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CBS All Access Comes to Roku Devices in Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 11, 2018 by itnerd

CBS All Access, CBS’ direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand service, is now available on Roku streaming players and Roku TV models in Canada. The service, which launched in Canada in April, marking its first expansion into an international market, offers Canadian viewers more than 7,500 commercial-free episodes on demand spanning full current seasons of select CBS series, entire previous seasons and classic shows, as well as the ability to live stream CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news service.

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For $5.99 CAD, CBS All Access brings thousands of episodes of CBS’ leading programming to digital platforms, making it simple for fans looking for more CBS content to get it in one easy-to-use, multiplatform service. CBS All Access includes the following on-demand programming in an advertising-free environment, with more to be added:

  • Current, building seasons of nearly 20 primetime shows including NCIS, BULL, SEAL TEAM, MACGYVER and INSTINCT, with new episodes available seven days after they are broadcast.
  • All past seasons of 15 primetime series including NCIS, SURVIVOR, ELEMENTARY, MADAM SECRETARY and more.
  • CBS All Access original series including season one of THE GOOD FIGHT and comedy series NO ACTIVITY, with more to be announced.
  • Ability to livestream CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news service featuring live, anchored coverage and original reporting.
  • Current episodes of select daytime and late-night favorites including THE TALK, RACHAEL RAY and THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT.
  • More than 30 CBS Classic series including all episodes of hits like CHARMED, THE GOOD WIFE, HAWAII FIVE-0 and CSI.

In addition to today’s launch on Roku streaming players and Roku TVs, CBS All Access is also available in Canada at cbsallaccess.ca, on iOS and Android mobile and tablet devices, and on Apple TV and Chromecast. CBS All Access will be launching on additional connected devices in Canada in the coming months.

To sign up for CBS All Access in Canada visit: cbsallaccess.ca

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A New Screensaver For Roku Users

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 2, 2018 by itnerd

Roku is rolling out a new beautiful and dynamic screensaver to Roku devices. Imagine a city as dense in population as New York and as bright as Tokyo. The new “City Stroll: Movie Magic” screensaver feels like you’re driving by a cityscape with dozens and dozens of popular movie and TV references. Take a cruise under the glowing lights and explore a city filled with movie magic.

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If you’ve set a personalized screensaver, Roku will not override it and you can find “City Stroll: Movie Magic” in the Roku Channel Store. If you have a Roku Ultra, where the Aquatic Life screensaver is the default screensaver, you can find “City Stroll: Movie Magic” in the Roku Channel Store. If you miss the old screensaver, Big City Stroll, now called, City Stroll: Skyline, you can find it in the Roku Channel Store.

First Sanyo Roku TVs Launch At Walmart Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags , on May 1, 2018 by itnerd

Funai Corporation, Inc., the exclusive North American license partner for Sanyo consumer televisions and home video products, today announced a new TV series that runs the popular Roku OS, to be available at Walmart Canada in-store and online starting early May.

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The new Sanyo Roku TV series includes four screen sizes – 32-, 40-, 43- and 50-inch. All four sets feature outstanding Sanyo TV picture and sound performance and run on the easy-to-use Roku OS. Roku’s customizable home screen allows consumers to organize their favourite streaming services and inputs, such as antenna, cable boxesandgaming consoles. To find new entertainment, consumers can search for actor, director, TV show or movie title through the universal Roku Search feature.Sanyo Roku TV users in Canada getaccess to150,000+ movies and TV shows across5,000+ free or paid channels. SanyoRoku TVs are also compatible with the Roku mobile app, allowing consumers to control their Sanyo Roku TV froma mobile device and use otherfeatures such as voice search and private listening.

The new Sanyo Roku TV series offers Full HD resolution, 120 Brilliant Motion Rate to provide clear and vibrant images in fast action scenes, and wireless LAN 802.11ac MIMO for seamless streaming.

The Sanyo Roku TV series is comprised of the following models, starting at C$248:

Model Number         Screen Size                 Available                     Price

FW32R18FC                32-inch class               Early May                    C$248

FW40R48FC                40-inch class               Early May                    C$348

FW43R48FC                43-inch class               Early May                    C$398

FW50R48FC                50-inch class               Early May                    C$498

 

Review: Roku Streaming Stick +

Posted in Products with tags on April 28, 2018 by itnerd

Roku has come out with a new Streaming Stick called the Streaming Stick +. And this isn’t just the best streaming stick that Roku has made, it’s the best streaming device that they’ve made to date. First, let’s look at the Streaming Stick + and remote:

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You plug the Streaming Stick + into the HDMI port of your TV and then you plug a USB cable from the Streaming Stick + to a USB cable into a USB port on your TV. But this is no ordinary cable:

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If you take a look closely, there’s a block in the middle. That’s a WiFi receiver that’s built-in to its USB cable. That gives you 4x the range and a stronger signal which means that watching Stranger Things in 4K will be insanely smooth. And from my tests, that claim is accurate. It supports 802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless to further ensure that streaming is smooth.

What other tricks does it have? Try these for starters:

  • 1080p
  • 4K UHD TVs
  • 4K UHD HDR TVs – Supports HDR10 technology

I found a client who has a 4K HDR TV to test out the 4K HDR support and watching an episode of Stranger Things  in 4K was stunning.

Another thing that I will draw your attention to is the remote. It has a power button on it along with volume buttons. That way, you can power on and off your TV and control the volume with a single remote. In fact, it tries to figure out what TV it has and sets itself up so that you (hopefully) don’t have to do any voodoo to make it work with your TV (I didn’t have to in my case. Your mileage may vary). That’s going to be a godsend to people who hate to juggle remotes like my wife for example. It also includes a voice search function that is not only insanely fast to use, it is a first for a Roku Streaming Stick. In fact, the Streaming Stick + is just insanely fast overall. You can thank a new quad-core processor that’s inside the Streaming Stick +. Everything was smooth and fluid when I tested it. Setup was quick and easy and anyone can do it.

What really is the cherry on the cake is the price. At $90 CDN The Roku Streaming Stick + is a no brainer if you want to join the streaming generation. It will be on the street on May 1st and I say grab one if you want to do streaming right.

Roku Announces Sanyo as its Newest Roku TV Brand

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 6, 2018 by itnerd

Roku today announced that the Sanyo brand is now part of the Roku TV licensing program. Funai Corporation expects to ship the first Sanyo Roku TVs in Canada this quarter.

The Roku TV licensing program offers TV OEM partners an easy, efficient, and cost-effective way to build smart TVs that consumers love to use. The Roku operating system provides consumers with access to an ever-growing library of content as well as regular, automatic updates so they can be sure they have the latest and greatest features.

Sanyo joins RCA, Insignia And Sharp as partners with Roku.

 

DAZN Launches On Roku Platform In Canada

Posted in Commentary with tags , on February 22, 2018 by itnerd

DAZN CANADA today announced the launch of the DAZN channel on Roku streaming players and Roku TV models in Canada

Roku users across Canada will now be able to live stream and catch-up on DAZN’s extensive range of sports content such as NatWest 6 Nations Championship, top European Soccer leagues such as La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1, Champions League via its partnership with BeIN Sports, the 24/7 NFL Network, as well as Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, FIBA Basketball, WTA Tennis and MotoGP.

The announcement comes at a time where momentum continues to build around DAZN Canada’s growing platform, including some recently-added offerings that include more than 30 PGA TOUR events, Tie Break Tens (the hottest new competition in Tennis), Red Bull Air Race and World Snooker. DAZN supporters will also have every LIVE game of the 2018-19 NFL season – including pre-season, regular season, the playoffs and next year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta.

 

 

Samsung & Roku Smart TV’s Are Vulnerable To Pwnage Study Finds

Posted in Commentary with tags , on February 8, 2018 by itnerd

Consumers Reports is running a story that claims that smart TV’s made by Samsung and Roku have security flaws in them that make them easy to pwn:

Consumer Reports has found that millions of smart TVs can be controlled by hackers exploiting easy-to-find security flaws. The problems affect Samsung televisions, along with models made by TCL and other brands that use the Roku TV smart-TV platform, as well as streaming devices such as the Roku Ultra. We found that a relatively unsophisticated hacker could change channels, play offensive content, or crank up the volume, which might be deeply unsettling to someone who didn’t understand what was happening. This could be done over the web, from thousands of miles away. (These vulnerabilities would not allow a hacker to spy on the user or steal information.) The findings were part of a broad privacy and security evaluation, led by Consumer Reports, of smart TVs from top brands that also included LG, Sony, and Vizio. The testing also found that all these TVs raised privacy concerns by collecting very detailed information on their users. Consumers can limit the data collection. But they have to give up a lot of the TVs’ functionality — and know the right buttons to click and settings to look for.

Well, that’s not good. And it reinforces why I will never have a smart TV in my home. Though I will admit that I do have a Roku device which I use frequently. But that’s likely not going to get disconnected anytime soon.

Having said that, Roku shot back at this report very quickly by saying that there’s no risk and giving details on how one can protect themselves. Which to me seems a bit counterintuitive seeing as there’s supposedly no risk according to the company. Samsung on the other hand had something different to say:

In an emailed statement, Samsung said, “We appreciate Consumer Reports’ alerting us to their potential concern,” and that the company was still evaluating the issue. The company also said it would update the API to address other, less severe problems related to data security that CR uncovered. Those changes “will be in a 2018 update, [with timing] to be determined, but as soon as technically feasible,” the spokesman said.

The bottom line is this. If you put anything on the Internet, your car, a light bulb, or whatever, it can get pwned by hackers. Thus before you put anything on the Internet, think long and hard about the risk that may present to you. Because this sort of thing isn’t going to go away anytime soon.