without leaving your living room. The Red Bull TV channel on your Roku player delivers heart-pounding live sports, music, and lifestyle programming. One of my favorite high-octane shows is This and Nothing Else – a series based on surfers who pursue the biggest waves on earth. This is a free channel and you can find Red Bull TV in the Lifestyle category in the Roku Channel Store, or using Roku Search. Check it out…if you want to see some epic action.

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April showers bring May movies…is that the saying? Catch up on The Avengers or finally stream Fifty Shades of Grey in the privacy of your own home. We won’t tell 😉

What are you streaming this weekend?

PENNY DREADFUL (Season 2)

  • Penny Dreadful (TV Show, 2015) – A saga filled with dark mystery and suspense. It lives in a demimonde—a half world between reality and the supernatural – where personal demons from the past can be stronger than vampires, evil spirits and immortal beasts. Catch up on previous seasons and the season 2 premiere this Sunday (5/3) at 10pm on SHOWTIME ANYTIME.
  • Marvel’s The Avengers (Movie, 2012) – S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury recruits a team of superheroes to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey (Movie, 2015) – The worldwide phenomenon comes to life. Ana is an inexperienced college student tasked with interviewing enigmatic billionaire Christian Grey. But what starts as a business quickly becomes an unconventional romance. Available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video and Vudu.
  • Still Alice (Movie, 2014) – A vibrant and accomplished college professor disappears in front of her friends, family and herself as Alzheimer’s disease slowly destroys her mind. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Like Sunday, Like Rain (Movie, 2014) – A struggling musician becomes a 12-year-old musical prodigy’s guardian for a summer. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video and M-GO.
  • The Gambler (Movie, 2014) – A literature professor with gambling debts borrows money from a mobster and offers his life as collateral while immersing himself in an illicit, underground world. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Legally Blonde (Movie, 2001) – A sorority queen enrolls in Harvard to prove her former boyfriend that she has more than good looks. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Underclassman (Movie, 2005) – A rookie policeman works under cover at a prep school to investigate the mysterious death of a student. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • National Treasure (Movie, 2004) – An adventurer must steal the Declaration of Independence and use its hidden map to find a legendary fortune. Available to find on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Dinner for Schmucks (Movie, 2010) – Comic misadventures follow when a rising executive brings a blundering IRS agent to a monthly gathering hosted by his boss. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
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Since 1950, Nielsen reports on TV ratings, completely revolutionizing the way that the television industry measures its audience. Today, it is bringing this technology to streaming, partnering first with Roku to offer its Digital Ad Ratings on America’s favorite streaming platform.

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For more information read the full press release or visit roku.com/advertising.

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Looking for a place to watch movies and TV for free? They you should check out PopcornFlix, where you can stream thousands of films and over 50 TV shows. With over 20 genres to choose from, they have something for everyone in your household – and it’s all free. What’s cool is that every Friday, PopcornFlix presents new titles and hand–picked favorites in ‘Popping Now.’ You can find PopcornFlix in the “Movies & TV” section of the Roku Channel Store, our search for it using the Roku mobile app. Check it out…if you want to get your night popping.

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NBC Sports logoSports lovers, get your favorite spot on the couch ready. We’re excited to announce that NBC Sports Live Extra is now available on Roku players and Roku TV models, just in time for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Triple Crown.

The NBC Sports Live Extra channel offers more than 3,000 live events a year, including exclusive coverage of some of the most-watched properties and events in sports.

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NBC Sports Live Extra streams all live sports content televised by NBC, NBCSN and Golf Channel, including: the Summer and Winter Olympics; Sunday Night Football and NBC’s NFL pre-season and post-season coverage; NHL regular-season games and Stanley Cup Playoffs; the PGA TOUR, including the FedExCup Playoffs; the Premier League; the Triple Crown; studio content surrounding many of the aforementioned properties; original programming such as The Dan Patrick Show and Men In Blazers; and much more.

NBC Sports Roku replay sports categoriesLive streaming is available to customers who subscribe to NBCSN through a participating cable, satellite or telco provider.

You can find NBC Sport Live Extra under “Sports” in the U.S. Roku Channel Store now on Roku players and Roku TV models.

Happy Sporting!

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April has come, and almost gone. Make sure you take advantage of the last of the rainy month. So stay in and get your stream on with some of these hot new releases!

What new release are you excited to stream?

Wayward Pines on FOX

  • Wayward Pines (TV Show, 2015) – A Secret Service agent goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two federal agents who have gone missing in the bucolic town. He soon learns that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive. Watch a free preview of the pilot episode on FOX NOW until 4/30.
  • HAPPYish (TV Show, 2015) – On his birthday, Thom Payne gets the gift of insignificance and also a new boss. He suspects his ED pills are interfering with his anti-depressants, leaving him with happiness nor… happiness. Watch a free preview of the pilot episode on SHOWTIME ANYTIME.
  • American Sniper (Movie, 2014) – Sniper and U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle saves many lives on battlefields in Iraq while striving to be a good husband and father to his loved ones back in America. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • 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 to Montgomery. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Noah (Movie, 2014) – God chooses Noah to build an ark and save the animals and his family from an apocalyptic flood. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Louie (TV Show, 2010) – The life of Louis CK, a divorced comedian with two kids living in New York. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, FXNOW, Hulu Plus, M-GO, Netflix and Vudu.
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Movie, 2014) – Residents of a worn-down Iranian city encounter a skateboarding vampire who preys on men who disrespect women. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Vudu.
  • Cake (Movie, 2014) – After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers which chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Now You See Me (Movie, 2013) – A federal agent and an Interpol detective play a cat-and-mouse game with cunning illusionists who rob corrupt business leaders during their performances, then funnel the money to members of the audience. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, HBO Go, M-GO and Vudu.
  • Mr. Turner (Movie, 2014) – Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper bears an unrequited love for him. Available to watch on Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, M-GO and Vudu.
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Nobody likes to be the one in the office who’s out of the loop when it comes to the TV everyone’s talking about. That’s where we can help!

Here’s some essentials to stream now so you can hold your own at the water cooler…

Game of Thrones

It seems like everybody is talking about Game of Thrones at the moment. The adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, is now in its fifth series, and is being shown on Sky Atlantic. The release of the fifth season earlier this month was one of the hotly anticipated TV events of 2015 so if you want to make sure you know your stuff when it comes to office conversations about dragons and giants, stream the latest series on your Roku player through the Now TV channel.

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Better Call Saul

Just when you thought everybody had stopped talking about Breaking Bad there’s another series to catch-up with. Better Call Saul is a spin-off from the hugely successful series starring Bryan Cranston as Walter White, and follows the life of small-time lawyer Saul Goodman, who also appears as a character in Breaking Bad. It’s proving to be another classic so make sure you catch up from the start on Netflix.

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