Roku Powered partner Sky today launched the NOW TV Smart Box at a press event in London. The NOW TV Smart Box brings together a wide range of free, pay, live and on demand TV all together in one place. The new set-top box enables consumers to watch the latest and best shows on free-to-air or streamed TV without having to swap inputs on the TV remote.The Roku powered NOW TV Smart Box - with remoteWith a NOW TV Smart Box consumers in the UK get access to:

  • Up to 35 pay TV channels through NOW TV Passes and over 60 free-to-air TV channels
  • Catch up services from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5
  • Up to 50 apps such as YouTube, Spotify, Sky Store and Sky News

The new NOW TV Smart Box turns any TV into a smart TV – simply connect the box to a digital TV aerial and broadband to start watching both free and pay TV through one box. Consumers can also pause and rewind live TV for 30 mins so they never miss a moment of the action. The NOW TV Smart Box is expected to be available early July.The Roku powered NOW TV Smart BoxNOW TV is the first Roku Powered operator that is deploying Roku’s new hybrid set-top box platform that was announced earlier this year. The Roku Powered program enables pay TV service providers such as Sky to license the Roku streaming platform and gain access to a simple and intuitive user interface, ongoing software updates, a broad selection of streaming entertainment and low-cost streaming players. With the Roku Powered platform, pay TV service providers can accelerate time to market, expand their reach, and reduce customer churn by delivering an innovative entertainment experience to customers.

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There’s no shortage of great movies and TV shows to stream on on Netflix in July. Once you’re done binge-watching the new season of Orange is the New Black, you can move on to other Netflix Originals like season 2 of Marco Polo or Degrassi: The Next Class. Also coming to the service this month are all the Back to the Future and Lethal Weapon movies. And if you’re still “not entertained,” you can stream Best Picture winner Gladiator starting on the 1st of the month.

See below to find out everything that’s new on Netflix in the month of July. Keep reading to see what’s rotating off the streaming service as well.

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Windows 10, Roku mobile app, U.S.

Today, we’re excited to announce the availability of the Roku app on Windows 10 Laptops and Tablets, offering Windows 10 users more access to their favorite streaming entertainment. Working closely with Microsoft, we’ve created a Roku experience designed specifically for these larger screens that Windows 10 and Roku users alike will love.

This is the first time the Roku app will be available to tablet users so be sure to take advantage of controlling your Roku device with a large screen and in landscape mode! Navigating more than 3,000 channels and 300,000 movies and TV episodes available on the Roku platform has never been easier. The Roku app for Windows 10 is a universal Windows app, which means it features Cortana support as well.

NEW HOMEPAGE

We want to get you to your favorite streaming entertainment content quickly and easily. The new Homepage provides you with quick access to your “My Channels” list and surfaces content available on Roku. With more and more Windows 10 devices supporting both point-and-click, as well as gesture navigation, browsing these lists can be accomplished with a simple swipe or click to bring the next page of content to the front.

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As a lover of music, TV and Cameron Crowe films, I was beyond excited to hear that those worlds were colliding in his latest project ROADIES on SHOWTIME®. In addition to Crowe’s involvement, the trailer and the incredible cast drew me in. Lucky for our blog readers, Carla Gugino, star of ROADIES, shared her thoughts on her character Shelli, what she learned from working on the show and more. Learn more about the show and read Carla’s Q&A below.

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ROADIES is the vibrantly funny new SHOWTIME original series that shines a spotlight on the unsung heroes of rock. Bound by their passion for the music and driven by their dedication to one another, this colorful, hard-working crew supports one of today’s great American bands. Amid the crazy backstage antics and behind-the-scenes dramas, tour manager Bill (Luke Wilson) and production manager Shelli (Carla Gugino) struggle to maintain harmony among the team. ROADIES, the first original series from creator/writer/director/executive producer Cameron Crowe, executive produced by J.J. Abrams and Winnie Holzman, premieres Sunday, June 26 at 10 PM ET/PT – only on SHOWTIME.

What is the most surprising thing you learned about roadie life while working on the new SHOWTIME original series ROADIES?

How incredibly loyal roadies are to their band.

If you could choose from any roadie job, aside from production manager, which your character Shelli has, which would it be and why?

My friend is a holistic nurse who goes on the road with bands to keep them healthy and performing at their peak. That would be pretty cool but I have zero nursing training. 🙂

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You asked, it’s here! You now have even more options to watch live TV on your Roku device – starting today you have access to more than 100 of your favorite live TV channels on the cloud-based TV service, PlayStation™Vue, available on Roku players and Roku TV* models in the U.S.

PlayStation Vue is the first pay-TV service available nationwide that offers more than 100 top live sports, movie, and TV channels, with unique features like simultaneous streaming and an unmatched cloud DVR. With its unique cloud DVR, PlayStation Vue allows users to record hundreds of shows at once, with thousands of hours of storage.

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Subscribers can currently enjoy a rich lineup of popular live and on-demand TV shows, sports and movies from top networks like AMC, ESPN, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, and more, using PlayStation Vue’s unique streaming features. Standalone network channels, including SHOWTIME and Fox Soccer Plus, are also available to users as a la carte offerings.

With an Internet connection, there are no additional fees, such as monthly set-top box fees, or long-term contracts for PlayStation Vue. The three multi-channel plans start at $29.99 per month and all plans include a seven-day free trial for first time subscribers:

  • Access: 55+ channels, including live cable TV, movies and sports channels for $29.99 per month ($39.99 in cities with live local broadcast stations**).
  • Core: 70+ channels, including all the channels from Access with the addition of live national and regional sports networks for $34.99 per month ($44.99 in cities with live local broadcast stations*).
  • Elite: 100+ channels, featuring all the channels from Core with the addition of top movie and entertainment channels for $44.99 per month ($54.99 in cities with live local broadcast stations).

Find the PlayStation Vue channel in the “Movies & TV” category in the Roku Channel Store now on Roku players and Roku TV models.

Happy Vue-ing!

*May not be available on all Roku TV models at this time. Expected availability in the coming months.

**Cities with live local broadcast stations under the standard PlayStation Vue plan: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, and Miami

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Now that summer’s officially here, I’ve made my summer activity to-do list. It’s simple: barbecues, baseball and binge-watching. What’s on your summer list? Whether you’re sticking around or hitting the road, Roku’s here to complement your long summer days.

ENJOY A STAYCATION

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Sometimes a good ol’ staycation is the best way to recharge. Sleep in, rock out to your favorite music, cook at your leisure and catch up on your streaming queue. With your Roku player or Roku TV there are thousands of streaming channels to explore, covering music and food to movies & TV to fitness. Also, don’t miss the hundreds of free channels available in the Roku Channel Store.

Channel suggestions* | iFood.TV, Tastemade (both stream 4K content!), PandoraPluto TVSHOWTIMEHBO NOW

Roku feature | The Roku Mobile App for iOS and Android offers a companion experience and can act as a remote control, enable voice search or provide an on-screen keyboard. Use the Play On Roku feature within the app to stream your personal videos, music and photos to the TV.

ENTERTAIN AND EDUCATE THE KIDDOS

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All that fun in the sun is sure to tire the kids out! For that much needed downtime this summer, there are hundreds of kids & family channels to entertain and educate.

Channel suggestionsPBS KidsHappyKidsPhonics for KidsDisney ChannelDisney Junior

Roku feature | The tale of the missing Roku remote ends with the Roku 4‘s handy Remote Finder feature. Simply press the button on top of your Roku 4 and your remote will tell you where it is.

ON THE ROAD OR ON VACATION

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Planning a getaway? Don’t forget your most entertaining travel buddy. Skip the socks, pack your Roku streaming player and remote, and stream all your favorite movies and TV shows.

Roku feature | Hotel and Dorm Connect allows you to easily connect Roku players** and Roku Streaming Stick to wireless networks while you’re on the go – e.g. hotel rooms, college dorms or other public locations that require sign-in through a Web browser. Set up is quick and easy – simply connect your Roku device to the password-protected network, sign-in with your login credentials using the browser on your mobile phone, tablet or laptop, and you’re ready to start streaming.

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Roku Search allows users to find great entertainment from our top streaming channels including Amazon VideoSHOWTIMEHulu, Netflix, Google Play Movies & TV and Crackle. Our comprehensive and unbiased universal search helps you discover where movies and TV shows are available to stream and lists results in order of price. It’s a big time and money saver, which is why Roku Search is a favorite feature among Roku customers today.

Its power is clear: for example, let’s say you wanted to watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1. After conducting a Roku Search, you will learn where the movie is available to stream. Most importantly, if you have a Hulu, Amazon Video or Time Warner Cable subscription, you’ll learn that you can stream it free with your subscription!

The Hunger Games Roku Search

Today we’re pleased to announce that Roku Search now searches across these 50+ streaming channels, including, for the first time ever, news channels:

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Finding the perfect Father’s Day or Grad gift can certainly be challenging, but we’re here to help! If you’re wondering what to get the dad or grad in your life, check out our ultimate streaming gift guide below. Let a Roku device be the gift that keeps on giving this summer.

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For the athletics aficionado: Score big with your dad or grad by giving them the ultimate in streaming. 4K Roku TVs features beautiful resolution for HD images making every pitch, kick or dunk totally epic.

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For the adrenaline junkie: Is your dad or grad always on the hunt for the next thrill? With it’s advanced processing for smooth streaming at higher resolutions and high-quality upscaling for HD content, the Roku 4 is your go-to gift for the dad or grad in your life with a need for speed.

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For the lazy Sunday lover: Who doesn’t love a good pajama day? The Roku 3, with its ever-handy voice search feature, is the perfect companion for the guy or gal in your life who enjoys the lean back life. Let them sit back, relax and stream.

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For the dad or grad on the go, go, go: Is your dad or grad constantly on the move? Streaming FOMO won’t plague dad or grad if you gift them with the new Roku Streaming Stick. Portable and powerful, the Roku Streaming Stick will surely pack a punch when they open that box.

Happy Streaming!

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Are you the proud new owner of a Roku player or Roku TV? Welcome to the entertaining world of streaming! Once you finish setting up, here are a few key Roku tips to help you get started on your Roku device.

1. ADD STREAMING CHANNELS

The Roku Channel Store is where you can find popular streaming channels such as Netflix, Hulu and Sling TV, but it’s also chock full of hidden gems. From educational programming to downright fun, we have it all. You can learn something new from a chat on TedTalks, jam out to your favorite music on Pandora and entertain the kiddos with PBS Kids – all of which are free channels!

Many channels that require a subscription offer free trials so you’re able to give them a test run. You can learn more about our current partner offers here.

Roku Most Popular Channels2. DOWNLOAD THE ROKU MOBILE APP 

You know when you’re in your super comfy spot on the couch and the remote is just a little too far away? The Roku Mobile App comes to the rescue!

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Nothing complements summer more than music. With festivals like Bonnaroo and countless new album releases, you have a summer full of music merriment ahead of you. Lucky for you, Roku makes it easy to rock your staycation with all of our free music channels!

To kick the festival season off, our friends at Red Bull TV are live streaming Bonnaroo FREE from June 9-12. Pearl Jam, LCD Soundsystem, Chris Stapleton, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Death Cab for Cutie, Ellie Goulding and more are set to perform.

The live stream begins at 8pm ET on 6/9, at 6pm on 6/10, and continues on throughout the weekend until 6/12.

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Looking for more free music channels? Add them below and keep streaming all summer long!

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